Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Marla's 55 Books 2011

So as I mentioned I set the goal that this year I was going to read 55 books by December 31, 2011.  Yesterday, I just reached it so I thought I would post my reading list so that people can see what I was reading.  Some of the books I didn't make a note of who the author was so forgive me.  I will do a better job of documenting it next time.  My cousin, made a great recommendation and asked me to include a Top 10 List in case you were interested in reading the best ones.  So here is the list...

Top 10 Books
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson - Novel about a kick ass chick that doesn't take crap! 
2. Discover you Genius - Michael Gelb  - About 10 genius' and how to use your own gifts to the fullest
3. Play their Hearts out - George Dohrmann - About the corrupt system of AAU Basketball in the U.S.
4. The Four Agreements - Miguel Ruiz - Being true to your word and not taking things personally
5. Born to Run - Christopher McDougall - Ultra-marrathon runners that live in Mexico and don't use shoes
6. Innovate like Edison - Michael Gelb - Thomas Edison' amazing attitude of continuning to move forward
7. Playbook of Success - Nancy Lieberman - Making a game plan for life and talking sports at work
8. Coaching Team Basketball - Tom Crean - Head Coach at Marquette teaches players to think team first
9. The Saint, the Surfer and the CEO - Robin Sharma - not taking life for granted and going after your goals
10. Quotable Michael Jordan - Quotes from interviews with Michael Jordan

11. The Devil and Ms. Prym - Paolo Coehlo
12. Complete Condition for Basketball by Human Kinetics
13. Step by Step Basketball Skills
14. How to play like the Pros - Jay Triano
15. How to improve at basketball - Drewett
16. The Solution - Lucinda Bassett
17. Take the stress out of your life - Jay Winner
18. Writing the killer treatment
19. Amazing Resumes
20.How to not make art - Julia Cameron
21.Secrets to the Monarch - Allison DuBois
22. Cover Letters that Knock 'Em Dead
23.Stress Solution - Penny Kendall - Reed
24. Women in Business
25. The Leader who had no title - Robin Sharma
26. The Wisdom of Bees - Michael O'Malley PhD
27. Leadership from the Monk who sold his Ferrari - Robin Sharma
28. Knock 'Em Dead Job Search 2009
29. Joan of Arc
30. Family Wisdom from the Monk who sold his Ferrari - Robin Sharma
31. Amazing Resumes
32. Blackfoot Book of Knowledge and Dictionary
33. Joan of Arc
34. By the River Piedra I sat down and wept - Paolo Coehlo
35. Harriet Tubman
36. Joan of Arc
37. Leonardo da Vinci - Christiane Weidemann
38. Harriet Tubman - Leading the Way to Freedom - Laurie Calkhoven
39. State of the Union
40. Big Book of Quotes
41. Life - Paolo Coehlo
42. How to see yourself as you really are - Dalai Lama
43. 11 Minutes - Paolo Coehlo
44. Big Book of Sports Quotes
45. The Book of Awesome - Neil Pasricha
46. Across the Line
47. Mixing Races - Romano
48. Selling the Wheel
49. A woman's guide to rapid weight loss
50. Malcolm X - Militant Black Leader
51. Money, sex, war, karma - Loy
52. Success Strategies Pt. 2 - Robin Sharma
53. Discover your Destiny - Robin Sharma
54. Harriet Tubman
55. The Pilgrammage - Paolo Coehlo

Saturday, 15 October 2011

"Powdering" up Before the Game

A few months ago I was at a company golf tournament and one of my co-workers asked me about why his daughter always felt the need to put on a bunch of make-up before playing her hockey games.  She and her teammates religiously applied foundation, powder, eye liner, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick and whatever else they needed to feel “beautiful”.  They would then put on their equipment and headed out onto the ice as if the make-up was part of their uniform.  He knows I am an athlete and wanted to find out from me why she felt the need to do that.  Especially, considering when she emerged at the end of the game she “looked more like Alice Cooper than anything!” (with her eye liner dripping down her cheeks). 
The funny thing about this conversation is that it isn’t the first time I have had it.  A few men have brought it up to me on several occasions.  And to be honest I don’t really get it either. From when I started getting into sports in junior high up until I finished my basketball career in university there were classmates, teammates and friends of mine who battled with this exact thought process. 
After playing a super intense basketball game on a road trip when there was no time to even shower before we headed back on the bus for 3 hours some of my teammates would squeeze themselves back into their 2nd skin jeans and put on a super tight top.  They also had to swing by the mirror and make sure their hair and makeup looked just right.  The majority of my teammates were more concerned with being comfortable.  We breezed past the washroom to wash the sweat off our faces, threw on the sweatpants and hoody we came in and showed little concern about who was going to see us in the 5 minutes it took us to get back to the van.  It was going to be a dark ride home anyways so we didn’t care. 
I am going to be really honest.  I think makeup when you workout is dumb.  For one who cares about boys when you are in the middle of the game or a workout!  The focus should be on doing your best and that has nothing to do with looking pretty and has everything to do with being yourself.  Putting on make-up before a game is like putting on a mask.  It serves no purpose! When I was out on the court I wanted to be as real as possible and if that meant scoring the most points, playing the best defence or helping my teammates that was the important thing for me.  Of course winning was great too! 
Looking attractive while you play simply to pick up boys leaves you distracted from the purpose of what you came there to do!  Instead get his attention by playing your best and if he doesn’t like you for who you are then he who cares…next!  Boys are like buses if that one passes you by there will be another one no doubt about it.  I have had boyfriends that I met at the gym.  I was wearing a pair of basketball shorts down to my knees a baggy t-shirt that was 2 sizes too big and had my hair pulled back in a super tight pony tail.  He probably noticed me in a pickup game where I was cashing threes on his buddies.  When he came to take me out he couldn’t believe how beautiful I was when I put in a little effort.  Who wants the pressure of looking amazing all the time anyways?  No one in their right mind does.  Sometimes the priority is to be comfy and relaxed and that was when I played my best. 
My second point is makeup probably makes your skin worse.  Think about it!  You put it on and then go out and sweat.  Your skin soaks up the makeup, dirt particles are now stuck to your face because you are sweating and mixing in with your make-up.  On top of that now you have to put on more makeup to cover those breakouts too. At the end of the day, so what if you have a zit here or there it’s part of growing up and being a teenager.  Sure it is fun to look pretty and try some new make-up tips but leave that for another occasion.  You are never going to be in a face off and the other girl says “Wow!  I love your eye makeup… is it Mac?” And if she does then check her into the boards so the “boys” can get a fresh look at her make-up with her face smushed up against the glass!
If anything before you play sports you should washing your makeup off.  You’ll play better if you relax and free your mind of having to be pretty, tough, fierce, soft, aggressive and all of the other qualities that are competing against each other sub-consciously. Enjoy being young because right now you have nothing to cover up just be yourself that’s what is beautiful! (Your dad, uncle, brother, grandpa… think so too and I know this because they told me!)