The Peanut Butter Swimmer? Not Sticking to the Status Quo.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I was that little girl that quit ballet only two weeks after I joined because I wanted to play basketball.

I've played basketball since Kindergarten. The words 'Katherine' and 'basketball' go together like peanut butter and jelly. Let's just say, I haven't had a year without basketball games since I was 4. Crazy stuff, right?


I've always toyed with the idea of trying something new and joining swimming, but I always felt like I had to do basketball. It was the safe sport to do, and I loved playing. Anyways, trying something new like swimming is scary.

My perspective changed, however, after I injured my foot during cross country this year. Running has been painful lately, and the thought of 5 months of basketball full of sprints seemed unbearable.

After countless talks with my mom, my 'toying' with the idea of swimming suddenly turned into actual consideration.


After a constant mind battle, tons of advice, endless amounts of quiet thinking, and really tough decision making, I joined swimming instead of basketball. And let me tell you, it was scary.


I'm still in disbelief as I type this. I'm a swimmer now. Whattttt?

In order to understand what I've gotten myself into, I've done a little swimming research. I'm starting to believe that joining swimming was a good idea.


Are you catching my drift?

Okay, I'm kidding about joining for the men (maybe not). All jokes aside though, I'm really excited. I now have a year full of completely new experiences for me. I'm walking swimming into the unknown.

mysterious.

I've even started creating my own terrible swimming jokes. Like when I wear my new swimsuit I'm the 'Human Tor-Speedo'. (Don't roll your eyes!)

Anyways, It's been a busy few weeks! I've gone from being 'The Peanut Butter Lover' to 'The Hummus Lover' to 'The Peanut Butter Swimmer', and it's only October! Are there any crazy changes in your life lately, or am I the only one?


What's something scary that you've done lately?
Are you a swimmer?

Have you ever done something completely uncalled for?

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  1. Crazy changes - I've become a yogi :)

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    1. Ooh that's SO fun! I need to make some more time for yoga. I've been slacking lately! I couldn't find your blog right now and thought you had quit the blog world! I'm so glad you commented! Love the new blog name.

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  2. Kudos to you for stepping out of the comfort zone! I actually never learned to swim and am kind of terrified of the deep end, but I've always liked the idea of swimming. Good luck on your new adventure :)

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    1. Thanks Christina! I bet if you put your mind to it, you could swim in no time. Heck, if you can make your AMAZING recipes that are out of this world, then I'm sure swimming would be a breeze to you!

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  3. Sorry your foot is still giving you trouble. I know it will be different not to do basketball and I know your team will miss your contributions. But, I am also sure you will love swimming! Let that foot heal for a while longer. You will never regret it!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting Aunt Kathy! It's really weird not playing basketball. It definitely doesn't feel like a normal school year, but doing something new everyday is SO exciting. Everyone seems really glad that I'm resting the foot though, so I'm glad I decided to! Missing out on a little basketball is way better then having severe foot problems in the future! I miss you guys! :)

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  4. I am a good swimmer but don;t like my face under water haha. Good for you girl!!

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    1. You should try back stroke! Maybe that'll keep your face out! I'm enjoying it, but yeah, sometimes the water ALWAYS in your face isn't too too pleasant! :)

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  5. I'm so very, very proud of you!!! You have always been a brave young lady. Swimming sounds like it'll be fun!!

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    1. Thank you Aunt Pam! I'm so glad to see you round these parts again! Hopefully Bethie will get her blog started now that she's a married woman! :)

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  6. You quit basketball?!?! I can't imagine not playing basketball. I'm like you - I've been playing since I could walk! But everything happens for a reason, so I bet you were meant to try swimming!

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    1. It's crazy I know! I miss it. It's SO weird. Everyday I miss it SO much. It's a really tough decision, but I'm still super involved with the program, which makes me very happy!

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  7. Congrats on becoming a swimmer! Although I couldn't imagine quitting something I loved...but hey swimmers don't get injured as much right? Ive been playing soccer since I was 8, and there's no way I am EVER stopping. Ive played through torn knee ligaments, broken bones, concussions and straight up illness. If I play through all that then there sure is heck is NO WAY I'm going to give it up :)

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    1. Thanks Kat! It's still a tough decision, but I'm loving the whole not dislocating fingers or hurting because of running. I used to swim before I played basketball, so maybe I'm going back to my first love? I totally feel you though! You look like a soccer player, so I'm not surprised you are! (That may sound a little funny!)

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  8. Yay for you! Not only are you listening to your body and not pushing yourself beyond healthy limits, but you're also breaking out of your comfort zone and trying something new. :) Admiration!

    -Amy

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    1. Thanks Amy! Your kind words just made my day!

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  9. Haha, I might have to find a swim team to join now. I'm completely hopeless at basketball and pretty much every ball sport known to man (and woman). Wow, I haven't swam in a year or so, time sure flies when you're procrastinating all the time. :P These days, I'm loving yoga and running, not that I'm good at either. Hopefully, I'll find something I'm actually good at some day. But then again, all that matters is whether I'm enjoying myself while doing it, right?

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    1. You would be great at it! Swimming is so individual that it really doesn't matter how bad or good you are! I'm sure you're not THAT bad though at sports with balls! All you'd need is a little practice! :)

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  10. Haha. I love your "research."

    I wish my school had a swimming team when I was in high school (still don't... nor cross country). I love swimming! It is my favorite sport ever and I just wish I had the opportunity to do it more. I haven't swam in forever, especially since I was gone from my house all summer.

    I think you made a great decision and I can't wait to hear how you like it :)

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    1. Our school doesn't have volleyball or girl's soccer, so I totally feel you! I bet you're great at swimming. It takes getting time to get back into the groove of things, but I bet you could get back into it asap! Thanks for your kind words girl!

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  11. So sorry to hear about your foot! Though I am glad to see you are taking your new hummus loving self and embracing all the beauty swimming has to offer (lets just say I'm right there with you on the drift you suggested above).

    I think doing things that scare you and stepping outside of your comfort zone is the way to grow, even though its terrifying in the moment. One of the scariest things I ever did was switch into an entirely new profession halfway through college, I was worried I wouldn't graduate in time, worried about the money I would have to borrow for grad school to actually get my lisence... worried about a lot of things. But I don't regret taking the leap for a second, and thats usually how these things end up :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It's a real bummer, but I'm really loving swimming. (On an off note, I really love that hummus loving self sentence. You've got a way with words girl!)

      Trying new things is scary, but everything worth doing seems to be on the other side of fear. Switching to swimming is hardly a career change! You are SO brave to do that, but it looks like everything worked out wonderfully for you :)

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  12. This is so exciting!! I hope you fall in love with swimming and enjoy they new adventure!!

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  13. I hope swimming is a great new adventure for you! I'm a huge basketball fan (NBA--Celtics baby ;)) but I only played once as a kid. Everything in life is a good time or a good story. You go get 'em and make this chapter your best one yet. You never know who you'll meet or how much you'll fall in love with swimming! And yeah the eye candy isn't bad either ;)

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    1. It's been great! And I love the Celtics too. I'm not sure how I came to loving them, but it just sort of happened! Your words mean SO much to me! I'll keep them in mind whenever I start doubting myself.

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  14. Good luck with swimming! Changes are always scary to me, but I'm sure you'll do great!

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  15. Before I ever called myself a runner back when I was a teenager I used to swim 3 times a week in a squad and loved it. It can be so good when you have an injury and can help it to heal. So glad to hear you have embraced it and I love your nickname :)

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    1. Ah Jan! That's so cool! I bet you were great! I'll have to ask you for swimming tips int he future!

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  16. Congrats on the switch- things like that can be scary but so worth it!

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  17. Yay for swimming! One of my deepest darkest secrets is how afraid I am of swimming. SF is no place to swim (surprisingly because we are in California) and it was not required in high school so I never really learned. I also don't like how I feel after with the chlorine and hair but you make it sound fun! Maybe next summer I will have to mooch off my friend's pools.

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    1. Oh I bet you could be great at swimming Tara! If not, you'd take some beautiful pictures of the pool :) The chlorine is NOT fun, but I wear a swim cap and shower right when I get out of the pool! I totally feel you on that!

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  18. I think it's great that u are embracing these changes. Change is often associated with anxiety and unknown, but it can also be fun :)

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    1. Thanks P! It's scary but SO worth it!

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