It’s hard to believe the holidays are here and that my meet season has truly begun.

I started my Level 9 meet season in November and quite frankly it was the worst meet of my life. I had more falls in one meet than I did in my whole competetive career so far. After that first meet I had so many mixed emotions and feelings of disappointment, frustrations, etc. that it took me a good week to snap out of it. After a good week of reflection and discussions with my coaches and family, I decided that this one meet was not going to determine how the rest of my season was going to go. I was not going to make excuses for myself. Instead, I was going to focus on what I did wrong on the role side and go to work at fixing it. I started really focusing on the details of each routine, from jumps to leaps, to the snappiness of each dance move right into the big skills that I am doing. I realized that I was so focused on the big skills and trying not to fall, that what I was really doing was holding back on everything, and that actually caused me to fall! Oh my! I discovered that going hard for everything actually made everything higher, tighter, prettier and easier to stick like glue!

With that said, I had a full month to focus on that technique and the difference it made was night and day. So much so that at my next meet, which was this past weekend at the PA Judges Cup, I improved over 3 whole points scoring a 37.575 and securing 4 first place finishes.

The moral of this story…GO FOR IT!!!! ALWAYS!!!!

First and foremost I want to thank my Heavenly Father for his never ending love and support and for helping me through the frustrations and trials of that first meet. I also want to thank my loving parents, grandparents, and the rest of my family, friends and wonderful coaches for showing me the greatest support possible. They never doubted my potential for a minute and knew I would bounce back. ~ no pun intended. laugh

My next meet is in the end of January, so much more to follow!

I want to wish everyone a very Blessed Christmas and New Year!

Love and Hugs,
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