I recently travelled to Bali for some time away and in hindsight, it was probably the best thing I have done for myself in a long time.

I did a fair bit of reflecting… those who know me well, know that my brain never really stops.

My mind can’t help it… it’s always racing, even at night when I’m trying to catch some shut-eye!

I think after coming off the back of the inaugural AFLW grand final, and our loss, I got caught up in a lot of little things last season.

I lost my way a little and found myself forgetting why I am playing footy in the first place.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: Brisbane player Jessica Wuetschner (right) celebrates her goal with team mate Sabrina Frederick-Traub during the round four AFLW match between the Brisbane Lions and the Fremantle Dockers at South Pine Sports Complex on February 24, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 24: Brisbane player Jessica Wuetschner (right) celebrates her goal with team mate Sabrina Frederick-Traub during the round four AFLW match between the Brisbane Lions and the Fremantle Dockers at South Pine Sports Complex on February 24, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

So for me, with the New Year approaching, it’s more about getting back to why I’m here and why I’m playing, because I believe I perform the best when I’m just enjoying my football and being out there for the fun of it.

I really want to concentrate on getting myself mentally back into that mindset of just being myself first and foremost. As a result, I believe I will be a better player for the team.

As soon as you sign up to be an athlete, it’s 24/7 and you’re always on the go and pushing to be better and being constantly held to a certain standard and it was nice for me to just actually take a minute to be away from everything and not go on a holiday where I have to do something or go on a trip where I have to do something.

If you want something to succeed you have to invest in it.

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It’s like anything. It’s not a crash course thing, it’s here for a while so you’ve got to make sure you’re doing it right and it deserves to be given that recognition especially with the media and all the rest of it.

One thing I really respect about ‘Starce’ (Craig Starcevich) is he’s very very honest and he’s very much the type of guy that he’ll lift the mirror up for you to look at and be honest with yourself.

And I think for us after last season’s Grand Final loss, we all sat down and we spoke about it and we spoke about the little bits we probably wouldn’t have wanted to hear at that point in time but it’s all about getting better.

Of course you can easily just say ‘Oh we’ll do it, we’ll get better next year’ but that happened the first year..you know we lost the Grand Final and it was.. ‘Better luck next time’, ‘We’ll get them next time’, but we were there twice and someone’s got to say you know ‘What is it guys?’.

You’ve got to look at yourselves and be honest… could you have done better, what could you have done better or what could you of improved on.

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And for me that helps, the honesty and being able to look at yourself and go I need to really improve on that part and just work on that to come back to in preseason.

Obviously you deserve your break and what not, but just knowing what you have to improve on is so important, there is no point wasting energy on what you think needs to be improved on.

You have to look and spend time on what really isn’t working and start from there. Starce was good.

It was really good for him to step up and be the leader for us; in that moment..yeah there would’ve been people that didn’t like what he said but I’m sure they’re looking back now and going ‘You know what, actually it helps me because I’m coming back into preseason so much better’.

I moved to Brisbane when I was 19 – I mean I’m young now but I was really young then. I’ve had real positive memories from being here the last few years and for me I’m not quite ready to depart I have some unfinished business.

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Things change and happen every year, but for me when I finished the season I was in a good place and I wanted to come back to win a premiership with this team.

For me that’s where my head is at, signing on for another year and hopefully doing what we all play to do.

Of course, the added bonus the Brisbane fans are great.

The club gaining a women’s team i think really gave the members something to hold onto.

I know that personally, watching all different sports, members want their team to succeed and I think they can see we are on the cusp of something special. Back-to-back Grand Finals are the strongest indication of that.

While we haven’t won two premierships, the members and fans can see that we’re out there competing and really giving it everything we have.