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FOPO

FOPO

Having great friends and family is a gift. They offer a trusted social circle that can put a check on our behaviors. When testing a new idea, concept or behavior, they can safely challenge or encourage our thoughts and actions in a manner that propels our character in the direction we want to go. At its best, this group provides a safe space for exploration …

Truth Transparency

How to Move Forward

The pen is mightier than the sword. ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton Words are very powerful. They can do tremendous damage or great good. Words from Judge Rosemarie Aquilina to the survivors of Larry Nassar, repeatedly commending their bravery for speaking up, gave the victims the supported platform to speak their truth. Conversely, it’s the opaque silence from within the system that enabled Nassar to damage and …

Little Girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that destroy your world.

Time’s Up USAG

I started coaching elite gymnasts in 1982 when I arrived at UCLA as their dance coach and choreographer. I have never been to the now infamous “Karolyi Ranch.” I do not have first hand knowledge of what our elite gymnasts endured in trying to secure one of the coveted spots in representing USA, but I do believe the Karolyi Ranch was a house of horrors …

Judgement Tolerance

Judging an Internationally Foolish Act

It feels like there is so much hurt, anger and sadness in our world. Every time I scroll through Twitter, listen to the news, or simply pay attention to the conversations around me I hear so much anger. I can’t help but replay the refrain over and over from the Hamilton song, “A world turned upside down.” For us UCLA Bruins it has been non-stop …

What is your biggest regret?

Living With No Regrets Means Taking Action

Question: Which is more painful? The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? The next question I’d ask is, “Which Regret is more painful, the Regret to Act or the Regret of an action that didn’t work out?” As noted in the book Option B by Sheryl Sandberg, a chalkboard was recently put up in New York City with the instruction to “WRITE YOUR …