It’s a Wonderful Life

Hello everyone, I hope that you have all been doing well and staying warm the last couple of weeks. This past weekend actually brought some warmth to Houston, so this week has remained in the 70’s so far. I’m really hoping it will become chilly again for Christmas because I would love to at least have a cold Christmas even though I will never have a White Christmas here.

Today, I will be filling you all in with the Christmas time festivities that have been going on in my life lately. You’re going to be reading the word “Christmas” quite a bit in my next two blog posts.I’m going to start off where I left y’all last time. The Friday that Jordan left for his hunting trip I stayed home for the evening with my family, my aunt Micah (and her two adorable children), and my friend Brianna. Bailey, Brianna, and my Mom were making their ugly Christmas sweaters for our party that would be in the upcoming weekend. 

Hudson and I decided to build a gingerbread house together while we were waiting for them to finish and then we ended the night with a good game of cards against humanity. My family loves that game now.Saturday evening, I was exhausted after a long, cold day of coaching. I honestly just wanted to go to bed at 5pm and call it a night, but my Mom, sister, and I decided to go out for a little sushi date together. It was really nice going out and just having a nice dinner with the two of them. I ordered the shaggy dog roll and a glass of merlot. Sunday morning, I performed at the Woodlands ice rink with my Theater on Ice team. We did a little Christmas performance for one of the Woodlands private schools. It was so much fun and really put me in the Christmas spirit. I grew up perfoming my nutcracker routines in the Woodlands almost every single year, so it brought back some wonderful memories. My Theater on Ice team is competing at World’s in April and I cannot wait to represent Team USA again. Sunday afternoon, Jordan returned home from his hunting trip. Before going to see him I watched “Guardians of the Galaxy” with my brother Davis for the first time. That movie was so good and I can’t wait to go see the new one coming out soon!

It was so good to see Jordan after spending the whole weekend away from each other. He made some delicious tilapia and brown rice for dinner and I whipped up a light Caesar salad. Last Tuesday was Davis’ 15th birthday. I can’t believe how old and tall he is getting…. He wanted to spend the beginning of his special day at Top Golf, so there we went. I ordered some buffalo chicken sliders for lunch that were to die for. Not healthy, but super yummy. Had to snap a shot of him because he’s just so cute. He was also great at golfing, while I did quite a few “practice swings” as my family watched and laughed at me (lol).I think I’ve explained this before, but I’ll write it again just in case. My mom has us pick a theme for our birthday every year and every year she decorates our cake table, presents, and everything else accordingly. It always looks incredible and I love the tradition. Davis wanted his theme to be “Harry Potter” this year. He has collected tons of Harry Potter movie replicas over the years, so we set all of those out, which was really neat. He also requests a cookie cake every year, so Bailey added some finishing touches to fit the theme. I got to hold my baby cousin, Dustyn, at the party. He was so cute, sleepy, and very warm. I also let Jordan have a turn.  Jordan and I decided to take some pictures since we were wearing red & green to see if any of them would make the cut for a Christmas card. We had a hard time trying to be serious during this mini photo shoot. Thursday morning, I made it to the gym at 6am. I have been having the hardest time staying motivated and consistent the last few months, but I’ve become determined again. It was actually really nice getting a workout in that early because I felt way more productive and had a lot more energy throughout the rest of the day. After my workout, I made myself some egg whites, turkey bacon, and gluten-free toast with a probiotic melt for breakfast. Thursday evening, Jordan and Mila came over to join us for dinner and then we finally put up and decorated our tree.Friday night, I was Jordan’s date to his company Christmas party. It was so much fun getting dressed up and going somewhere nice with him. I was able to meet lots of the people he works with and just had such a great time talking with everyone and dancing with him. The venue was called “The Astorian” and it was gorgeous. From the outside it didn’t look like too much, but inside was just incredible. They had tons of beautiful chandeliers hanging, gorgeous tile detail on the floor, and lots of cool brick walls. They served sliders and empanadas for dinner, which tasted amazing. They had a seafood empanada that Jordan and I both fell in love with. Saturday night, my family and I hosted our first ever Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. It was such a blast!! We always have a Halloween party, so this was really different and fun. We even had Santa come to our party, which was a huge hit!! Monday afternoon, I took my last college final EVER. I haven’t really been talking about school much lately because I’ve decided to make a big change and it’s something I wanted to be certain about before I told everyone. I have decided not to continue going to school, not because it’s hard and not because I don’t like going. I actually have found college quite easy and I absolutely love to learn new things, so the last two years have been a joy for me. I have decided to stop because I have finally realized that I want to devote my career to figure skating, nutrition, and fitness. It’s who I am and who I will always be. 

I began coaching at the age of 16 and have continued to coach since then, but when I decided to quit training as a competitive ice dancer I felt like I needed to leave the sport completely once I earned my college degree. I quit competing because my mind wasn’t healthy anymore when it involved skating in that way and I knew it was time for me to let it go, so that I could live a healthy life. Deciding to quit competing made me sad, actually depressed for a good amount of time and it made coaching very hard for me. I couldn’t picture myself coaching even though I had dedicated my life to learning anything and everything about skating. Over the last two years, I have become a much healthier person. I have learned to love myself for who I am and what I can do. I have also learned that skating made me who I am today. It made me passionate, determined, and creative. 

Since I was young I have felt like God put me on this Earth to make a difference in people’s lives and the last few years I’ve been trying to figure out what exactly I needed to do to accomplish that. I had thought about becoming a doctor, a therapist, or even starting my own non-profit organizations and while I could see myself loving all of those things, being a coach is my calling and I realize that now. I have noticed what an impact my role in the peoples lives I teach makes. I’m teaching my students all of the good life lessons I learned through skating. I’m extremely happy about my decision, especially since it just feels right. My life finally feels like it’s falling into place, it’s making sense. I’m finally allowing myself to let go of the heartache in my past and not allowing myself to try and control my future. 

I wanted to write this for all of you because this is why I created my blog. I didn’t create it to write about how perfect my life is, I created it to show you that no one has a perfect life and everyone goes through hard times, makes mistakes, or sometimes has no idea what they should do. The only thing we all need to do is stay positive and optimistic. I also want to thank those of you who read my blog. You all inspire me to be a better person every single day.  Yesterday, I went to the gym twice. I worked out my legs in the morning followed by a burrito bowl from chipotle for lunch. I love to get a bowl filled with brown rice, black beans, steak, and a little cheese sprinkled on top. In the evening, I went back to the gym for some biceps and triceps training with Jordan. After our workout, we created quite a meal for dinner. I made some shrimp, roasted veggies, and warmed up a quinoa/brown rice mix. Jordan was also craving eggs, so we added that to the mix. It all actually tasted really yummy together. 

Now that I’m finished with this super long recap, I need to get some cleaning and errands done. I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with your own fun Christmas festivities.

XOXO, Paige.

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