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Alarm clock

Miss Val’s Morning Hacks for Non-Morning People

This is so exciting… I have had my first Musing request! I was asked to share how I manage to be a morning person for someone who isn’t? I can definitely speak to this as I am NOT a “morning person.” I don’t wake up feeling refreshed, regardless of how long I’ve slept. I don’t bounce out of bed with vibrancy and energy. And it …

I believe in kindness

The Power Behind a Random Act of Kindness

I would be lying if I didn’t admit that my ambitions and commitments outside of my work at UCLA didn’t cause moments of stress. Including waking up this Saturday morning with the added pressure of, โ€œArghhh, I havenโ€™t written my musing that needs to post tomorrow.โ€ It’s in these moments of mini-panic that I look for the proverbial refresh button to get control over my …

Real Simple Makeover Issue

8 Days a Week

If you could add an extra day to the week, how would you spend it? I saw this question in the current issue of Real Simple magazine. This is extraordinarily fun to think about! I’d also add, where would you insert the extra day? My extra day would come between Saturday and Sunday. That way I could still fill up my weekends without having to …

Footprints

Save the Earth One Flush at a Time

Happy Earth Day! I was just reminded by one of our beautiful alumna Susie (Erickson) Anon that it is Earth Day. I’m going to use the excuse that I was slow to the honoring of Mother Earth because I make an attempt to be a good citizen of the planet every day. In fact, I am developing a project that will honor our amazing planet …

Christine Peng-Peng Lee

Find Comfort In Your Default

“You are what you continually do–just do what you do!” This is what my dear friend Kirk Walker, UCLA assistant softball coach told me as we headed to the Super Six Gymnastics Championship finals on Saturday night. I found it very appropriate, encouraging and stress-relieving. We all have a default setting. What we do today, tomorrow and the day after is our default. We like …