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My 6 week Journey to Wellness – Week 4 Recap

Hello! It’s been a very busy week so I haven’t had a time to do a recap until now. I made another video though, which I hope you’ll enjoy at my expense (posted at the end of this post). Goals For The Week Let me recap my goals for the week. Workout everyday this week (maybe between work sessions as your break) Add healthy snacks between smaller meals (best if you can prep ahead of time so you don’t prep during work time) Take O on errands so you don’t cut into work time Connect with a MOPS group Arrange a MNO at your house for your friends while Chris is gone How Did I Do? In Summary, I worked out 3 days again out of 7. Did the exercises as a break between work sessions. I really enjoyed doing that. I did some strength exercises, and a little bit of cardio (running). I did try snacking the first few days, but I didn’t prepare for the week ahead of time so I ended up skipping …

The Final Tell All: My interview with Amber Padilla

So some of you requested that I do a ‘part 3’ to my already 2-part long post Getting off the tech pedestal…for a brush and canvas. So I thought I’d share a few of the things that I had to edit out of my posts originally, and paint (pun intended) an even more dynamic picture of my friend Amber Padilla (who recently started a Facebook page called Candymistakes by the way, so you can follow her progress as an illustrator/comic book artist). Her story is one I really don’t mind losing sleep over writing. Humble beginnings For those of you who already read my first 2 posts, you would have known that she was one of the few people out of her high school to make it to college.  And for Amber, like many college students in this country, the financial struggle and burden of pursuing higher education hit her hard. When I asked her what her biggest struggle in life or her career was, she said it was financials. “I remember having to learn how to really make a dollar stretch. I …

Getting off the tech pedestal…for a brush and canvas (Part 2)

The new ‘home’ The first thing you notice, when you enter the Firehouse Art Collective studio space, is an amazing array of color and art mediums. Each artist sharing the space has their own little area displaying their beautiful creations and works in progress. There’s no shortage of inspiration. It is worth mentioning, that The Collective, a non-profit, is directed by Tom Franco. Does the name ring a bell? Well, Tom Franco, happens to be the (middle) brother of the actors James and Dave Franco. Tom is a painter/sculptor, and together with his life partner Julia Lazar, they founded the Firehouse Art Collective, “a space for artists of all disciplines to co-create community and culture, and for art patrons and collectors to buy cutting edge art of lasting value”. Sadly Julia passed away last year from cancer, before Amber had a chance to meet her. It was this community that Amber claimed as her new ‘home’. Her space, one of my favorites (though I’m probably biased), showcases her creative process and interests. And because I know her, it just made more sense to me when I …

Getting off the tech pedestal…for a brush and canvas (Part 1)

We met 12 years ago at a christian college fellowship in the heart of LA’s westside. She was at Otis College of Art and Design and I was an undergrad at Pepperdine University. And while I may be dating ourselves, it seems like only yesterday we were in LA, and now 12 years later, find ourselves both married and living in the Bay Area. Our journeys from LA to the Bay Area are not so different. We both moved up here to be with our significant others and to take the next step in our careers. I had just graduated from graduate school and began my career in psychotherapy. And she began working at a start-up…that got acquired by Google (You know, no biggie!). It was almost like a fairy tale/science fiction story: Amber Padilla, an exuberant young woman from the far away lands of Orange County, set off to the promise land of Silicon Valley to pursue her dreams; a hope for something greater. She landed her first job in a small company that developed apps for the golden Apple, and before long, …