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Gymnastics - Master Class

Gymnastics: The Ultimate Master Class

I can’t stop thinking about the 158 victims who came forward to give their impact statements in the sentencing of Larry Nassar. It is remarkable that every single survivor who spoke embodied the same indomitable spirit of courage and poise. While there were many tears, harsh anger, and obvious emotional pain reliving the horrific memories in speaking their truth before a worldwide audience—and coming face …

Little Girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that destroy your world.

Time’s Up USAG

I started coaching elite gymnasts in 1982 when I arrived at UCLA as their dance coach and choreographer. I have never been to the now infamous “Karolyi Ranch.” I do not have first hand knowledge of what our elite gymnasts endured in trying to secure one of the coveted spots in representing USA, but I do believe the Karolyi Ranch was a house of horrors …

1.1.18

January 1, 2018

The start of a New Year. What would you do today if you were told by a higher power that by December 31, 2018 you will be living that dream if you went after it? I haven’t heard any divine guarantee, but I’ve decided to step it up a notch. I’m excited to adjust my periscope on my Big Bold Dreams. I’m making this the …

Social Hope

The Good In Social Media

The reason I enjoy social media is because of all of the inspiring posts. My phone is filled with screen shots of posts that ignite something positive in me. One hundred percent of the time I think, “Dang it, I wish I would have said that.” People’s innovative and poetic ways of thinking and sharing inspiring things always amazes me. The latest post that has …

Pack and Burn

What to Pack When the World Burns

Less than a week ago the hills around my home were on fire. On Wednesday we were told to prepare to evacuate. With ALL that is going on in our world, and most recently with the Southern California fires, I keep hearing the Hamilton song “A World turned Upside Down”—yes, I continue to be obsessed. I’ve never before experienced having a fire so close to …