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IN THE LIFE: This category is a series of blogs written by the Winning Women founders sharing their lives and hearts with you. Check out their journey!

in the life: A different and unexpected path

I would now embark on a position that required fundraising and not moving back home. It wasn’t what my parents had in mind for me, but it was exactly...

Tags: Female Athletes, Moms of Athletes, In the Life

where is god in the losing?

We just ended year three of this HC (head coaching) gig. This was to be the year we turned the program around. My coach had high hopes, I had high hopes, and our team had high hopes! But as you can guess...

Tags: Female Athletes, Female Coaches, Coaches Wives, Moms of Athletes, Community, Endurance, Prayer, True Success

Misunderstood

Throughout my collegiate years, I struggled through unknown medical issues as I competed as a cross country and track athlete. I would get halfway through a race with normalcy and confidence, only to be zapped of energy in the second half. A strong stride would slip into...

Tags: Female Athletes, Female Coaches, Coaches' Wives, Moms of Athletes, Female Professionals, Loneliness, Identity, Performance, Pressure

how do you intentionally engage others?

I could tell there was a girl who was quiet and not fully present to what we were doing. Challenge accepted. I was determined to find a way to connect with her. I could tell...

Tags: Female Coaches, Female Professionals, Moms of Athletes, Community, Loneliness

Blinded by november part 3: The Team around the team

I could often hear the parent on the other line with the first question of the evening, “Well…did you win?” which were followed by “how many goals did you score?” or “how many saves did you have?”. None of these statistics...

Tags: Female Coaches, Moms of Athletes, Anxiety and Worry, Performance, Motivation, True Success, Love of the Game

blinded by November Part 2: Coaching

If I said, “Our goal is to have zero turnovers and get the ball to this player,” we would turn the ball over after three passes. However, if I said, “Get a player up advantage by maintaining possession and get the ball to this player for the reward,” they would complete 8-10 passes flawlessly...

Tags: Female Coaches, Moms of Athletes, Performance, Pressure, Motivation

Blinded by november Part 1: Youth sports affect athletes at every age

“Go to the NCAA tournament!”, “Win the conference!”, “Shut out opponents in the championship!”, “Be the #1 seed!”, would be the goals the team shouted out in our meeting as I scribbled their answers on the white board. “Okay, great. Great goals. But...”

Tags: Female Coaches, Female Professionals, Moms of Athletes, True Success

IN the life: A change of Heart

Entering the college years was a huge change. I lost everything that had “kept me on top” in high school. I was no longer playing sports competitively (intramurals does not cut it). I no longer had close friends by my side. I was no longer...

Tags: In the Life, Female Athletes, Moms of Athletes

In the life: my spot in the stands

“Sub her! She’s hit three balls out”! came the words of the parents of my daughter’s teammate toward my daughter...

Tags: In the Life, Moms of Athletes, Identity, Community

I care about how my kids look during their sporting events

When we were kids, my younger brother owned a sweatshirt with words on the front that read, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you look playing the game.” Oddly enough, this statement was accompanied by a cartoon penguin wearing a baseball cap...

Tags: Moms of Athletes, True Success, Performance

In the Life: Hidden underneath

I desperately wanted my small group leader to ask me more about the prayer request I had mentioned. I wanted someone to know I was struggling and care enough to press in and talk with me about it because they cared. But I was also afraid to...

Tags: In the Life, Female Athletes, Moms of Athletes

A Legacy worth living

Legacy is a term used in athletics to define what we leave behind and are remembered for. In athletics, we strive to be that person who leaves a mark and is remembered for MVP’s and other awards, or a team remembered for winning the championship, or...

Tags: Female Athletes, Female Coaches, Coaches Wives , Moms of Athletes, Female Professionals, True Success, Giving God Glory

in the life: the hidden Girl in Sports

I knew there was more. I wanted more. More of God. More from myself and my efforts. I wanted to please God and others. I wanted to lead well and be successful. And I wanted to avoid conflict, discouragement, struggle, stress, negativity, etc. All of it made me feel like...

Tags: In the Life, Female Athletes, Moms of Athletes

When the race feels long

Have you ever felt like the demands of your schedule leave you constantly running?  Have you ever just yearned for a few hours of nothing to do, no place to be, and that long lost thing we call free time?...

Tags: Female Athletes, Female Coaches, Coaches Wives, Moms of Athletes, Female Professionals, Endurance, Finding Rest, Spiritual Health

THE witness of a coach's wife

“What in the world is that coach thinking?” “Poor coaching is what lost that game for us.” “Is that coach even watching the same game we are?” “Does he even really care about these kids?” As a fan sitting in the bleachers at a game...

Tags: Coaches Wives, Moms of Athletes, Prayer, Community

WELCOME TO THE CONVERSATION!

The sports world is a male dominated culture. That is not wrong or bad, but it can sometimes really be tough being a female in this realm. Opportunities for females have greatly increased, especially since Title IX was enacted in 1972. For this we are incredibly grateful as sports can and do play a huge factor in ...

Tags: Female Athletes, Female Coaches, Coaches Wives, Moms of Athletes, Female Professionals

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