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Father’s Day

I have been a Daddy’s girl since I came out of the womb. My dad and I have always gotten along; we have the same sense of humor, the same compassionate heart, and we look VERY much alike. He always tells me, “We look so much alike, it looks like I pooped you out!” My dad has been my best friend for so long, and I cannot thank him enough for playing such a vital role in my life.

So before I get too mushy, this Father’s Day I want to share with you some of my favorite moments with my dad!

My #1 Supporter

When I was in 6th grade, my friend told me she wanted to try out for the school volleyball team, and that I should try out with her. I immediately laughed. I had never played a sport before, nor did I know anything about the game of volleyball. She convinced me that it would be fun, so I went home and pitched the idea to my dad.

Literally that night, we bought one of those $10 yellow smiley face volleyballs from Walmart! My dad hit the ball to me and we practiced for hours in front of the house the night before tryouts. I remember him standing 100 feet away from me and telling me to hit the ball as high and hard as I could. His favorite saying was always, “Remember, height is your friend!”

I have no idea where he even got that from, or any knowledge of volleyball for that matter. What I do know, is it was enough to help me make the 6th grade volleyball team. When I told my dad, he was unbelievably ecstatic! I will forever thank him for that first yellow volleyball, and that night of practicing.

Volleyball became my sport, my passion, and an enormous part of my life for the next 9 years. You bet my dad was my number one fan, from the second I made that 6th grade team, to my very last game as a college player.

My Best Friend

I was a high school sophomore, and as many sophomores do, I was thinking about where I possibly wanted to go for college. My goal was to get a scholarship to play volleyball. My dad helped me with recruiting videos and researched schools for me to apply to.

Originally I wanted to go out of state for school because for me, the chances of a five foot tall volleyball player playing at one of the colleges in Arizona were slim to none. So, I had my heart set on a small Texas school and my dad suggested we take a road trip to visit Abilene Christian University. Despite it being a 12-hour drive, we had a blast! We got some delicious BBQ, watched an Abilene volleyball game, and joked around, as usual.

My favorite memory from the trip was this little tune my dad sang repeatedly throughout the trip. Any time he would see a police officer, he would say in a Texan accent, “Hey hey, Mr. Officer, you just keep on movin’!” Oh my goodness, I don’t know how many times he sang that over and over again. We both still talk about what a fun trip that was, just us two goofballs hanging out!

My Motivator

I was three years into my undergrad and I woke up feeling discontent with my major. I asked my dad if he wanted to meet for lunch, and he of course agreed. We met at a Wendy’s, and I looked up from my salad and said, “Dad, I think I want to switch majors!”

His first suggestion was accounting because I liked numbers. Bleh. Then he suggested nutrition. He reminded me of my passion for health and wellness and thought I would enjoy being a nutrition major.

I said, “But Dad, I’m already three years into my education degree!” He said, “Kat, this is the best time to switch majors. You are already in school, and if nutrition is your passion, then why continue spending time and money on something you don’t really love?”

That day I cancelled my education classes at Grand Canyon University, and enrolled in the dietetics program at Arizona State University. I ended up graduating with my dietetics degree two years later, and to this day, I am beyond thankful for his guidance inside that Wendy’s restaurant.

My Grateful Heart

I realize the older I get, how influential my dad has been in my life. He has helped me develop a passion for a sport I didn’t know anything about. I achieved my goal of playing at the collegiate level because of his support. (We spent SO many hours outside the house practicing volleyball)! He encouraged me to pursue my passion for health, and to obtain a degree in a study that I LOVE! I would not be the person I am today, if it wasn’t for my dad.

This post is dedicated to my amazing dad who has supported me, loved me, and laughed with me through every part of my life, and I don’t know where I would be today without him. Take some time today to thank your dad for all he has done for you, and for how he has molded and shaped your life into what it is today.

Happy Father’s Day to my dad, and all the other dads out there! Happy Sunday friends!

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