Monday, May 7, 2012

You Can Succeed

  If you think success is easy, then you are watching too much TV. It takes determination, skill, and a good work ethic. Sure you could win the lottery or get some great inheritance and live your dreams, but I am talking about good old fashion personal accomplishments.  No matter how often you get knocked down or forced to change course, you can still make it.  

  I never thought I could publish a book and live my dream of teaching self defense to others. Yet here I am, a published author and soon to be certified self defense instructor.  It's taken a long time, a lot of work, a lot of mistakes, missed opportunities, some depression and course changes, but I did not give up.

Check out Scully's take on success on this blog:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Act Now to Restore CASA Program Funding - SHOW SOME LOVE TO FOSTER YOUTH.

I volunteered with CASA in San Diego years ago. It is a wonderful organization that teams up foster kids with court advocates who are also mentors and friends.This program is vital to showing foster kids that are stuck in the system that they can go on to lead productive lives and be accepted in society.  CASA is about to lose all federal funding. Please check out this video and TAKE ACTION!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Yes it's true! You really do matter!

Have you figured out yet that you matter and that other people should not treat you badly? If so leave a comment. If not, read this post!

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Most Inspiring Woman of 2012

This documentary about AVM, arteriovenous malformation is being produced by a young woman fresh out of college. Jaz Gray is not just a producer, but a survivor of AVM, a debilitating birth defect.  Read more..

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Odd Couple

Shawn Snyder is the 10th blogger to join my 500 Blog-Raiser Challenge! This blog covers topics of "marriage, family and all that goes with that". Ron and Shawn have 27 years of marriage and 3 children to base their advice on.
 Will you join them and help us get to 500?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Grab Some Gorgeous Gems

Gorgeous Gems is the newest blogger to join the 500 Blog-Raiser Challenge. This blogger is ‘Sharing Gems of Gorgeousness’ by writing about beauty and skincare – particularly of the natural and organic variety.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The 7x7 Award

Who won the 7x7 Award?  I did. Check out my post to learn more and see who has the award now! If you blog you will LOVE this award.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Blograiser Update- The Power of Two

BlOGRAISER UPDATE:  I have found the power of two people joining forces to be one of the top ways to get things done. Ultimately I am looking at the power of 500 to make a huge break, but you need to read this blog post to see why. ;)


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Video for the 500 Blog-Raiser Challenge

Will YOU join our 500 Blog-Raiser Challenge?  We need 500 blogs to write a short post about this great book, "I Am More Than Just a Girl". 

 My goal is to get the people that love my book involved in promoting it. What I need from you is 5-10 minutes of your time to either write a blog post or ask a blog you follow to write a blog post. The main message I want to get out is that young women can read the book for free online. Watch the video and then visit

Let's work together to empower young women with resources, information and creative exercises. Read the book online for free:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Join the 500 Blog-Raiser Challenge

Welcome to the “500 Blog-Raiser Challenge”!
Hello. I am an artist, author and human rights advocate in San Diego, CA and I need YOUR WORDS. My book, I Am More Than Just a Girl, is to encourage girls and young women to make healthy decisions that will empower them to have a life filled with confidence, the ability to defend themselves both with words and actions and a compassionate acceptance of others. This book means a lot to me and is part of a project I have been working on since my teenage years.
With your help on this blog-raiser, young girls and parents can learn about the book and read it for free online. You will not be asked to give any money.
We need journalists and everyday writers to blog about the book so more young women can learn about it. 500 blog posts is no easy feat. I need your help to make this happen. I am not asking for money, only a small amount of your time to write a blog post or ask a blog you like if they will support this book.
In appreciation of your support, I will give you an eBook when you refer someone who writes a blog post.
For everyone who blogs about the book they will receive an honorary blog post on the Impower You blog and a link on the More Than a Girl website.

Friday, January 13, 2012

My newest video - Word Art and Affirmations

Check out my newest video about my my book Word Art and Affirmations. I published this last year. It is a collection of word art from the past few years. I have set it to some nice classical music. This is a great chill out video that will also inspire and bring joy to you.

Words have the power to brighten or darken our moods and the moods of those around us.
In the case of people we interact with regularly, our words and actions impact their whole

Ask anyone who was teased in school or has been the topic of nasty gossip. Look at
women, men and children who are victims of domestic violence. Even society pressures us
and tells us we are not perfect and that we need to change who we are to be happy.
We are barraged with words that affect us negatively on a daily basis. It should be no
surprise that negative words affect our self esteem and change how we see ourselves. While
it is not always possible to ignore negative comments, we have the choice to not give any
power to the words that are meant to hurt us.

Start your day off with a positive affirmation and put positive, encouraging, complimentary
words in your mind. When you say your positive affirmation enough and take actions to
make your life better, your life and confidence will improve. The change will not be
immediate. You have to say the words enough so they become true to you.

We have a choice of what words to use. Become aware of the words you use when talking
to people and talking to yourself. Are you being positive or negative? Are you agreeing with
others when they put themselves or another person down? If you need to change how you
talk, start slow with a few positive comments each day. Think about when we meet people
that we want to impress. We are on our best behavior and say positive words to that person.
We can act this way around our partners, family and friends as well.

We simply must be aware and be open to change.


What I am up to now.

I am an artist, writer, activist, community volunteer. My background include work with foster and homeless youth, domestic violence, sexual assault and environmental protection. These are all topics I blog about.
I have published a book for young women, “I Am More Than Just A Girl” and a book of my art, “Word Art and Affirmations”. Want to get free books and earn money for your organization? I will donate $1 for every softcover or eBook sold. For every ten books sold, one will be donated.
Life has been wonderful since I began to follow my passions and stopped working just to get by! I encourage you to work smart, not hard and take the time to be creative! Creativity is a part of everyone and is a great mood booster.
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