In this riveting and candid memoir, "Vera Jo opens up her world to us in a vulnerable yet captivating way that elicits every thought and emotion from the reader; it's relatable, heart-wrenching, surprising, funny, challenging and encouraging," said Ronald Nored, NBA assistant coach of the Charlotte Hornets.
At twenty-two, six thousand miles separated her from her comfort zone, but Vera Jo Bustos signed a contract to play professional basketball in Greece. So, she said goodbye to what she knew and plunged headfirst into the adventure of a lifetime. A Mindful Journey gives the reader a first-hand experience of Greece and its culture. With humility and humor, Vera Jo tells a story of resilience powered by connection to others. She takes us with her as she discovers the honest and sometimes brutal truth of the struggles of learning a foreign language, the obstacles of self-doubt, homesickness and loneliness, and the heartache and heartbreak that accompanies constant defeat.She learns that defeat is not a dead end. It's a detour to what really matters-what's most important in life. She unearths who she truly is, and most important, who she's about to become.
The practical training Vera Jo used to hone her mental skills alongside her physical skills and life wisdom are interwoven throughout the pages. With the nuggets shared throughout the book of mental toughness, wisdom, and resilience, the reader is compelled-and challenged-to go on "a mindful journey" of their own.
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About the Author
Bustos went on to play at Adams State University, where she capped off her college career in fine fashion (2007-2011). During her senior season, she became the Grizzlies
All-Time career scoring leader (1,859), helped lead ASU to their second straight - and second ever - NCAA tournament appearance, led the Grizzlies to their first three post-season wins in 19 years and made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
Bustos holds records for most three's in school history (270), most points in a game (36), most points in a half (27), and most three's in a game (8). Accolades from her career also include:
• WBCA Division II All-American
• Women's Division II Honorable Mention All-American
• Daktronics All-American Ballot
• NCAA Central Region All-Tournament Team
• 2 time Daktronics All-Region First Team
• 4 time First Team All RMAC
• RMAC West Division Player of the Year
• RMAC Freshman of the Year
• 5 time RMAC player of the Week
Vera Jo spent one year playing professional basketball in Thessaloniki, Greece. She averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds as a rookie in the Top Division Greek League.
Vera Jo was inducted into the Adams State Hall of Fame in September 2019. She is one of the youngest inductees in Adams State History.
Vera Jo graduated with degrees in Exercise Science & Sports Psychology, which commends her knowledge of the mind and body. She also holds a Master's Degree in Human Performance.
At the conclusion of her athletic career, Vera Jo coached at Western Colorado University for 2 seasons and the University of New Mexico for 5 seasons. She currently serves as the vice-chair on the New Mexico Athletics Commission Board.