Here is to Health...

Starting Point

    My most recent visit to the doctor was a bit of a shocker. My doctor issued me a cholesterol screening and a few blood tests. I was in total shock when I saw the results. Here I am, 25 years old and thinking I was safe because I am relatively young without any apparent weight issues. My doctor stressed the importance for me to be more active and aware of my health. So, as you can see the kick start to a more healthy and active life style for me is not revolving around the desire to achieve a perfect physique, but to simply just be a better me.

    After having my son, Jayce, I realized my body was not as resilient as it used to be. Before having a child I normally would have been able to eat whatever, whenever, and as much as I wanted without a worry. I picked up where I left off and noticed that the things I was eating and the things I was not doing was affecting my body’s appearance. While my son was still in the baby toddler stages I was able to join a gym and start going heavy on the cardio and easy on the weight lifting. My body has for the most part been slim (not including the pregnancy) so my goal was never to lose weight, instead my goal has been to maintain toned. Scales for me are pointless. If I lose weight or gain it...it doesn’t really matter to me so as long as I look and feel healthy.

    I believe the biggest obstacles I am faced with is traveling, my lack of a routine, and my hope to not alienate myself from my family with strict dieting. I travel quite a bit for both work and fun. For the last three years I have been traveling alongside Wekfest as their Official tour model and when I am not traveling with them I’m traveling with my family. I love traveling, but constantly being on the go leaves too much room for me to stray from diet and exercise - not to mention getting back into the groove of things when I get back home.

     Also, a few years back I was juggling classes for my undergrad, being a single mom, modeling and traveling with Wekfest, and staying afloat with a normal job. After getting home, feeding, bathing, and getting my son ready for bed-rarely did I ever have time or energy to work out. Going to the gym was totally out of the question. Who was supposed to watch Jayce? I figured if I can’t find time to go to the gym, I could get by with light home workouts after I put Jayce to bed.    

    My biggest challenge is my son and his perceptions. My son is older and is soaking in his surroundings even more than before. When Mommy turns down birthday cake and cup cakes, pizza, burgers, etc. I know he is wondering what the heck is wrong with my Mom?! and why is she choosing not to devour this delicious food with me?! Now when Jayce gets excited about how amazing something tastes, i will join him or share with him so he doesn’t grow up thinking his Mom is a food & dessert hating robot-alien.

   Present day, I am still modeling and traveling, taking a few post graduate classes, interning for my dream job, and coming home to my family. I have found  substituting the gym with home workouts has been working well for me. In addition to working out I have continued my attempt to be and to eat more health consciously. My journey in between all that is to find a reasonable balance between health and happiness. 

 

Happy Fathers Day!

To all the Fathers and Father figures out there, HAPPY FATHER's Day!
I say father figures because relationships fail, death calls, or whatever else it may be others have to pick up where a biological father has left off. I'm not doggin biological fathers, I am simply saying life happens. I believe one of the hardest things to do is to take in a child that is not biologically your own. I have seen it first hand both sides as the child losing a parent to death & present day as a mother myself coming from a failed relationship. Its amazing to me that these men are able to look past physical differences and just accept someone else's little human creation as their own. It must not be easy, especially when those kids learn to talk and express themselves. More often than not a heated argument leads into the hurtful phrase, "You're not my dad!" gets brought up. Talk about a dagger to the heart...
 It takes a strong person look beyond the words and not take it personally. 

Wishing my fiance, Marvin, a very Happy Father's Day! 
You would not even know these two are not related biologically. From the moment they met they have taken each other as their own. The love they have is beyond any relationship I have ever known. When Jayce first started calling him his dad we did not really know how to react because we were afraid to hurt feelings or step on toes. However, despite what is right or wrong by what others think or feel, my son sees Marvin as his dad & rightfully so! 

I don't know any person more suitable than Marvin to father my son.  I don't think he knows it but he has had a huge role in developing the character of my son over these years and I am okay with that. In fact, I am so thankful and appreciative of that! Simply just by being himself he has set standards and expectations within my son's mind of what is expected of a great man. 

WEKFEST LONG BEACH 2014

It was so nice reuniting with old friends and meeting new supporters at Wekfest Long Beach! Attending tese events is a reminder to me how lucky I am to have support from such sweet and thoughtful people.

This was quite impressive! He nearly brought all the publications I have ever been featured on! That was so AWESOME! Thanks for that.

This was quite impressive! He nearly brought all the publications I have ever been featured on! That was so AWESOME! Thanks for that.

Shriner's Children's Hospital Charity

My friends at Detail Maniac invited me to hold a meet & greet at their charity event. The charity they chose to honor this year was Shriners Hospitals for Children. I could not be more happy with their choice. I love what Shriners Hospitals for Children stands for and offers to our communities. With all the posters I autographed and sold, I handed the cash over to the charity representative. It felt so good to donate to such a great charity! I only wish I could have donated hundreds more! 

I absolutely love participating in meet and greets in Sacramento. It allows me to see the level I have in my hometown as well as the surrounding areas =). They showed up wearing each one of my t-shirt designs I have released! It was so flattering!

I absolutely love participating in meet and greets in Sacramento. It allows me to see the level I have in my hometown as well as the surrounding areas =). They showed up wearing each one of my t-shirt designs I have released! It was so flattering!

I am beyond blessed with the greatest supporters. I mean...Do you see this?! One of my supporters brought a gift not just for myself but my family too! It was so thoughtful! It was a popcorn bucket filled with my favorite candies and cookies + the Despicable Me 2 movie!! Insanely thoughtful...THANK YOU Jerry!!

I am beyond blessed with the greatest supporters. I mean...Do you see this?! One of my supporters brought a gift not just for myself but my family too! It was so thoughtful! It was a popcorn bucket filled with my favorite candies and cookies + the Despicable Me 2 movie!! Insanely thoughtful...THANK YOU Jerry!!

Memorial Weekend FREE-bies

I remember Memorial Day weekend being the home stretch to the end of a school year. Rafting along the American River, Barbecuing, crusing around with no actual destination... Oh the good ol days.. =)
In any case... in the spirit of the sacrifices our service men and women have put forth (Memorial Day weekend) ...I will be throwing in some FREE goodies (probably 3M reflective Logo Vinyls- Not available in the shop anymore) with any purchases of apparel
 from my Shop !

Offer ends Monday, May 26th @ 11:59 pm...or while supplies last ;)


 

Launch Sacramento

Last weekend I went to Launch. What is Launch you ask? Its Sacramento's yearly creative celebration! Launch is a five day event, each day dedicated to a specific field such as music or fashion. This year I was only able to attend one day, the Fashion Show. It was my second fashion show I have attended in Sacramento and I must say...I really enjoyed the professional vibe of it. Although I was invited to the event and allowed "VIP" access I still feel everyone was able to get the same experience. Well, kind of. Our passes got us up to the balcony, access to the finger foods and refreshments, and the gift bags Launch kindly sent us home with. 

Growing up in Sacramento, there has never been creative encouragement. It is unfortunate because I have always known that Sacramento has had extremely talented artists, musicians, photographers, and designers but for some reason our city has been overlooked and underrated. Partially I think it is due to our city's lack of support as a whole. (I mean seriously...our own basketball team felt so unwelcomed that they were ready to relocate!) I feel that Sacramento needs an outlet for creativity to be celebrated and showcased but more importantly it needs support from our communities. While attending the fashion show I saw many familiar faces, mostly those working and living in the midtown area. Which was awesome because I love the midtown vibe- thats why we moved here of course! It was inspiring to see these familiar faces and friends join up to contribute their time away from their restaurants, salons, clothing boutiques, etc. to make this event even more enjoyable and fun!

Launch has given our local artists, musicians, photographers and designers a comfortable sense of pride in our very own city. As far as opportunity goes for expressing creativity, Sacramento has never actually been on the map-in comparison to our neighboring California cities like San Francisco or Los Angeles. Which is so unfortunate because our city is the capitol of California!!! Sadly, I know far too many talented individuals who feel restricted living in Sacramento. Jobs and opportunities in design work is scarce. More often than not my friends and even my own fiance are pushed to look for creative opportunities elsewhere in bigger cities, which undeniably creates a desire or even a need to move out of Sacramento. And it is so unfortunate because Sacramento is such a great place to live!

I truly hope that more Sacramento residents embrace and begin to support this event in the years to come. Its an enjoyable way to recognize as well as support our local talent in a fun ..yet professional way you would not normally expect from something creative. I am so glad I was invited by Whitney, otherwise I would have shamefully overlooked the opportunity to experience Launch

 

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Back to School

I am not going to lie. Taking my son to kindergarten makes me feel old! 

Monka's First day of Kindergarten was a success! I for sure thought that I was going to be one of those parents sobbing and being escorted out of the classroom. Thank goodness I got that out of the way when he went to Pre-K! I think it was easier this time around because I knew that he would be okay...nervous no doubt but I knew he was comfortable with a classroom structured setting. It was so cute because he kept telling me how nervous he was. I don't think I have ever heard him say he was nervous about anything. 
Marvin and I swapped stories about our first days of school - in hopes to make Monka feel better. I hope he was able to understand how fortunate he is to have his parents both  drop him off and stay a bit because apparently for our first days...once upon a time.. we got dropped off like hot potatoes! 
I know he was pretty bummed that his Pre-School friends all went to different schools but I tried comforting him with another story. This time about meeting one of my best friends (present day) in Kindergarten.  I told him we weren't even in the same class but we met during recess on the monkey bars. I don't think he really grasped the moral of my story. Oh well. He will find his own way to get adjusted to this new experience, school, home away from home!

Cheers to a new school year!

 

Stonestown Galleria - Autograph Signing

I was invited to Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco to participate in their Fashion Frenzy event with an appearance and autograph signing. It was the shortest time I ever spent signing posters and speaking with supporters! I thought bringing forty posters would have sufficed for the hour but you guys cleaning me out forty five minutes in. I appreciate those who were at the end of the line and were good sports about not receiving a poster. Thanks to Melanie and John from Fullylaced, I was able to send them off with something, rather than walking away empty handed. <3 

A special thank you to Amy (@hellohereamy) for driving all the way from San Jose to visit & surprise me with a super cute and very thoughtful gift box: P!NK, Bath &Body Works, Hi-Chews, AND one of the sweetest cards I have yet to receive! 
Thank you to Keith (@Keithuy312) for skating all the way to Stonestown to visit me and spoil me with some Mint Oreos! I thought that it was sooo thoughful and sweet that he knew I love mint-choclate everything!