Miss Val and Coach John Wooden

The Importance of a Great Mentor

We ALL need people in our life who we trust will listen to us; churn and evaluate the information we share without judgement; and care and love us so much that they risk being “brutally honest” in order to help us become the best versions of ourselves. These people are mirrors. These people are sounding boards. These people are our Mentors. I’ve had several great …

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Car Pilates Exercise Hack

At a relaxing lunch with a girlfriend, we started talking about how we manage to fit everything into our daily schedules. It’s not easy, and I don’t even have children to come home and take care of. When we talked about how difficult it is to fit in exercise, I shared my car exercise hacks. She laughed hysterically and said I had to share these …

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Bloopers & Blunders: Join the Squad

With all the strife we are encountering in the world and in our country, I’m in need for a little comic relief. Bloopers and blunders. We all have them. The “I Love Lucy” episodes in our life that couldn’t have been more awkward or comedic if we’d tried to write the script. Here’s one of mine… and yes, there are many… We had just returned …

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What’s Your 0.5%?

Consider that every human on the planet shares the same 99.5% of the human DNA sequence. That makes that last 0.5% an exceptionally potent bit—making each of us spectacularly unique. It seems ridiculous that we would attempt to conform to someone else’s ideal of who we should be when so little of our make-up has evolved each of us to be special… to be Unique. …

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?” …