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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sending LOVE to BOSTON

Heartache is the only thing that comes to mind when thinking about yesterday's event. Boston is a town that will forever hold a special place in my heart. If I know anything, it is that Boston is one of the strongest communities in the world, and with the world behind them, they will persevere

As the news focuses on finding the perpetrator, I choose to focus on --

The courage and achievement of all the runners who took to the 26.2 mile course yesterday. Finished or not, you all are amazing.

All the people who watched and cheered on not only their loved one's, but all who passed by, knowing the dedication and sweat these runners put into their dream--to participate in the Boston Marathon. 

All the staff at the race, civilians who helped, police officers, paramedics, ER staff, nurses, doctors, and all those who attended to those who where injured, you are truly HERO'S

The runners who went to give blood last night. You exemplify what patriotism really is and how we as Americans care for one another. 

ALL the people who did good yesterday, on a day where one person did evil. You all out number that person and you will be the people I remember. 

Last but not least, I will remember the innocent victims and the families who were directly affected by this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


We Are Boston

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Two Years Later: The emotions and the Growth

April 9th, 2011

2 years have pasted since the split second that changed me. It is extremely hard to go through this day without experiencing every emotion I felt that day all over again. I feel the heat, humidity, the sweat on my face, the joy from scoring the first goal of the season, and the harsh reality of what happened next. They seem to take over and bring tears to my eyes. Even though I still dont know why this happened to me, I understand more and more everyday how this is part of MY JOURNEY.

If it weren't for April 9th I wouldn't of...

Shared everyday amazing moments with my parents, appreciating them more and more daily
Got to watch my brother be a awesome hockey player and cheer him on
Become best friends with my sister again and spend time with my nephew (her black lab Tyrone)
Grown deeper in my FAITH and learned a lot from the community at Red Rocks Church
Coached a super talented bunch of 11/12 year olds who make me smile everyday
Become a yogi with my mom and a coffee connoisseur with my dad
Established long lasting relationships with friends from the past
Started on a road towards a broadcasting career
Supported my friends as they accomplished their goals, got new jobs, and won gold medals
Attended many weddings - sharing in the love, laughter, tears, and of course the dancing
Contemplated getting inked
Spent my first full year in Colorado since I was 17 (and loved every season)
Vacationed -- that's right, actually vacationed
Watched new friendships bloom with people I have always looked up to
Believed in myself, doubted my strength, cried over my knee, appreciated my scars, laughed at myself, and realized I have a deeper strength then I could of ever imagined

2 years is a long time. And although before this day 2 years ago, I had much different plans for these years then those I listed above, I couldn't be more grateful for where life took me. There were amazing ups and there were big downs and a lot of learning along the way. I know now I don't have to be strong every second of my life -- this is a biggest lesson I have learned. And although I have always been biased, I fully believe my family is the most amazing group of people in the world.

~the whole gang at a wedding last summer~
They were strong when I couldn't be. There were many days when I didn't even like who I was and couldn't believe how I was acting. It amazes me that they somehow comforted and loved me throughout this time. I can't even express all they have done for me and feel so grateful for their love and support. 

Today I feel and accept where I am right now. I believe and TRUST I am exactly where I am suppose to be. Most of my days now are filled with thoughts of how healthy I feel, how strong I have got, and how I am the happiest I have been in a long time. After my injury, I knew it would take me a while to get back to playing. I remember thinking to myself, I will play again in two years. Now that time is here and can't wait to see what the future holds :)

As for now, I will feel the impact of this day.
Accepting all my emotions and when tomorrow comes... I will continue to move forward and unfold the journey that awaits me.