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Dear UCLA

Dear UCLA

In honor of UCLA celebrating their centennial birthday, I’ve decided to share the speech I wrote for my farewell banquet honoring the greatest university in the world. Dear UCLA, thank you for a life I would have never imagined.  For more than half my life you have welcomed me as a steward of one of […]

Novelty: Intriguing or Frightening?

Novelty: Intriguing or Frightening?

I have written quite a bit about how I attempt to find joy every day through mindful moments of appreciation and gratitude. To be honest, most of the time it’s been pretty easy. For the past 37 years I was able to walk into the gym at UCLA and start my day with 20 hugs […]

Storybook Ending

Storybook Ending

Storybook Endings ~ we all dream of them. We plan for them, work for them, hope and pray for them. How often do they actually turn out? I like to think that if I work hard and smart at something, that eventually my determination and discipline will collide with a bit of luck and that […]

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 […]

Balance vs. 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 […]