Every Year is a Good Year

“TIme flies when you’re having fun” goes the old saying. If that’s true (and I believe it is), 2014 was a very fun year.

Here at Dragonwing, we’ve met hundreds of wonderful girls and their families — at soccer, lacrosse, and volleyball games, at photo shoots and trunk shows, and on our Customer Service line. We expanded our line of girls’ performance wear with our Mini and Low-Rise Un-Dee compression shorts and new sports bras. We’ll be introducing some new athletic clothing for girls in 2015, so stay tuned!

Click to read Dragonwing girl Emma's trick for remembering special moments

Dragonwing girl and blogger extraordinaire Emma recently wrote about her simple — and fun — trick for remembering the special moments, big and small, that happen throughout the year.

Every year is a good year, it just might be tough to remember why. So, to solve that exact problem, starting January 1st of last year, I decided I was going to write down all of the highlights from the year. After every fun day, exciting night, or memorable moment, I would write down all the details of the great day. I like to include the tiny details…that can only be remembered if they’re written down.

Her full post is worth a read. While you’re there, subscribe to her blog so you don’t miss her insightful, spot-on posts.

 

Hello December…and almost January!

I know, it’s been a couple months…when I said I was a busy girl, I wasn’t kidding. But I’ve made it through the rough patch of my senior year, and, more importantly, I’ve made it through another full year.

They say that these last few days of the year are a time to reflect. We think about the milestone events that happened in the past 12 months. We think about the best days we had, the vacations we took, awards we achieved, tournaments we (almost) won, and friends we made.

However, sometimes only the biggest events (like starting senior year, or going to the Justin Timberlake concert) come to our head. Sometimes, the bad events might even overpower the good in our memories, so we can’t smile and be proud of our year.  Good or bad, that’s a lot of things to keep straight and remember about the past 12 months. Every year is a good year, it just might be tough to remember why.

So, to solve that exact problem, starting January 1st of last year, I decided I was going to write down all of the highlights from the year. After every fun day, exciting night, or memorable moment, I would write down all the details of the great day. I like to include the tiny details, like “when my friend and I smiled across the room at an inside joke that our teacher said”, or “he said these exact words to me” because they’re details that can only be remembered if they’re written down. I put them on a small piece of paper, and into a jar that doesn’t get opened until December 31st.

Last year, opening the notes was incredible. There were a lot of big events that I remembered, but there were also lots of little sayings or small moments that I had completely forgotten about, and opening all of them put a huge smile on my face.

Since I enjoyed it so much, I decided to do it again this year, and my jar is twice as full as it was a year ago. Now, just a few short days stand in between me and all of my memories and I can’t wait to reminisce, and then start all over again next year!

Hey Santa, Here are Gifts that Sports Girls Want!

Dragonwing girls Emma and Montgomery show Santa how to stuff a stocking with great sports apparel for all the girls on his — and YOUR — list!


Racer and Keyhole sports bras for girls
: Super soft, great support, seamless and tag-free. Great under sports uniforms or everyday clothes. Perfect as a girl’s first bra, too.

Un-Dee Light Compression Shorts: Coverage and comfort under a sports uniform, wedgie-free fit means no tugging or bunching. Available in great colors!

Un-Tee Sports Cami:  Girls sports camisole with great fit in 8 terrific colors. Shelf bra provides light support and coverage for tweens and teens.

Chill Weight leggings and long-sleeve tee: Stay warm and dry this winter in these great base layers. Soft brushed inside and moisture-wicking fabric that’s made from recycled plastic bottles! Top details include thumb hole so sleeves stay in place and wrist wipe so face and nose stay dry. Leggings available in long and capri length. What sports girl needs “armour” when she can have Dragonwing?!

Order by December 12 for Christmas delivery with FREE regular shipping (US orders only). See shipping info for more details.

 

Armour for Your Sports Girl? No Way!

The driving force behind Dragonwing girlgear’s creation was a frustration over the lack of quality performance athletic wear for girls. Girls shouldn’t have to shop in the boys’ department or search the racks for XS women’s clothes.

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That’s why we’ve created a line of performance wear designed for teen and pre-teen (or tween, if you prefer!) girls. No wedgies. No straps that slip or bras that ride up when you pull down a rebound. Everything designed for an athletic girl, so she can concentrate on playing the sports she loves.

 

No Texting and Swimming!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, high school swim season is just around the corner—Anna’s first meet is four days from now. Two friends and I are the volunteer “meet officials” for her school so we are in charge of the timers, setting up the computer, and making sure everything runs smoothly.

Anna’s school has a combined middle school/high school team, which at first glance sounds nuts, but it works. The middle schoolers (7th and 8th graders) pair up with “big brother/ big sisters” (upperclassmen) who cheer for them, support them, and help them acclimate to the team.

This is Anna’s first year being a big sister, and she’s taking her job as role model for a tween girl very seriously. She’ll be emphasizing team spirit, cheering for teammates, sportsmanship and helping clean up after the meet.

Tween girls go through a lot of changes in such a short period of time that life can get overwhelming for them. There’s sports, school, boys, and concerns about body image. In addition, today’s tweens are dealing with all the social pressures found in social media that we as parents never had to deal with. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat can add to social pressures and in some cases lead to isolation.

photo credit: Jim Bahn
photo credit: Jim Bahn

The blessing of swimming two hours a day four or five days a week is that phones and computers are not allowed near the pool—the kids can’t check Instagram while executing a flip turn! But more importantly, there is less time for social media. Swimming on a team, or participating in any sport, leads to real friendships and face-to-face conversations.

I know it sounds crazy, but as the first meet approaches I’m really looking forward to managing the meet with my friends and watching the girls form new friendships.