January, the beginning of another year… Where does the time go? I do hope you continue to find LOTS of time for FUN on the pickleball courts this year. Bring on the laughter, friendships, competition and good health.
Let’s keep you out on the pickleball court this year, “Use it or lose it” might be an age-old saying but it is one of the key secrets to vibrant aging. The reality is it’s a new year, but it’s the same you. If you’re looking for a change, make the commitment to get energized—make it a better year!
Keep moving with your pickleball – be it physically, mentally, or socially. All are such an important part of life, even more so as we age. Maybe you need more tools in your pickleball “toolbox” (lessons) or maybe you just want to play…. In either case make it a priority to get out, get moving and meet some new people in the process!
I hope our paths cross …. somewhere. Be it a class I am teaching at the Naples Pickleball Center (NPC), San Diego County, or ?? Reminder (insider scoop) – if players bug me enough to come to visit where they live, it may happen. As an example, at Nationals years ago I had a 5-minute conversation with some folks from Nova Scotia (Canadian Province) and I said “I would love to go there someday.” They followed up with an email invitation to me, and an offer I couldn’t pass up – so, the next year I was there. Now that is FUN! (Greetings to Ian and Theresa)
My 2021 brought lots of FUN and change (both things I fully embrace): Sold our home we built 25 years ago so we could build two smaller ones in different locations. Traveled the US to compete in tournaments and teach. Picked up a new job: Co-Director of Training and Development at Naples Pickleball Center – Pickleball Capital of the World. Yes, they have 66 beautiful courts – the biggest pickleball venue in the world. My long-time doubles partner – Alex Hamner joined me as an inductee into the Pickleball Hall of Fame. Alex is the other “Co-Director” at NPC; we’re not far apart when it comes to pickleball fun. And lastly, one of my daughters got engaged – yay a wedding in May!
I wish YOU all the best in this new year, and remember – Use it or Lose it! Keep in touch and see you out on the courts.