I don't know even where to start. I can't believe that its the end of the year it just seems like yesterday. What a heck of a year it has been for me....so many ups and downs, injuries and health, finance and much more.
Well, I tested my bronze free skate back in February and it was not a pass, it was a hard pill to swallow, but I surpassed my expectations and competed in April at my very first USFS competition "Florida Open Championship" at my rink, where I came in 3rd place, I did skate up a level to adult bronze free skate. I competed against really good skaters but form me, I felt I skated my best and that's what really matters. This competition was a learning experience like every competition I compete in. For me, it was not about the medal or how I placed, just wanted to prove to myself that I can do it and I did.
During the summer I trained hard and focused on what the judges told me to work on. Managed to get my sit spin to parallel and lower position. Knee injury, set me back a while but got some exercises to strengthen it to a point that i can skate.
Traveled to California in August with my daughter where she and her team competed Nationals Showcase and came in 4th Place. It was down hill for me, health wise and financially. I suffered an injury and my health was deteriorating, had to take time off from skating, soon after my hubby suffered a heart attack and had to under go heart surgery (in October) and a triple bypass. Had to be strong for my family and 2 daughters - I had to hold down the fort, work two jobs, go to hospital take care of hubby etc.. But by the grace of God all is well and he is doing GREAT.
As of today, I am back skating (not as much as I want) but I am happy to skate and begin focusing on what I have achieved and keep training. So grateful for every chance I get to skate. I am hopeful that 2015 will be a great year and that my perspective in skating and goals will be much clearer and precise. As I've mentioned before in past posts "no expectations" I will go into 2015 with "no expectations" just live day by day, be thankful for all I have and what I've achieved. That with good health and a clear mind all is possible.
Happy Skating - Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!!