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Episode # 18 – Can An App Find My Athlete A Scholarship?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s topics: Andrew’s journey as a professional athlete and all about his amazing Apps.   I’m joined by Andrew Fair. He is a professional basketball player, creator of YouthKinect and HoopKinect Apps, Author and an all-around awesome guy!   Andrew’s journey to becoming a professional athlete after suffering an injury.   How traveling for his career broadened his horizons and taught him about hard work.   How Andrew started his YouthKinect App and how the App helps high schoolers find scholarships for college.   HoopKinect App’s development and how it helps athletes find agents and teams.   Links & References:   You can connect with Andrew: www.thehoopkinect.com, YouthKinect in App Store When a Son Knows His Mother’s Heart   My name is Andrew Fair, 2012 Business Management graduate from the University of St. Francis, founder of YouthKinect, and current professional basketball player.…

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Episode #17 – How Do I Build My Athlete’s Confidence?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: How do I build my athlete’s confidence?   To help answer this question, I’m joined by Coach Jenn. She’s going to share with us how she helps teen athletes build the tools, the team, and the toughness to win in school, sports and life.   What it means to be “confident” and what you should strive for.   The three elements you need to build confidence and belief: Courage, Consistency, and Confidence   The two elements of belief and emotion and how they play into confidence.   How goal, community and team, and habits can help your child enjoy their athletic journey.   Links & References:   You can connect with Coach Jenn: jenn@jennstarkey.com A League Of Your Own: Leadership Lessons with All-Star Athletes Who Want YOU to WIN in Sports, School and Life!   While competing as a Division…

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Simple Ways To Add Some Me Time To Your Busy Sports Mom Calendar

Sports mom confession. It can all feel so overwhelming.   Everyday life is so scheduled with activities including eight or more hours of work, child care, school, church and community activities, volunteering     And then add to all of that the demands of busy sports schedules. Plus, we still need to balance our relationships too.   So more times than not we feel we have an excuse for not having enough time to do something, especially when it comes to self-care.   For a long time, I felt like it was impossible to take care of myself while taking care of my family, keeping up with the house and running a business. You have probably felt the same way as you manage all the aspects of your busy life! But there is a way to solve this through scheduling and calendaring.   The first step is to start adding…

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Create a Self-Care Survival Kit

In the back of my car (aka my portable locker room) is my Sports Mom Survival Kit. It includes things like first aid, toiletries, extra clothes, snacks, extra technology and portable sports chairs.   Basically anything I might need to survive a weekend of sports!     But it wasn’t until recently I thought about the need for a Sports Mom SELF-CARE Survival Kit.   So what the heck is it?   A Self-Care Survival Kit is a personalized box of fun things to use or do to pamper yourself. When you’re sad, stressed, or just feel like it, you can pull this box out and enjoy. The survival kit will help you loosen up, relax and reconnect with the bigger picture. And making a kit can be just as rewarding as using one!   It can be a “Girls Night In” activity to do with friends (especially your sports…

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How a Little Me Time Can Improve Your Attitude

Until recently when I thought about “me time” I thought about running away from the stresses of my daily routine.   Then my sports mom bestie told me how she shifted her focus to running toward the pleasure of “me time” without guilt and without regret.   When you are focused on the rewards of what you’re doing, you’re in the driver’s seat of your life. Whether the reward is feeling powerful, a mani/pedi, brunch with a friend, new shoes, a bath, or a mental health day off work, when your intention is fixed on moving forward, toward pleasure, you are taking responsibility for getting where you want to go. – Amy Carrillo, Life Coach & Sports Mom of four   Whoa! I instantly let go of the negativity and guilt and my attitude improved. I was actually looking forward to planning “me time” for the first time in a while.…

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Episode #16 – How Can I Talk To My Athletes About Their FEAR?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:   Today’s questions: When we feel fear (as an athlete, especially as a female athlete), what we do with that emotion of FEAR? Especially when we don’t want to admit it because we feel like it makes us look weak?   To help answer this question, I’m joined by Coach Christen Schnefaus who speaks all over the country to athletes, parents, and coaches about Handling Fear. We discuss how fear works in our minds and how to be there for your female athlete.   How to get rid of the “tap dancer” and get real with your feelings.   The way fear undermines our confidence.   Why sharing our fears and doubts is important and how you can encourage those conversations with your athletes.   How to build a good relationship with your teenage athlete and some tips to encourage an open relationship.…

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Simple Self-Care Tips and Ideas For The Busy Sports Mom

I love watching my daughter dance. I love the movement. I love the flow, beauty, and grace of dancers.   I have a sports mom bestie who loves watching mixed martial arts. She loves the physicality of the fight. She loves the intensity, strength, and finesse of the fighters.   We are different, but we both have strong emotions when watching our athletes.   Self-care is similar. It’s a very broad term and can honestly mean anything. “Me time” can be described, and enjoyed, by each person differently.   To one person it can be about doing anything fun and exciting, but to the next person, it’s about being quiet and fully relaxed in the moment. And even then, someone else might think it’s a combination of both. Self-care is an individualized plan of activities that will allow you to be mentally, physically and emotionally healthy.   So if you…

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Why Is Me Time Important Especially for Sports Moms?

  As sports moms, we sacrifice.   Most often it’s our time we sacrifice so we can help keep our family’s busy schedules running smoothly.   So what happens?   Yep, our needs get put on hold. We give up “me time”. But neglecting yourself and putting your needs on the back burner inevitably leads to an unhealthy and unbalanced life.   And really self-care is simply doing the things you like to do that helps you feel happy and healthy.   There really is no limit to what self-care is because it’s all about what you like doing for yourself. When you do those things, you are a happier person, parent, spouse, sibling, and friend. And instead of drained and exhausted, you show up at your child’s game with joy and excitement and ready to be an active member of your “sports family”.   Every sports mama is unique.…

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What is Sports Mom Me Time?

Recently I was talking with another sports mom about self-care (aka “me time”) when she said something I found myself nodding in agreement with. “I’m all about self-care,” she said. “Well…I dream of being all about self-care.”  – Natalie Gingrich, Business Owner and Sports Mom of two Yep, she nailed it. I’m also all about the idea of self-care, but moving from wishing for it to making it happen can be overwhelming when there is so much happening personally, professionally, and then add hectic sports schedules to the mix! So we are going to dive headfirst into self-care (which is simply “me time”) and move from just “dreaming of being all about self-care” to truly taking care of ourselves. So What Does Self-Care Really Mean? Self-care is the act of taking care of yourself. It is doing exactly what you need to do to feel the best all around. This…

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What is Self-Care?

Recently I was talking with another sports mom about self-care (aka “me time”) when she said something I found myself nodding in agreement with.   “I’m all about self-care,” she said. “Well…I dream of being all about self-care.”  – Natalie Gingrich, Business Owner and Sports Mom of two   Yep, she nailed it.   I’m also all about the idea of self-care, but moving from wishing for it to making it happen can be overwhelming when there is so much happening personally, professionally, and then add hectic sports schedules to the mix!   So we are going to dive headfirst into self-care (which is simply “me time”) and move from just “dreaming of being all about self-care” to truly taking care of ourselves.   So What Does Self-Care Really Mean?   Self-care is the act of taking care of yourself. It is doing exactly what you need to do to…

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