What have you learned from being a part of a team?
I love LOVE being on a team. I believe that everything in the forest is the forest. That we are all connected and always on a team, even though we often don’t see it that way. I believe in cheering for people because I know there is enough sun for everyone. Teamwork is cultivating a culture of abundance. Collectively, we will always be more than the sum of our parts.
What do you do to deal with pressure?
I have developed a self-care routine that gets me through every day, not just the high-pressure games or situations. In that way, I try to maintain some stability and regularity when those big moments come along. Through meditation and mindfulness, I’ve learned that the sun always rises the next day. Stress is created by a lifestyle and choice that we make every day to accept attachments and expectations. Without attachments and expectations, there is no pressure or stress. There is only bliss.
What do you enjoy most about being an athlete?
I believe that like art, sports are one of the most attainable ways to reach transcendence, to become more than yourself, to get in touch with the greater spirit of the universe. By playing soccer, I honor my mother and father, to whom my career means so much.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Everyone can be the person they want to be. Do not be discouraged. We’ve been programmed into habits that cause our own suffering. We can be free of suffering through letting go and cultivating self love. ♥