Joy's Journal Week 10
Professional soccer player and mom Joy Fawcett of the San Diego Spirit wants to inspire other women to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle! Each week, Joy will reveal her personal challenges and triumphs related to her comeback, as well as offer tips women can use to reach their active goals.
Week Ten -- Reflecting
As the WUSA Inaugural Season concludes, I wanted to take some time and reflect back on the successful first year for everyone involved, especially myself. The teams, staff members, sponsors and fans all contributed to the league's exciting first season. They were there from the beginning and supported us the entire time. With 21,078 fans in attendance at Saturday's WUSA Championship game, it proves that it was a combination of everybody, not just the players, who launched the exciting league.
At the beginning of my pregnancy, when I was setting my personal goal to come back and play in the inaugural season, I did not realize the impact it would have on people besides myself. Since my first game against the Carolina Courage, back in July, I knew I made the right decision to return to the league. Granted, it was tough both physically and mentally with three little girls, a six-week-old, a four-year-old and a seven-year-old, but I did it. And I now see that my focus and preparation gave me the extra edge I needed to compete at this level again.
Having the responsibility of caring for the children required me to go the extra mile and I'm glad I did. I've since learned that my drive and encouragement has pushed other mothers to reach their personal, professional and fitness goals. This season, I've been amazed with the number of women who have responded to my story. At many of the games this year, fans have told me that I'm an inspiration, and yet I know women have been balancing their family, career and fitness for years. These women are just as inspiring and should be proud of themselves.
One moment when I was inspired by the fans actions, and I know I won't forget, is when I heard the clatter of 5,000 baby rattles making noise in the San Diego stands on ERA Max Night. Soccer is known for the beat of a drum or a shriek from a whistle for cheering, so to hear rattles pushing us towards victory was inspiring and a surprising moment for the me and the team.
I have also been amazed at the amount of media attention I've received. There are many women in the world balancing an active lifestyle, career and family, they just don't receive the coverage they deserve. Luckily the inaugural season, combined with my comeback, gave me an opportunity to reach out to other active women. If it were not for ERA Max, who sponsored my comeback, I would not have had this platform to encourage so many other women to push themselves to live a balanced active lifestyle.
See Joy's workout round-up here.