1. Friends and Family
My friends and family have done so much for me over the years and it is time to give back! I want to spend time with them and get to show them how much I appreciate them. These last few years I have been selfish; it is time to think of those who have been there for me every step of the way!
I am so excited to go home and enjoy going out for a meal or two. Being able to go out with friends and not have to think is this the best fuel for my next workout will be a great feeling. Nothing tastes as sweet and as a gilt free day.
4. Share my Journey
My road to the Olympics was not an easy one; many injuries and setbacks. I want to be able to share my journey through media and public speaking. No dream is to big!
I am wanting an Olympic tattoo like no one else. I appreciate people that get large artistic tattoos. It is time for me to get one of my own. My tattoo will be a Phoenix flying out of my sun on my back with the Olympic rings placed in the fire/tail of the Phoenix. The Phoenix symbolizes my wrestling journey; all of my injuries and setbacks may have broken me down but I always flight back and come back a stronger person.
Wrestling has taken me around the world but I am excited to travel without living in the training venue. A few places I am thinking of going to is South East Asia (Cambodia, Philippians, Indonesia, Thailand) and/or New Zealand. I am thinking I will try to go in October and November.
8. Body Recovery
The past few years of wrestling has not been kind to my body; I have had countless knee injuries, dislocated elbows, ongoing back problems, and more small nagging body parts. I am excited to take some time away from the sport so I can remove all the Band-Aids and heal my body. This is not to say I am done competing but I want to enjoy the sport injury free again.
9. Back to school
Ever since I finished my Kinesiology degree in 2010, I have dedicated 100% of my efforts into sport. It is time to go back to school. I am very excited for a new chapter in my life especially since I know what I want to do with my education. I want to work towards getting my MBA. This means I need to start studying for the GMAT and see what happens from there.
Thank you so much for all your kind messages! I could hear you cheering for me all the way in Canada. I am loving the Jilla Killa t-shirt pictures. It just reminds me of how many people that love me and tuned in to watch me compete regardless of the result. I lost my first match against a very tough athlete. Definitely not how I wanted my Olympic tournament to go; however I have no regrets. I stepped on that mat ready to wrestle and I left it all on the mat.