Her Dream After Sports
A place where we share in the stories of former athletes, connect on the transition out of sport, and create a space where the “always an athlete” tribe can come from connection and inspiration. Your Sport Story was created by Bethany Crouch, former competitive gymnast of 15 years turned athlete advocate professional.
We are so happy and grateful that you stopped by!
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Her Dream After SportsFeb 15, 2020
45: Detaching from Identities: Athlete & Beyond
44: What do your Dreams mean?
43: Here to Debut Something New! What’s Happening Over Here?
42: What I Wish I Knew… Life & Life Beyond Sport
What Step Do You Take Next? Getting Out of the Stagnant Space for Entrepreneurially Spirited
The Return to Her Sports Story, Life Update and Channeling Confidence in Life Beyond Sport
39: Ending Sport with Madeline Barlow, Former Collegiate Swimmer turned PhD Psychology of Human Movement & Life After Sport Success Coach
Madeline Barlow is a former collegiate swimmer that experienced a visceral ending to her sport... like a piece of her passed away the minute she finished her last race. SO MANY athletes experience this! Her life personal life experiences after sport encompassed loss of relationships, loss of loved ones, distancing herself away from her sport, graduate school and pursuing her PhD in Psychology of Human Movement with a specialization in Exercise & Sport Psychology and eventually becoming reconnected with sports and athletes. One of her current roles is as a Sport Psychology Coordinator at Drexel University where she works with their current student-athletes.
She also is the founder of Madeline M. Barlow LLC serving as a Life After Sport Success Coach!
For more info, check out her website, her success after sport kit and follow her on instagram!
Madeline M. Barlow, LLC website
FREE Success After Sport Starter Kit
*Disclaimer: Madeline practices as a mindset and psychology coach for current and former athletes using her educational PhD in Psychology & Human Movement.
38: Talking Coping Behaviors When the Athlete Identity is Lost and Honoring Your Journey with Former Basketball Collegiate Athlete turned Empowerment Coach, Jill Heiman
Jill's instagram @awakejourney
Your Awakening YouTube Channel
37: Chat with Non Profit Founder - Strong Girls, Cancer Survivor, Teacher & Coach, AND Former DI Basketball Athlete, Lani Silversides
Strong Girls United Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to empower and inspire girls to become their best, happiest, strongest version of themselves through physical activity, mental skills, and leadership programming. So cool!
She even has even launched a summer leadership academy for Middle School and High School athletes: Check it out at lanisilversides.com/girlsleadershipacademy/
Lani is INCREDIBLE to say the least, and although we didn't get to touch too much on her full story as we dove into all things Strong Girls United --- she is also a Stage 3 Breast Cancer Survivor and Mom of two girls!
Her experiences developed through mindfulness, sport, and positive psychology were critical to my overcoming cancer. It became her mission to create content and resources for students, athletes, and coaches teams who want to get the most out of themselves through combining high performance and well-being.
Go follow, connect and get involved with SG United Foundation.
Strong Girls United Instagram
36: When Your Journey Evolves into Your WHY with former Softball Athlete, Kennedy Haney - Talking Disordered Eating, Body Image and Performance Nutrition
Her experience as an elite softball athlete,
Disordered eating and body image,
Her journey through Dietetics schooling and eventually becoming an RDN,
Coaching high school athletes on nutrition, and
Loving what she does!
Follow her on instagram @the.dugout.dietitian
Elevate Performance Nutrition: www.elevateperformancenutrition.org
35: Battling Unexpected Times in Sport Careers & Advice for Life Beyond the Finish Line with Former Swimmer, Rachel Boardman
She is the host of the Beyond the Finish Line Podcast and you can find her on instagram here:
Also, I found this article she wrote about breaking up with swimming and it is spot on!
34: Beyonce, Gratitude, and Navigating the Tough Times with Megan Riggs, Former Rowing Athlete turned Community Development Professional
Megan Riggs is sure to be on the best-seller list once her future book debuts. She has quite the career journey --- taking her to different states and collecting a variety of experiences and lessons along the way. I am so grateful to call her one of my closest friends and we had consistently said "we need to do a podcast together" --- and that moment has now arrived!
During this episode we talk:
Managing your energy, managing others energies, navigating the tough times, the impact of connection, values, mentors, and well Beyonce!
To keep up with Megan and her day-to-day, follow her here on Instagram: @lady_riggs
33: My Life Update & Mindset Thoughts Around the Current World Happenings
32: She Didn’t Have Any Limiting Beliefs: Vicky shares the story of her Multi-Passionate Surfing Pioneer Mom, Betty
Season 2! Episode 1 with Former Collegiate Gymnast turned Fit4Mom Leader & Mama, Debra Sexton
Welcome back listeners! So glad you came back to join us for the second season of HSS!
Debra Sexton is kicking off Season 2 of the Her Sports Story podcast and I couldn't be happier! We did club gymnastics together and she was totally a role model for me. She always seemed to be having fun while doing gymnastics (or at least that's how it appeared to me) and she has literally the best spirit ever. She is former collegiate gymnast turned boss mama and babe, being a mom of three and leading a Fit4Mom in her current hometown Carmel, Indiana.
Follow her on instagram at @debrasexton
And her Fit4Mom instagram at @fit4momcarmel
30: Collegiate Athletics Resource Platform with LRT Sports Founder & CEO, Keirsten Sires
Here is Keirsten’s bio from LRT Sports:
Keirsten is the founder and CEO of LRT Sports. On top of that, she is a writer for The Huddle. Being the Chief Executive Officer of LRT Sports means that Keirsten is the one held accountable for the success of the company’s efforts, across the board. She is also our Chief Amusement Officer; she promotes laughter in our business, eye roll. Playing varsity tennis and soccer for Skidmore College in New York has given her the endurance to be able to push the company to the next level day in and day out.
Follow on instagram at @lrtsports and check out their platform on their website: www.lrt-sports.com
29: Self Confidence through Mental Training with Mindset Coach & Former Softball Athlete, Paige Tonz
Most importantly though, Paige works with girl athletes ranging in ages from ten to 18 on navigating the journey that is sport. She helps these girls build confidence and mentally train so that they can be their best versions of themselves. During this episode we talk: her sports career as a softball athlete at Northwestern, her mindset challenges, her transition out of sport and into the career world, in addition to starting her Mindset Coaching business and navigating entrepreneurship.
Check out her beautiful website at www.paigetonz.com/ ! It will seriously take you back to being a young girl, the colors, the look - I love it!
Follow her on instagram @paigetonz !!!
28: 5 Professional Development Tips for Former Athletes Embarking on their Careers After Sport
27: From Entrepreneur to Olympic Level Athlete with Cary Williams, CEO of Boxing & Barbells & Creator of Too Pretty
Her Sports Story community, meet Cary!
ENTREPRENEUR - ATHLETE - CEO
This Boxing Boss Babe started out as an entrepreneur as a boxing gym owner and then evolved into a boxing athlete. We talk all things entrepreneurship, the journey, athlete identity, how athletes and entrepreneurs experience similar aspects, creating a brand, and Cary's Boxing & Barbells program.
Here is an excerpt from her website: http://cary-williams.com/
Cary Williams is a former Olympic style boxer, Olympic level boxing coach, boxing club owner, cover model, speaker and entrepreneur. She has now created Boxing & Barbells which is a class format fusing boxing and weight training together in a fun and easy to learn format. The program is growing across the world as new trainers get certified to teach the program daily.
Follow Cary on Instagram @caryleewilliams
Check out Boxing & Barbells @boxingnbarbells
And her brand @tooprettybrand
26: Sport as Vehicle For Healing with Inspire Wellness & BPLA Coach, Lindsay Drennen
Lindsay Drennen, what an incredible individual!
Her sports story and experiences encompasses the challenges, the good times, the health wavering times, and the MAGICAL times.
Sports have always been a part of her life growing up with two parents who were coaches. Lindsay's sport was Volleyball. She had the opportunity to be coached by her mom and then coach alongside her mom after her collegiate career. Lindsay has created a life that taps into all aspects she enjoys: working with kids in academic capacities, working with teenagers through their high school years, teaching sport performance and anxiety tools, running a holistic business and approaching health from a variety of facets.
She is the founder of Inspire Wellness that encompasses all of the above aspects: https://www.theinspirewellness.com/
Lindsay Drennen holds a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, is a certified Health and Wellness coach, as well as a certified Applied Behavior Analyst. Lindsay has spent her professional career helping others to find balance and become the best version of themselves.
The facility she loves training at is called Blueprint LA: https://www.theblueprintla.com/
You can follow her on instagram at @lindsay_drennen
25: How Your Sports Story Can Lead You to Your Purpose with Nicole Tobon, Founder of Softball Students
What will you hear about in this episode? COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS, ATHLETE LIFE TRANSITIONS, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, and CREATING COMMUNITY
Nicole Tobon is here to IMPACT many.
As a former Softball athlete that made it to the collegiate level, spent time in the corporate space, and became a Softball coach, she has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with young women. Through her career she found that she would connect deeply with those athletes striving for the collegiate level --- and the journey that is choosing the institution that an athlete will commit to for the next four years of their lives. She has created Softball Students, a platform that will connect a community of athletes in their journeys to becoming collegiate players, provide guidance, and will soon provide a mastermind which will incorporate mentorship and membership.
Stay tuned with Nicole as she looks to launch in August 2019!
Nicole Tobon on Instagram : @coachnicole10
Softball Students on Instagram : @softballstudents
24: Finding Your Confidence After Sport Through the Journey with Allie Leigh Collins
She is a blogger and you can find her blog here: casualeigh.com/
You can follow her on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/theleighcollins/
23: Owning Your Story & Processing Abrupt Sport Endings with Former Competitive Gymnast, Emma Lee
Emma Lee is a former competitive gymnast (and former club teammate of mine) that overcame various injuries to make it to the collegiate level. Collegiate athletics can throw various curveballs that we never anticipate and Emma was definitely thrown a curveball when her sports career retirement was somewhat decided for her. In this conversation, Emma openly shares her sports journey and its end — and how it impacted her. As former athletes we are so tied with our sport, that it’s truly a PROCESS to process who we are without it. Emma talks about her challenges moving beyond sport, her academic goals in pursuing a Masters degree in Sport Management from University of San Francisco, and her sport career goals for the future.
You can follow Emma on Instagram @emlee1129
22: Former Track Athlete Turned Professional Rugby Player Shares Being on the USA Team & Bringing Awareness to Rugby
Naya Tapper does not have your traditional Rugby story since she spent her entire high school career as a track & field athlete. She started playing Rugby when she attended college at UNC Chapel Hill. We talk all things her sports story, navigating next levels of sport, the professional level of Rugby, and bringing awareness to the game of Rugby and herself as a professional female Rugby athlete. She overcame being cut from the pro level and shares that "everything happens for a reason". She is passionate about sharing her love for the sport, her journey, and connecting with her fans!
Go check out Naya and her fun & dynamic take on her sport and life!
Her Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube can all be found at @nayatapper!
Naya's advice on how she looks at a challenging day:
"This is just a test, this is just a hiccup in the road, it's just a little rainy day --- it's going to clear up and that road is going to flatten and you'll be back on the same path - to reach your purpose" -Naya Tapper
21: Intuitive Eating & Navigating Nutrition After Sport with Bri Collette
Bri Collette is the Former Athlete Nutritionist and aims to help former female athletes with their mindset around eating and food. She finds that this mindset when explored can pour over into all aspects of life. We talk about beliefs as athletes that have stayed with us even after sport! She hopes to help former and one day even current athletes with their relationships around food.
Check out her website here: https://www.briannecollettenutrition.com/
Check out her instagram here: @former.athlete.nutritionist
20: Thoughts, Energy, & State of Being May Just Be Your Decision - What I Have Learned & Experienced
Hey hey, so happy you are here! Ok, disclaimer -- I am not an expert in this realm, just a human living through human experiences, and navigating life! I have picked up these understandings through books, podcasts, personal development leaders, and of course through my own life. This is in no way a "solve-all method" and is truly just small small tips on how to shift your energy, thoughts, and state of being. I encourage you that if you are struggling to reach out for help --- there are professionals that are able to help you get to the best version of yourself --- so if anything, please seek a resource because guess what --- we ALL are just human! And the good thing is that humans (for the most part I have found) like helping other humans. But if this is for you, enjoy this podcast and apologies about the car-tunnel-ambiance, but I just felt called and drawn to post this regardless.
Here are some of the books and podcasts I have come across in my journey that I have truly enjoyed.
Soul in the Raw Podcast by Oliva Seline and Shannon Wooten
Earn Your Happy Podcast by Lori Harder
19: Learning How to Navigate Change and Taking Care of YOURSELF with Athlete Advocate & Chiropractic Sports Physician, Dr. Lina Cook
Her blog interviews former athletes in their journeys and how they overcame adversity and injury. Her blog is so nicely put together! You can find it here: www.drlinacook.com/blog
You can also follow Dr. Lina on Instagram @dr.linacook
18: A Chat with Former Professional Cyclist Cari Higgins, on How Sports Shape You for Life, Women's Sports Recognition, & the Colorado Classic
Cari Higgins: Former collegiate soccer athlete turned Professional Cyclist turned Real Estate Business Owner. What an amazing woman! She has truly taken the athlete grit, drive, and perseverance with her in every aspect of her life. We chat all about her journey, about working out as a former athlete and talk on LIFE transitions. We also talk about this exciting movement of women's sports being recognized and that we are seeing women rallying around women no matter the sport!
An event that actually brought us together is the Colorado Classic presented by VF Corporation ( https://www.coloradoclassic.com/ ). This race for the first time in its history is becoming a Professional Women's Cycling race. The four-stage race will bring together top women's teams and professionals, which will take place August 22nd-25th. RPM Events Group will also be investing in this innovative race as they help to organize the event and provide the female athletes with financial support. So cool! Be sure to follow the Colorado Classic on Instagram here: @coloradoclassicpro
Cari was so fun to chat with and I am so excited to see what her next chapter holds. Check out Cari's Real Estate business here: https://carihiggins.com/ and follow Cari on Instagram @runcari !
17: Persevering Through to Create Your Vision with Founder of The Winning Element, Deanna Schneyer
This podcast features Deanna Schneyer, Chief Inspirational Officer of The Winning Element. Deanna has created a platform that is first off, BEAUTIFUL and second off, geared towards all things optimal performance for the up and coming athlete. She provides resources on nutrition, hydration, visualization and five other aspects that create the "winning element". She is truly passionate about her mission and is such a DYNAMIC and fun person. We chat all things her sports story, persevering through losing seasons and jobs. and the creation process of The Winning Element.
The assessment mentioned in the podcast: http://thewinningelementassessment.com/
The Winning Element website: https://bethewinningelement.com/home
The Winning Element book: https://bethewinningelement.com/book
The Winning Element Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewinningelement/
Deanna's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wildandfreedee/
16: Helping Sidelined Athletes Redefine Their Identity and Redesign Their Life with Former Dancer, Chrissy Papetti
Chrissy's website: chrissypapetti.com/
Chrissy's quiz: chrissypapetti.com/quiz
Two Time Olympic Soccer Gold Medalist, Abby Wambach's Wolf Pack: abbywambach.com/books/wolfpack/
Elizabeth Gilbert's, Big Magic: www.amazon.com/Big-Magic-Creative-Living-Beyond/dp/1594634726
"Look inward for answers --- they do not exist outside of you"
"Start to have that reflection, realize what makes you tick, and look inward to discover who your really are -- that's when you are able to make the decisions that are best for you in this life."
15: Leaving Sport Not on Your Terms & Finding New Passions with my BFF, Bailey Estep
This episode is with one of my besties, Bailey Estep. Bailey is currently an Academic Advisor at Texas State and has been one of my BFFs since age 10! Bailey and I were club teammates and even college teammates for a bit however, she endured a journey that involved a career ending injury. Through this conversation we talk about how she navigated leaving gymnastics not on her terms and how that type of transition is different than knowing or deciding your athletics retirement.
We chat on finding passions after sport, rediscovering fitness, and trying NEW things (even if you are not good at them)! She is well-spoken and I am very grateful that she has been by my side through my life. This is a conversation that we have had SO MANY TIMES throughout our friendship after sport. And this time we are in person at her house, sitting on the floor, putting on makeup and curling our hair for a Maren Morris concert! Needless to say, you're getting a peak into the real deal!
You can catch Bailey from time to time on Instagram at @miss_bmarie
14: Finding Faith Through Your Journey with Former Athlete & Fitness Coach, Lyndsay Moncrief
13: Creating What You Wish Existed with Founder of PLAYOFF Athlete Dating App, Amanda McGrew
You can follow PLAYOFF on instagram at @playoffdatingapp
Check out the website at www.playoffdatingapp.com/
Follow Amanda on Instagram at @amcgrew21
12: Owning Your Health On The Run with Former Basketball Athlete, Kelsey Anselmi
Kelsey Anselmi, former basketball athlete turned Math Teacher! She is on the pursuit to a healthy lifestyle and encouraging others to do the same through her instagram @kelsey_otr “Kelsey On The Run”! Kelsey and I talk all things being a former athlete, transitioning into a career, and choosing ourselves first again! She also has a goal of completing an Iron Man! So cool! Her advice for athletes transitioning out of sport?
We don’t lose anything after sport — maybe we say goodbye to the action and structure — but all of our sport experiences, grit, and drive to achieve still stays with us.
Follow Kelsey on Instagram at @kelsey_otr and follow her blog at www.millennialmathnerd.com.
You still are YOU even without sport!
11: Empowering Female Athletes in Strength Training with Performance Coach, Emily Pappas
She has experience coaching and programming at the Division I Collegiate Level working as the assistant strength coach for Temple University’s Women’s Rugby team. Emily also holds her USAW Sport Performance certification and values her ability to coach athletes using “Olympic” Weightlifting.
From this episode you can hear how dedicated Emily is in empowering these female athletes and making them stronger through impeccable technique. I loved this conversation with her to say the least!
"Take your mindset and discipline with you from athletics - those are things that will carry you through the rest of life" -Emily Pappas
10: Cycles and Patterns in Life After Sport with Former Hockey Athlete, Sarah Ditmars
09: Two-Time Olympian, Mariya Koroleva, Talks Life After Synchronized Swimming
Her blog talks all things synchro, coaching, and finding yourself after sport. Check it out at – www.mariyakoroleva.com
Find her on Instagram @mkoroleva
Find her on LinkedIn at Mariya Koroleva