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A Mindful Journey: An Adventure of Discovery and Transformation

A Mindful Journey: An Adventure of Discovery and Transformation

by Vera Jo Bustos
A Mindful Journey: An Adventure of Discovery and Transformation

A Mindful Journey: An Adventure of Discovery and Transformation

by Vera Jo Bustos


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578661919
Publisher: Desert Ridge Press, LLC
Publication date: 07/14/2020
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Vera Jo Bustos received her BA in Exercise Science (2011), BA in Sports Psychology (2011), and MA in Human Performance (2014) from Adams State University. Vera Jo founded Mentality Solutions LLC, a sport and performance psychology company focused on achieving optimal performance through mental skills training in 2019. When asked about the scope of her work with Mentality Solutions, Bustos says, "I truly believe hard work and skill set are important. But without the right mindset to your improvement, discipline, and consistency-your development becomes stagnant. Developing a resilient and optimistic mindset changes you, which then changes your ability to deal with the adverse situations that life throws your way. That's where the mental game comes in and that's where we help high-performers gain their edge." Prior to founding Mentality Solutions, Vera Jo worked as an assistant basketball coach at Western Colorado University for two years and spent five years on the coaching staff at The University of New Mexico. Since 2012, Vera Jo has implemented her knowledge of sport and performance psychology training the athletes at WCU and UNM on the mental game. Since Mentality Solutions kicked off, Vera Jo has broadened her reach beyond high school and college athletes. She has worked with professional athletes, coaches, veterans, surgeons, businesses, and business professionals. A highly sought after speaker, she travels the country inspiring, motivating, and teaching the mental game to athletes, high-performers, teams, and coaches-of all ages, ability levels, and sports-at conferences, conventions, workshops, school assemblies, and 1-on-1 trainings. Vera Jo became a published author in 2020 with the release of her debut book, A Mindful Journey: An Adventure of Discovery & Transformation. Her book focuses on the mental side of the game during her time as a professional basketball player in the Top Division Euro-League in Greece. The Euro-League attracts some of the most dominant players across Europe and features current and past Olympians. Previously, Bustos had a celebrated basketball career at Adams State University (2007-11). A 3x College All-American, 2x All-Region First Team, 4x All-RMAC First Team, Player of the Year, and Freshman of the Year selection, Bustos helped lead ASU to two consecutive NCAA Tournament berths and made it to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history. Her storied career led to a Hall of Fame induction in 2019-making ASU history once again-as one of the youngest inductees in school history at the age of 30. During her time in Alamosa, Colorado, Bustos not only became the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,859 points, but she also became the school's all-time leader in minutes played (3,805) and games started (105). In her four years, Bustos averaged 17.5 points per game and set records for most points in a game (36), most 3-pointers in a game (8) and most points in a half (27).To end her college athletic career, Vera Jo was recruited by the ASU national powerhouse Track & Field team to compete in the high jump at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference meet. She placed 6th overall and received second team All-RMAC in Track & Field.A stellar player at West Las Vegas High School (New Mexico), Bustos still owns the school record for points (2,098), rebounds (935), assists (536), steals (331) and games started (125).Vera Jo serves as the vice-chair for the New Mexico Athletics Commission Board and is also a Director for PGC Basketball-one of the most prestigious basketball companies in North America.

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