Firstly Hii, and I appreciate you making the time in your busy (or not so busy) schedule to give my blog a read.

I did begin blogging a few years ago, but like we all do I got distracted by something else and didn’t pursue it. So I wanted to start by firstly telling you why I am getting back into it:
1. It’s an interest of mine that I have never really completely explored and I guess never realized that I actually do enjoy writing.
2. I’ve been thinking of better ways I can interact with you all a little more, rather than just posting a photo, status or tweet on socials and I guess give you guys an insight into Kyah Simon the person, not only Kyah Simon the Professional Footballer.
3. I want to share my experiences and thoughts with you on different topics of interest, they may or may not resonate with you and I completely understand that I might bore some of you and that’s ok too. Side note: Thank you to those of you who sent in Topic ideas, they were all so great and I plan on touching on each of them as the weeks go by.
4. Lastly when I’m not training, planning upcoming Clinics or binge watching Netflix (shh), I like to set myself little projects to stimulate my brain in a different way and ultimately do something that I enjoy, so here I am.

Update on things in my world – I am currently living over here in Houston, playing for The Houston Dash in the NWSL. I don’t think I’ve ever played in a more humid place in my life, which is a challenge within itself, but we have a great group of girls who grind and show up everyday to put in the work on the pitch and we’re all in it together. Can’t complain about our set up and we’re really well looked after by the club which is nice when you’re away from home and basically live here for 7 months of the year.
After coming off ankle surgery January this year, I’ve had a disrupted season with other injuries playing a part – straining my Hami a month or so after getting over here in April, then re-doing it in Turkey with The Matildas pre World Cup. I’m currently nursing a strained calf, which happened about a week and a half ago in training – hoping it’s only a 2-3 weeker. I know what you’re probably thinking “another injury?” and I guess that’s been the most frustrating thing for me too, when you do all the “one percenters” and still get injured, you start to feel hopeless and lost with no answers or clarity as to why.

To be completely honest this past 2 years has been the most difficult 2 years of my life, mentally, emotionally and physically. The amount of times I’ve considered retiring, giving up and calling it quits I’ve lost count. I think the physical toll on my body has been rough, and when you rehab more then you play football for an extended period of time it affects you mentally more than anything. You start to ask yourself is it still worth it, do I still love it, does it bring me happiness like it use to? Those are the questions that have gone through my head way too often lately, BUT I’m not done yet and I’m definitely not a quitter! I’m going to keep pushing to overcome these obstacles and be the best athlete I can be.
I think it’s so important to have people in your life to pick you up when you’re down, someone to speak to and give you that kick up the ass you sometimes need, or also just someone to help you find your feet again. But at the end of the day it comes down to what you as an individual want and if you want it bad enough it’s up to you to go get it yourself!
I think what some people tend to forget is although we are professional athletes; we are still human beings like everybody else with feelings and emotions, both football and non-football related. There are massive highs and massive lows, and some that no one else sees because only you experience them in your own head.

I owe a lot to my family and close friends that have been there for me through this tough time, but mostly I owe it to myself to never give up and finish the business I set out to do.

For anyone that has or is going through a tough time in their life, remember what’s important to you, why you first started, remind yourself that it’s ok to not be ok, it’s ok to ask for help and things will get better. Our minds are so powerful and I’ve recently made a conscious effort to put a focus on practicing turning negative thoughts into positive ones and that’s not just for football or relationships, but all aspects of day-to-day life.

So looking forward I’m absolutely pumped at what the future holds! Finishing the season off strong with The Dash, Matildas games coming up and returning back to Australia for W-League, I can’t wait to get back stuck into doing what I love and that’s playing football injury free!

That’s basically a quick update on life in my world right now. Today is a off day, so I’ve just spent the whole morning in my apartment watching the EPL, with my coffee and homemade avo, vegemite (Yup) and eggs on toast (it’s my go to brekkie – for the non Aussies, that’s short for Breakfast), oh and coffee of course!

I’m looking at posting a Blog at least once a week from here on out, on a number of different topics – Injuries and Overcoming obstacles, US to Aus lifestyle and football, Nutrition and Wellbeing and many more. I’d love to hear your thoughts on anything you guys are interested in hearing about and I hope you enjoyed the read.

Ky