Mindy grew up surrounded by sports in Greensboro, North Carolina. Playing basketball and softball herself and also dancing all through school helped her passion grow for all kinds of sports. She also learned to love watching football and is a very avid Green Bay Packers fan. Playing sports for Mindy was a great way to meet new friends and learn to work with people from all different backgrounds. As she continued to grow and move out on her own, she realized how many life skills she had learned from playing sports such as goal setting, coping with failure, increasing confidence, overcoming adversity, managing emotions, and many others. When she began her collegiate career at Appalachian State University, she soon gained the opportunity to co-found the women's club basketball team which gave her the desired competition that kept her motivated to keep getting better. There were times where Mindy had to be a player, coach, and Vice President all at once which allowed her the skills to learn how to manage others as a leader of the team.
The Field of Sport Psychology
Mindy went into ASU knowing she wanted to study psychology and help people with their mental health. It was in one of her classes freshman year that she first heard about the field of sport psychology. Hearing that there was a field that combines two of her biggest passions: psychology and sports was an obvious decision to pursue. She then went on to get her Master's degree at Georgia Southern University in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. After leaving the field of competitive sport herself, she began running and competing against herself with each new run. Becoming an avid runner allowed Mindy to learn just how critical an athlete's mentality can influence performance. This has only increased Mindy's passion for sharing her tips and tricks with other young athletes who are hoping to enhance their performance using mental skills training.