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Top 4 Tips for Living a Balanced Life from Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor

In her years of being an athlete, Misty May-Treanor has learned a lot about how to balance responsibilities with self-care. Now a coach and mother, the tree-time gold medalist divides her time between teaching others the sport of volleyball and being with her family. We asked Misty to share her advice on how to ensure you meet your goals while still taking care of yourself.

Take time for yourself.

Misty prioritizes time for herself to ensure that she’s in the best shape for her family. For Misty, taking that time gives her endorphins, making her feel better and giving her more energy.

“It’s important for women to take time for themselves, so you don't get bogged down,” Misty explained. “You can read a book, go for a walk or just take five to ten minutes to meditate. We don’t give enough time for ourselves.”

Try to make the person next to you better.

In her years as an athlete, Misty learned the importance of teamwork, both to achieve a common goal and to hold herself accountable.

“My goal has always been to make the person next to me better,” Misty said. “I’ve met a lot of people through working out—from people in classes I take to being a role model to other young kids.”

By holding herself accountable to other people, Misty makes sure that she is doing the best she can for her team, family and herself.

Stay the course.

When setbacks happen, Misty doesn’t let it distract her from her goals. As an athlete, she learned that she had to dedicate herself to the process and stay humble—no matter what happened.

“We can be so focused on winning and losing, but you still have to enjoy what you’re doing,” Misty said. “You’re not going to see progress overnight. It’s so important to remember to stay patient and stay the course, especially when people are just starting out.”

Plan ahead.

As busy as she is, planning ahead is important for Misty to stay on track for her goals. Since Misty was introduced to MINDBODY in 2006, she's used the software to book her workouts, and now, to run her business, Dream in Gold Beach Volleyball Club.

“With the MINDBODY app, it’s so easy to set up workouts, get reminders and stay on track. In sports, you have to be goal-oriented to have a clear path to success. Setting goals along the way helps you find a way to make the task clearer.”

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