As I’ve previously mentioned being netballer
Stacey 100% of the time just doesn’t work for me. Although I’m aware of this
fact I have found it really interesting the things that I have let slip, as I
have become caught up in the pressures of competition and a busy schedule has
meant I have struggled to find down time. Last week I missed salsa (I’ll never
make Dancing with the Stars at this rate), failed to cook for myself more than twice
and didn’t really engage in any activities at all outside of netball and work.
By the time I reached the end of the week, for netball reasons and others I was
feeling pretty average.
Having used the reason of rest and recovery
as an excuse to get out of pretty much whatever I didn’t want to over extend
myself to do, this week I set about being a fully functioning adult again and
having some fun.
I took a trip down to Fremantle as I love
the vibe of the place and being able to stroll around and explore new things. Whilst
checking out the market for the first time, I uncharacteristically decided to
have a tarot card reading. I have never done anything like that before and
don’t feel particularly comfortable with the idea of mediums or fortune
telling. But as we have gathered I was feeling out of sorts.
Being the big sceptic I am I tried to give
very little away to the woman who was doing my reading but remained open minded
about the whole process. The woman placed particular emphasis on what blocks I was currently experiencing
(internally and externally), how I could act more effectively in my current situation,
and what parts of my personality and life I was currently neglecting.
Although she didn’t tell me anything ground
breaking about my future (I didn’t ask) I found it a timely way to gain a fresh
perspective on my present situation and help me to make more balanced,
insightful decisions for the near future.
Although I have had a very similar schedule
this week to last I have achieved much more and found myself more enthused to
engage in activities that didn’t involve sitting on the sofa. I easily found
time to get back in the kitchen and cook some delicious and nutritious food. I
have worked two days alongside training which has been intense and kept us
moving on our forward trajectory for the challenge of the Vixens who lay ahead
of us. I have practiced Bikram twice and although it has been one of my hobbies
to fall at the way side since the season started I was pleasantly surprised
with the progress I had made in certain postures. I went back to salsa and to
balance out the progress of Bikram I felt like any progress I had made had been
long lost in my weeks leave. I have squeezed in several trips to my sanctuary
in Perth, the beach 😊 to enjoy what is the warmest Autumn of my life and some time with
my nose in a book (and a trashy magazine or two)! I spent a sunny day at Perth
Zoo, getting up close and personal with some of Australia’s native animals and
an evening on the South Perth Foreshore checking out an interactive art
installation called Confluence.
Playing in front of a 5301 strong crowd of
green and black at Perth Arena last week was pretty cool and made me realise how
tough teams have it over here when on the road. The travel hasn’t phased me so
much as the almost absolute silence you tend to be greeted with when playing
away from home. I’m actually really looking forward to another opportunity to
display our growing levels of connectivity in defence.
The excitement that I have to come back to
Perth is MASSIVE as we will head into three consecutive home fixtures and my
mum and dad will arrive in WA for three weeks!! I’m certainly not getting ahead
of myself and taking this trip lightly though as we remain positive
about our ability to be competitive in this league with the need to do so
across four consistent quarters.