Hello friends of Pinkskate,
When life happens there’s not a whole lot you can do to stop, slow or impede its effects. Life simply happens and we have to strap in our “life seat belts” and hunker down for the ride. For some
folks, “life happens” sounds cliché, but for many that phrase takes on a deeper meaning and represents a variety of moments we’ve experienced. What I know for sure is that these moments look different for each of us.
Like many of you, I consider myself someone who wears multiple hats for a myriad of reasons. For example, I’m a Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sibling, Aunt, Friend, Mentor and a Business owner. Each role brings certain responsibilities and weight to bear; typically one I can handle but a weight none-the-less.
For example, I have aging parents who require far more care and assistance than they have in recent years. This can be especially difficult when one parent requires serious aid and attendance due to memory loss coupled with physical disability. As many of you already know this can be hard watching a loved one loose the independence they once enjoyed. Like I said, nothing I can’t handle, but it is challenging.
So, what does all this mean and what does it have to do with figure skating?? I’m so glad you asked because the point of this blog post is NOT to make anyone sad or to feel sorry for me! Quite the contrary, the point of this blog post is to encourage you as well as myself. The good news is that in spite of some current challenges, life is still happening and moving forward in a very positive way!
In order for that to be possible, it required that I step down from a volunteer position on a local figure skating board, as well as pull back from non-profit work with a local domestic violence agency. Although these were tough decisions to make it allowed me to become more available to care for my aging parents. It also provided more flexibility in my schedule to support my Daughter in her continued growth and progress as a figure skater. In fact, she recently passed her Juvenile Moves In The Field test, landed her double salchow and joined a girls high school hockey team. Hmm, I wonder where she gets all her ambition from??
Lastly, I’m happy to say that since prioritizing my life and busy schedule, I’ve been afforded more time to keep building Pinkskate. My desire to build Pinkskate is not just for myself but for every skating family who gets it and understands that life can and will be challenging while we support our loved ones in this great sport. Fortunately, I’ve learned that when “Life Happens” it doesn’t mean that we have to give up on our goals, dreams or ambitions. There may be some tough decisions and even sacrifices to be made but hopefully, you’ll still be moving forward and getting a little stronger along the way.
Thanks for visiting the Pinkskate blog and I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Summer! As we head into the Fall season, please be on the look-out for some fun and exciting news about the Pinkskate brand.
Lots of love from my Pinkskate Family to you and yours.