Miss Val

Dream

Pursuing… Great. Big. Dreams.

Okay new game: Think of the one thing you would love to be GREAT at that you actually have a wee bit of talent in. Now… imagine the Universe tells you that if you put in the effort starting today, you will be the best in the world at that thing. What would you do differently today if you knew, without question, that you would …

Judgement Tolerance

Judging an Internationally Foolish Act

It feels like there is so much hurt, anger and sadness in our world. Every time I scroll through Twitter, listen to the news, or simply pay attention to the conversations around me I hear so much anger. I can’t help but replay the refrain over and over from the Hamilton song, “A world turned upside down.” For us UCLA Bruins it has been non-stop …

Reverse Bucket List

The Reverse Bucket List

I’ve been reading about the concept of the Reverse Bucket List. A Reverse Bucket List is basically a collection of your greatest hits and memories to serve the purpose of alleviating any stress your future Bucket List might hold. Essentially, you will be encouraged and inspired to keep chipping away at your dreams when you look at all the items you’ve already checked off your …

resilience

Resilience

Resilience isn’t something we seek. Resilience is a muscle we choose to develop when hit with a life-altering experience. That muscle is part of the God-given light within each of us. Like every other muscle in our body (physiological, emotional, or mental) Resilience only grows and strengthens when flexed. The interesting thing about Resilience is that it needs a counterpart in order to be stimulated …

super hero closet

Presence Through Appearance

I‘m at the LAX airport waiting to board a plane to New York. I’m meeting my publisher, Hachette, to get feedback on the first few chapters of my upcoming book. As I’m waiting to board the plane and frequently checking the weather app on my phone for the storm that’s hitting New York; I crack open Marie Claire magazine and find a great article by …