I started this website out of some extremely trying personal circumstances. At the beginning of the year, my professional life was derailed due to state budget cuts. There were also some very emotionally challenging things took place in my personal life that saw the loss of friends and family. Essentially the year 2011 started off poorly for me and I needed something to focus on.
|From many years ago. A reminder of growth.|
I'm on the left ;)
Since then, I've had to opportunity to interview some fantastic professional athletes and coaches. I've spent time with wonderful people and had the guidance of established, well respected writers. For someone who is pursuing a career and has a goal of one day writing about soccer in a full, professional capacity, this is invaluable.
Fantastic people have offered their advice along the way and I am eternally grateful. Sometimes people do not realize how much their words of encouragement, emails out of the blue, retweets and Facebook messages mean. I'd love to list all the names of people who have helped me along the way, but the list is long and I'm terrified I'd forget someone that is very deserving of thanks.
This is not only from professionals, it also comes from you, the readers. If you did not share the site with others, it'd be pointless. Thank you to all of you for reading, commenting, tweeting and emailing me. Above all else, thank you for sharing and helping me grow the site. It means more than you know.