I originally booked a trip to Perth to visit my former teammate and good friends, Jennie and Ryan.
I planned to come visit them since, forever.
I finally managed to save up enough money to purchase a ticket.
Man, that was one of the most expensive things I ever bought.
But, just imagined if I didn't take that leap of faith.
Just imagined if I let money hold me back.
I ask myself that all the time.
I would've missed out on so much.
Well, first things first..
You are who you're surrounded by.
For my first week here, I stayed with Jennie and Ryan.
Do I need to say more?
I went from being hesitant and a little afraid of taking risks to just going for it.
Then, figuring out how to work through them.
This requires a lot of patience.
Yet, I believe we all want to take risks in life.
But, what stops us from actually taking risks?
The post-production work, the aftermath prevents (scares) us from taking them. (side note)
Back to my story..
So what happened next?
I landed on Wednesday, June 3rd and that night or technically the next day at 2 AM,
Ryan and I sent an email to Craig Watts. (The Head Coach of Mandurah Magic)
I'm not going to lie.
If Ryan wasn't motivating me, I probably wouldn't have done it.
As I thought to myself, "I've done this before and most of time you just don't get a response or the response you want."
I was afraid of getting rejected, again.
After I sent the email, I was super excited because it was well written and almost hard to deny.
Pretty good email, right?
But afterwards, I immediately shut down my own excitement because I feared getting my hopes up for nothing.
I remember saying, "Let's just sleep on it. We'll see what happens." (doubting)
But in that moment, I found the courage to advocate for myself.
I didn't wait for a call or an opportunity.
I decided to put my name out there, whether I got a yes or no.
"Do you know how valuable you are? You have so much value. " (Thank you, Pam)
"You are a brand." (Thank you, Don)
"Treat yourself like a business." (Thank you, Vee)
With that being said, the very next morning around 6 am, I got an email response and phone call from Craig.
And from there, everything was golden.
I was in an uniform the very next Friday.
We went 9-0. Finishing second in the league.
Every game, I played like there was no tomorrow.
Every game, I felt like I got better.
I played in front of a packed gym, every home game.
I gave you my all.
If you seen me play, you probably felt that.
Because you gave me your all, Mandurah.
You didn't just give me an opportunity.
You didn't just give me a chance.
You welcomed me to your family.
You gave me a brand new car.
You gave me a host family. (Vee is amazing)
You gave me several homes to go to whenever I needed to. (Bree & Milo)
You gave me clothes and shoes. (only packed one bag of belongings)
You gave me the most adorable little fans. (Taylah & so much more!)
You gave me access to a gym, pool and they even sell milkshakes at the gym!!
You gave me so much more than expected.
But you know what they all say... - "To whom much is given, much will be required," right?
"To whom much is given, much can be done." - Me
I say that because I wouldn't have been able to do what I've done without you, Mandurah.
Above, I talked about what you guys did for me physically.
But you guys actually impacted me, spiritually.
You gave me peace.
For the first time in a long time, I felt at peace.
For crying out loud, there is a view of the beach everywhere I turn.
I felt at peace around the team.
I felt at peace on the court, in games.
I felt at peace in practices and trainings.
I experienced the beauty of just enjoying the moment.
Not worrying about tomorrow.
Just being present in the moment.
And for that, I am forever grateful for you, Mandurah.
But I'm going to be honest.
I'm embarrassed to share this.
But I totally screwed up. (Sorry Carly, haha)
Funny but not so funny... (shaking my head)
So, just two days before my departure, I did this..
If anyone knows me, they know I'm one of the most careful and slowest drivers, ever. (Craig)
I was doing so well up until this point.
I'm sorry about this, again.
Not so proud of it.
Just thought I should come clean and show the human side of me.
What a great way to end this, right?
Lastly, I love you all and thank you all for everything.
I can't thank you all enough.
But see you again. :)