Everyday Inspirations


~ one year of inspiration ~

Haley (far right) with Angie and mutual skating friend, Amy.
Our next guest blogger is my ever-so-talented friend, Haley Smith. She writes two fabulous blogs, Adventures of Adulthood and My Life as a USOC Intern. We grew up ice skating together from the time she moved to Utah when she was 14. As we get older our mutual love good wine, bedazzling with rhinestones, intellectual conversation and figure skating continues to bring us closer together.

A little about her: Former USOC Intern; Current US Speedskating Intern; Utah Athletics Compliance GA; law student; figure skater; coach. She is one busy girl and definitely an inspiration to me!{angie}


Ten things that inspire me:

My early morning commute to school.  Even though getting my day started at 5:30am has its draw backs {wanting a nap around 11am} it has a couple of advantages, there is less traffic, and the best is the sunrise over the Wasatch mountains.  The sky is a beautiful array of colors and you can’t help but smile.

My job(s).  I have 3, but I love each one and wouldn’t change anything!
Baking. When I feel overwhelmed or have a bad day the first thing I want to do is make a big batch of chocolate chip cookies.  Baking helps me relieve stress and I love bringing treats to my friends!
Synchronized figure skating. I’ll admit I actually never wanted to start synchronized skating.  When my family moved back to Utah my mom encouraged me to try it and at every practice I wanted to quit.  However, Synchronized skating has brought so much to my life, fantastic friends, an unforgettable college experience, and continuing fun as I skate with my old team mates on our “adult” team.  I now can’t imagine my life without this amazing sport that so many have never heard of!
The Future.  As a 3rd year law student there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about what is going to happen in 83 days when I graduate.  I choose to think about the awesome things that could happen instead of worrying about the unknowns.
Traveling. I love seeing the world and experiencing new cultures.  My favorite trip to date was spending 3 weeks in Beijing, China learning about the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
The Olympic Movement. It is easy for people to say that they love the Olympic Games every 4 years.  It’s not the specific competitions during Games time that inspires me, the thing that drives me everyday is the opportunity to help people achieve something that they have worked incredibly hard and sacrificed their entire lives to accomplish.  It is really hard to explain but not only does it inspire me to work within the Olympic movement it drives me everyday to do the best I can do for the athletes.
Friendships that last a lifetime.  My most dear friends have inspired and pushed me throughout my life and I will be forever grateful to them for making me the person I am today.
Reading.  I don’t get to read for pleasure as much as I would like to {law school gets in the way} but I love getting into a good book.  The places that your imagination can take you in a book are innumerable and rather cost effective
My students.  One of those jobs I mentioned in #2 is teaching skating and my students could not be cuter.  Their love for skating and thirst to learn more is inspiring.

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2/23/2011 09:03:40 am

Seriously this is a great post! Haley is an inspiration herself and I love the 10 things (except the early morning commute - ha). Thanks for sharing!


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