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Muffy fails the February Challenge. By a lot
Monday. 3.4.13 6:20 am
Oh dear.

Unfortunately, it would seem that I have failed the February challenge….seeing how it’s already March and I have only one post. But there are reasons! Very good reasons.

I have been super super busy coaching, working, working, working, traveling, and working. Actually on this very day I am releasing an event registration system that I built from scratch! It’s quite a proud moment for me, but goodness gracious did I sent a lot of time on that thing.

I had help from a good friend of mine in college. We met by complete chance (got paired for a random task in project management) but worked very well together and have been collaborating ever since. During one of our late night meetings we both decided the only way we could keep working ourselves to death was for the love of the game. And though we both loved the game, there had to be a balance. Too much of anything – even a good thing – isn’t healthy! He put it to me this way:

We are satisfied, but we’re not happy.

It was a small part of our conversation but it had a pretty profound impact on my thinking. For a while I had felt that doing this work was the RIGHT thing to do. I’m a person very compelled by morality and the “right” thing, and I felt that it was my duty to use my skills to enhance the sport that I love. But I basically sacrificed all of my personal freedom and social life to get it done. So, like my partner had said….I was satisfied, but I wasn’t happy.

I say “wasn’t” in the past tense because this weekend made me so happy!!
World Jump Rope hosted the first annual Speed and Power Tournament at the Arnold Sports Expo in Columbus, OH this weekend, and I was so lucky (and stressed) to be the tournament technical director! I handled all of the competition data from judging and competitor entries to heat and station assignments. There were so many last-minute changes I thought for sure I had screwed something up, but the whole thing was a huge success. Being a part of the tournament team and introducing our sport to thousands of people at the Expo made me SO PROUD!

We also put on about seven shows throughout the weekend and drew so many crowds….it was a great weekend to feel loved, appreciated, and valued not just by the jump rope community by also the general public.
It’s time to get back to work when I get home, but now I know to be happy and stay happy. Balance, people! Balance.

I have so much more to tell about what’s happened in my life. The Olympics, traveling to Kenya, jumping in Singapore, competing in Hong Kong ….and just….life. Oh, and I have a boyfriend now hehe. Yeah, lots to catch up on, but I don’t want to overload you guys. Like I said before…

Do not try to bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead, try to realize the truth. There is no spoon. Then you will see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

You have graced Nutang with your presence!
The fact that you made a post at all sould make you feel like a winner. I think everyone likes to see whats going on in the life of Muffy. That's cool you found someone to work with. In addition, it certainly sounds like you have been busy. Traveling and a boyfriend?? Holy snap!
» Midnight on 2013-03-04 08:41:56

» randomjunk on 2013-03-04 11:33:22

Live it up, bro! I want to see jump rope competitions in the Olympics. You guys were amazing.
» thaitanic on 2013-03-04 11:35:09

Yay! for exciting times! Sometimes you have to be selfish first and deal with everything/one else later.
» LostSoul13 on 2013-03-04 11:47:37

That was what you say the last time!
Work/life balance is a must or you will turn into those people that I have to work with.

With you, Muffy, it has to be details or it doesn't count!
» Nuttz on 2013-03-05 05:12:35

Sometimes you have to give up your rest and social life for a while in order to accomplish something truly great.
» Zanzibar on 2013-03-05 05:35:00

Congrats on directing a huge event!
Now you have some experience to work off of and recommend yourself with to head/direct something in the future! :D

Yay! Things sound pretty awesome for ya right now. And you're right, balance and proportion (arguably the same thing) are essential in trying to "keep it together."

Unrelated: have you heard of The Aquabats? (Fix this if you haven't.)
» invisible on 2013-03-05 10:52:46

nutangers r very proud of u!
» renaye on 2013-03-07 03:42:23

You know what I think?
You are a success. I failed at the February Challenge too, but compared to you, I am absolutely nothing. YOU--get back on that horse and don't feel too badly about not coming back to us. Go do what you love and know we're supporting you all the way. To strive for happiness is life. Go get 'em!
» Silver-dot- on 2013-03-21 08:11:12



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