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DISCLAIMER - LONG POST.
For those who don't know, in 2014 I opted to do a remote tour in Korea for a year. At the time Arriana was 2 1/2 years old. A lot can happen in a year...both good - I knocked out 9 semester hours of in class schoolwork, met one of my bestest friends @mojopf21 but it was also met with heartache - a divorce, broken wrist, loss of "friends..." but most #heartwrenching of all was being separated from the 👑 for a year. When we were reunited in June of 2015 it was so, so hard. She changed during her time being raised by her lovely grandparents. I changed with the new challenges of being a single parent. As I was getting used to being a mother again (potty training, discipline, finding out her likes/dislikes), I decided to whip myself into shape. I did so nonstop for almost 2 years; taking her along on the journey. I have no regrets about this as it did create a bond between us. However...during this prep I realized - when do I make unadulterated time for us? Without the hustle and bustle? 🤔
My answer: Now. I do it now.
So with the support of my coach @aherford_r_ and discussions with those who know the game best like @andrek223, I have elected not to compete in August. I'm unable to make the 100% time commitment required for prep with not only a busier work tempo, but the need and desire to make time for Arriana and I outside gym walls and the CF pad. I have eyes to compete in #Guam in the fall, but for now...the summer is all about making memories with her. 💗 #mommyandme #youandme #momfirst #momlife #makingmemories #choices #bedtime #summer #monday #snuggles #noregret #keepgoing #sleepingbeauty #stillinit #decisions #mywhy #nofilter #raw #truth #life