Sorry I’ve been slightly MIA but it kinda hurts to type…. and to walk.

Can I ask you religious questions off anon? Or would that be uncomfortable for you?

Asked by Anonymous

Yeah of course! I’m down with pretty much anything off anon.

What advice would you give to parents who want to put their kids into gymnastics?

Asked by Anonymous

I’m not really in a position to be handing out advice about this, buuuuut here’s just a few off the top of my head. Some of these are more aimed at younger kids and some are for upper level or older kids. Kinda random.

  1. Don’t put your kid in it because you weren’t as good as you want them to be.
  2. Be involved but not overbearing.
  3. Let your kid have a life. Life is too short to miss every Friday night football game.
  4. Don’t pry info out of your kid after every practice. Some things are better unsaid.
  5. Watch some practices, but don’t be that parent who never leaves the gym. Every athlete wants some space sometimes. 
  6. Never be that parent who yells at their kid after a rough meet.
  7. Take pictures. Your kid might complain about it at the time, but they’ll thank you later on.
  8. There’s no need to put your kid in gymnastics when they’re two years old. Wait until they’re six.
  9. Gymnastics is expensive and it only gets more costly as you go, so try not to put your kid in it and let them fall in love if you don’t think you’ll be able to handle the financial side of it down the road.
  10. Bottom line… whose dream is it?

At the highest level in your career how many hours a week did you train?

Asked by Anonymous

25 a week during the summer and 20 during the school year.

How did you get over being done with gymnastics?

Asked by Anonymous

It’s all about perspective. I realized that life is short. There’s no point in wasting time being unhappy when there’s so much to live for. Even though it was so hard to let go, it all makes perfect sense now and I understand why I was put in a position like that. Time passing doesn’t really make the tough memories fade, it just helps me understand that everything really and truly does happen for a reason. I feel like you should make the best of what you can’t change because it’ll save you from a ton of misery. I wasted a lot of time being unhappy when I could’ve made the best of it. Tough times always lead you to a better place and even if you fall along the path, getting up and persevering is what matters. I was always just so worried about what I’d replace gymnastics with but I found that you don’t always need to have everything figured out because there’s more to life than knowing where you’ll be tomorrow. I feel like you really can be happy without the things you once thought you needed the most if you just have faith that everything will work out for the best. Life is all about moments and I definitely had some of the best moments of my life during my gymnastics career, but it was time to move on and create new memories with new people. Sometimes you just need to go outside, take a breath of fresh air, and remind yourself that everything you do is a small piece of who you are and who you’ll eventually be. Even if there’s something going on in your life that you don’t want to deal with, sure, you can close your eyes, but you can’t close your heart. It’s still there. You feel it. Everyone goes through something that changes them in a way that they’ll never go back to exactly who they were before and I believe that’s a gift because at some point you need to grow up, move on, and accept where you’re meant to be. Sometimes the best way to appreciate something is to be without it.

Who is on your world team?

Asked by Anonymous

I feel like this is too hard to answer because I’m really unsure about Brenna, so I’ll say Biles, Ross, Skinner, Locklear, Baumann, and Kocian. but if Brenna is back on at least vault and is hitting bars, I’d send her over Kocian.

"If you have the power to make someone happy, use it. The world needs more of that."

If you had to pick one, which would you say has been the best day of your life so far?

Asked by Anonymous

Probably the first time I went to YoungLife and devoted my life to Christ. I’ve had a lot of awesome days though.

The recent ask about quotes reminded me of this... I know you love Grey's Anatomy (so do I!!!) and love quotes, so I was just letting you know (though you probably know already!) that if you pay attention Greys has such good quotes and a lot of them are really good for gymnastics, whether it's a bad day, a good day, a mental block, competition nerves, etc. and then lots are just great for life in general hahaha I look them up all the time when I need a quote!

Asked by Anonymous

THAT’S SO TRUE. I feel like Grey’s puts a ton on emphasis on taking nothing for granted because anything can happen in an instant and you, or someone you love, could have a dramatically different life in a matter of minutes and life is so much more precious than we realize.

another show that I’ve noticed has perfect quotes is One Tree Hill! best life quotes ever. 

"It’s the oldest story in the world. One day you’re seventeen and planning for someday. And then quietly without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life. We spend so much time wanting, pursuing, wishing - but ambition is good, chasing things with integrity is good, dreaming. If you had a friend you knew you’d never see again, what would you say? If you could do one last thing for someone you love, what would it be? Say it, do it. Don’t wait. Nothing lasts forever. Make a wish, place it in your heart. Anything you want, everything you want. Do you have it? Good, now believe it can come true. You never know where the next miracle is going to come from, the next memory, the next smile, the next wish come true. But, if you believe that it’s right around the corner, and open your heart and mind to the possibility of it, to the certainty of it, you just might get the thing you wished for. The world is so full of magic, you just have to believe it. So make your wish, do you have it? Good. Now believe in it with all your heart." -OTH

excuse me while I go cry.

Have you ever had a teammate that had an eating disorder? How did they, your team, and your coaches deal with that?

Asked by Anonymous

I haven’t sorry!

Update: Just had someone message me that’s had some sort of experience with this, so feel free to reach out to @now-ima-warrior if you have questions!