Christen Press: A day in the life of an American soccer forward

Christen Press: A day in the life of an American soccer forward and World Cup champion.

Today I woke up at 9AM.

The first thing I did was meditate.

My morning ritual includes meditation, yoga, and a hearty breakfast.

I started working at … I live at my work!

My biggest challenge was helping those around me stay positive. I vow to be a light in the lives of my friends and coworkers!

I celebrated the glorious sunshine.

What I love most about my work is it is a challenge everyday.

My favorite part of the day was when I get to see the people and dogs that I love!

Least favorite …nah! Negativity is for the birds.

I am so glad that I get to do what I love, be with those that I love, and have the freedom to really LIVE.

I wish I had my two dogs with me everywhere I go.

Something that surprised me was a delicious kombucha on tap at the coffee shop.

Did you have a plan for your day? Did it go as planned? Always and always!

I want to recognize my teammate Meghan Klingenberg for helping me with my good mood today.

Did you commute? I road the bus with my teammates to training.

For lunch I made a protein shake.

A personal activity I do just for myself is yoga, meditation.

I most enjoyed spending time with the soccer ball.

For dinner I ate a black bean, quinoa salad.

My favorite technology that I used today is my phone.

I am inspired by the people around me. Life is beautiful and filled with amazing souls. I try to look people in the eye and let their joy lift me up. I also hope that my joy can be a guiding light.

Did you meditate? Did you exercise? Always, always!

One strategy I use to make my time more effective is my daily schedule.

I am passionate about happiness, football, giving back to my community.

Something I wanted to get done but didn’t get to do was studying Buddhism.

A dream I am currently focused on fulfilling is Rio 2016 Olympics.

I can’t live without my daily planner.

Today I felt... happy, sad, frustrated, excited - all of those.

I went to sleep at 11PM.

Tomorrow I am looking forward to happiness, laughter, football, yoga, and most importantly getting better!

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Christen Annemarie Press is an American soccer forward and World Cup champion. She currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League and the United States women's national soccer team.

Press previously played for magicJack of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) as well as Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC and Tyresö FF of the Swedish Damallsvenskan. In 2011, she was named the WPS Rookie of the Year. In 2013, Press was the top scorer in the Damallsvenskan with 23 goals and became the first American to receive the Golden Boot award in the history of the league. She was a 2010 Hermann Trophy recipient and holds the all-time scoring record at Stanford University with 71 goals. In 2015, she represented the United States at the FIFA Women's World Cup.

As a senior at Stanford, she was named to the ESPN Academic All-America First-Team She is a freelance writer for several magazines. She is almost fluent in Spanish and speaks some Swedish. She enjoys hiking and playing with her two dogs. She is a daily meditator and active yogi.

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