Rock Star

Own Your Inner Rock Star

I have choreographed shows for SeaWorld’s summer Cirque-style attractions for 27 years. Each year we hire about 30 performers, a third of which are “newbies;” those who have never performed or had formal gymnastics or acrobat training. I have to admit, I have a blast coaching them up like they’re Olympic athletes. I am relentless with them with EVERYTHING: technique, form, movement quality, musicality, teaching …

Embrace the Suck

Embrace the Suck

I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. His name is Coop and he happens to be my “platform” guy. He helps me with my social media and designed this website. How cool is that?! Conversation: Me: How was your day? Coop: Well, I just finished a round of golf? Me: How was it? Coop: Actually I sucked, but it was a great …

Alarm clock

Miss Val’s Morning Hacks for Non-Morning People

This is so exciting… I have had my first Musing request! I was asked to share how I manage to be a morning person for someone who isn’t? I can definitely speak to this as I am NOT a “morning person.” I don’t wake up feeling refreshed, regardless of how long I’ve slept. I don’t bounce out of bed with vibrancy and energy. And it …

I believe in kindness

The Power Behind a Random Act of Kindness

I would be lying if I didn’t admit that my ambitions and commitments outside of my work at UCLA didn’t cause moments of stress. Including waking up this Saturday morning with the added pressure of, “Arghhh, I haven’t written my musing that needs to post tomorrow.” It’s in these moments of mini-panic that I look for the proverbial refresh button to get control over my …

Real Simple Makeover Issue

8 Days a Week

If you could add an extra day to the week, how would you spend it? I saw this question in the current issue of Real Simple magazine. This is extraordinarily fun to think about! I’d also add, where would you insert the extra day? My extra day would come between Saturday and Sunday. That way I could still fill up my weekends without having to …