So many things to be Thankful for, my family. My gyms, My side projects. I am not going to bore you with much of that crap.
I had a great Thanksgiving yesterday. My family spent it with Ivan Ivanov and his family. Lots of laughs, stories, and of course food.
I consider Ivan a brother. Although we grew up continents apart, our lives share similarities. His friendship is something I am very thankful for.
Last Week I was able to have breakfast with another friend who has recently moved to the area.She and I share many of the same tastes in music, humor and literature. I am Very Thankful that she has moved to the East Coast where I get to see her more often. I look forward to many more conversations with Jamie.
Just over a week ago Rebecca Sykes was here with her daughter and a few of her gymnasts. We had a great week of training and I was so happy to show them the area. Becca is an amazing coach, photographer and friend.
At my camp I try very hard to put together a great staff. I am VERY, VERY selective with the coaches I hire. I need not just great technical coaches and good spotters, I need personality. I need a TEAM. We are all a little crazy, a little off. BUT we get it. We are all there for each other. We have a poster up that says “We put the FUN in DysFUNctional”. It was all really summed up when one of our new coaches, Katie Ouelette, said, “I have always felt like I didn’t fit in. No one understood my passion for gymnastics, my dedication to the kids. But here, I fit.” All I could reply was “Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys”.
I am so very Thankful for my camp family. You know I love each one of you. You know I think you are amazing coaches but more important, AMAZING PEOPLE. I am very lucky to have you in my life. You inspire me to work hard. Your presence raises the bar.
Thank you to everyone. Now, Go be Amazing.