With my recent 35th birthday that just passed, I spent a bit of time reflecting on the previous year, as well as the upcoming one. As with most years, there were wins, losses, and more importantly, lessons learned. Here are a few of the lessons that year 34 reinforced to me, that I think may … More Three Lessons to Take Into a New Year or Season
Mom guilt is a very funny phenomenon. On one hand your rational mind knows that you deserve a few occasional child free moments, but at the same time your heart is telling you that you shouldn’t spend moments away from your child(ren). Even worse, mom guilt often makes you think you’re a bad mother for … More Having a Life Outside of Motherhood
Even though I’ve hung up my running spikes, there are lessons I learned during my track career that are still very true in retirement. I live by the motto that “comparison is the thief of joy” and this is true reguardless of where you are on life’s journey. As someone who is naturally competitive, I’ve … More Why We Shouldn’t Compare Ourselves
With my husband taking on his new job, and being the extremely hard worker that he is, I had to force him to take two much needed vacations. First we went on a New Jersey trip where we visited my in-laws, relaxed at a water park, and went to the Jersey Shore for the first … More Never Forget to Take Time For Yourself
From a very early age I knew that I wanted children, and made life choices (college major choice, career choice, spouse choice, etc) always keeping that in mind. Then I became a wife and trying for a baby wasn’t as straightforward as I’d hoped (read: My Journey To Motherhood). Then I had my daughter Chidera, … More Dealing With Your Child Not Choosing You
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love and respect my little sister Cindy Sember, and I am incredibly protective over her. So much so that my mom has jokingly called me her “second mom” in the past. For those of you who don’t already know, my sister is a world class hurdler, two … More Watching My Sister Compete As A Spectator For The First Time
With us officially entering summer 2022, I stopped to reflect on the year so far and how different life looks for me these days. This time of the year has been associated with championships and competitions for my whole adult life, so needless to say, I’m adjusting to the new change of pace. There have … More Five Trade-offs From Track Retirement & Lessons Learned
As a retired athlete who had the privilege of competing professionally for twelve years, there are aspects of that lifestyle that I didn’t appreciate as much as I could’ve in the moment. And quite frankly, some aspects that I miss. Not miss in a “let me come out of retirement” kind of way, but miss … More Four Things Not To Take For Granted As A Professional Athlete
Now that I’ve retired from track & field, the idea of “enjoying a track meet” has a very different meaning than it did 12 months ago. For very obvious reasons. It’s no longer a mater of evaluating the track surface, the crowd energy, the caliber of food provided, the warm up facility, the call room … More Consuming Track & Field From A Fan’s Perspective
I have been very blessed to earn many titles and “Mother” is by far my favorite. Well after Christian that is. And I guess being a wife to an incredible man is cool too. But let’s stay focused here. I love being a mom and it brings me an unimaginable amount of joy to raise … More Reflections From Mother’s Day 2022
As a world class athlete who needed to push my body to it’s limits regularly, being vigilant with my diet was very important and a key component of my success on the track. But what about now that I’m retired and am no longer lining up against the best hurdlers in the world at track … More How My Diet Has Changed Now That I’m Retired
Imagine spending a lifetime of blood, sweat, and tears perfecting a craft that you’re borderline obsessed with, and then placing a huge portion of its success into the hands of someone else. Then couple that with the fact that you’re a type A personality and it’s incredibly hard for you to trust people, and to … More How Was it Being Coached By My Husband?
On February 25th & 26th I joined the Big Ten Network team as a color commentator (aka analyst) for the 2022 Indoor Big Ten Track & Field Championships. I was brought on to offer my expertise and insight into the sport and specifically commentate on the field events. Yes, you read that right. Not the … More Becoming a Sports Commentator
Have you ever heard the story of the highly sought after athlete who signs a lucrative contract, competes in sport, then ends up broke shortly after retirement? Unfortunately this scenario is far too common, and I wanted to make sure I did everything in my power to avoid it. It can be a bit difficult … More My Wealth-Building Journey
Far too many athletes retire and are left wondering “what comes next?”. Whether you are leaving your sport after the high school, college, or professional ranks, the transition is inevitable. Whether you made millions of dollars and had a tremendous amount of success, or not, there comes a time when you must hang up the … More Will You Be Prepared For The End?