Motivational Quotes from Christen Press

I’m very blessed, thankful, grateful for the opportunities I’ve had.

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When you’ve learned to love yourself, you get all the things that come with that. Friends, passion, success.

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I used to be so focused on winning, I had a really hard time enjoying soccer. If I missed a shot, I would spend a lot of time thinking about how I’d disappointed my teammates. Then I learned how moments of struggle make you stronger.

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There’s a lot that’s out of your control. But the one thing that you can control is your work ethic.

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I have crazy, curly, big hair, so,if I have time to try to make myself look presentable, I usually spend it doing my hair.

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Of course I have other passions and other interests, but soccer’s always my priority.

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I try to practice mindfulness at all times, including the times where I’m nervous and I’m stressed.

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If I put my pinkie to my thumb, I can cover my wrist all the way to the knuckle. When I get a watch, I always have to go and get extra holes put in or get a special bracelet that’s adjustable.

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If I couldn’t get to the national team, I wanted to get as much as I could out of soccer, and I think moving abroad was my opportunity to do that. I think that, in turn, playing with that freedom and that spirit allowed me to play a lot better. I escalated my game quickly just by being happy.

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It’s something special being able to build a program up.

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My family is a little ridiculous. They’re wild – really colorful and animated and big personalities.

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I remember playing games and having tears roll down my face because it felt like it was never going to be good enough.

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It took me a while to learn, but we are allowed to make mistakes and have flaws.

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I would like to fight as hard as I possibly can in each and every game and win or lose, leave it at that, and move forward. I know in my heart that that is the mindset I need to be a successful and happy athlete.

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My restlessness leaves my mind racing as I try to wind down at the end of mandatory recovery day. It keeps me tossing after poor performances. And if I played well, well… playing well makes me itch to play better; there is always room for improvement.

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I’m a dreamer, and I’m a perfectionist, and I love excellence, and that’s hardwired in me. But when I was young, I lived in a space for a long time where I only felt insufficient.

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Wherever I am, I always do yoga every day. I think it’s so important for my physical health in sport.

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On game days, I do yoga as just a really short routine. It’s more to warm up and to calm down in the morning.

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I think I approach pressure by having discipline and learning to be calm in everyday life. I do this with a daily mindfulness practice and commitment.

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The hardest thing to do is to fail and keep pushing at the same time.

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I find the ball, and I think, ‘Where’s the ball going, and where do I need to go?’ It just puts me back in the game, and it’s the simplest thing, but it’s become sort of like my soccer mantra. I simply use the ball as my focus point and move back into position, and the distracting thoughts disappear, and I’m right back in the game.

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Before I found my peace, I was way too much in my head. I found myself on the field in my own thoughts. I’ve learned that there’s a time and a place for my thoughts. The most important thing when I’m on the field is to just be in the moment and let it all go.

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I’m a once-a-week grocery shopper; I get everything I need for the week, and then in the morning, I have my breakfast, pack three snacks, my lunch, and drinks to stay hydrated in a little cooler. I always have a snack on hand in case I get hungry throughout the day. I love my little cooler!

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I always want to keep my skin clean when I get up in the morning, and I use sunscreen before I go out to the field.

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Whether I’m running up and down the field or running errands, I make it a point to ensure that my skin is protected.

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I have butt muscles, thigh muscles, and then my upper body is super skinny – except for in my shoulders, which you need for a little bit of strength to hold other players off the ball. So I think I’ve developed muscles 100 per cent from just shooting the ball and running. Every single thing about my body looks like soccer.

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I didn’t have any natural instincts toward heading. It cost me lots of opportunities to score.

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No Tinder, no Match, nothing. I don’t mind going up to people when I’m out. I have a better chance of getting a read on them that way.

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Whether I’m running up and down the field or running errands, I make it a point to ensure that my skin is protected.

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I have butt muscles, thigh muscles, and then my upper body is super skinny – except for in my shoulders, which you need for a little bit of strength to hold other players off the ball. So I think I’ve developed muscles 100 per cent from just shooting the ball and running. Every single thing about my body looks like soccer.

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I think, a lot of my career and my life before I went to Sweden, I felt like I was trying to be someone else.

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When I went to Sweden, I sort of found out who I was.

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It’s really special to play with your friends for your country.

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I actually rid myself of superstitions, but I do a quick 20-minute meditation before games.

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Serena Williams is my sports idol.

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I love to be outside.

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No hidden talents, but I have a lot of hobbies. Acrylic painting – I got a whole set, and I light candles at night and sit there and paint and look out on Lake Michigan.

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I think that a lot of women experience that balance between feeling insecure about and appreciative for their bodies. I definitely have.

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Staying grounded, eating healthy, doing yoga, staying out of the sun to protect my skin – I think that the daily decisions we make to protect our bodies are the best ways we can care for them.

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My mom is just authentically herself all the time. She loves herself. She loves her sense of humor. She brings people in when she talks. She brings people in when she laughs. Watching her, I think that that’s when I first learned and was encouraged to be myself and to sort of love and live in that way.

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I’ve spent a lot of time being insecure about my body, but it’s done so much for me. It’s my tool, my vessel for my job.

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I’m very grateful for the way that I feel when I play. I feel very powerful, I feel fast, I feel unstoppable, and that’s because of my body.

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I’m so excited to be a Coppertone brand ambassador because as an athlete, taking care of my body is a huge part of my job, and sunscreen is a vital part of that.

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Everyone, especially athletes and fans everywhere, need to make sunscreen and sun protection a priority.

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The American professional schedule gives players a six-month off-season, so many of us have become pickup regulars while training without an organized team.

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I always want to take on the giants.

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I haven’t had many injuries, and I know that’s because I take care of my body, and I do the things that I need to do to keep it strong.

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With yoga, it works every part of the body and increases range of motion. People think you get super flexible and you lose your power in sport. I’m getting back to normal because I’m so wound up and tight.

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At the end of the day in our sport, you just have to sacrifice yourself completely to put the team first. That’s not easy for us because we’re so competitive, but that’s the most important thing when it comes to World Championships.

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The speed of life that top American athletes have is boom-boom-boom, and I’m a lot slower. I look before I cross, you know?

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I have learned that there’s a little bit of a danger in stressing ourselves out and living in the future – worry affects how we are today.

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I gave up on the national team – I thought to myself, ‘Well, that’s just not something that’s going to happen for me.’ The national team was in residency camp; I was 6,000 miles away. Nobody was watching, nobody cared… I’m just going to go play for myself and my team and try to be great… and I had more fun than I’d have ever had.

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