Thankful Thursday

I’ve never been one to share much about me or what’s really going on in my life, it’s easier to write about all the amazing soccer in San Antonio. On Thanksgiving I typically gave the obligatory answer of “I’m thankful for my family and friends.” 2018 has been the year to say “yes” and do different things, obtain new experiences. In honor of closing out 2018, you are getting all me in this article.

  • I’m sure most of you think I’m going to say I’m thankful for SAFC, a growing women’s amateur game in SA, or how I’m thankful we live in a country where women have the freedom to wear pants and shorts and can play soccer. Those are all true statements. I am thankful for all these things and a whole lot more.
  • I am thankful for beaches
  • I am thankful for my cats
  • I am thankful for Netflix
  • I am thankful for PBS. I REALLY love PBS shows. A LOT!
  • I am thankful for pumpkin pies. I just made 10 of them.
  • I am thankful for sweatpants and wicking shirts
  • I am truly thankful for friends. I learned about friendship through my surgical process this past year. I tore the cartilage at the top of my femur and had bone spurs on my hip. I’m not sure how I was walking before surgery. Nothing is more humbling than the inability to do simple things, like make yourself something to eat. I asked a few people to come over to make sure I didn’t die while I laid on the couch semi-unconcious, making them watch Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. They brought me Pho, made me pancakes, and one person even scooped my cat litter and put my trash can out. I have never felt so helpless in my life.
  • I never thought I’d say I’m thankful for surgery. Those words probably are rarely conjoined, but I genuinely mean them. I am thankful I can walk and run and move without pain. I can’t remember the last time my stride was so long!
  • I am thankful for the best Physical Therapist, Kimberly Wolf-King who pushed me and got me back in action faster than I thought I could be. Who also was great to talk to about soccer.
  • I am thankful for the strong female role model of my boss, who is now my boss’s boss, to believe in my professional ability and for seeing the potential in me. For building me up when others had torn me down. She continues to be a strong business professional leading the way for many. She also taught me it’s ok to wear bright sparkly shoes to work. Be your own person. #heroineheels
  • I am thankful for my #tourdefour crew who was crazy enough to let me be the tour guide and travel agent for going to Women’s World Cup 2019 in Paris and encouraging me to not buy a house because this is waaaaaay cooler. And they put up with my many messages about historic sites and wine tours. Watch out Versailles!
  • I am thankful for my referee family, remarkable people accomplishing big goals. I have never met such a group of people who challenge and push each other to stretch it to the limits and be better than you were yesterday. People who are vulnerable about their abilities with each other and invite advice. Thank you for pushing me to be in the middle of games I never thought I’d even be near.
  • I am blessed and amazed that you all read what I write. I write from my mind and my heart, emphasis on MY. The interest, care, and friendships that have evolved have been tough for me to fathom. You LOVE me!
  • I am thankful for the amazingly talented individuals I have met through writing these articles. To be able to sit down, usually over coffee, to share about mutual passions. I had to make sure I shut my mouth or we would never have made any progress.
  • In am thankful for Jenica, my partner in this Las Rojas venture. Who is my editing god, because as you can tell I am hopeless without her. She believed in my writing when I just thought it was fun.
  • I know I can speak for Jenica when I say how thankful we are for you, our readers.
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