Out of my Comfort Zone

I broke my ankle playing roller derby 3 years ago this week. It was a rough week as my body seemed to remember the trauma well before I did. I started having nightmares and fixating and replaying the break several times a day. Since the break, I've struggled with finding a place in derby ever … Continue reading Out of my Comfort Zone

Happy Birthday, A(dot) Ham!

His name was Alexander Hamilton....and there were a million things he didn't do because of the now infamous duel in Weehawken, New Jersey, with Aaron Burr. Or as one of the creators of Hamilton: An American Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda affectionally calls him, A (Dot) Burr. A.Ham was not the greatest guy however he was an … Continue reading Happy Birthday, A(dot) Ham!

Life, Death and New Beginnings

  I've always had a dog or a cat of my own. I can't remember there ever being a time in which I didn't have one -- except while I was in grad school and even then I found a way to have a cat for most of my stay there. St. Louis is where … Continue reading Life, Death and New Beginnings

Your Fat Derby Friend

Roller derby has a problem. Roller derby supposedly prides itself on being open to every size and body type. I do believe that is how it was truly intended when modern roller derby began just over 10 years ago. Teams recruited anyone to play, understanding that bigger people can make great blockers and even very … Continue reading Your Fat Derby Friend

Back to Skating

You ever have that feeling where you're excited about doing something, but scared at the same time? Ever feel like you know something is fun once you start doing it, but really wanna puke thinking about it? That's my relationship with roller derby. I've always been fat. I'm not using "fat" as a bad word, … Continue reading Back to Skating

Women’s History Month: Athlete Profiles

For the past month, I have had the privilege of writing for SuperFit Hero. This company is a fitness brand that enables athletes to find quality clothing that is ethically produced and body positive. As an athlete that does not find clothing that usually works for me, having something that makes me feel confident and … Continue reading Women’s History Month: Athlete Profiles