20 Reminders That You Are A Retired Cheerleader

20 Reminders That You Are A Retired Cheerleader

5. One day you will be found under an avalanche of cheer T-shirts

1. Every time you hear Austin Powers' " Yeah baby" you have to finish it with "Jock Jams."

2. When you are walking in public and realize your arms are glued.

3. Every time you move, a bone cracks.

4. You use 8 counts for EVERYTHING.. and I mean everything, "Chug 5-6-7-8."

5. One day you will be found under an avalanche of cheer T-shirts .

6. Listening to the radio saying, " I danced to this in (Place Year Here)!"

7. Knowing every word to the F5 hater mix.. "And we're marching....."

8. Looking at pictures where your skin looks like a cross between leather and an orange.

9. Quoting bring it on and mean girls in your sleep.

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10. "Full out" still makes you anxious.

11. You're probably still involved in the sport some how.

12. All of your cheer friends are still some of your closest friends.

13. Sarcasm.

14. Cheer music still excites you.

15. Every time a cheer video comes on your news feed you stop and watch it.

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16. Time Hop.

17. Your mom still brings up cheerleading disappointments and achievements.

18. You see the " Other athletes lift weights, we lift other athletes" shirt that has been around since I was a child.

19. Your amazing work ethic.

20. Being a well-rounded human being. ( Thank you cheerleading)

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I Got My Black Belt In Tae Kwon Do, And This Is What I Learned

It's more than just breaking boards.

"I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do."

Sometimes, it strikes fear in people when I say this sentence to them, but they do not realize that Tae Kwon Do (or TKD for short) is so much more than just breaking faces. For me, it became a way of life. It may have taken me a while to realize it, but Tae Kwon Do made me who I am today.

Here are some things that Tae Kwon Do has taught me over the years.

1. Hard work really does pay off.

TKD was one of the first things that really made me work for something that I wanted. It may have taken me more than a decade, but I finally reached my goal through perseverance.

2. Patience is key.

As I mentioned before, It took me several years to come as far as I did during black belt training. There were times when I felt like it was taking too long and going through the process just was not worth it. However, As time went by, I realized that to get anywhere in life, patience has utmost importance. All good things take time.

3. Embrace your support system.

If I didn't already, I appreciated my friends and family more than ever when I was going through black belt training. The fact that I had so many people on my side really helped me in several ways. Having a good support system made me believe in myself when I wanted to give up, and I will forever be grateful for that.

4. People can only help you if you help yourself.

I had many people on my side from the start, and even though the majority of them were extremely supportive, I wasn't always keen on accomplishing much when it came to TKD. Once I truly started believing in myself, others' encouragement truly started to make a difference.

5. Never give up and keep fighting.

Even though I did decide for myself that giving up was NEVER an option, TKD did gear my way of thinking. I became a stronger, more confident woman, and it was all because I was a fighter.

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The Top 40 Winter Guard International Shows

Celebrating 40 years of WGI.

In my seven years of color guard, I have seen countless shows on the field and on the floor. Throughout high school, a majority of these shows were seen throughout the South-Eastern Color Guard Circuit (SCGC). Although my high school did not attend WGI competitions, I still had the opportunity to see a few compete at some of our local competitions. Today, I am a member of one of those teams that filled several of my memories as a young performer, and the magic of it all still resides in my heart. Having the opportunity to finally be a part of something that you have worked so hard for is one of the most priceless feelings. This upcoming season will be my senior year as a member of The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band Color Guard, who many in the "winter guard world" know as Alta Marea. Looking back on all of the years I have watched shows live, or was sent a link via youtube, I have comprised a list of "The Top 40 WGI Shows", to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Winter Guard International.

40. "Shall We Gather" -- Alta Marea 2013 (IO)

39. "The Art of Music" -- JSU Center Stage 2007 (IW)

38. "Nothing To Save" -- Eklipse 2012 (IW)

37. "The Miss Havisham Effect" -- Juxtaposition 2017 (IW)

36. "Bonnie & Clyde" -- Lexis 2016 (IO)

35. "The Rule of Three" -- Paramount 2016 (IW)

34. "A Night Under The Blue Moon" -- Fantasia 2016 (IW)

33. "Queen" -- Onyx 2003 (IW)

32. "Preaching To The Choir" -- Pride of Cincinnatti 2012 (IW)

31. "Wanderlust" -- Pride of Cincinnatti 2016 (IW)

30. "The Hatfields & McCoys" Daviess County HS 2017 (SA)

29. "Weathering The Storm" FeniX Independent 2017 (IW)

28. "One, We Are Here To Remember" -- Black Gold 2017 (IW)

27. "Swarm" -- USF 2015 (IW)

26. "The Inevitable Direction of My Life" -- Pride of Cincinnatti 2017 (IW)

25. "May The Music Never End" -- Aimachi 2017 (IW)

24. "Apollo Control" -- Flanagan HS 2017 (SW)

23. "Every 40 Seconds" -- Mechanicsburg HS 2015 (SW)

22. "To Think Is Enough" -- Paramount 2017 (IW)

21. "Anarchy of Silence" -- James Bowie HS 2016 (SW)

20. "Remember the Tinman" -- Zydeco 2012 (IW)

19. "The Farmer" Tarpon Springs HS 2014 (SW)

18. "Harlequin" -- Bellbrook HS 2015 (SO)

17. "A Thousand Cranes" -- Aimachi 2015 (IW)

16. "Omega" -- Carmel HS 2015 (SW)

15. "The Drum Major Instinct" -- Miamisburg HS 2017 (SW)

14. "Crude" -- Avon HS 2016 (SW)

13. "Dante's Inferno" -- Northmont HS 1997 (SW)

12. "Back To You" -- Mechanicsburg HS 2013 (SW)

11. "NY2" -- Tarpon Springs HS 2016 (SW)

10. "#10, You'll Never Be Alone" -- Santa Clara Vanguard 2015 (IW)

9. "Bullero" -- Black Gold 2016 (IW)

8. "Mirror, Mirror" -- Mechanicsburg HS 2016 (SW)

7. "Hot Legs" -- Alta Marea 2014 (IO)

6. "Beauty Misunderstood" -- Shenendehowa HS 2016 (SO)

5. "Once Upon Another Time" Lexis 2017 (IW)

4. "I Wish" -- Alta Marea 2011 (IO)

3."How Long Is Forever?" -- Juxtaposition 2016 (IO)

2. "Look Up" -- Pride of Cincinnati 2015 (IW)

1. "Kingfishers Catch Fire" -- Alta Marea 2012 (IO)

I originally tried ranking them, but after sifting through all of my favorites, it was just too difficult. Make sure to comment your favorites throughout the years! Enjoy.

Cover Image Credit: Alta Marea Winterguard

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