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There’s honestly nothing better than that feeling of being in the zone.

Just the sensation of time passing but not really noticing because you’re absolutely focused and absorbed in what you’re doing. I love that feeling. I live for it. And it’s why I really, really love reading.


I get asked all the time, “What would your job be if you weren’t an athlete?” I’m never sure exactly how to answer that. I’ve known I wanted to play professional basketball since I got my first scholarship offer in eighth grade. Being in the WNBA? On the Lynx?! I can’t imagine anything being better than that.


Buuut….


If there was a way to get paid to just constantly consume mystery novels for a living? Yeah, that would be pretty sweet, too. My favorite author is Ruth Ware. I’ve read all her books. (Those in the know have already probably read The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood, but if you haven’t and you’re into the genre, move those to the top of your list ASAP.) 

Everyone in the W has their own way of getting focused before a game. For me, I’ve always gotten myself in the zone with a great book. That doesn’t necessarily fit the stereotype that most people might have for athletes, but I’ve never been a stereotype. My entire life, I was seen as kind of a girly-girl, but I was also really athletic. Those two things aren’t mutually exclusive. (It’s wild, I know.) 


Growing up, I played basically every sport, and I loved it. But as far as watching sports? I wasn’t as into it.


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