'I am smart, I am beautiful, I am loved': Olympian Natasha Hastings prioritizes mental health

May 13, 2022

Natasha Hastings wakes up 30 minutes before her toddler in the mornings, says a prayer and recites "I am" affirmations to show up as her best self daily.

"I am smart, I am beautiful, I am loved."

The two-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field is getting her master's degree in clinical mental health at the University of South Carolina. She serves as a graduate assistant for the track and field team and is a single parent.

Although Hastings wears many hats, including mom, athlete, student and coach, she avoids using the word "balance" because she doesn’t think balance truly exists. Instead, she “finds her flow” each day, giving an all-or-nothing approach in each facet of her busy life.

Source: USA TODY Sports
(Photo by: Hastings)