Hi everyone! My name is Presley, it’s so nice to meet you!
Sports have always been a huge part of my life and my identity. I was a gymnast from age 3-17 and became competitive by age 7. Needless to say, the sport consumed most of my childhood. While I loved the sport of gymnastics, my teammates that had turned into my best friends, and the thrill of competing and seeing my hard work pay off, it also came with a lot of sacrifice and hard times. I missed out on school dances/activities, sleepovers with friends on the weekends, football games, and so much more over the years. It led to me resenting the sport and quitting with no intention of ever going back.
A couple years later when I was a freshman in high school, I decided to transition from club gymnastics to high school gymnastics. This allowed me to fall in love with the sport again. I had supportive coaches and a positive environment. While I was much happier, I still dealt with challenges such as mental blocks and skill regression. I ended up working with a sport’s psychology consultant who helped me reframe my mindset and provided me with valuable tools that I still use today and hope to now share with others like YOU!
The following year, I captured the individual all-around state title and my team went on to win 6 consecutive team state championships and 106 consecutive competition wins. That is, until my very last state championship competition my senior year. We ended up coming in second place and breaking our streak.
At the time, I thought my world was ending. It was like going through a really bad heartbreak, knowing I was ending my gymnastics career with this loss. What I didn’t know? That this event that seemed like such a big disappointment at the time would turn into one of my greatest lessons to look back on and favorite stories to tell. It taught me so much about overcoming adversity and viewing future obstacles as challenges to help me grow.
“Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end” – Roy T. Bennett
After I was no longer ‘the gymnast’, I went to college and tried to find my new passion. I really struggled during this time with my identity and where I fit in. I bounced around with different career paths and ultimately found my calling was to help other athletes be their best self both in and out of their sport. The struggles I have endured as an athlete have given me the tools necessary to help others who are struggling to find that light at the end of the tunnel. I want to help you develop your true and unique athletic identity, and deepen your understanding of your personal identity outside of sports. You have so much to offer, let’s start working to discover that!
“Your potential to succeed is infinite”—together we can unlock your potential. From there, you are limitless on your journey to success.
Schedule a free mini session with me today! I’m looking forward to talking with you and taking the next steps toward accomplishing your goals.
A little more about my life currently:
I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my husband, Austin, and our 3 cats (yes, we are crazy cat people). We are also expecting Baby Lew this September! I attended Grand Valley State University for my undergrad and got a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I then went on to get my Master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from University of Western States. My favorite course during my program was by far Mental Skills Training. I also work part-time as a gymnastics coach and have loved the opportunity to be on the ‘other side’ of the sport; it’s so rewarding! In my free time you can find me reading, exercising (I love yoga and weight training), spending time outdoors, and traveling.