The last you all heard from me was so many months ago! (6 to be exact). And I know you are all probably wondering, WHERE HAVE I BEEN??? What I’m up to, how my goals are coming and most importantly, if I’m still competing. Well, finally after the long silent drought, I am here to fill you all in on what’s been going on with me, an update on my plans for the blog and most importantly whether I’ll be competing this year or not.
Because it has been so long I wanted to make this blog a little more personal and vlog it (Yes, me awkwardly talking to a camera haha)! But I thought it would also be cool to write as well. So you can continue reading if you’d like or check out my vlog below 🙂
Continue reading Where I’ve Been!?!?!
I hope you all are enjoying my new blog format and site layout. I decided to change the concept of my blog from me boring you all with my life to me potentially helping people to live their lives. I’m very excited to provide information and inspiration for everyone to pursue their goals! And occasionally to bore you all with my life lol. I changed the format because I have always said I wanted to be an inspiration to people and I realized I could use my blog as a platform to do that. So, you can look forward to more post and videos (coming soon), all about helping you achieve your dreams. And check the blog daily to see the daily dose of motivation and inspiration!
What’s going on in my life?
I know my last update, I told you all that I was heading to California to continue to follow/chase my dream and go for London 2017! Well, plans definitely changed to say the least. Continue reading Life Update: The Best of Many Worlds, A Juggling Act
Every month I set a monthly goal list to keep me focused and on track to achieving them. Not only do I have monthly goals but I also have monthly action plans (action plans help with accountability and setting realistic expectations). I encourage you to do the same!
Currently, I am working a full time job as a Financial Analyst and I am a full time athlete training for the 2017 World Championship Trials in June 2017. Most of my days consist of waking up early before work and lifting weights, working an 8 hour day plus an hour lunch (so a 9 hour day), after work doing a track workout session, and finally returning home around 7/8pm.
With my crazy schedule, I realized that even though I’m a highly ambitious person, there is no way I can go after everything I want without burning out. I have a lot of goals that I may need to put off for when I have more time but that doesn’t mean I can’t work towards some of them now.
This month I have a short goal list because this is the first time I’m going to be training and working full time and I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to dedicate towards my aspirations. This month is going to be more about feeling things out.
So here it goes. My first goal list.
Continue reading October Goals!
So, about a week ago I had sort of an epiphany and realized I really enjoy video editing. If you follow my blog you may have seen that I did a few low quality videos on my phone and did some editing for my feature fridays. I’ve also done some video editing for family before and some personal videos. While I enjoyed doing it, I never really thought anything of it. Last week, as I was waking from slumber I realized that it might actually be another passion of mine that I haven’t paid enough attention to.
Continue reading A New Passion???
So… I cut off 95% of my hair! This may be shocking to some people but it’s actually something I’ve been planning since March. If you know me personally, most likely you know my obsession with my hair and my obsession with healthy hair. I’ve studied tons of youtube gurus over the years (since 2011 when I first decided to wear my natural hair) and my bathroom looks like a hair salon.
While I haven’t had a perm since 2006 (10 years!!! That’s crazy!), I have been plagued with Heat Damage since I’ve been natural and this year I’d had enough! One day when looking at the hanging wavy and straight pieces coming from most of my head, I realized it had been 5 years since I started wearing my natural hair and the entire time I’ve had heat damage. I knew I didn’t want to go another 5 years fighting the same battle so I decided to do a big chop after my track season was over. Continue reading Sooo… I Big Chopped!
Sorry it’s taken me so long to give you all an update but a few weeks ago, I competed in the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR. It was an amazing experience and even though I did not make the Olympic team, I was happy that I made it as far as I did. If you read my other post a month before the Trials, I was unsure about how I would perform because my season had taken a turn for the worst. Fortunately, I was able to make it all the way to the semi-finals finishing 13th overall. Coming into the trials I was ranked 20something so coming out in a better position was awesome! And the best part of the whole experience??? Winning the first round and being interviewed on NBC in front of a World Wide Audience!!!!
The Prelims Continue reading My Olympic Trials Experience
31 “He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.” 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
I don’t know if anyone has noticed but I have been hash tagging mustard seed for years particularly when it comes to track. I feel like I’ve always been an underdog and my faith in God has had me do unbelievable things especially in the track world. When I was a child, my father always told me all I needed was the faith of a mustard seed. He even showed me one once. My father is deeply religious and instilled many things in me that I cherish now in adulthood. And this mustard seed faith is just one of many that I have always kept close. Continue reading Mustard Seed – Keeping Faith
I’m so excited to announce that I officially have qualified for the Olympic Trials this July! This past weekend I ran in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA at the Occidental Invitational. I won the race and ran 56.45 a qualifying mark for the Olympic Trials!
I was very nervous going into this race. The competition was stiff and I wasn’t sure how I would run. I had a decent opener the week before but I struggled to find my rhythm. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I stepped on the line. All I could think was I had to go for it and get out! I had been praying for a breakthrough and I could feel that my spirit was at peace… I knew God was with me. When the gun went off and I took my first steps out of the blocks, I knew it was going to be a good race! My rhythm was on and I could feel myself moving fast! As I approached the second curve, I had a mishap and struggled over hurdle 7 and hit it a little but I was able to regain my composure and come off the curve strong, fighting the girl on my inside the whole way. At hurdle 9, I had another setback because I stutter stepped into it. Coming off of hurdle 9 I knew I had to pick it up if I was going to win. I came off of hurdle 10, dug deep and pushed as hard as I could to the finish line and was able to run the girl in the lead down! Continue reading Olympic Trial Standard, World List, Family & Support
I know it’s been a while and many of you have been wondering where I have been. I had a few hiccups and decided to pull back on my blog and social media but I’m back! In today’s post I just wanted to update everyone and let you all know how my first race went! Also, I have a special announcement!
Hiccups On the Journey
One day about a month ago, I suffered from a chronic back spasms that left me almost immobile and barely able to walk or move. I suffered with mobility for about a week and was unable to practice. After a week I was able to gradually start doing more things with little to no pain and after two weeks I was hurdling again. Because of this hiccup, I was unable to compete in the first two meets that I scheduled and pushed my season opener back to this past weekend, April 30th. I didn’t want to jinx it so I went underground for a while.
Season Opener Continue reading Hiccups, Season Opener, Special Announcement
I hope everyone is doing well. As the outdoor season approaches I wanted to give you all an update on how my training is going and give a few tips and advice. And let you all know that my blog is currently going through some changes! It is now Hurdlingthroughlife.com and I will be posting multiple times per week. Some posts will be updates on me and track, others will be informational about hurdles and track, there will be workout tips and health tips post, advice posts and Q&A post (so send me questions!!!) and of course Feature Fridays will continue!
I also wanted to let you guys know that I am working on a Spoken Word Poetry Chapbook that I will be having per-sale for very soon!!! I am currently looking for an illustrator and working on the book cover so it is almost complete! The proceeds will go to my Road to Rio journey! If you want to check out one of the poems that will be in the book click here! Continue reading Staying Prayed Up