I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things in the world is to set goals for physical fitness. There is nothing more satisfying than finding a sport or activity that you love and working toward incremental physical success. I admit, I'm a bit of a sports junkie. I think it began when I met my educational goals. I really wanted a Master's degree, and after I achieved it, other things became a real possibility in my mind. A couple of months ago I was awarded a black-belt in the martial arts of Tae Kwon Do (see Online Psychology Degrees in the Resource section of Online Degree Navigator) and it was an unbelievable mental accomplishment. When I started Tae Kwon Do four years ago I just thought I was going to take classes and get a few belts. I was scared to say the least.
However, the instilled order from completing my undergraduate and graduate degrees really was the best preparation for life goals. Little by little I transferred organization skills that I learned in my academic programs to most everything I did. Now four years later, I'm a black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. I believe 100% that because I reached my academic goals, many doors opened to me. My newest conquest (are you ready for this?)--ski jumping!!
I grew up in Minnesota and fell in love with downhill skiing from a very young age. I continue to activly persue snow skiing in all its forms, cross-country (called Nordic skiing), downhill (called alpine skiing) and travelled to ski resorts out west, out east and of course the midwest. I just love skiing and kept in contact with online communities about skiing. One piece of skiing literature that was sent to me was a petition allow woman ski jumpers to be in the olympics. Well, like most people I was surprised that this wasn't already a sport. I started to follow the competitions of the American ski jumper Lindsey Van and really started to become interested in the sport. All of this lead me to do a search on where ski jumping was taught and, "voila" the oldest ski jumping facility was 35 miles straight west of me! It was an endorphine rush like I've never experienced in all the years of skiing or runners high! Step-by-step and little-by-little I signed up, trained like I've never trained, and now I'm jumping the 10 meter and land on wet plastic that transitions to the lawn. This is all preparation for when there is actual snow, which I've heard is way easier than the plastic to lawn. Bottom line it was degrees I earned in school that put me on this path of goal achievement and confidence that is priceless. It's a path of succeeding in life and I strongly encourage each and every one of you to investigate an online education. With an online education, you can plan your education around your life, and not your life around your education. And if you are really sports oriented search for online degrees in physical education. Stop back at, "Natalie's Blog" to see pictures of me ski jumping!