Saturday, June 27, 2015

cliches & superheros

The sky is the limit.
The world is your playground.

There are so many cliches based on how you can/should attain your goals and do whatever it takes to fulfill your dreams. AND I LOVE THEM ALL! 

Your role models have proved that it is possible. Which means it has been done.........
And there will always been more to come.  
Someone to make new discoveries, someone to set new records and people that challenge the norm.

Set the bar.
Defy even your own expectations.
Create those "pinch me please" moments in your life.
You will get there with hard work, dedication and a fearless attitude.
Dont be afraid to ASK QUESTIONS, to HEAR NO 10 times before you hear YES.
The yes is around the corner. WHEN PREPARATION MEETS OPPORTUNITY.

Be your own SUPERHERO!

Friday, June 26, 2015

NO FEAR Carbohydrates

You have all heard about the NO CARB trends by now.
Please don't let all these ATKINS and PALEO people get in your heads.

What you should do is moderate & be attentive to what you are putting in & when you are doing so.

Eating ORGANIC, WHOLE FOODS should be top priority. It is harder to break down the more complex of the carbohydrates but a good potato now and them never hurt nobody.
(says the girl currently visiting Stockholm, Sweden)

When in doubt have smaller portions....

My rosemary red potatoes are the best!
Start by boiling 5-7 SMALL potatoes for about 5-7 minutes

Once drained, moderately smoosh them right away, 
or slice into quarters
depending on your preference.....

add a tbsp non dairy butter (earth balance)

pinch of sea salt
 pinch of pepper

 1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary

makes 2 servings!


Monday, June 1, 2015


If there I can be a guiding light in this world
is just that.

Positive examples will change your life.
To have someone to look up to,
to see the path that they have paved,
gives you the strength to believe 
that it can be done.

It is not about mimicking.
Admiration & inspiration go a long way.

For me, I idolize strong women, 
who achieve their dreams
....and then some. 

People who are not afraid to BE WHO THEY ARE.
The ones that make no apologies for their bold personalities.
Have you even noticed some people can silence a room when they walk in?

Some gifts you are born with,
the rest come from hard work, confidence and dreaming even when people tell you can't.

Thank you to the incredible JANE FONDA for being HERSELF.

Who has been your shining star?

Friday, May 1, 2015


VENICE, CA is a very colorful place.
Not just the graffiti, but the people, the activities & the overall energy.
You cannot beat the weather, but sometimes the craziness can be a lot to handle.

When I started building my brand on the East Coast, I wasn't sure if I was going to look back.
Owning a business & living on Market Street in the heart of the VENICE BEACH had its perks but mostly the tourism had taken its toll on me.

I took my pup on a trip to NJ for 3 weeks.
We spent all of our time up in the woods, with the deer, bear & turkey.
A slightly different lifestyle than Southern California.
When the time came to come back to LA, 
I really didn't want to leave the quiet & calm nest I have build on the East Coast. 

The day we touched down after that 5 1/2 hour plane ride, 
I got that feeling, 
The feeling you can only get in California.
And then it hit me.

I am a beach baby, a freckle faced, sand in between my toes, 
There is more mayhem than most other beach cities, 
but hell, that makes it exciting!

We really do have the best of both worlds.  
The beach with access to a big city.
There are so many different types of people with ranging passions 
& a dedication to building something new. 
Always looking for the next best thing.
Yes, that can be exhausting,
 but it is innovative and inspiring at the same time.

As I reflect back on my experience thus far, 
I could not change a thing.
There have been many things 
that I have been through that weren't pleasant.
Of the most important things that I have learned 
over 12 years of Southern California living,
is that you cannot plan for your life.
Things come and go, 
and there are surprises around every corner.

You have to be in the right place at the right time...
for the right lesson to find you.
I am thankful for VENICE to have taught me all of the colorful lessons to date.

Sometimes you need to take a step back to appreciate all that is in front of you.
Venice is my home.  I can safely say, no matter where life takes me I will always come back for more.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The only person you have to prove ANYTHING to is YOURSELF.
And YOU are the most important person.

Set goals for yourself.
Hold yourself accountable.

1. Strap em down
2. Lace em up

Monday, April 6, 2015

How do you show for the gym/yourself?

Do your workouts reflect your life?

Do you easily throw in the towel?
Are you known to push yourself to set new limits?
When you say you are going to achieve your goals in the gym do you?
How may times have you said "I am going to start on Monday"?

Decide now!
The energy we surround ourselves with is the energy that is available in other aspects of our lives.
Choose integrity.
If you say something, mean it.
If you have the desire to do something, find a way.
The only person you have to prove it to is yourself.
Don't break your promises, because if you can't show up for you, who will?

Monday, March 16, 2015

why so serious

In 2011 the NIKE MAKE YOURSELF campaign ran.
Girls would come in to take class at ALPHA VENICE
& would fill out a questionnaire.
On the piece of paper it would say:

My answer was STRONG

There are so many things we don't know that we don't know.
I am so thankful for my dedication and my drive.
Since then, I have made myself strong.
From life's ups and downs,
I have hung in there and kept on trucking.

It is true, if you say things enough to yourself, they come true.
So let's set the intention and get after it!

MAKE YOURSELF_______________.