I hope that people also know about my passion to be pleasing to God. I asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was very young and I have a strong desire to thank God for everything He has given me. He is also helping me to trust Him in the hard times and good times. I know God loves me and forgives me. Having this relationship with God is the most important thing in my life. Some people might say it is crazy; others might see the joy that it brings; others might see how my life is different. I say that my relationship with Jesus is what drives my passion for life, for holding onto joy despite my circumstances at times. He is holding on to me. He has made all the difference.
Passion for life has translated into a passion for athletics, specifically a passion for hockey. I am an athletic girl. I come from an athletic family and my brothers and sisters (all seven of us) grew up playing hockey. Hockey has taught me so many life lessons, and is so much fun! One life lesson I have learned is that everything in life that is worth something comes through hard work. I have learned that it is important to be able to tell your body what to do, train diligently, and endure pain. When I get up before school to work on my slap shot at minus 30 degrees, it helps to have this love for the game. However, I know it is also something I must do in order to reach my goal of playing Division 1 college hockey. Hockey has taught me about commitment. I often remember the saying, “If it was easy, everyone would do it!” Commitment to something you are passionate about does not mean the easiest route, but it will be worth it in the end.
I desire to be a girl who lives life to the fullest with no regrets, who is passionate about life, passionate about rising above circumstances, and becoming the young woman that I was created to be.