We all have a lot to be thankful for, but I think anyone in the hockey business – whether you play in it, work in it, or both – can take some time and reflect on all they have to be thankful for. Here are some things that ring true in my life, I’m sure you can relate!
1. A husband who understands my need to feed my passion for the sport.
Working in hockey means working LONG and crazy hours, and I often work split shifts (office during the day, rink at night) in addition to junior games on the weekend. That means I’m in and out of the house a lot and sometimes it feels like our quality time together can suffer because of the amount of time I spend at the rink. Luckily my husband understands and supports me following my passion. Even as a hockey player – going to the rink once a week to play YOUR game is important, and if you have a spouse and/or family who understands your need to get out there and escape from normal life into hockey – that is definitely something to be thankful for.
2. An amazing group of group of friends.
Nobody understands you quite like the people you play hockey with. The friendships I’ve made are pretty amazing. I’m so thankful that I can go to the rink on Tuesdays and see all my favorite girls!
3. My job. I’m thankful to have one to begin with, but thankful to get paid to do what I love. Sometimes it just amazes me.
My juniors – my main guys! I spend my weekends making sure everyone is updated on what is going on in the world of Northern States Junior Hockey League, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
4. My health.
I’m coming up on a personal milestone of three years since I decided to get healthy. Through hockey, running, and not eating garbage, I’ve lost 70ish pounds and kept it off (minus some fluctuation, which is normal, unfortunately…haha). It’s not always easy, that’s for sure, but sometimes you just come to the realization that you have to make health a priority.
Sometimes you need to remember where you were to appreciate how far you’ve come.
Obviously lots more things to be thankful for – but those are just a few of the things on my mind today. Happy Thanksgiving!