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Real Talk Not Small Talk

Does anyone out there enjoy “small talk?” The perfunctory, socially correct Q&A or discussion of the weather. I actually get irritated with “small talk.” I’d much rather be at a social event and introduce myself to a stranger with, “Hi, I’m Valorie. When was the last time you were truly inspired by something or someone?” Or, “Hi I’m Valorie. What’s the last great book you read?” …

Couple Giuliana Pino and Olympic medalist Danell Leyva

Act As If

I’m not naturally inclined to embrace a super healthy lifestyle. I’d rather sit at home and read, knit or play my piano than go out and exercise. I’d rather eat pasta and warm sourdough bread every night than lean protein and vegetables. And I’d rather drink wine than water. However, many years ago I found a shift in mindset helped me make better health choices: …

Geek Miss Val

Join the Miss V Geek Squad

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? There’s that F word again. I have had more views and responses to my last post  than all of my other posts combined. I’m assuming it’s because I showed vulnerability and posted my rap, which was decidedly out of my comfort zone; and THAT hit a central nerve with all of you. So my …

Drop the Mic

Drop Your Fear, Then Drop the Mic

I can’t remember the last time I got nervous to speak in front of people; and mainly because I always make mistakes, which I’ve learned only endears me more to my audience. But this time, I literally thought I was going to freeze like a “deer in headlights” or throw up. What actually happened? I honestly don’t remember. What I do know is that Valeri …

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 …