Category Archives: Cheerleading

Cheerleading Prologue

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to randomly speak of any and everything. As you can tell, I’m as random as blogging to once a week for a couple of months, to not blogging at all for a couple of months. It’s who I am. Sorry!

For those of you who do know me, know that cheerleading is everything to me. I love everything about it, and my goal in life is to make everyone that is a part of cheerleading, understand what it is all about. I want people to understand the athleticism, the politics, the music, the everything. I don’t know EVERYTHING about cheerleading, but I know a lot. I want to be an educator about the “sport” that I grew to love. The only reason I put sport in quotations is because it’s not considered a sport. I’m not sure if I’ve blogged or broadcasted via my podcast about that, but I promise I will.

I just spent over 60 hours in a span of 3 days judging almost 1,000 cheerleading teams. Most people would consider that stressful, boring, hard, or some other negative synonym to the aforementioned words, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I got to meet people who are just as passionate about cheerleading as I am and who can teach me as I go along.

Cheerleading is definitely part of my DNA, and as long as I can educate people whether it be by a blog, a podcast, or a presentation in front of a crowd, I will do it.

Anyone who is interested can check out the few podcasts I do have at cheerology.podomatic.com or follow me on Twitter at cheer_ology.

P.S. This is what a cheer hangover does to you.

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30 before 30

So I have MAJOR anxiety about turning 30…for more reasons than none, but in order to ease my anxiety (unsuccessfully) I made a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30. I shared the list at the beginning of the year, and seeing as I’m 3 months away from the big 3-0 I thought I would share how my list is coming along 🙂

Let’s start with the things I HAVE done. In June I took a vacation with my friend Reina to the east coast where I immediately crossed 4 things off my list. I had the best experience visiting my all time favorite cheer gym, Maryland Twisters. I never get tired of telling that story, but I’m going to have to save that one for another blog post. All you need to know is I got to stand on the floor with Tara Cain and watch her coach F5. BEST EXPERIENCE EVER! When we left Maryland we went on to New York and lived it up for 4 days. It was awesome. During our time in New York I went on a cruise, bought a homeless (or drugged out) man a meal, and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Initially when I made this list I was thinking I would go on a cruise for a few days, but I’ve never even been on a night-time cruise, so the party cruise we went on in NY was sufficient enough. The homeless man I…well we (Reina and I) bought a meal for was a bit sketchy, it was like 3 in the morning, but he was hungry and didn’t have any money, so we paid for him to eat.

Now the bridge…that was the biggest feat for me. I absolutely positively DESPISE bridges. I figured if I was going to walk across a bridge…it may as well be one of the biggest, scariest bridges in my favorite city ever. I was hyperventilating the entire time, but I survived. I didn’t understand why I was walking on wood, I didn’t understand why people were taking a jog, I didn’t understand why people were riding their bikes, I didn’t understand anything about people being calm on the bridge. I’m not sure if I would ever cross a bridge again, but I can say I did it!

Some of the other items on my list that I have successfully completed are I learned to crochet (which I’m fairly good at), I straightened my hair, I found my favorite wine (Gnarly Head Authentic Red) , I stayed up for 24 hours (which is hard to do when you have a three-year old son and a full-time job) and I got myself an office job. All of those only account for NINE things on my list of THIRTY things to do 😦

However, I know there are 10 more that I can check off in a matter of days, it’s just mustering up the courage, time and/or effort to do it. There are a few things that will not happen before I turn 30, but it will not deter me from making those things happen.

  1. I won’t be buying a car. I don’t make or have enough money to purchase a new or new-to-me car.
  2. I will NOT have a spike. For all of you that don’t know what a spike is…Spikehere it is. There are a few reasons why I will not have a spike, and probably never will. I’m almost 30. I would need to stretch every day for about a year to get to this level, and my butt is so large my leg wouldn’t come close to my head. It is a goal I wrote down, so I should still pursue it.
  3. Being in a studio audience is something that is easily attainable, but I don’t live in an area where shows are produced. I could make a weekend trip out to LA, but me being indecisive I would have to find the PERFECT show to go watch. I want to go see Big Bang Theory, but that show is so popular, there is a very little chance I would get tickets before my birthday.
  4. I want to become confident enough to speak Spanish to native spanish speakers or people who don’t understand English at all, but I always have that fear of sounding nonsensical I just stick to what I know and that’s answering back in English…which doesn’t help the speakers who don’t understand English. I’ve signed up for plenty of language exchange groups via the internet, but I never follow through with it. Give me about 5 margaritas and I’m 100% fluent though 🙂 it’s something about that liquid courage.
  5. Growing closer to God and learning to love again are two things that go hand in hand for me. Growing closer to God is a never-ending endeavor, but I did not give my all to try to strengthen our relationship, and one reason is because I don’t love myself. In order to love, you must first love yourself and I’m finding that to be the most difficult, arduous exploit…EVER. It’s been a treacherous 6 years that I’ve honestly been able to say “I love myself”. Yes I love my son, yes I love my friends and family, but the kind of love that I’m looking for I’m not sure can ever be found again.

Obviously, there are other items on my list that I did not mention, seeing as I only talked about half, but I will keep updating sporadically until I reach my 30th birthday which is in a short 69 days! I will post a follow-up blog with my full list of 30 things to do before I turn 30.

Thank you guys for reading! And as always send me an e-mail: cheritaisrandom@gmail.com

Work, work, work

Most people have a dream job that they have envisioned themselves doing since they were a child. I haven’t really had that vision. My dream job is being creative. I have a few passions near and far. I live for cheerleading and gymnastics. I have a passion for learning about different cultures, especially the Latin culture and the Deaf culture. I also like to coordinate and plan events.

Working a front desk job is something I do and I like to do, as long as I have work. I don’t mind greeting people, setting appointments, creating documents, etc. I type over 65 wpm accurate and I’m pretty computer program savvy. I would love to create my own job where I help people plan weddings, birthday parties and/or company events. I would also like to be able to help the cheerleading world be more unified and uniformed. Doing this would all be amazing if I was doing it at the hands of someone who could teach me Spanish or ASL. Why can’t I create my own dream job?

The rules of society are you HAVE to go to school, you HAVE to graduate, you HAVE to get a well paying job based on what you may or may not have learned in school. The whole system is skewed. What about people who are smart, but didn’t do well in school because they learn from being hands on rather than being lectured to for 6 hours a day? What about people who want to make a difference but don’t have all the proper resources or don’t know the right people?

Sad to say it, but some of the most motivated and useful people are stuck working at a dead end job because the school system is worried more about grades rather than what a student is learning and retaining; or because that employee wasn’t friends with the right people who can put in a good word for him or her.

I feel like many employers have forgotten that you can teach skill, but you can’t teach good work ethic or awesome character traits. Anyone can look good on paper, but when it comes to the actual product, not everyone can deliver.

Anyone come across these issues? Send me an email: cheritaisrandom@gmail.com

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