Miss Val

Social Media Frustration

My Smartphone & Social Media Status: It’s Complicated

As many of you know I am now actively posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, (I have a Snapchat account, but it’s just too much for me). The deeper I get involved the more complex my relationship with my smartphone and social media becomes. It can be engaging and distracting at the same time. It provides conversations that would otherwise be out of my grasp …

Sadique Bynum Mohawk - photo credit: Daily Bruin

The Power of a Mohawk

This past season I received one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received about our team. After NCAA’s a fan said to me, “You have the most Diverse team.” I looked at our team and realized he was right. “Yes, we’re like the United Nations.” Danusia: Jamaican and Polish, looks Black but has blond hair. Sadiqua: Black with a mohawk. Sophina: Puerta Rican and Black …

Book

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo Every summer our coaching staff meets with Foster Mobley, our leadership coach, to debrief about the season and set the plan for our upcoming season. Every year Foster asks each coach, “When are you at your best?” And every year I have the same response, “When I’m organized.” At which …

plant in hand

Building a Creative Forest One Seed at a Time

The past two years I have shifted into high gear to accomplish everything on my “bucket list” sooner than later because… we never know how many days we get. See Hamilton on Broadway. Check! Since witnessing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece, I keep thinking… “How did he conceptualize such a unique and brilliant production?” What is my gift? Do I have that level of artistic gift in me …

Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Spirit: Working to Be the Best in the World

The life of an Olympic athlete isn’t all sunshine and rainbows—every thing they do every day of the year is calculated as to whether it will help them achieve their goal—to be the BEST IN THE WORLD. Imagine a society where we ALL had this drive and determination to be the BEST in the world. Imagine having the fortitude to repeatedly crash, and then to …