Empowerment

Empowerment Series: Jerrad Burford

Empowerment Series: Jerrad Burford   Jerrad Burford is the definition of perseverance. Growing up in Modesto, my dad developed his incredible work ethic by working on his family’s farm. His childhood was filled with picking up leftover almonds that the almond machine would not collect, delivering wood to neighbors, taking care of the ranch’s animals, helping open valves at 3am for the irrigation water to successfully pass through, and many other farm related tasks. When my dad got older, he started to work at the Hershey’s plant near his home. Here, my dad became highly determined to get a college education so he would not have to be reliant on factory work his whole life. With his goals in mind, my dad moved to Santa Barbara after graduating college and became...

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Movement

The Peloton Community

The Peloton Community How I fell in love with the incredibly supportive and encouraging community known as the Peloton.  What is one facet of your life that you truly enjoy? I want you to ask yourself this: what is one facet of your life that you truly enjoy? Whether it’s baking, going on walks with your dog, practicing an instrument, or working out, we all need that one thing that makes us feel good. For me, that is the Peloton.     Peloton is an exercise equipment and media company that has class based workouts on stationary bikes, treadmills, strength work, meditation, you name it. Let me tell you, as soon as this mysterious bike that leads nowhere came into my life, I was hooked. I found that all of the instructors ...

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Empowerment

Empowerment Series: Andy Christensen

Andy Christensen Andy Christensen is my incredibly hard working boyfriend. Whether he’s completing his school work to maintain his straight A streak, researching the best stocks to invest in, trying to surpass his last fitness pr, working full time at his new job in Del Mar, calling me to check in throughout the day, starting a new art project, or did I mention learning a new song on guitar? I don’t think there's anything that Andy can’t do.  I have been so fortunate to have such an amazing partner in my life for a little over a year now. I have watched him push himself time and time again in each facet in his life. When I asked where he finds his motivation from, he responded with his want to live life to its fullest potential. That is why he sets short term and long term g...

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Confidence

Respect Yourself and Others!

Respect Yourself and Others! This past year has not been an easy ride for anyone. However, no matter what is happening in your life or in the world, that can not act as an excuse to be disrespectful to someone that comes into your life. Rather than tearing down those around us, we need to ready ourselves with the right tools on how to address our feelings while being respectful to others. What does respect mean you may ask? My definition is to have admiration for someone’s actions and regard for their personal beliefs, traditions and circumstances. We MUST be able to respect ourselves AND show respect towards others. Everything starts with you. How you internally talk to yourself and how you treat others should follow along the lines of that definition.  ...

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Empowerment

Empowerment Series: Jeannie Burford

Jeannie Burford I am so lucky to be able to say that Jeannie Burford is my mom. My whole life she has been my biggest cheerleader. She is someone that I can, without a doubt, look to in order to feel like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Not only is she a Senior Financial Advisor in her office, but she is one of the founding members of Boys Team Charity in Santa Barbara.  On top of all of this, she is ALWAYS there for any one of my siblings or I, avidly bikes, hikes, walks, enjoys traveling, making flower arrangements, baking, and offers advice to graduating college students who are interested in going into financial careers. She is truly the most inspiring person I know. My whole life I witnessed my mom waking up at 5am....

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Empowerment

Protect Yourself By Loving Yourself

Protect Yourself By Loving Yourself It is so incredibly important that you live by this statement: protect yourself by loving yourself. This is a fact not an opinion. It’s not selfish, narcissistic or immature. This statement I made above is simply... the truth. We must break free from societal pressures to cater to everyone else’s needs in order to click with others. To not dress, act, or present ourselves as we think others would want us to act. To not be the friend that is always there for others who over time exploit their willingness to give and use it as a gateway to manipulate their feelings. To not be the coworker whose willingness to help their colleagues is only appreciated in the moment and over time becomes a burden and their work suffers for it. To ...

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