A Year Later

Time flies

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Wow.  I can’t believe that a year ago today I was saying goodbye to my Dad and walking into the airport to begin a life changing journey.  Heading to Germany for two months on my own was one of the biggest leaps I have taken in my life thus far.  I know I have spoken and written on the experience I had and the impact it had on me previously, but looking back a year later I can now see even more the immense effects that journey had on my life.

First things first, I long to return every day.  There is literally not a day that goes by that I don’t yearn for a new adventure and a return to Europe.  I don’t even think yearn is a strong enough word to explain how I feel.  I know for certain that this feeling will never go away, but it is a feeling that I am 100% okay with.  This feeling shows me how much that experience changed me in so many ways.  My wanderlust grew 100 fold, and even though it is hard knowing that I do not have the luxury to just up and go whenever, I know my wanderlust will guide me to many adventures and experiences in the future.

Nowadays, as you know, I have started another adventure in a new place.  I have been here at SFA almost 5 months now, which is almost just as hard to believe as the fact that it’s been a year since I left for Germany.  However, it has been an amazing 5 months.  It has had its ups and downs, I miss seeing my family and friends all the time, but I can truly say that I am settling in great and love it here.  My job is the best one I have had, and I can’t see myself doing anything else at the moment.  Every day I go to the office, yet I feel as if I don’t ever have to “work”.  Isn’t that what 99% of us long for?  “Find a job you love and you can truly say you never have to work a day in your life” (something like that).  It is an amazing feeling to be in a position where I can personally vouch for that statement.

By the way, I have the best boss and coworkers in the world.  There is a true balance of fun, family, and career here, and I couldn’t ask for a better atmosphere to be a part of.  Season has officially begun and we just finished up our second week of official practice.  Due to the fact that our girls workout all summer and fall, and we are able to “practice” during these times, the feeling is different when “official practice” starts at this level than it is at JUCO, D3, or D2, but it is still a very special feeling.  Nothing like that “basketball season is upon us” feeling in the air!!  Especially when the actual outside air feels like “basketball season”.  In my opinion there is Summer, Spring, and Basketball Season.

I hope some of you have the chance to watch us play this year.  I feel as if we have a good balance of returners and new faces that will lead us to big things.  Our bench is deep and we are making huge strides in every area.  I believe it is going to be a special and fun year for us all.  Here in less than a month we will travel to South Dakota to open up the season.  The University of South Dakota is a traditionally successful program and we will actually be playing the very first basketball game in their brand new state of the art arena.  They sold the game out a month ago.  Should be fun, and would be a HUGE win and start to the season if we go up there and handle business.  Once we get rolling with playing, I will make sure to keep you all updated with how things are going both on social media and through my blog.  Also, if you have any questions on games, etc. feel free to contact me through email (scottke@sfasu.edu) or any of my social media outlets.  I’d be glad to chat!

Well, that is it for now.  I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful weather, getting outside, being active, and getting pumped for basketball season!!  Thanks as always for reading!!

Love,

Kayla

 

 

The Road

I love the road, and when I say “the road” I mean it in more ways than just simply that black paved surface that our cars travel on each day.

1.  “The Road” and running.

I have a love affair with the feeling of my shoes hitting the pavement.  To me,  there is little that is sweeter than getting out of bed* early in the morning and getting your legs moving.  It makes it even better when midway through the run you get to witness the sunrise.  How many of us truly “witness” the sun rise anymore?  Yes we may be awake at that time, but we are usually running around the house getting ready for work and never even peak out the front door or window to see it.  To witness is to see something happen and be able to attest to it.  Every sunrise is different and unique in its own way.  I try to experience and see as many as I can.  Also, the runner’s high. Enough said. 

2. “The Road” and my job.

As a college basketball coach, I am always on the road.  Whether it be traveling to an away game, or driving 2.5 hours to a middle of nowhere town in West Texas or the Plains of Oklahoma to see a single girl play a 2A high school game in a gym that seats 50.  The road is possibly my favorite part of my job.  As a basketball junkie and lover of higher education, I love traveling to different colleges and universities across the nation and seeing their campuses.  I always tried to make it a point to take a pregame walk around whatever school we were visiting.  I love the uniqueness of each gym and arena.  The landscaping and architecture of the buildings around the campus.  As a player, home games were fun of course, but there was nothing like playing in a packed gym on the road and keeping the fans of the opposing team quiet with your play.

Being crammed on a bus with your teammates/best friends while driving halfway across the country to play a single game…there is nothing like it.  I am so blessed to be able to spend the majority of the months of October-March on the road with people who share the same love and passion for basketball that I do.  If you are a current athlete, savor every moment you get, especially the times you have on that bus, in the hotel, and on the court.  Those are the memories you will keep forever, and the stories you will tell for ages.

3.  “The Road” and travel.

Wanderlust gets the best of me on a daily basis.  I can’t sit still.  I want to go and see and experience different cultures and places constantly.  There is something about being in a foreign place that brings me peace.  I don’t really know how else to explain it other than with that word, peace.  Navigating through a new city using the metro, subway, and your good old feet.  There is nothing more freeing.

 If you can’t get a hold of me, I’m probably either daydreaming about the next adventure and ignoring my phone, or I am on the road and have no service.

Planes, trains, and automobiles.  Oh, and feet.  90% of my time is spent on the good ol’ road and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. 

One more thing…

GO USA!!!! ⚽️🇺🇸🙌🏻💪🏻