Happiness in the Pursuit

Happiness in the Pursuit

I used to look at happiness as something that came as a byproduct of reaching an outcome I desired. I thought that without achievement, life would not be complete and that I would lack satisfaction. I learned through trial and error that real happiness for me comes from being grounded in faith and surrounded by [...]

Four Easy Ways to Get Lucky

Four Easy Ways to Get Lucky

The definition of luck is, “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions.” It’s easy to look at somebody’s life, their belongings, and their achievements and attribute it all to luck. It’s easy to look at your own life, the belongings you don’t have, and the goals you didn’t reach [...]

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Let’s talk about what you’re eating on your competition days. In competition, you really should be eating the same things you’ve been eating on your training days. You want to compete like you’ve been training, not change up what you’ve been doing when the big day comes. In shooting, we tend to avoid caffeine and [...]

Relax, Relax, Perfect.

Relax, Relax, Perfect.

I think we can agree that stress and anxiety are things that impact us all. What makes the difference in how that stress manifests in our lives is how we deal with it. I’ve learned a few techniques to manage anxiety before and during competition that I’ve been able to successfully apply in my life [...]

Redirect Focus to Hit Your Target

Redirect Focus to Hit Your Target

Have you ever been driving your car, seen something on the road that you wanted to avoid, did your best to avoid that thing, yet hit it anyway? This occurrence is generally known as “target fixation,” and can occur anytime, anywhere, and with anything you’re doing. One particular incident of target fixation that comes to [...]

3 Simple Tips for Becoming a Mule (No, I’m Not Talking About the Animal)

3 Simple Tips for Becoming a Mule (No, I’m Not Talking About the Animal)

One crisp Manhattan evening, I found myself at Totto Ramen deep in conversation with a strange man about coin collecting. I was there for the Spicy Paitan and looking forward to the tranquility of eating solo, but was led by my natural curiosity down a rabbit hole to a subject that has stuck with me [...]

You Can’t Control the Weather

You Can’t Control the Weather

Your alarm begins its serenade at 6 AM, waking you from your cozy slumber and pleasant dreams. You pick up your phone to hit stop on the alarm and slip back into the comfort of silence. Your first thought is what’s happening in your world this morning. You absentmindedly flick your finger across the screen [...]

Cliché, but it Takes a Village

Cliché, but it Takes a Village

I started working with a sports psychologist to improve my performance in rifle shooting at 13 years old, and continued seeing a collection of them until I finished competing 13 years later. In between, I competed on the US National Team at multiple Pan American Games, World Championships, in the Olympic Games, and more. From [...]