Immediately when I moved to Ames, Iowa I hit the ground running. I jumped on the ice to help lead a development summer camp for Peewee's and Bantams the first day I arrived and I started skating with my High School team once a week. Since day one, I have landed two jobs, started personal training, signed a lease for an apartment, attended a race at the Iowa Speedway, went to a golf outing and a whole lot more. Simply put, I have not had much time to reflect and collect my thoughts. Therefore that is what I am going to attempt here right now and still not everything may come out the way I would like it too.
Anyways, I have been in Iowa for 2 weeks exactly now and I have been actively involved in the organization I will be coaching as well as getting my feet on the ground and running. I have found myself numerous times now, sitting down, laying down, starring off, driving my car, etc thinking to myself. I never imagined I would be where I am today at age 23-years-old. I find myself very often looking back on the person I was 1,2,3 years ago and what I was doing and constantly thinking I did not picture myself to be here in Iowa at this moment.
With each thought and wonder. I always follow with, this is going to be the best four, five, six years of my life in Iowa. I'll admit I sometimes wish I was back in New York or New Jersey with friends and family. But again I am quickly reminded that I am here today because this is the best place for me to be. As I said before I never imagined to be here. I never thought I would be perusing my dreams of being a hockey coach. I never thought I would be officially becoming a personal trainer. But what I have always imagined for myself and something that I will do no matter where I end up is. Doing something that is bigger than myself. I am extremely passionate about coaching and giving back to the game of hockey. And not many times are you put into a situation that allows you to come in and become a contributor to a program from a "higher up" stand point.
While I miss home, friends and New York food (LOL). Being apart of something bigger than myself and doing my absolute all for the program, along with starting my career in personal training and perusing my Masters in Kinesology I cannot be more grateful and excited to begin this chapter in Iowa. I would not have dreamed this day in my life. To be 23 and in Ames Iowa coaching a High School hockey team but the beauty of life and how things work is that. No matter how much planning, preparation, thought, etc you put into that big vision board of yours. At the end of the day, you truly never know where life will take you. But, when life takes you somewhere you never imagined, you embrace it, you welcome it with open arms and you work your f**king a** off to be the best person you can be.
All in all, do not get caught up in the planning of life. Enjoy the process, be yourself, find a passion, peruse it relentlessly and never ask why, how, who or what. Just say "yes" , put your head down and work.
What's your excuse for not being the absolute best you can be today? If it sounds ridiculous when you say it out loud. Then get up and get moving.
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AMHA Head Coach JV/Varsity High School