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Craig Sager, IS Dream Live Ball.

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Last week at the ESPY Awards Craig Sager accepted the Jimmy V Award for perseverance. At the age of 64, Sager is currently battling leukemia and continues to receive chemo treatments while still working as a NBA reporter for TNT. Even so much that he will receive treatments in one state in the morning, hop a flight to the next city, cover a game all in a days work. Most would think he is crazy to take such risks putting his body through so much work all while battling such a vicious disease. But let Craig Sager tell it to you and there is nothing that he would rather be doing that spending his life doing what we loves, leukemia or not. Craig Sager is everything that Dream Live Ball means, and more. Hearing his speech at the ESPY's on how he lives his life and truly enjoys every moment is truly an inspiration for us all. This past April early in the airport traveling back home to Denver from Houston I had the pleasure of meeting Sager. I must admit that once I noticed him from a distance across the way going through security across from me I was initially scared to approach him. I let my fear of meeting one the greatest in his field go, tapped him from behind and introduced myself. To my surprise he greeted me back, "Hey Brittany, how are you?"Like he had known me for years. I told him I love watching him on TV, thanked him, and told him keep fighting. We snapped a selfie and went on our separate ways.

I'm so thankful for his fight, his strength, and his story as it's one we all can be inspired from. Craig Sager does a little DLB each and everyday. So glad he's here to show us all how it's done as he continues to face a tough battle with cancer.

Craig Sager's Speech:

 

Full story/video also shown at the ESPY's:

 

Memorable quotes from Sager's Speech:

Time is something that cannot be bought. It cannot be wagered with God, and it is not an endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life. 

Each and everyday is a canvas we need to paint, an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning. 

The way you think influences the way you feel, and the way you feel determines how you act.

If we don't have hope and faith, we have nothing.

Life Lately, June 2016!

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Let me tell you about life lately! I can't believe it's already July, which basically means the year is halfway over and Christmas is pretty much next week. The month of June went by so fast...between the preparation for three basketball camps and road tripping to Kansas City that was basically my life for the past four weeks. So let me catch you on and just exactly what's been going on.

This month we had three camps that consumed nearly all of time. Most people probably would never understand how much time, effort, and planning goes into running a successful basketball camp. But trust me when I say that it's exactly that. Months of calls, meetings, organizing, and all of that nearly triples the week leading up to camp. But my absolute favorite part about camp is our Day Camp for girls going in to grades 1st to 6th. It's seriously one of the most fun weeks of my life. By the end of the week it's so hard to say your goodbyes after becoming so attached from spending 4 days with the same group of girls.

The day after camp ended I loaded up my car and headed out to Kansas City for our family reunion. Which before hand seemed like such a great idea to drive nearly 9 hours across Kansas after working extremely hard for a week with very little sleep after camp. However, about 3 hours into the drive in the middle of nowhere I highly regretted this awesome of idea of mine to drive.

KU

The highlight of my day of course was arriving in Lawrence, Kansas and being at the happiest place on earth, the University of Kansas. I spent almost 2 hours walking around campus in awe of my absolute favorite school ever. It was amazing, and the feeling I get when I'm there never gets old.

GO JAYHAWKS!!!
Baby cousins aren't so little anymore

The older I get the less time I get to spend with my family. I had a blast catching up with everyone, looking at old pictures, and laughing at funny stories from the past.

twins with my mom

Other than camp and our family reunion, I've honestly just been trying my best to live each day and enjoy each moment. At the beginning of the month getting lost in my neighborhood, I found this court that was just waiting for me behind an office building. It's so perfect, I love it.

HAPPY JULY FRIENDS!!!! Kill it this month.

I love you all...

-Brittany

Don't Wait, Live NOW.

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One thing I've learned about life is that nothing ever stays the same. People, feelings, and life itself is constantly changing and with that being said it's so important to enjoy what's right in front of you for what it's worth. Don't put off your dreams or things you want and love the most any longer. Because tomorrow is never guaranteed, and quite honestly there really will never be a perfect time to start or try something new. More often than not we each spend too much time throughout our lives waiting. For the perfect moment, the perfect day, the right time, for next week, month, or year.

You have to take advantage of each day and every single moment you are blessed with in this life, because things are never going to be like they are today in this very moment. Life is forever evolving and is constantly changing, as well as you yourself and your feelings. Don't wait another moment, live now.

-Brittany

 
 

The Pressure of Life

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Sometimes the natural pressures of life can get the best of us, myself included. Different types of pressure as well. The pressure to succeed, get a job, from you parents to make good grades, get into college, settle down and get married, and more. It's only natural at times to feel the weight of the world is all on your shoulders. I too have felt like this countless number of times in my life. But we shouldn't let the pressure of life and the want or urge to do well bring us down. Pressure is just a part of life that we all have to learn to grow through. So when things get tight and the pressure of life is on, rise to the occasion like its game day! Embrace the pressures of life and face them head on and give it your best effort. While losers are busy making excuses as to why it's too hard and coming up for every reason why it can't get done, winners will dig deep down inside of themselves and make a way.

Give today and each and every other day your best effort. Besides, no pressure, no diamonds.

-Brittany