Why Did I Rejoin Winter Guard?

Why Did I Rejoin Winter Guard?

I am beyond lucky to call them "my" team
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As many of you do know when I was in high school I did color guard. Color guard is when you spin flags/ weapons during marching band performances. My friend at the time introduced me to Winter Guard which is basically the same thing but only the guard preforming in competitions and it is a little more advanced. Now I knew about winter guard since day one of doing color guard but I decided to do it my senior year, thinking color guard would only be an interest that stayed in high school. But boy was I wrong. Entering college comes with a lot of stress, meaning all of the 1am fast food runs started to prove their point. I started to miss something; something felt like it was missing all the time but I did not know what it was. Currently I am in my second semester at STAC and I realized what it was, it was Winter Guard. I missed it so much I rejoined. The team is called Pegasus Too. The age limit is 21 so I thought to myself; doing this one more time will only make me happier and stronger. I missed performing so much and I wanted the taste of something different yet challenging so I can balance out that missing piece.

Being 20 now you would think I have people around me the same age or older, nope a lot of the girls/guys on the team are younger than me and much more talented in my opinion, even the people who are older much more talented than I. I am a person who admires talent so admiring all of them is just what I do; it makes me feel so honored to be on such a loving team with such loving and talented individuals. Everyone on the team is so amazing I am beyond lucky to call them “my” team. Even after long practices where I am sore and all I want to do is lay down, I just think to myself as I lay down “wow, thanks to color guard I finally feel more complete.”

Growing up getting yelled at was not something I was fond of, in fact I hated it so much I would just ignore the people yelling at me. I never knew anyone who liked getting yelled at so this is not really a surprise to many people. When I entered high school that feeling of people yelling at me did not bother me, the negative feedback I got from adults did not bother me as much as I thought it would. It’s all about having resilience and taking the negative feedback from others and growing. From the constant yelling I got in high school to do better and the similar and less harsh yelling I get at winter guard, I appreciate it. Please, tell me what I did wrong, I want nothing more than to make myself better. Maybe that is why in high school I got the award “most improved” because I only wanted to improve myself instead of not doing anything about it at all. Seeing myself grow in Pegasus once again is making me “relive my youth.” It is making me realize and learn that even if you stopped something for 2 years does not mean the muscles can forget.

A you tuber said this and this saying caught my attention and it is something that I relate too. “I do not have one talent that I am perfect at; I have many small talents that I am mediocre with so it looks like I am well-rounded.” It sounds pretty demeaning, but it is something that I shockingly admire, I am not perfect at color guard meaning it is not a huge major talent of mine, but I do have that as one of my many small talents that I am okay at and that is okay with me.

I am so happy I rejoined winter guard once again; it makes me a better person and makes me look forward to things. I am very thankful for that, excited for this season to be in full effect!

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50 Things To Be Happy About

It's the little things in life.
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It is always easier to pick out the negatives in life. We tend to dwell on them and drown out the happy moments. I asked a friend to tell me something that made them happy. They sarcastically laughed at my question then thought about it for a minute. Nothing. But they could easily come up with things that made them unhappy. Then I read them my list, and they were smiling and laughing in agreement the whole time. There are so many more things to be happy and laugh about than we realize. After all- it's the little things in life that can mean the most! Here are 50 things that make me happy. What are your 50?

  1. The first warm day of the year
  2. Laughing so hard your abs ache
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Looking through old pictures
  5. The smell of a coffee shop
  6. Eating cookie dough
  7. Reading a bible verse that perfectly fits your current situation
  8. Seeing someone open a gift you got them
  9. Eating birthday cake
  10. A shower after a long day
  11. Marking something off your to-do list
  12. Drinking ice cold water on a really hot day
  13. Dressing up for no reason
  14. Breakfast food
  15. Being able to lay in bed in the morning
  16. Finding something you love at the store
  17. And it’s on sale
  18. Cute elderly couples
  19. When a stranger compliments you
  20. Getting butterflies in your stomach
  21. Taking a nap
  22. Cooking something delicious
  23. Being lost for words
  24. Receiving a birthday card in the mail
  25. And there's money in it
  26. Finally cleaning your room
  27. Realizing how fortunate you are
  28. Waking up from a nightmare and realizing it wasn't real
  29. Fresh fruit
  30. Walking barefoot in the grass
  31. Singing along to a song in the car
  32. Sunrises
  33. Sunsets
  34. Freshly baked cookies with a glass of milk
  35. Summertime cookouts
  36. Feeling pretty
  37. Looking forward to something
  38. Lemonade
  39. Comfortable silences
  40. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  41. Surviving another school year
  42. The cold side of the pillow
  43. The smell of popcorn
  44. Remembering something funny that happened
  45. Laughing to yourself about it
  46. Feeling weird about laughing to yourself
  47. Printed photographs
  48. Wearing a new outfit
  49. The sound of an ice cream truck
  50. Feeling confident
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10 Ways To Keep Your Workout Motivation According To A Personal Trainer

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Keeping your motivation for working out is one of the number one reasons why I think people fail to achieve their fitness goals.

Now I am no "fitness guru" by any means, and I have lost my motivation many times and worked back up.

No one is perfect when it comes to working out, and everyone can have different methods that are successful but from what I have seen, and talking to a few personal trainers, these are some of the best ways to keep your motivation and not lose track of your goals.

If you stick to these 10 ways, you will definitely have a better mindset when it comes to working out, and that will help you push yourself hard because you know that you are capable of much more than you think!

That is the last piece of advice I will leave you with, you are so much more capable of than you think. I recall so many times in the gym, I've thought I was gonna just collapse or crumble cause I was so tired, but time and time again I persevere and finish a set, and see that I can really push myself to the limits, and this is when I've seen the best results.

1. Talk about your goals.

You have to speak your goals into existence. Also speaking about them to others can help hold you accountable and you are working so hard for them, don't give up and let what you accomplished so far go to waste!

2. Get a consistent workout buddy.

This is something that I have found helps me out a lot, my roommate Jordan and I are always checking in on each other to make sure that we've worked out!

3. Want better for yourself, not to impress someone else.

This is also very important, if you have fitness goals solely to impress someone else, you will never be satisfied, or never feel like enough.

4. Want it more than you say.

You really have to want your fitness goals more than you are saying. If you have this goal that is driving you constantly in the back of your mind, your motivation will keep coming from within.

5. Have a scheduled workout plan.

If you have a workout plan that a professional or yourself has constructed, it gives you something to follow and not break. Having a plan for yourself will help keep yourself on track.

6. Take pictures every week!

Seems cheesy, but taking photos of yourself every week can hold you accountable but more importantly, you are able to see results, big or small, if you aren't seeing them in person, you'll be able to tell through the photos.

7. Know what your plan is before you go to the gym.

You should know what your plan is before you go to the gym, try not to just wing it. If you are winging it, who knows if you are really pushing yourself and constantly challenging yourself every gym session.

8. Try your best to maintain a healthy diet during the week.

This can be difficult of course, meal prepping is someting that can always helps! BUT if you don't have time to meal prep, then just go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of healthy snacks to eat throughout the day to keep your motabalism working. Get foods to fuel your body so all your hard workouts don't go to waste!

9. Stick to a plan, it'll be hard at first, but it only gets easier.

Once you get into the swing of things, get into a routine, you'll get used to it. And then you will truly enjoy it, feel great, and have more energy!

10. Surround yourself with others that also have the same goals as you.

As cliche as it is, you do pick up the traits of the people you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with overachievers, hard workers, who have the same fitness goals as you, you'll all work hard together and encourage each other along the way!

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