As I pack my things and take one last check around the apartment I close the door take a deep breath and realize another season has come and gone. During this time many memories were made, new people had touched my life and my passion for the game continued to thrive.
My time in Seattle felt like it flew by. That’s life though! Time goes by so quickly when you enjoy what you do. But yet so slowly with things you find difficult to enjoy.
Being with the Seattle Reign for the 2014 NWSL season felt like I was holding a slippery bar of soap that I struggled to grasp tightly. Time flew by SO fast, and I am confident it was because I enjoyed every minute of it. The club did an unbelievable job at creating a positive environment for the players and staff. The Reign put together a group of elite players who gelled well on and off the field. I woke up daily wanting to train, to be around my teammates, and to work hard. It was an environment that the club worked very hard to create.
I’m thankful in many ways to have been a part of a club who broke records this season. If I was asked to describe this season in one word I would choose “Special.” Special in the people I met, special in the success that was made, special in the city itself, special fans and their continued support. #LetItReign
Now as I continue my journey in Japan, I’m continually reminded of all the good things and good people in my life. The Japanese style of soccer has brought such a positive influence to my game in so many ways. The Japanese culture has taught me many things and has allowed me to explore who I am and how hard I want to strive to be the complete player.
I encourage everyone to take the time to explore your passions. Once you have truly found it, examine the areas you feel you need to work on, to be the best you can be. There’s always more to learn!
For me it was soccer, and for me I needed to work on my technical and tactical side of the game.
After playing against Inac Kobe I realized Japan was the place for me to work on those areas of my game. I gained much more than just experience with a different style of soccer, I fell in love with the culture and the people. Had I not taken this leap, or followed my passion I’m certain I would not be who I am today. We are who we are because of our experiences. I encourage you to go out of your comfort zone and create your own experiences.
They won’t always go as planned but you will always walk away with a better understanding of who you are as a person and a small insight to what you want in life.
“Be brave take risks. Nothing can substitute experience”
“You have the ultimate responsibility for your experiences”
“Travel is the only thing that you buy, that makes you richer”
“The purpose of life, is living a life of purpose” I am very passionate about my sport and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to do what I love. I enjoy inspiring others through my experiences to shoot for the stars, in whatever their passions in life may be. Whether you want to be a sports player, writer, manager, or a bank teller give it your best and follow your heart. You will find happiness in anything you do!
Inac Kobe Nadeshiko League 2013,
Inac Kobe Nadeshiko League Cup Champions 2013
Inac Kobe Nadeshiko League 2012
Inac Kobe Nadeshiko League Champions 2012
Mobcast Cup Finalists (Lyon vs Inac) 2012
34th Empress Cup Champions 2012
Western New York Flash WPS Regular Title 2011 & Championship Winners 2011
Washington Freedom DC 2010