(STILL) FINDING THE BALANCE by Angela Payne

Sometime back in the Spring, I wrote a blog about my pursuit of that ever-illusive thing called balance.  In case you suffer from 24-second attention span syndrome like I do and don’t feel like reading all of those words, I’ll provide a two-sentence summary of the original blog post for you: doing all of the things in the right proportions in life is an ongoing struggle for me, and the past year has been no exception to that theme.  Getting a full-time job, trying to continue to push myself in climbing, and dealing with a mild identity crisis have been just a few of the things that have kept me on my toes this past year.

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SMALL BITES | PREPARATION by Angela Payne

“It looked like you were a little too relaxed out there.”  This was how a post-qualifier-round interview began today at ABS Nationals.  Over the course of 18 years of competing, many things have changed, but getting nervous is not one of them.  Though my composure has improved and I suppose I’m better at “hiding” and managing the nerves, I still get jitters before every round of every competition.  

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SMALL BITES by Angela Payne

The thought of writing blogs often overwhelms me.  Captions, however, aren’t so scary.  I suppose I’m a product of my insta-generation, where attention spans are short and the list of distractions long.  Or maybe my obsessive tendencies and indecisive nature just make writing a serious challenge for me.  Whatever the reason, the result is that I post nothing.  So, in an effort to improve my writing and share some thoughts (for those who wish to read them), I will contribute to the deterioration of attention spans by adopting a new technique – posting less, but more often.

 

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THE OPEN POST by Angela Payne

In my experience, social media doesn’t exactly lend itself to authenticity or complete honesty.  I have a deep-seated appreciation for both of these traits, but living in a world dominated by social media makes me feel like displaying these qualities myself and finding them in others is no small task these days.  But every once in a while, it’s okay to open up a little and be human...

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