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12 Mar On Quitting

Do you ever get told you're doing too much? It's my most popular criticism from people who really know me. I'll sometimes angrily respond in my head, You just don't have the stamina I do!!! but end up crying a few days later because I'm overlwhelmed. Yesterday I paced the 8th floor hallway of Concordia University's Music department, mustering up the courage to make the I quit call. I paused to look at the city below from a floor to ceiling window and contemplate. While deep in thought, some music students came out of a nearby classroom: "Don't jump!!!" they joked. With feelings of, Will I lose out on opportunities if I quit? Am I letting him down? Am I just lazy? Maybe I can manage to do this all? I feel sooo bad!, it probably looked like I wanted to. Jerked out of my overanalysis by their laughter, and my response, which was, "But I can fly!!!", I...

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08 Dec If God were Energy…

I think of this often, namely because I hang with yogis and they tend to characterize any supreme being as such. Energy. My friend, Kieran, tells me I have amazing energy, like it's something I carry with me. He says it in a spiritual way, and I like how it makes me feel. It makes me wonder if he's tuning into the spirit of God in my heart - that thing Jesus said was going to come after he'd ascend to heaven. That thing that descended upon the people like a violent, rushing wind. Like fire. Like Energy. I flirt with ideas of universalism and ask if Kieran's experience of energy could be my same experience of the God of Christianity, only described using different words? But then C.S. Lewis shows up and challenges me, as I'm sure he will you: "One reason why people find [Energy] so attractive is that it gives one much of...

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14 Nov Keep calm and carry on? (Reflection while in Haiti)

Haitians keep calm in chaos. Someone scrambles to take my bag, Daniel says no without a grimace. A motorcyclist cuts us off, we almost hit him, Daniel only utters a calm something under his breath. When life is obviously imperfect before his eyes, he knows to carry on anyway. I wonder what would happen if we weren't so disillusioned by the idea of perfection....

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09 Oct SHIP YOUR IMPERFECTION!!!

A few months ago, I posted a song on YouTube, Made It (remember, thaaat one?!), which served as the birthplace for a lot of fun opportunities in my music career. Well, guess what? I was not going to post it! It was really imperfect. At least to me. The real video dude didn't show up - he chose his Audi commercial over me! (How dare he!) We were missing equipment, we had to do many takes as a result, I feared my moodiness about Audi boy had come through on the recording and BLABLABLABLABLA. I just wasn't pleased. But, my friends were at the Olympics. And the opening ceremonies were the next day. So, I asked if I could still do what I set out to do even though it wasn't exactly as I had hoped? Could my goal to inspire my teammates at the Olympics be met? Would some flat notes and slip-ups ruin it...

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21 Sep Then and Now

Five months ago our team missed qualifying for the Olympic Games. It was so sad. I cried in my hotel room in Italy, asking so many questions about why. I trusted God was good, but I didn't understand why all our hard work had not amounted to the fulfillment of our dreams. I got home and got busy because I'm one to think taking action helps with sorrow. I took a class in TO, took a trip to Nashville, took another class in Ottawa, played some shows, and I began to feel ok. I sometimes woke from dreams with tears or would randomly cry when retelling our story, but I was ok. I had hope. A couple weeks before the Olympics began, I was sitting on my blue couch doing my morning ritual of journaling and reading the Bible. I became really unfocused as ideas began to fill my mind. I condemned myself for...

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05 Sep Would You Dare Say It?

Your dream? Specifically? With detail? Would you profess it aloud? So everyone knows you're going for it? What's the risk? That it doesn't come true and everyone knows? The truth is, if you write it down and hang it on the wall in a public place, like your workplace, it will stare you in the face like a laser-beam when the dream goes unfulfilled. You'll cry. And they'll all know you failed. But they'll all know you went for it, too, the way I know my friend went for it when I saw her dream on the wall. Literally. She hung it up for all of us to see. I know what she was shooting for.  And I now know it didn't happen as planned.  But I am so moved by her courage to dream boldly and tell the world about it. She's sad, I'm sorry, and yet I'm inspired by her beauty. What if an honest effort towards anything great is...

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20 Jul I Wake from Dreams with Tears

I just woke with tears in my eyes. I dreamed of the moment after not qualifying for the Olympics. I handled it way different in the dream, though. I had a pool noodle, and I was hitting stuff with it. Like, RAWRRR!!!  I was expressing my frustration by physically beating on things. And then we had some meeting where my coach was saying stuff I thought was totally inappropriate for the moment, so I just got up and gave him the finger. I made some motion that he had no cojones. And then I realized my trainer was nearby, whom I really respect, and I felt shame. He was still loving, though. He was loving in the dream I woke up from a few weeks ago, too, crying. I showed up at a tennis court, and there he was training some people with his awesome drills. It was another group, another team, another...

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21 Jun If you’re going to university…just to go to university…

I would consider this: "A report from the Association of Graduate Recruiters in the UK noted 3.4 percent fewer college-level job openings were available in 2003 than in the previous year. An average of forty-two people applied for each of these jobs, as opposed to thirty-seven the year before, meaning that the scramble for good jobs is becoming more frantic, even with a high-level education. China, which boasts the world's fastest-growing economy, has seen huge numbers of college graduates (some estimates have it at 30 percent of the more than three million who graduate annually) going unemployed." "The plain fact is that a college degree is not worth a fraction of what it once was. A degree was once a passport to a good job. Now, at best, it's a visa. It only gives you provisional residence in the job market. This is not because the standards of college degrees are lower...

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19 Jun Participate or Advocate?

I keep bumping into people who ask me what I'll do with myself after water polo.  A number of people have asked if I've considered personal training.  I explain that sport and fitness will always be a part of my life, but that I'm more interested in training people's minds and hearts than bodies. The truth is, we can't do everything if we want to be excellent at something. And I know that personal training is not quite my element.  All of us have to choose between a good and better option.  I'm beginning to ask myself these two questions as I hone in where I direct my energy. 1) In what will I participate? Participating is taking part  and sharing with others.  You show up and enjoy. I participate in yoga and running, for example.  I get more than I give. 2) Of what will I be an advocate? Advocating requires taking...

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15 May I used to think…

...there were particular characteristics a person needed for me to admire them.  Conceptually, I understood what it'd take to be inspired.  For example, you'd have to be well-read and well-traveled if you wanted me to really look up to you.  (Well-read means you're smart, well-traveled means you have perspective.) But then it happened that I met June.  She doesn't care for traveling, other than to visit her family in New Mexico.  She loves to stay home in sunny Los Angeles.  There are people there to love, and that's all she needs to live her purpose.  And I want to be like her. Then it happened again when I realized Krystina, our team captain, doesn't read books nor care for them whatsoever.  But I am inspired by her!  She has incredible courage, includes the wallflower and makes me laugh so hard. It turns out being well-read and well-traveled are only bonuses to what really...

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