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Gymnastics Under Construction

Gymnastics Under Construction

Change doesn’t happen overnight… and anything important in life takes time. For change to take hold, consistency is vital; consistency to a new vision and the discipline and perseverance to stay the course toward that vision. There is no one-hit solution that will make the sports, including gymnastics, or any systemic injustice, better. Culture in […]

The Masked Opportunity

The Masked Opportunity

I’m a mask wearer. I absolutely believe that until we have a vaccine or know more substantiated facts of how the Covid virus spreads and how it mutates, we should all wear masks in public. I understand the argument for ones freedoms, however I feel the same about masks as I do about smoking. I […]

Making Fear a Servant

Making Fear a Servant

Why am I having a hard time catching my breath? Do I have “It?” I’m sure we’ve all had thoughts like this pass through our mind—even if ever so briefly—as we attempt to grapple with life during a pandemic. It’s fear. And why not? It’s fear that helps us put on our mask when we […]

Mental Imagery: Not Just for Athletes

Mental Imagery: Not Just for Athletes

Our minds guide our lives. Having worked in athletics my entire adult life, the topic of Mental Imagery is nothing new to me. Whether it’s called the Game Within the Game, The Inner Game, or Mind Gym… it all refers to the importance of using your mind as your greatest asset and not allowing it […]

The Pause

The Pause

“The pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides.” ~ Artur Schnabel When I recently read this quote, it immediately reminded me of all the gymnastic floor routines I’ve choreographed. One of my signature moves was the non-move. The stillness. The pause. I’ve had people make fun of my choreography for putting in the “Miss Val pause […]

This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

I imagine we’re all feeling the same wave of emotions only in vastly, varying degrees. When I’m asked “How are you doing?” My response is always crystal clear… “I am fine. Bobby and I are fine. I am just extremely concerned, sad and anxious for those people who aren’t fine.”  My mind bounces from trying […]

Near Miss Learning

Near Miss Learning

I heard a new term this week I’d like to share with you, “near miss learning.” Imagine driving when you start dozing off, then suddenly you’re startled awake and jerk the wheel toward safety… thankfully avoiding the oncoming danger. That is the near miss. The learning part happens when you need to drive again when […]

Using Quarantine

Using Quarantine

There are a few times in life when the world gets tipped on its head and everyone loses their balance. For me—and I’m sure many others over the age of 30—that happened  on 9/11 and then again during the 2008 economic crash. It’s a world of such uncertainty and instability that you don’t know what […]

Uncertain Times

Uncertain Times

It’s one thing to experience new things in life that I’ve never experienced. It’s quite another to experience new things that NO ONE in our lifetime has experienced. The last time I remember having this “unsettled” feeling was on 9/11 and it’s aftermath. With the entire world basically going into imposed or self-imposed quarantine because […]