Day 1 – Birthday workout

Day 1 Birthday Workout

Just because it was my birthday doesn’t mean I can’t workout. Obviously, you want to do activities that are fun to do on your birthday and working out is an activity I love to do.

My birthday workout consisted of:
• Dead lift
• RDL power shrug
• Walking lunges
• Wheel tuck push-ups
• Band pull-a-parts

This was a great workout and I feel like I am becoming stronger!

You have seen my workout for today and I hope your next workout is very successful!

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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High School Pressures

High school can be a fun and exciting experience. High school can also be a bad and stressful experience, too. During your four years of high school you may fail a test in math, be bullied by mean kids, get into an argument with your friend, or fail to make a team. How you let it effect you is your choice. You have the choice to let it affect you in a negative or positive way. I’m not saying it easy to ignore a bully or study for a big test, however if you take little steps to improve your all-around happiness you won’t regret it.

During your high school years you can face a lot of pressure situations. In reality, there are very few important “pressures” that actually come along with being a high school student. Just so we make this clear, the important pressures are ones like earning good grades, completing your school work, and maintaining good character. These are just normal stuff that comes along with high school.

The negative high school pressures that I’m talking about are dating, drinking, and drugs. Take it from me, I am going to be a junior this year and I have never dated. Guess what? I’m fine. My personal opinion is dating right now is not best for me because I have goals in my life I want to accomplish. Dating would conflict with my goals. I am not saying you should never date in high school. I’m just saying be careful. Most people have goals that they want to accomplish whether it is for that particular year or for life after graduation. If you are not one hundred percent committed and focus to your goals, then dating can influence you and prevent you from reaching them. I have always told myself if I date in high school, then my boyfriend would have to understand my commitment to basketball and my other priorities. The reason I set this standard for myself is because my goals in life are very important to me and I don’t want anything to stop me from reaching those goals. Don’t be afraid to have this conversation before you become in a committed relationship. And hey, it’s high school! There is a very small chance you will marry this person anyway. My advice to you is never feel pressured that you have to date in high school.

The second and most important point I want to strongly stress to you is to not be one of those teens who fall under peer pressure by trying drugs and becoming drunk at parties. I cannot say this enough. There is nothing good about drugs and underage drinking. Unfortunately, we will continually to see underage drinking until people wake up. Many kids who have so much going for them will have it all taken away in the matter of minutes. Using drugs and alcohol have only negative consequences. You will get caught, possible loose a scholarship, be expelled from school, or unfortunately sometimes death occurs.

Please do me favor and more importantly, do you a favor. Don’t try drugs and alcohol even once. If you feel that you won’t be popular or one of the “cool kids” by not trying drugs, then you need to change your way of thinking. If you feel alone and you think that your emptiness inside would be cured by trying drugs, don’t listen to yourself. In fact, talk to me or reach out to a friend. There is always someone willing to listen and help.

High school can be such a fun experience. Don’t let silly things ruin the only fours years you have. Life is too awesome to become caught up in stuff that will bring you down. Remember, to always be yourself, stick to your morals and good things will come your way. I promise.

Much Lovemuch love,

Jae


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Dreams

One thing I really love to do is set goals for myself. Ever since I can remember I have had huge dreams about basketball and playing at very high level. Aside from basketball, I have some pretty big dreams for my life.

Honestly, I would consider myself a huge dreamer. I love life so I want to get the most out of it. For awhile now, I have been creating my bucket list of dreams for my life. I have also been focusing hard on my goals for this blog.

One of my goals is to reach for involves dance. When I was younger I used to take hip hop and lately I have been wanting to get back in it. To me, dance is fun and a great way to express yourself. Another cool dream I have in my bucket list is to go on tour with a performer and just be apart of the experience. So, as you can see my dreams are big and I figure, why not!

All I am trying to say is just go all out and set wild dreams and goals for your self. Don’t hold back. For example besides my goals for basketball, I have goals in fashion. One day I would love the opportunity to have my own clothing line. One thing I want you to know is that you can have goals in all areas of life. Just because I have a dream that has to do with a sport doesn’t mean I can’t have one for fashion too. Same goes to you.

Don’t be afraid to fail. And, don’t be reluctant to accomplish them. The biggest failure is not trying at all. Love life in a positive way and do the things you want to do. Like I said, I love basketball and it’s a huge part of my life because it makes me happy. But I also want to give it a go a try with dancing. It is cool to stretch yourself and have dreams and goals that might seem completely opposite of your main dream or goal. If it is in your heart, then why not give it a try?

Live life, don’t let life direct you and don’t be afraid to be a dreamer!

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

P.S. – Be sure to check out my new video on YouTube! Here’s the link –
http://youtu.be/KkuYKvbzBMQ

P.S.S. – If you have a big dream you want to accomplish, have already accomplished it or it’s just an idea stuck in your head, then send it in to me! I would love to hear about it.

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Overcoming

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“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” -William Shakespeare

Over the years, I have heard so many comments people have made about me and my height. If only I had a dollar for every comment made, I would be a rich girl!

The comments usually made go something like this: “She is too short to play high level basketball” or “She is to small to even consider playing at the next level”? A short comment even come from past teammate. Once, while giving some rebounding pointers to this particular person, she told me she was not taking advice from someone shorter than herself. As if being short meant you were incompetent on knowing how to rebound.

Having only reached 5’1” so far, I have always been the smallest and shortest one on my team. But, that’s never stopped me from playing or giving it my all.

My mother once told me, you are always going to be short and small, so you have to figure out how to play big!

Here is how I have overcome being short:

1. I have worked extremely hard on my ball handling skills so no one could touch me. Over the years I have spent a lot of time in my basement and garage dribbling the basketball perfecting my ball handle skills.

2. When I make a mistake, I never use the excuse I am too small to play. During the summer before my freshman year of high school I worked extremely hard on strength training so I could compete better with bigger, stronger varsity athletes.

3. I continued to work towards my goal and ended up the starting varsity point guard and I was only a freshman.

4. Today, I continue to constantly work on my ball handling, shooting and strength training so I can keep raising my game and not use my height as an excuse.

My story is very important to me and I know there are many more who have faced a bigger challenges than mine. I would love for you to share your story. I am very sure it help someone else trying to overcome some obstacle. If you felt led to share your story, please leave me a message below.

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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E is for Enough Effort?

When you hear the word “effort”, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is “how much work have I put into something”. Effort can really define you as an athlete. It can define you as a person. It can really impress a coach or it can really disappoint a coach.

Everyone gives effort. Some give more than others. Some give effort when they feel like it and some give effort all the time.

If you really want to be the athlete you say you want to be, then you must give good effort all the time and to your fullest capability. Like the old saying goes…”Give 110% all the time”.

Coaches notice more than you think. They will be able to pick out those athletes that give a ton of effort all the time and they will notice which athletes give effort only some of the time.

Learning to give effort as an athletes can transfer over to your everyday life. When things get hard in school or everyday life, do you push through to do your best or do you just do enough to get by?

There have been times when I have been guilty of not given full effort, especially when it comes to school. Have you found this to be true with you? Have you found yourself to tired to study for a test, not feeling like going the extra mile work on a skill, or thinking a certain assignment is simply to hard to even learn. Bottom line is, we have to continuously remind ourselves that we will get through the difficulties and we have to work hard at it!

I have an idea. Why don’t we set a challenge for ourselves this week. How much effort can we give? Let’s set a goal and give it more effort than we every have. And, let’s just not apply it to sports. Let’s apply to everyday life.

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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Walt Disney

“If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It” – Walt Disney

Have you ever had a dream that you really wanted to happen, but obstacles got in the way? Maybe those obstacles made you start believing your dream could not be reached and you became less motivated to make it happen?

You know, if you really have a dream and if you want it bad enough, you can achieve it! That’s why I love this quote so much. If you set your mind to fulfilling your dream, then believe hard it can be accomplished!

As a dreamer myself, I have some pretty big goals in my life. I have hit many obstacles that made me have some doubt, but I eventually over came them. Walt Disney is a huge inspiration to me. He went through many challenges but overcame them. Early on in his career, Walt Disney faced bankruptcy and he was even fired from his job because he was “not creative enough”!

We all know what eventually happen to Walt’s dreams. It is amazing to see what he accomplished in his life time and even after.

Let’s learn from Walt Disney….If you have a dream and you really want it, you can do it!

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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I’m Possible

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“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!”

I really love this quote by Audrey Hepburn. Too often many young women aspiring a dream believe things are impossible because it might seem hard at first.

Sometimes we give up too easy and don’t realize the goal or dream we are striving for is right around the corner.

Always remember, anything is possible if you put your mind too it! You have more power to reach your dreams than you think.

Much Lovemuch love,
Jae

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