The basic gist of Arrow Living
Arrow Living is for female athletes seeking to play in the most fulfilling way possible
Arrow Living provides stories and interviews professional athletes, specialists, and high vibe people to empower you to play in the most fulfilling way possible.
I believe the more we live in alignment with who we are at our core, the better we play as athletes and the better we feel as human beings
Arrow Living is a motto, mindset, a way of life, based on the quote, “an arrow can only be shot be pulling it backwards, in life when you’re faced with difficulties just focus and keep aiming because it’s about to launch you into something great.”
The Bigger Gist of Arrow Living
Why do some athletes have star-studded careers, yet deep down they are still unhappy?
On July, 10, 1999, I knew what I was going to be when I grew up. I was 8-years old. My blonde pony-tailed self, sat criss-crossed, arm distance away from the television, blue-eyes glued to U.S women’s National team member Brandi Chastain, gearing up to shoot the potential game-winning kick in the World Cup final. My heart beat to the pulse of a shake weight. Brandi placed the ball down, backed up a few steps, and struck the shot into the back of the net, sending 90,185 attendees into a volcanic victorious eruption.
At that precise moment, it was as if a computer hacker dissected my brain and implanted an indestructible obsession: Soccer. Soccer. Soccer. From that point on, my entire universe revolved around a checkered ball.
I repped my Mia Hamm jersey to school. I stayed at the park past dawn to beat my juggling record. I cyber stalked my female idols….I was high-jacked and there was no going back.
Since then, I have had this inexplicable drive to to get better and better and better.
I went on to win my high school’s first ever soccer state championship, got recruited by my dream school, University of Portland, represented the US in the U-20 World Cup, got drafted to the NWSL, and eventually got traded to the Portland Thorns.
This hunger has transformed me into a full-fledged obsessive learner.
If I have a burning, I’m going to find the answer. Not just any answer, but THE best, most accurate answer.
If I want a protein powder, I’m finding the top of the line, cutting edge, organic, environmentally friendly, Beyonce-esque protein powder.
If I want to improve my dribbling skills, I’m YouTubing every dribbling drill invented and creating my own plan.
If I want to enhance my cognitive functioning, I’m sticking an Earth Pulse under my pillow to sync my brain up to the electromagnetic pulses of Mother Nature.
And during the day, I’m clipping a machine to my nose that shines infra-red light up my nostril to produce ATP in my brain (I have worn this devise in public multiple times to my friends embarrassment, and I am not sorry about it)
I try out a method, and if it works for me, then I keep it. If it doesn’t, then I’m onto the next one.
I’ve applied this principle to nearly every circumstance in my life.
Yet, there are times when I’ve had a challenge, that no amount of web-surfing or book-reading or professional advice could solve it for me.
Like when I got a severe concussion, and a year later, I was still experiencing trash-compacting headaches and near-yakking nausea. I had experts suggesting I retire, cautioning me“people don’t come back from something like this.”
It’s during these times of adversity that it’s forced me to step-up my exploration to an entirely new level. I had to inquire within my own personal encyclopedia:
Why do I want to play soccer so badly? Who am I if I don’t have soccer? Why am I so desperate to find answers? What’s the purpose of my life?
It is this self-examination of my motives and feelings behind my aspirations that has had the most profound impact on my life-far beyond any workout regimen, diet, or training strategy.
Among many revelations, I am convinced of one thing:
The medals, awards, accolades, even the act of “overcoming”… those are rewarding.
But why do some athletes have star-studded careers, yet deep down they are still unhappy?
I believe it’s because as driven, determined athlete, we often get stuck into a “striving trance,” always wanting more, and thus are never satisfied.
I’m competitive as hell. I have massive dreams. I want to win. I refuse to settle. But if I have all the championships, and accolades in the world and I’m still not fulfilled, then what’s the point of it all?
That’s why I created Arrow Living.