Who is your team?
TEAM: “A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project.”
Coming off the heals of winning the Class D Volleyball State Championship as part of the coaching staff, surely the word team is echoing in my mind. As an athlete/player in high school and college, as a coach for 8 years, as a member of a family of 7 growing up along with a large extended family, as a part of a community through all stages of life, as a part of a 10 plus staff at The Redheads for almost 20 years, and as a mother of two kids & a wife in a partnership of 17 years, I have hugely depended on the value of what being a true team member means. Every “team” I have been fortunate enough to be a part of has deeply enriched my life and continues to encourage me to be my best self.
In high school, I was a part of several teams as I played volleyball, basketball & tennis, I was a part of student council, national honor society, and drama. I was a class member, a community member. The value of team in all of these arenas taught me about life lessons that have played through out my entire life. Sports, in particular, seemed to impact me the most. Larry & Laurie Glass were mainly why. They believed in me, in us, asking us to do the same. This is why I coach young women in volleyball and basketball. The team aspect of sports asked me to dig deeper than I ever had before to reach a common goal. It made me take a long look at myself, and most importantly, take a look at my fears and dare to over come them. One of my most favorite mantras is to ask myself to motivate out of love as opposed to fear. In motivating out of love, for myself first, then for those on my team, I was a part of teams that reached goals that many thought impossible. We believed. In ourselves. In each other. In our abilities. In our goals.
This is what I saw this past weekend in the amazing Leland Varsity Volleyball team. Maddie, Eva, ViAnna, Brennan, Julie, Rachel, Jennifer, Natalie, Taylor, Kira, Rowan, Allie & Ella accomplished so many incredible things over their 3- 6 plus years of dedication to Volleyball (and believe me, it was true-grit-all-out dedication), but on Saturday they were a perfect and complete set of precious beings with a full set of complimentary skills to complete their goal to bring home the ultimate trophy, to have their names forever etched on the gym walls, to burn the ships and they had come to conquer. I am filled with great admiration, inspiration and pure joy knowing that these amazing young women accomplished this goal and forever they will remember and know that they can and did. They believed. And I know that their belief in themselves and each other have impacted hundreds, even thousands of people…because that is what love does…spreads like wild fire, burning the fear.
So, to those graduated athletes that maybe made it to quarters, or semi’s or finals and didn’t quite get the final title, know that your dedication and determination helped these fine ladies find their way. They wouldn’t have believed it was possible with out you showing them that it was…with out them believing it to be true it wouldn’t have been possible. This is important for us all to remember in whatever we do as our choices do impact those around us and beyond. The Friday, before State Finals last weekend, Laurie shared a story about her Volleyball team in 1978 that brought home the first Leland Lady State championship. Her story and her team helped fuel this years team to their victory, as it has helped pave the way to so many other accomplishments as well. And the program that Laurie has developed as LHS is simply incredible. Laurie, Jane, Travis, Beth, Gwen & Jen are my team and I am honored to be a part of such pure love: for the game, for the girls, for the goals, & for the full set of complimentary skills needed to have such a joyous and successful program. Yeehaw!
As far as my other teams:
My whole health team~ Flora, Marie, Kathi, Russ, Cathy, Michelle to start…
My community~ so many close dear friends, other special people whom have supported me in one way or other for years.
My family~Aaron, Olive, Wyn, Mom, Dad, Christen, Heather, Jacqueline, Elizabeth, Melissa, Jason, Edward, Tyler, Kelly, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins on all sides…
My dear Redheads crew~ Jessica, Craig, Chef, Matt, Katie, Kolene, Jenna, Kerry, Christen and all you wonderful summer staff.
Thank you for helping me grow, challenging me, asking me to be my best self. I am grateful for each and everyone of your special individual skill sets that have incredibly, positively affected my life.
I ask gratitude be my carrier wave that makes change, that manifests the difference I intend.
Thanks for the love y’all. Living it Sassy is where it’s at!!!