Miss Val

Words Matter

Words Matter

“To speak with impeccability is to speak from your highest self. It means that you speak with intention and with integrity. It means that your words are in alignment with what you say you want to produce—your vision and your dreams.” ~ Jack Canfield from The Success Principles Words matter. And listening matters. It would be nice if the law of attraction was in full …

Pauley Pavillion

Dear Pauley

Without exception, for 37 consistent years every time I walk through the doors of Pauley Pavilion I get the sensory reminder that I am, indeed, on hallowed ground. From athletic championships to rock concerts, presidential debates and awards shows, Pauley Pavilion has been an elegant and regal host to some of the most significant people and events of our time, including the Dalai Lama, Barack …

Balance v Harmony

Balance vs. Harmony

I have been asked a lot these past few months, “How are you managing to do it all?” An interesting, and at first, daunting question to ponder. “It all” includes all of the responsibilities that go into coaching the UCLA Gymnastics team along with all of the media attention and requests that are a result of being the reigning NCAA Champions, Katelyn Ohashi’s floor routine …

Invisible Package

The Invisible Life Package

For more than three decades I have watched young women enter the gym. In many instances I could see that some were dealing with personal issues—big and small. Sometimes I knew what was going on and other times I had no idea. Last week I read about a great new visual to help spread the empathy we could all benefit from when we have these …

Miss Val with Tanya Service

Miss Val’s Favorite Floor Routines*

I could have retired a long time ago if I received a nickel every time someone asked me what my favorite floor routine was. So when I wrote my first book, “Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance” I knew I had to address this topic. In it, I share the routines I believe pushed the artistic envelope and furthered the artistic quality of the …