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Rock Star

Own Your Inner Rock Star

I have choreographed shows for SeaWorld’s summer Cirque-style attractions for 27 years. Each year we hire about 30 performers, a third of which are “newbies;” those who have never performed or had formal gymnastics or acrobat training. I have to admit, I have a blast coaching them up like they’re Olympic athletes. I am relentless with them with EVERYTHING: technique, form, movement quality, musicality, teaching …

Embrace the Suck

Embrace the Suck

I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. His name is Coop and he happens to be my “platform” guy. He helps me with my social media and designed this website. How cool is that?! Conversation: Me: How was your day? Coop: Well, I just finished a round of golf? Me: How was it? Coop: Actually I sucked, but it was a great …

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 …

Desert

A Return to the Desert

The Desert offers a place to shut down, regroup, and come out better than we went in. That’s an excerpt from my first musing on being in the Desert. I was shocked as to how many responded to that musing and how many people I’ve seen in person who have said, “I read your musing about the Desert and it hit home.” …And then they …

Fast Feast

Fast More, Feast More

I know I complain about social media on occasion, but it can be amazingly efficient at connecting me (and others) with really interesting, smart and talented individuals. Case in point, I met Amy on Facebook through a mutual friend of ours. She posts fantastic thoughts on her page revolving around Fasting and Feasting. Here are some of her latest posts: I need to fast from …