MOTIVATIONAL MONDAYS // BETSEY ARMSTRONG
Meet our new Jolyn Sales rep for New York and Connecticut, Betsey Armstrong! Betsey is the former team USA Olympic goalie. She won a silver medal in Beijing 2008 and gold medal in London 2012, Betsey is arguably the best female goalie in the world, in other words TOTAL STUD. You can't miss this 6'1" beauty at trunk shows!!
Yoga teacher, water polo coach, healthy-living enthusiast, lover of all things water (the beach, the pool, water polo, swimming, surfing--ANYTHING!), passionate about food, travel, learning and teaching. I live with my husband in Connecticut not far from the beach. I love New York as much as I miss California and I could live off of tacos and sushi for the rest of my life.
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If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would they be:
My husband Chris
A paddle/surfboard (I'm only ever able to stand up on a board that's a 9'+ longboard so I'll have a big whopper with me)
A Jolyn bikini and sunglases, duh!!
What's your favorite beach that you have been to: I took a trip to the Caribbean last winter and I saw some of the most beautiful beaches in the world--my absolute favorite was Prickly Pear Cay in Anguilla (see picture below!). I can't wait to get back and continue to explore all the nooks and crannies of the Caribbean.
What beach is on your list to go to: I'm dying to get to Tahiti or anywhere in French Polynesia. I follow a lot of surfers blogs and Instagrams and I'll see such amazing waves and shots of beach from Teahupo'o, Mo'orea and elsewhere throughout the island chain like Bora Bora....they're all next on my list!!
Who is your favorite athlete: I get stuck between Kobe Bryant and Kelly Slater. Both are so disciplined and consistent yet they are always pushing their boundaries to get better. In my experience as an elite athlete, when you get to a certain level the biggest challenge is to find they ways that will push to stay at the top and improve, without changing everything so drastically that you come undone. I have serious, serious respect for both of them.
What motivates you: The people in my life--my family, my teammates, my players I coach and my students. I'm such a people person and I love learning and teaching collectively--it's no fun by yourself and there's no one to talk to!
What is your signature dish in the kitchen: Guacamole, lol, simple but very very necessary and important
What is the hardest thing you've ever experienced: I've head to deal with a few major career changes in my life and it's been a challenge every time. Transitioning from playing water polo for my full-time job has been hard (you mean I can't just play all day long and make a living??). Though there have been difficult moments, it's really forced me to evaluate what I value in life and how I want to live through those values.
What is your favorite workout or gym exercise: I'm a water junkie all day every day--I can stay in the pool for hours. When I'm not there you'll mostly find me in the Yoga Studio. I got really serious about my yoga practice before the 2012 Olympic Games, and since then I've gone through several levels of teacher training. You might see me a SoulCycle now and then because sometimes you just need that butt-kicking workout.
Any last words or testimonial: "Feel the fear and do it anyway" is one of my favorite quotes. I'm a big planner and I like things to be calculated and organized--that's been totally thrown out the window in 90% of my life. You can't plan, you can only prepare--so prepare and enjoy the ride!