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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?” …

Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal

One reason it is unnerving to be interviewed is because you only get one take… Like Life. As I share this interview that I did with Josh Smith, host of the B.A.M. show, I realize why so many of us don’t like to “put ourselves out there.” When answering questions on the spot, it’s hugely important to choose words intentionally so as not to be …

Book

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol Dweck I’m only 24 pages into this book, but I am so excited I can’t wait to share! The author, Dr. Carol Dweck, is a world-renowned psychologist who studies achievement and success and has discovered that far greater than our abilities, talent or intelligence, it is whether we approach our goals with a FIXED or GROWTH …

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: …

Sadique Bynum Mohawk - photo credit: Daily Bruin

The Power of a Mohawk

This past season I received one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received about our team. After NCAA’s a fan said to me, “You have the most Diverse team.” I looked at our team and realized he was right. “Yes, we’re like the United Nations.” Danusia: Jamaican and Polish, looks Black but has blond hair. Sadiqua: Black with a mohawk. Sophina: Puerta Rican and Black …