ConfidenceEmpowerment

The Greatest Piece Of Advice I Have Ever Been Given

The Greatest Piece Of Advice I Have Ever Been Given Thank you Grandpa Carl.  My great grandpa Carl was quite the legend. At the age of 14, he moved his family from Italy to the United States in order to have a better quality of life. After driving his family cross-country to move to a ranch in California, he worked tirelessly to help provide. Through his life, he met many incredible people and traveled to almost every country you can think of. He understood the value of hard work, but more importantly, understood that you need to live your life.  When I came into the world, we would travel up to Modesto to visit him and hear his wisdom. From being environmentally conscious to not being afraid to try new things, we learned so much from Grandpa Carl. The greatest piece...

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Empowerment

The Importance of Living in the Spectacular Now

The Importance of Living in the Spectacular Now I want to start this post by asking you to reflect on a couple questions: how many times this past year did you say to yourself “when Covid-19 is over, I will finally be able to do this”. For me, I must have said this sentence hundreds if not thousands of times but let’s take a step back. How many times have you said, prior to the pandemic, “when this event is over, I will finally be able to do this”.  Whether this event is homework, focusing on your physical health, meeting with friends, traveling, or whatever it may be, we need to stop allowing ourselves to miss out on the spectacular moments life encompasses. Granted, there are times that you need to buckle down but we must learn to set boundaries with these externalities or...

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About Me

Why I Have Always Loved Valentine’s Day (Even When I’m Single)

Why I Have Always Loved Valentine's Day (Even When I'm Single) Ah, Valentine’s Day. I have always adored this holiday. For some, it’s one of the most dreaded days of the year, but I have never understood why even when I am single. I believe this holiday rests on the cusp of the best season of the year. The days are getting a little longer, it may even start to be getting a little warmer and it usually falls on a three day weekend. On top of all of this, it’s a day that emphasizes the importance of love and appreciation, which comes in so many different forms, not just between two significant others.     I credit my love for this holiday to my mom. She made us feel incredibly special every year. We would wake up to little gift baskets filled with our favorite candy...

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How To Stop Basing Your Values In Other’s Opinions

How To Stop Basing Your Values In Other’s Opinions Peer and societal pressures are real... Now, I’m not referencing experiences such as your grandma trying to pawn off some of her chocolate chip cookies to you, I’m referencing ways you alter your personality, mediums of expression and overall beliefs of the world around you to please those in your inner circle. We are all unique individuals. Why should we be forced to morph with the pack to feel more stable when we are all destined to push the boundaries and take risks? I can’t say I have always strayed away from following others. In high school, I found I was constantly altering the words that came out of my mouth or the way I dressed because I was afraid that others would think.This then transformed to me loosing sight of who ...

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How To Make A Long Distance Relationship Work For You

How to Make A Long Distance Relationship Work For You Okay... I get it. The phrase “long-distance” is one that holds many negative stereotypes when it comes to relationships. It's scary, I know. Time away from your significant other can be really challenging. However, it’s not all infrequent phone calls and tissue boxes. When you are forced to spend time away from your partner, you are granted a period to really reflect upon the value that your relationship adds to your life. While you are away from one another, you have ample time to talk and continue to learn more about one another than you would have when relaxing and watching Netflix. You are even granted more time to fully involve yourself in your interests and passions. Even though this all may sound great, it only is if yo...

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How My Passion Has Shaped Me Into Who I Am

Let's Talk About Singing... Welcome to 2021 everyone!!! Ah we made it! To start the new year, I wanted to talk about something that makes me shine. Singing has been a big part of my life ever since I was little. It has allowed me to convey my creativity to the world. I discovered this passion of mine in the middle of my fourth grade musical, a child-friendly rendition of Mamma Mia while I was belting my little lungs out, riding on a wave of pure bliss. Prior to this experience, I was more on the quiet spectrum, getting embarrassed if my sister heard me singing “Eye of the Tiger” in the shower. I always felt truly alive while singing from the first audience of thirty or so parents forced into coming to a play to my largest crowd of two thousand music fans eagerly watching me per...

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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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Empowerment

Why Are You Friends With Your Friends?

Why Are You Friends With Your Friends? From time and time again, I have witnessed so many of my loved ones be pulled down by those who they consider are their closest friends. We all have to admit to ourselves that this has happened to us at some point in our lives. It is so easy to be blinded by the fact that, as humans, we crave closeness with others. But when that relationship becomes unrewarding, we must learn when to walk away. Whether the friend we thought we could confide in is not as trustworthy as we thought, provides little to no emotional support, or there is a total lack of respect, we deserve better.  Science agrees! In a 2014 study conducted by UCLA (go bruins!), they suggested that a relationship that brings one stress and anxiety can actually cause your immun...

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