Making the Team: How to Score For Any Sports Tryouts

            As a former varsity athlete, I know the pressure one can feel when trying out for sports. Depending on the sport, it’s so easy to get into your feels on whether or not you’ll make the team or get that position you want. Sports can be competitive in this dog-eat-dog world. With the tips I am about to share, you’ll be ready to rock that tryout.

1.       Prepare:

Find out exactly when tryouts are. This may sound like common sense but knowing when tryouts are will help you determine how much time you have to train. During this prep time make sure you get all of your necessary equipment. For example, when I played soccer I bought all my gear such as cleats, shin guards, socks, and a new ball.

2.       Practice:

Practice makes perfect. There is always room for improvement. Go out with your friends and scrimmage. Work on your dribbling, your throwing, your endurance, or whatever skill you need for that particular sport. Getting in the habit of perfecting your skills will make you a more likely candidate for getting on the team.

3.       Exercise:

       The worst feeling that you can have while playing a sport is being out of shape.  Though some sports have a conditioning process, others do not. For the sports teams that don’t have a group conditioning period, that means you are on your own to get fit. Make sure you are doing appropriate exercises for your sport. If your sport requires a lot of high speed running then try doing sprints. If you need a lot of arm strength then try lifting weights. Adapt and exercise according to your particular sport.

4.       Change Your Diet:

     Food is the fuel to energize your activities. If you are eating unhealthily everything that else that you’re doing will be counterproductive. So avoid processed foods that are loaded in sugar, sodium, and nasty chemicals. Fill up your plates with balanced meals and natural foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  This way you will have long lasting energy and a better overall well being.

5.       Rest:

    Sleep is so important for the rejuvenation process. If you overwork yourself you are only harming yourself. In order to succeed not only in sports but in everything else you need to give yourself time to recover. When sports season comes around you may be sleeping later from late night games. That’s why it is critical to take advantage of the pre-season resting. Rest also means to take a break from practicing all the time. Don’t think that practicing non-stop will get you in. You will eventually crash and burn by doing that. Find balance in everything you do.

 

    

As a former varsity athlete, I know the pressure one can feel when trying out for sports. Depending on the sport, it’s so easy to get into your feels on whether or not you’ll make the team or get that position you want. Sports can be competitive in this dog-eat-dog world. With the tips I am about to share, you’ll be ready to rock that tryout.
1. Prepare:
Find out exactly when tryouts are. This may sound like common sense but knowing when tryouts are will help you determine how much time you have to train. During this prep time make sure you get all of your necessary equipment. For example, when I played soccer I bought all my gear such as cleats, shin guards, socks, and a new ball.
2. Practice:
Practice makes perfect. There is always room for improvement. Go out with your friends and scrimmage. Work on your dribbling, your throwing, your endurance, or whatever skill you need for that particular sport. Getting in the habit of perfecting your skills will make you a more likely candidate for getting on the team.
3. Exercise:
The worst feeling that you can have while playing a sport is being out of shape. Though some sports have a conditioning process, others do not. For the sports teams that don’t have a group conditioning period, that means you are on your own to get fit. Make sure you are doing appropriate exercises for your sport. If your sport requires a lot of high speed running then try doing sprints. If you need a lot of arm strength then try lifting weights. Adapt and exercise according to your particular sport.
4. Change Your Diet:
Food is the fuel to energize your activities. If you are eating unhealthily everything that else that you’re doing will be counterproductive. So avoid processed foods that are loaded in sugar, sodium, and nasty chemicals. Fill up your plates with balanced meals and natural foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. This way you will have long lasting energy and a better overall well being.
5. Rest:
Sleep is so important for the rejuvenation process. If you overwork yourself you are only harming yourself. In order to succeed not only in sports but in everything else you need to give yourself time to recover. When sports season comes around you may be sleeping later from late night games. That’s why it is critical to take advantage of the pre-season resting. Rest also means to take a break from practicing all the time. Don’t think that practicing non-stop will get you in. You will eventually crash and burn by doing that. Find balance in everything you do.

I wish you all the best of luck during your tryouts. Feel free to comment what sports you will be trying out for this year.

I wish you all the best of luck during your tryouts. Feel free to comment what sports you will be trying out for this year.

Wisdom of The Elders

As we get older, we become wiser. Elderly people are known for spreading their wisdom to the youth. If I consider my mother wise, then wait till you hear from my mother’s mother. That’s right. I interviewed my grandma to discuss all things life. This 80 year old, mother of 4  is sharp. I am extremely biased but I consider her one of the best grandmas there is. She is unconventional with lots of sass and personality. Here she is:

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  1. What do you do to make yourself look and act young?: “I sleep well. At least 8 hours a day. And I eat well and I exercise. I go on the treadmill for 30 minutes every day.
  2. What advice would you give to someone like me who is going to college?: Trust God and read your books every day. Make sure you eat well, sleep well, exercise…Listen to your lecturer. Pray every day and trust in the Lord. Do not believe in any human being. Human beings can fail you. Education is key. With education there is no where you can’t go. Don’t let anything distract you from your education.
  3. Let’s talk about relationships. What advice would you give someone when it comes to relationships and love?: Only God can choose for you. When you meet a man, don’t immediately believe that this is my husband. A man can fail you. Don’t have too much trust in any man. I don’t advice a man to have too much trust in a woman. You come from different backgrounds so all you have to do is take it easy. Trust in God. Don’t rush. Take a day at a time. Don’t push a man into anything because its only God that can choose for you.
  4. Is there any life lessons that you learned from your mother that you still live by?: Yes. She always told me not to walk in the night. Don’t rely on human beings. If you go out and its too late, stay there or don’t go out too late at all. It’s very dangerous at night. She always told me not to follow crowds. You should not say because someone does something that you have to do it too. Believe in myself and God and I still follow it today.
  5.  Which one would you rather have money or power?: Both. But because of the flesh, I’ll say money. Let’s be honest, you can’t do much in life without having money to do it. So if I had to choose one it would be money but I’d like both.
  6. What are some tips you would give to new mothers on raising children?: Eat well. Eat good food so that you will have energy to feed your child. Breastfeed for at least 6 months. And after having the baby exercise so that your weight can do down.
  7.  If you could go back to a particular decade what would it be? Or are you content with the present?: I like the 60s. You could open your door and sleep peacefully. No one would come to disturb you. You could go out at night and no armed robber would disturb you. I prefer the 60s. Also in London, they sold newspapers on the subway. All you had to do was pay for it by leaving your change and no one would steal the change.
  8. What advice would tell your younger self about life?: Take life easy. Don’t follow the trends. Be yourself. If you’re a girl, know what you want. Don’t follow others because someone else was successful at it. Have Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It’s only God that can help you. Even your mother or father can’t help you. They could die suddenly, you never know.
  9.  Which role do you prefer being? A mother or a grandmother: Mother
  10. What’s the best part about getting older?: I have peace of mind. Because I have Jesus as my Lord and Savior I have peace because I know where I am going. I am not afraid of death. I trust God more and I am not afraid of anything.

The Straight A Guide

Have you ever noticed that during the summer you seem to lose a lot of knowledge that you gained during the school year? Having at least two months of not stimulating your brain academically can put a dent in your academic performance. So how do you jumpstart the school year with A’s and that beloved G.P.A. boost? Well here are some of my personal tips that worked for me:

  1. Organization:

This is probably one of the key reasons why people struggle academically. How do you expect to succeed if you don’t know even remember or know what the assignment is? I recommend buying a planner. It definitely saved my life throughout highschool.  You can use it to write down assignments, test days, and even non-school events. Having the visual aid will allow you to better prepare for the days ahead. Preparation is key. That brings me to my next tip.

  1. Stop the Procrastination:

Procrastination is like the devil. It comes in very temptingly but leads you to destruction. If you have a project that is due in two weeks, start on it the same day you are assigned.  It has been proven that working on tasks little by little alleviates stress levels long term. Who doesn’t want to be stress free? When you work on something tedious in advance, you will have more time to do the things that you love. Some people claim to work better under pressure. However, I feel as though your best quality work is done when you have put adequate time into it.

  1. Study Better:

For a lot of students, I have heard the complaint that they don’t know how to study because they did not “have” to study throughout their schooling. I’m sorry to break it to you folks, but in college you HAVE to study. It’s best to establish good study habits now then when it’s too late. The thing about studying is that different things work for different people. Nonetheless, a general tip that I believe works for everyone is to review the material daily until the test. Don’t wait till the night before to cram the information. If you took notes that day in class, be sure to look over what you wrote that same day. This way you will not have to accumulate and assimilate a large sum of information in a short period of time.

  1. Have Fun:

Life is all about balance.  My mom always said “All work and no play made Jack a dull boy.” In other words,  you will be a boring and probably miserable person if all you did was solely your academics.  Make sure you do extracurricular activities. Hang out with your friends. When you take a break from studying your mind will thank you for it. Everyone needs some mental clarity and relaxation and fun will help with just that.

 

I hope you found this helpful. Feel free to comment what study tips you use or will be using from this.

Fitspiration

Social media is so ingrained in our culture, that it is difficult to picture what our lives could be and were like without it. From instagram, to twitter, to facebook, we are constantly bombarded with images and videos of the average person’s “fabulous” life or famous people. If you are a female on instagram, I am sure you have seen pages with toned and taunt women holding “diet tea” bottles in their hands. These women are like models without the bone thin appearance. They are toned yet curvacious.They have beautiful, soft, hair and makeup to the tee. You can’t help but subconsciously want to look like them. I call these women my “fitspiration.” According to urban dictionary, fitspiration (fitness+inspiration) is when certain positive images such as a person, a pair of jeans, or a number on the scale, gives you inspiration to attain that goal. Those fitness models are motivation to make me want to live a healthy lifestyle so I can attain a body similar to theirs. Despite this sudden surge in motivation and inspiration, you must be wary of fitspiration. To begin with, sometimes what you see on social media, is not reality. In fact, a lot of images are not truly the reality. People photoshop their bodies to appear slimmer or more toned. Nowadays, photoshop is not just for high end magazines. People have access to apps on their phones that can completely alter their appearance. Continually, apart from photoshop sometimes the claims that people make concerning certain products are a fad. These fitness models are often carrying certain teas that are supposed to aid in weight loss. However, studies have shown that these detox teas do not have a direct correlation to signifcant weight loss. The majority of the time, the weight loss teas just cause you to have a lot of bowel movements, which reduces your water weight. In reality, if you want to see significant changes in your body the old fashioned way is always best: Diet and Exercise.  At the end of the day, it is a great thing to have a body that you want to aspire to. However, you are you and you will only be able to have a body that you are given with. So, embrace what you have. Enjoy the process of your fitness journey. Remember you are beautiful no matter what shape or size you are. Well, that’s all that I have for today. Feel free to comment, share, and like.

Stay beautiful,

Abisola

Friendzone

This topic might come as a sensitive one to some people. People who have loved and admired a person but the love is unrequited. The infamous friendzone. Urban dictionary would describe the friendzone as: “A state of being where a male inadvertently becomes a ‘platonic friend’ of an attractive female who he was trying to intitate a romantic relationship. Females have been rumored to arrive in the Friend Zone, but reports are unsubstanciated.” I would have to agree with this definition, however I definitely believe that women can be put in the friendzone too. I know several women who have been in this predicament. Likewise, I recently experienced this scenario of being put into the friendzone by someone who I liked that I met as an acquaintance that didn’t like me in the same way I liked him. Because I don’t have very many guy friends, I thought I was safe from the friendzone. Nonetheless, my first experience in the friendzone occurred with the first male friend that I made in college. Let me testify, it sucks. The dilemma comes from the fact that you have that person in your life, yet you can not be satisfied until you have them in the romantic way you wanted them as. The worst aspect of it is wondering where you went wrong. Obviously, that individual likes you as a person or they wouldn’t be friends with you. However, figuring out what “flaw” you have to make them not like you can be a self-esteem killer. You may start to second guess your self-worth. Am I not pretty enough? Am I not funny enough? Maybe I’m not smart enough? Well, I’m here to tell you to S-T-O-P! If you have been put in the friendzone by a guy or girl, it’s not your fault. Just like you may not be able to pinpoint the reasons you like that individual, in the same way he/she may not be able to pinpoint why they DON’T like you. For example, one of my best friends in high school LOVED one of her best guy friends. She is absolutely gorgeous, has a great personality, and is super intelligent. Her guy-friend clearly did not take notice of all of her wonderful traits. Out of frustration, she gave him an ultimatum. Either they date or they stop being friends because her feelings for him were just too strong. They eventually started dating, but the relationship had a lot of rocky points and they broke up within a year. The point of this story is to share that sometimes you have got the whole package, but the guy or girl your friends with is too blind to see it. Never doubt your inner qualities. I am a firm believer that you are destined for the right guy at the right time. It may not be when you want it, but it will come right on time. I could give you some tips on how to get out of the friendzone. Notwithstandingly, I have not yet figured that one on my own. It is not impossible, because with the story I mentioned above, it may happen. Things happen for a reason, maybe that guy/girl wasn’t right for you. Or, maybe if you did start dating that individual, you would have a terrible relationship. You never know. Don’t wallow in the friendzone. Get out there, meet other people, and remember to be happy even if you are by yourself. Well, that’s all that I have for today. If you want more topics like these, be sure to leave a comment.

With Love,

Abisola

First Semester of College: Reflection

I can’t believe I have made it to the end of my first semester of college.  Summer B has been such a phenomenal experience. I have met so many new people and can tell that I have grown and matured as a person.  For anyone going to college next year, I would highly recommend that you start in the summer. Starting college off in the summer has definitely given me an advantage over my classmates who will start in the fall. I have familiarized myself with the campus and its resources. Likewise, I have already made and established a group of friends. Most importantly, I have a feel an understanding of what college course work entails. I am fortunate to say that my grades are looking stellar this semester. Moving forward, I will share with you some of the top things that I have enjoyed about my first semester of college.

  1. The Independence: For those of you who have not read my post “Dealing With Strict Parents” you would not have known that I have a loving but strict mother. Growing up, I would have to ask for permition for everything way in advance. However, in college I can essentially do what I want. Now don’t get me wrong, I still talk to and tell my mother what I’m doing. However,  its nice to be treated like an adult and take responsibility for yourself.
  2. The Socialization: As I have mentioned above, I have met so many incredible people. I had started making friends since before I got to school. This really prepared me in the sense that I didn’t come in not knowing ANYONE. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed making friends in person, organically. I know that I will meet plenty more people in the fall. Notwithstanding, I would be content if I stayed with the friends that I have today.
  3. The Environment: I am completely biased, but I believe that the University of Central Florida is one of the best universities (at least in the state of Florida). The positive energy  that is on campus is contagious. There are good vibes everywhere. People are friendly, and energetic. This summer, I felt like I was in a summer camp as opposed to being in school. The atmosphere of college is completely different then high school. I definitely prefer it and have had such a positive experience.
  4. The Fun: This summer has been a blast. On campus there were plenty of events and activities. I was rarely ever bored. I can only image how much more  fun I’ll have in the fall when everyone joins us. On a side note, I have had lots of fun at the gym. UCF has a state of the art gym. It is two stories with a pool, and a rock climbing wall. I have taken advantage of its freeness and have taken classes such as Zumba, Cardio Dance, kickboxing, and spinning. I have also climbed the rock wall. Moreover, one of my most memorable moments was going kayaking with my friends at Lake Claire, the lake on campus.

Well that’s all that I have for today. I will continue to keep you all updated on my college experience. Please feel free to like, comment, and share.

Stay Fabulous,

Abisola

Black Love Matters

I was contemplating saving this post for a special occasion. Maybe a black history month special. Or sometime in the year that was more “ethnic”. However, when this idea came into my head, I couldn’t help but write about it. First things first, I want to state that my perspective is based solely on the fact that I am an African-American or Nigerian-American woman. Therefore, I am a proud black woman who has grown up with influences from African-American and African cultures.  If you read some of my previous blog posts you will know that I have had quite a journey towards becoming “woke” or aware and proud of my cultural background. For those of you who do not know, I will give you a quick background history. In the 10th grade, I watched my sister go natural. Going natural is the process particularly in the black community in which one stops using relaxers or chemical straightners. I was skeptical of her decision but something struck a chord with me. Why did I feel the need to chemically straighten my hair? What was wrong with my natural texture? I realized that our Eurocentric society had infiltrated my standard of beauty. I was subconsciously wanting to appear more like a Caucasian woman. So, I made the decision to embrace my curly/kinky hair. Besides hair I embraced African/African-American culture to the fullest. I started watching black movies, listening to Afrobeats, and appreciating black beauty. During this time, I came up with the idea for my book that I will disclose in another time. It’s called “Afrocentric”.  I realized that being black was a wonderful thing to be.  As minorities black people are extremely unrepresented. That is why black love matters.  You might be asking yourself, doesn’t she mean “black lives matter”. Of course, I totally support that movement. However, we can only move forward as a nation and society if we start with love. There needs to be an embracing and loving of black people themselves and our culture. Nonetheless, when I made this post I have to admit that I was thinking about how “romantic” black love matters.

Throughout my life, I have been attracted to practically every race there is. Notwithstandingly, during my black-pride transition, I began to have a greater appreciation for black love. Watching movies like Love Jones, Love and Basketball, Brown Sugar, and more I wanted that kind of love for myself.  As black people, we are a very strong race.  The idea of having two strong and beautiful individuals in a relationship was so appealing to me.  For me, being in a relationship with a black man would mean that I was progressing the black race. Personally, I want to have empowered black children who are culturally aware. There are not a lot of black family role models in the media.  I feel as though there needs to be more Michelle and Baracks, Beyoncé and Jay-Zs and Will and Jadas. I am not opposed to interracial relationships. If you read my post called “Color Blind” you would see that. Nonetheless, I want to have a successful black family in the future. Being with a black man for me, I feel as though we can relate more and have similar perspectives on life. In the end, I don’t know who I will end up. I will keep an open-mind but will put my hopes up to someday have my quintessential chocolate brother.

Well, that’s all that I have for today. I hope no one took this offensively. Please like, share, and comment. I would greatly appreciate it.

With Love,

Abisola