Thursday, March 1, 2012

Announcement

I have decided to resign from this blog.  My daughter is no longer cheering and I am not sure if she will go back.  I wish you all the best of luck this season and in the future.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Live a life youre proud of and if you need to, have the strength to start all over again.

Today is a new competition today, I am so excited.  I get to see lots of friends from my old gym and friends that I have met along the way doing my bow business. 

I must confess that the saying is true the "Grass isn't greener on the other side." 

I got some pretty nasty comments on my last blog which was so hard to write because it was a contest and it I was trying to tie in sweating it out to the product that was being given away.  I wasn't trying to put all my current gym's drama out there for the world to read.  That was not my intention.  In addition, my daughter has been doing cheer for 6 years and the sport has gone progressively more competitive over these 6 years.  In that time, I have been at 3 gyms.  And the same drama happens at them all but with different characters playing the part.  So my advice to all of you is to either get a thick skin and keep to yourself or don't even get involved in the sport.  My son is in baseball and we really don't have any drama there. 

I really like and respect the owners of our gym, sometimes I think they should put a stop to the drama but they can't.  It will consume them like it consumes those involved in it.  They have lives also.

We get really emotional when it comes to our children.  We want them to be happy.  We are like a Mama Bear protecting her cubs.  We will go after anyone that hurts them.  It is good to want to protect them and that is all I want to do. 


Here is my biggest confession of all, I don't want my daughter to be a flyer.  It scares the heck out of me.  I miss the days when she was a base or a front spot.  Yeah, if someone fell she still got blamed but did she have a high risk of getting hurt, not really. 

Unfortunately, I am a tax accountant but fortunately I retired this year to focus on my bow business.  So, historically cheer season has been the most stressful time of the year for me and my family.   So, I let a lot of things bother me that normally wouldn't have.

The last gym I was at I got to know the owner pretty well, I considered her like family.  Now, I look back on things and wish I had handled things differently.  I miss her dearly as a friend and a as a Coach.  She was a role model and a mentor for my daughter.  A lot of times, she had to make some tough decisions.  Maybe she didn't always say things the way I wanted them to but she did the best she could. 

Good Luck at competition today everyone!

Peace, Love & Cheer,




Sunday, January 22, 2012

Degree Girl Don't Fret the Sweat iHome Player and Gift Set Giveaway


I must confess I have really been sweating it out this season.  We have had one 2 Day Competition and one Exposition at a local competition and my daughter hasn't hit all of her stunts yet!  Last year she hit at every competition except her first competition (she didn't fall though) and that was the first competition she ever performed at as a flyer so I didn't really let it bother me.

Well, this is her 2nd season flying and I am really sweating it out.  HELP!  How do you overcome these sweat-inducing moments? 

 This is really hard for me to admit since I don't want to admit that I care what anyone thinks or says but it kills me that the kids and the parents are talking about my daughter.  It bothered me to hear them talk about the other flyers in the pre-season.  They say.....this one needs to stretch more or that one needs to do more privates or they need to pull that girl out of the air..... Well, now I am sure they are all saying it about mine.  My heart is breaking for her. I am trying to stay strong for her but it is tough.  They can say whatever they want about me but my child is a different story. 

What is really most frustrating for me is hearing that the girls are saying things to her during that 2:30 they are on the floor.  It is hard enough to get through a routine after you just fell but then for your fellow athletes to add a negative comment is just horrible.  They should be cheering one another on not dragging them down. 

Degree Girl has send me one of the following giveaway sets to keep so we could give them our take on each item in the set.  We love the iPod docking station, it is perfect for practicing to your team routine at home.




So, here is how you win!
 Leave a comment on this post telling me about a situation in cheerleading that tested your nerves, but through determination, courage and encouragement from friends, you made it through! I need some good advice!

Rules:
  • Leave your comments no later than midnight January 31, 2012
  • Make sure your email address is right.  I only use it to contact the winner.  We will NEVER share or publish it.
  • You must be 13 or older to enter. 
  • We will randomly select 1 winner.
 
 Good Luck and I am looking forward to hearing your great advice.

Peace, Love & Cheer,

 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give others.



I must confess that I need to take my own advice.  I should have read my last blog before this competition.  I said one thing and it came back to bite me you know where.

This was a tough competition for me as the mother of a flyer.  It was the first time I saw my daughter fall out of the air, not once but twice.  Unfortunately, earlier in the morning one of our other teams had a fall and I heard people blaming a particular flyer. So, I was instantly on the defensive.  I think it is our nature as a parent to defend our kids. 

This is a team sport and no one should be blaming themselves or anyone else.  It takes a team to win and a team to lose.

This is our first competition of the season.  I am so proud of how hard our team worked all week.  They bonded together this week like no other team.

I have heard so much trash talking from athletes from other teams it is disgusting.   I am at a loss for words.  To go around and cheer on these teams and trashing the athletes on that team behind their back it is awful.   Seriously, going around talking about who has skills and who doesn't is so disgusting 

We are staying at a hotel on the beach and the teams are writing their names in the sand.  One time is called EPIC and someone wrote FAIL next to it.  Really?  Come on.  

Today, It is a new day on a different stage.   So, it is a fresh start.  

Lisa