Minneapolis, MN, USA
A Little About Me
When I was about 8, I came home from an event and wanted to show my grandmother how to do a backbend. I always loved impressing my grandmother because she would always be proud of me when I accomplished something. I did the back bend and had a hard time balancing myself and so instead of trying again, I threw a tantrum because I thought I wasn’t able to impress her. At that time she was able to walk so she came up to me and told me to quiet down and do it again. Only this time she gave me advice on how I need to squeeze certain muscles in order to stay balanced. I listened to her and I was able to do the backbend for a longer time. She was proud of me and even gave me some chocolate after. The advice my grandmother gave me about kindness and giving me the passion to help people reflected on the way I coached for rhythmic gymnastics. There was a time where a young girl, about 7 years old was transferring into a new level. She was excelling in her previous level but wasn’t there for her new level so I was the one to step over and help her out. My group of students and her were learning new rope tricks and the one particular girl who was transferring couldn’t get the trick. She threw a tantrum, threw her rope at me starting crying and saying how she doesn’t want to do anything. Even my head coach yelled at her and told her to leave if she wont stop crying. I came up to her and told her to not listen to her and just relax. I let her go to the bathroom to wash up, let her drink some water(even gave her a granola bar which I wasn’t supposed to do) and told her to come back to the class. I stood behind her and did the trick with her so she understands the fundamentals of the trick. After a few tries together, I stood away and asked her to do it herself. She aced it from the first time and was smiling like never before. I told her that I knew that she could do it and all it took was some patience. She started showing off to everyone and we were both very happy.