About me

I'm Amber and I'm originally from a tiny town in western Pennsylvania but I've been living in North Carolina since 2006, and in Charlotte since 2008.

I've played soccer at a variety of levels from the "everybody plays" AYSO teams starting in third grade to a semester of club soccer at Appalachian State University. While I was at the University of Pittsburgh, I ran the Hooligan Soccer Club and now I manage the volunteer-run Charlotte Women's Soccer League.

I've never considered myself a "runner" and I've been known to tell people "I'm not a runner, I'm a soccer player who runs" though I'm not sure that statement is completely true anymore. I used to play soccer 4-5 times a week, but after a knee injury in 2014, I've stopped playing soccer and I am focusing on running instead. After doing a few half marathons and not seeing my times improve on some shorter races, I've decided that time goals aren't the end-all, be-all and I have a new goal: run a race in every state.

I'm a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan and one of my goals is to see a game in every NHL arena. I have successfully checked off 7 arenas from that list (9 if you count the Civic Arena which doesn't exist anymore and Phillips Arena in Atlanta which doesn't have a team anymore). This goal definitely came first, but has influenced my interest in doing a race in every state - even better if I can cross something off both lists at once!

I'm also an aspiring quilter. I say "aspiring" because while I really enjoy picking out fabrics and designing the layout of the quilt, I'm not great at sewing precisely, so I get frustrated with myself and tend to only finish the tops of quilts or get stuck on trying to make the corners line up perfectly, and eventually, something else takes priority and the project gets put onto a shelf, so I have many UFOs (unfinished objects) around my house. This is not to say that I don't have my own fabric collection and a list of ideas for projects, but I think that's what pushes me to acknowledge the "quilter" moniker.

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