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I'm very blessed, thankful, grateful for the opportunities I've had.
In the U.S., my whole life, I felt like I had to be the best and score more goals and run with more fitness so I could be the one in the limelight. I think that when I went to Sweden, I found the joy of being part of a team and contributing to everybody's success.
I haven't had many injuries, and I know that's because I take care of my body, and I do the things that I need to do to keep it strong.
While I don't know if I exist in the land of the elite, I'm definitely on the battlefield with restlessness.
I've learned from experience not to be too glued to one menu or routine in particular because I never know where I'm going to be and what kind of cuisine it's going to be.
When you've learned to love yourself, you get all the things that come with that. Friends, passion, success.
I used to be so focused on winning, I had a really hard time enjoying soccer. If I missed a shot, I would spend a lot of time thinking about how I'd disappointed my teammates. Then I learned how moments of struggle make you stronger.
There's a lot that's out of your control. But the one thing that you can control is your work ethic.
I'm very grateful for the way that I feel when I play. I feel very powerful, I feel fast, I feel unstoppable, and that's because of my body.
If I put my pinkie to my thumb, I can cover my wrist all the way to the knuckle. When I get a watch, I always have to go and get extra holes put in or get a special bracelet that's adjustable.
I would like to fight as hard as I possibly can in each and every game and win or lose, leave it at that, and move forward. I know in my heart that that is the mindset I need to be a successful and happy athlete.
It took me a while to learn, but we are allowed to make mistakes and have flaws.
No hidden talents, but I have a lot of hobbies. Acrylic painting - I got a whole set, and I light candles at night and sit there and paint and look out on Lake Michigan.
I think I approach pressure by having discipline and learning to be calm in everyday life. I do this with a daily mindfulness practice and commitment.
I have learned that there's a little bit of a danger in stressing ourselves out and living in the future - worry affects how we are today.
I Have Learned
My restlessness leaves my mind racing as I try to wind down at the end of mandatory recovery day. It keeps me tossing after poor performances. And if I played well, well... playing well makes me itch to play better; there is always room for improvement.
The tactics in NWSL are so chaotic. It's so about physicality. It's both teams attacking with nine players, and it's just so open on the transitions, really fast-paced to the point of being out of control. The Damallsvenskan is a little extreme on the other side: it's so under control, there are 20 passes strung before you even go forward.
For a long time growing up, I thought that everything happens for a reason and it's kind of already written. But as I've grown and learned various things, I think that the most important moment is the one that you're in, and that's the only moment that matters, that you can really control. The future is unknown, and the past is history.
I have crazy, curly, big hair, so,if I have time to try to make myself look presentable, I usually spend it doing my hair.
I have butt muscles, thigh muscles, and then my upper body is super skinny - except for in my shoulders, which you need for a little bit of strength to hold other players off the ball. So I think I've developed muscles 100 per cent from just shooting the ball and running. Every single thing about my body looks like soccer.
Wherever I am, I always do yoga every day. I think it's so important for my physical health in sport.
I want soccer to be a stable profession that attracts young female athletes when they graduate from college.
I didn't have any natural instincts toward heading. It cost me lots of opportunities to score.
I think, a lot of my career and my life before I went to Sweden, I felt like I was trying to be someone else.
When I went to Sweden, I sort of found out who I was.
It's really special to play with your friends for your country.
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