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Reflecting on 2023

Jan 04, 2024

Welcome to Mental Fitness Fridays I'm Hans Skulstad.

If you're watching this today, it's likely that you have just finished celebrating the holidays with friends and family.

Christmas Eve day is my favorite day of the year. It's on this day that our family gets together for a Christmas Eve day skate, a tradition since it's 2004. I love doing it because I get to see how much the kids have grown and changed. 

As you can see from the picture, we had quite a turnout this year, the biggest one ever, and it was a lot of fun. Although you can see my son was injured with a broken collarbone, so that’s not cool. But he still beat me in the 1v1.

The year was filled like any other with lots of ups and downs. My son’s hockey team won the Minnesota State Baname consolation title again. I’m grateful for the time spent with those kids and their families. It was a blast.

I loved watching him and his friends play. I got to work with them too, which was a blast. And in celebration, at regions and districts I displayed my cake body for all to see. 

We also had an awesome trip to Tampa with friends and got to go to the Frozen Four. We moved out of our long-term office space in Golden Valley and found a new home within walking distance of our house, which is awesome.

Jennie and I went to New York City to celebrate 20 years of marriage together and saw Hamilton and the Jets and Eagles play. 

There’s been a down too.

Watching our world struggle to work together. Leaders in sports and public life modeling just plain crappy behavior. 

My dad passed away in July, but I’m grateful that his suffering has ended and that he had a life well lived. It’s truly a horrible disease to watch. 

Remember, your presence is important to someone.

Remember, you are one of God’s children, nothing more, nothing less.

Happy New Year to all of us from the Center for Sports and the Mind. 

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