Hey guys! Happy April, I hope this becomes a great month for everyone. Today’s blog post is a personal one. At the bottom are some photos from my life recently if you want to look through them at the end. 🙂
Now let’s get right into it. I’ve been doing pretty well lately but senior burnout is defiantly a real thing. My last day of school is May 4th and I couldn’t be more excited…. or nervous. Moving on is a weird feeling but I’m still excited to see what life has in store for me in the future. This school year has been a roller coaster. I’ve improved my skating and mental health tremendously, and I’ve learned so many new things. I still haven’t landed my axel yet but am trying to get there every day and know I’ll get it soon. I’ve also gotten better at footwork and using my edges! My footwork in the program I’m performing on April 16th I have fun doing. At the start of this school year, I still avoided hard footwork and got way too frustrated with it. So, this is something I’m proud of.
I feel excited to perform it this month. I love my song, costume, and artistic moves. It’s been a journey to get to where I am in skating and I’m so grateful for it. Skating has taught me so much and I can’t wait to show it off in this program. Obviously, I can’t fit everything into a program that’s under 2 minutes but I think it’ll be a good overview of what I’ve accomplished so far. I have fallen in love with this program. My last one I didn’t enjoy too much, It didn’t feel like it really represented me well. I know this one does!
Another fun milestone I’ve gotten to is being genuinely stronger and more balanced. I’ve worked hard on my strength building this year so when I get to higher moves and jumps I have the strength I need to complete them. While doing this I realized I wasn’t as balanced as I thought I was. So naturally, I began working on gaining better balance too. Not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well.
I’ve gotten more balanced with my hard work and play which in turn has helped me handle stress better and be less burnt out all the time. Work hard, play hard. I ran into the problem last year of working 24/7 and not giving myself a break which: wasn’t productive because I was too tired to do good work, wasn’t healthy, I actually got physically sick from it, and it wasn’t good for my mental health or creativity. So take my advice and take a break. During this time though I slowly learned to lean on God more and not my own capabilities, which took a load of stress off my shoulders. I still get stressed out but now I can rest in him instead of constantly worrying.
And on top of all of these milestones, I started writing a book and consistently practicing writing different forms. This school year I found out I have a love for writing. I post some excerpts and random writings on my personal Instagram page if you want to see them (Link below). It’s been really nice this year to explore new things and find what I love doing. Can’t wait to find out more about myself as I continue to grow! What have you learned this year? What do you love doing? Let me know in the comments!