Family reunion is back! Volleyball here I come!

Alright, so for any of you who have read my post since almost the beginning, you all would know that my volleyball obsession slight started at my family reunion. (When I say slightly it’s because there were more determining factors that led to my obsession). Well, every two years my reunion takes place down in Indiana and guess what? It’s that time again! Two years goes by so fast and I have grown so much as a volleyball player and a person. So for this blog post I will be laying out five things that I have learned in volleyball in my first two years of playing!

1. The proper way to receive a volleyball! If you all remember, this is what made our team lose to My Uncles team at the last reunion. This time will be different!

2. That volleyball is a team sport. Volleyball is one of those sports where you can’t play alone, you have to trust and believe in your team. You can’t hold the ball, and you can’t touch it more than once in a row. This one was kinda hard for me because I’ve never played on a team till recently, so it took me a while to learn to trust my team and not try to carry the whole team by myself.

3. Hitting the ball hard is not always better. If you have ever watched Vball on tv they spike hard and powerful BUT, that’s professional and if you aren’t professional there is a good chance you can’t do that. Well good news, there are other ways to score points. Volleyball is very much a game for thinkers. It’s a tactical game. You can score points by being smart and thinking ahead. For example, where is their weakest receiver, I’m going to serve to them. Where is there shortest player, I’m going to spike by him. Find your strengths and use them against their weaknesses.

4. How to spike! This one was the most fun thing I learned in the past two years, learning how to spike and the proper approach to spiking really made a difference in my game!

5. Jump serving is hard. So I have learned to jump serve but I don’t play on enough leagues to keep up the practice and drill the form and approach into my head so that way I can be consistent. Lol so basically, I can do it about 30% of the time 🙂

And that’s all for me today! I’m hanging out with family most of the day so I will be busy. I hope you all have a great day!

Till next time,

W.P.

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I went to go write a different blog post, but then I found this….

Alright, we all know that I started off writing on WordPress purely about volleyball and that’s because I really really want to talk about volleyball. It’s something that I am passionate about and we all love to talk about the things that we are passionate about, right? Well it was easy at first to pump out content about volleyball because I had a lot to say, I gradually slowed to a steady pace and although very few people read my blogs (Thank you to those who do 🙂 ) I still had a drive to talk about it, till I found something out.

Recently I found this website where you can search a key phrase and it will tell you all of the top performing posts that relate to that phrase. Its a very useful site and it helps fuel ideas to see what top writers and bloggers are writing about in your specific field. Well, me, loving volleyball, you can only guess what the very first phrase I typed in was…volleyball. And as it turns out, writing about volleyball is hard…and here is why.

Literally all of the posts about volleyball that were the best performing actually had very little to do with volleyball. In fact, I would even go as far to say they weren’t about sport, volleyball, at all but more about something else. Beauty. All of the top performing posts all had to do with beautiful volleyball players, or one in particular really attractive volleyball player from overseas or “Ten volleyball players that could be models”, so on and so forth. It was very de-motivating and honestly just very sad. None of the top posts about volleyball had nothing to do with the sport itself. Then here I am, trying to write because I love the game of volleyball and all that it entails. I write because I enjoy it, like I said before, but whenever I write I secretly hope that I am going to get a bunch of views and gain some new followers and who knows, maybe even get spotted by the news for an article or just SOMETHING that would make this successful. And although that may sound dumb or you may be thinking “Cmon, W.P. you can’t seriously expect to get views and be famous or something by writing about volleyball, there simply isn’t a fan base…” Etc. Everyone roots for themselves because in the end you are your biggest supporter. Seeing that what I write about wasn’t getting views because the fact of the matter is, no one cares, really hurts. Society is so driven by beauty and material things that people now click on posts that have to do with volleyball not because they like volleyball but more because there is a top ten list of the most beautiful volleyball players from around the globe. IT’S SO DE-MOTIVATING FOR SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY JUST WANTS TO WRITE ABOUT VOLLEYBALL BECAUSE THEY LOVE TO. It hurts when you then realize i’m sure this is happening with so many other topics too and many other bloggers are in the same position I am in! It’s so sad to see this, because I feel like if I continue on my current path of writing about volleyball Im not going to go anywhere, and no one will read what I write, which is the last thing that I want.

This whole dilemma is something that I have thought about for a while now and it is part of the reason that I decided to branch off to other topics for some of my posts because I noticed that my volleyball posts were some of my lowest viewing posts. And even for someone who maybe gets 10 views on a post, I still noticed. But then here lies another dilemma, if I branch off too far with my posts Ill lose the real reason that I started it in the first place, volleyball. When I say what all the top posts were on that website I even asked my girlfriend if that is something I should do, but she disapproved and it made me realize that I almost became the problem that I hate so much, just for a chance at some more views in the end. The game is almost rigged against me, but that’s just my opinion.

Anyways, sorry for the rant and if you made it this far you are the best. I would also appreciate a retweet, share, like, comment, or whatever you do from wherever you are reading this just so I can try and spread this message to more people like me. I really appreciate you taking time to read this.

Till next time,

W.P.

 

Quick update: Im not dead, just busy!

Hey guys, sorry for the inactivity lately. I’ve been pretty busy this week with work and also I went to Chicago with my beautiful girlfriend for a two day vacation mid-week so this post will just be a quick life update blog post!

Alright first things first, Lacey and I went to Chicago Tuesday and came back Wednesday and while we were there we saw Hamilton on Broadway and MAN, it was amazing. I understand why it’s such a big deal now! It was hilarious, informative, thrilling, and charming all at the same time and not to mention, the music was INSANELY good. While we were in Chicago we walked an average of like 6 miles a day with our 20 pound backpacks on the whole time (I was sure I was going to have permanent bruises on my shoulders lol). Our train arrived on Tuesday around 12 and we couldn’t check in till 3 to our hotel so we walked a bunch. Then the next day check out of our hotel was at 11 and our train didn’t leave till 4. But it was a blast, I had a ton of fun walking around and just relaxing, taking pictures with Lacey and walking around the magnificent mile. Also, just a side note, trains are cheap, comfy(except for sleeping), and easy. Definitely worth the train ride.

Also, I met one of my favorite DND players (super nerdy but super cool) at Hamilton and he signed the pamphlet for me! I fangirled and Lacey didn’t even know who he was. Patrick Rothfuss if anyone wants to know. He is also an author.

As for the rest of life currently, Volleyball League is down to three teams, which is sad but okay. I missed Wednesday’s games due to Chicago but it was totally worth.

And if anyone cares I recently started watching the show Westworld which is pretty amazing and Lace and I saw a Westworld exhibit in Chicago as well! Pictures below! Thanks for reading!

Till next time,

W.P

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VNL Update

Hey guys! Quick update on the Volleyball Nations League! USA Went on the defeat Japan in another nail biting match. They started it behind 2-0 but came back and won the match 3-2 in another close game! They then went to go defeat Korea in three straight sets! Not even giving them a chance to get warmed up. So as the standings go, 1st place is still held by Poland with a 5-0 Record. 2nd place is held by USA with 5-0. 3rd place is held by Brazil with 4-1.

Till next time,

W.P.

Summer Volleyball League Week 1! With Pictures!

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Hey everyone! So yesterday was the start of my summer volleyball league that I have been looking forward to for quite some time now! BUT, there was a bad side to it, a team did show up! So, Im on the lookout for another team, if anyone knows someone who would want to start a team just comment on this post! It runs at Farwell from 6:30-9 on every wednesday till June 27th. Alright, now on to the good stuff.

Yesterday we could only play two games because of the No Show team so the first game was Fluffy Cacti (My team, still trying to convince them to use a different name 😀 ) versus, Bumpin Uglies. We were missing two team members for the first two sets but luckily we had a family friend stopping by in town so shoutout to Taylor Flick for filling in on such short notice! So, Fluffy Cacti managed to secure the first set. The second set was a different story. The second set was a battle and went up into the 30s for points on both sides. For those of you who don’t know how scoring works, each Game is played with 3 sets. Each set is then played to 25 and you have to win by 2 to take the set. Then the winner of the game is the team who got best 2 out of 3 sets.

The second set was hard fought but Fluffy Cacti fell to the Bumpin Uglies. We were all tied up now in sets 1-1. We started the third set but didn’t get that far in before Caron (one of our missing members showed up late due to prior commitments). Caron came in the game all ready to play so now both teams had 6 players! Caron then went on a serving streak and put us up by I think 5 points in the middle of the third set and we went on to win the third set in the end thanks to Caron, or else we might’ve had another long set on our hands! But shoutout to my team, who killed it yesterday. All that prior practice really helped and we will only get better.
The second game was Fluffy Cacti vs No Diggity. This game was a good one and both teams started with six members but all but one member on No Diggity were substitutes, so we will be able to see their full team hopefully next week but they fought well but in the end Fluffy Cacti took all three sets vs No Diggity.

Now enjoy some cool pictures courtesy of my Father! Id also like to thank my mom who came out to watch! Thanks for the support guys!

 

Till next time,

W.P.

Volleyball Nations League and Life Update!

Now, I’m sure a lot of you who will read this don’t watch professional volleyball because let’s be real, it’s not as mainstream as football, basketball, and soccer. And with the NBA playoffs currently having some INSANE series, you probably won’t take time out of your day to watch Volleyball. SO, with that said, I’m gonna do my best over the next month to keep you updated on the men’s USA team in the Volleyball Nations League tournament (VNL). I will also do my best to keep you updated a little on my life and what is happening in it! (If anyone is interested lol)

Alright, so USA men’s played their first game today really early in the morning for those of us in the USA because of a time difference. So they played at 1am! USA vs Argentina!

First two sets went over to Argentina and it straight up looked like they would sweep USA 3-0 and take the win but hahaha, USA kicked it into gear and just saved their energy on the first two games and came back to win the series 3-2. Which is super impressive because volleyball is a game where each team always has a chance to equally score, and all ARG had to do was win one more set! I almost kinda feel bad for them lol but they put up a great fight and I’m sure it will make a great game to watch. USA next plays tomorrow at 1 am, which is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from when I will publish this post so the game is probably already over by the time you read this. I’ll post on that hopefully Sunday when I get a chance.

As for updates on me, I currently have quite a bit going. I’m applying for a job for a company in California that I believe I would be a great fit in. I also think it is a work from home job so I don’t think I would have to move out there. I’m also looking at a college for Missionaries and will be getting more information on that Tuesday. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY (at the moment at least lol) my summer volleyball league starts on Wednesday! I made the schedule for it today and I made a list of announcements for opening day and I’m super stoked. I can’t wait to play somewhat competitively again and most of my team has got some real good practice in in the past few weeks.

As for now, that’s all I’ve got for ya. I’ll keep you all updated!

Till next time,

W.P.

Need Some Motivation??

Alright, short post. So recently, lack of motivation to go out and be active has struck quite a few times. Which is what no one ever wants to have, right? Wouldn’t it be nice and perfect to always want to go out and run, or go to the gym? Wouldn’t it be nice to just be motivated all the time?! No matter what you’re doing?? While since lack of motivation is a reoccurring thing in all people I’m sure, I have found a solid way to combat it… Use what inspires you. And I’m not just talking the basic answers to what inspires people: quotes, songs, etc. I’m talking use EVERYTHING. You have to be on the lookout for things that inspire you. You have to look far and wide and when you find something, you grasp it and you never let go. Look in the little things, the big things, the unexpected things. Look to the positive side of things and more positive will come out, with more motivation will follow. Find the movie that makes you want to hit the gym, the shirt that makes you feel good, inside and out, the hobby that just gives you so much joy that it’s hard to contain. Those are the types of things that keep you going, that give you motivation, that give you happiness. Because I believe that motivation is just the first car in your train to happiness, and when you finally connect it to the locomotive, everything else follows right behind it.

Till next time,

W.P.