The Small Moments Matter

The small moments matter.
"It's hard to believe that small moments matter when we're so focused on conquering big and great things.  But I've learned that the key to performing any great feat is actually by mastering a series of small feats along the way. So have patience.  Step by step, strive for excellence in every moment, even the small ones.  And when you start doing small things in a big way, the greatness you seek is bound to find you."

Big Moment for me: I've been invited to teach for the first time in Europe!  I'll be hosting an inversion workshop at Italia Power Yoga in Florence, Italy next month. (Fun fact: Americans refer to the city as "Florence" but it's "Firenze" in Italian) Check out this cool boutique studio in Firenze  :)
Small Moment for me: I begin my study of jazz piano this week! My first lesson is on Thursday and I'm more of a classical pianist so of course I'm kinda nervous, but I'm also excited - I teach so much these days that it's nice sometimes to just be a student and learn. 
Here's the interesting thing: It's the moment after moment after moment of being a diligent student where I collect the teaching tools I then use to be an effective teacher.  And being an effective and inspiring teacher earns me opportunities to expand my business to far away, and exciting places like Firenze.  
So yeah, the small moments do add up – and they do lead to the big moments!  Pay attention to the opportunity you have in this moment, because each tiny opportunity becomes the next stepping stone to your greatness.  (Do I dare say that the small moments are your greatness?)
Remember this month to celebrate every victory, especially the small ones.  

I'll be here cheering you on,

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If You Want Something Different for Your Life...

...then you'll have to do something different to get it.  I know it's scary to try and do something that seems so impossible, but the more we practice letting go of what we know to move towards something different, more often than not we surprise ourselves with what is actually possible. And when we tap into the possibilities from the inside, we come closer to realization that when we put our mind to it anything is possible on the outside too.

When You Feel Like Giving Up

The moment you feel like giving up, is the moment your yoga begins.

I've never been a natural athlete so yoga's never been easy for me. And so that's why in a sense I'm thankful for the difficult moments, for the times it seems like I'll never "get there". Because I've learned that it's in those moments where the yoga actually begins. Where I'm fully present. Where, if I take a few deep breaths and stick with it, I unlock my full potential.

2017 - Unlock Your Potential

My 2017 intention is to unlock my potential.

What does that mean?  Well, in everything I do - the creative arts, health and fitness, my spiritual practice - I will strive to be my best, loving self. I will allow these parts of me that seem broken and disconnected - my music, yoga, travel, philosophy, and writing - to coalesce this year into a force that is authentically me and no one else.

I will also be open to new possibilities, and new paths that I never dared to go down.  And so, I open 2017 with a type of music video I have never made before - a commercial video that I musically scored - an online video promo for the construction company RSDC:

 My hope is that when I unleash my talents, unhinged and without fear, that this new light (and truly more like this "uncovered light"), through openness, honesty, and vulnerablity will inspire others to become their true authentic selves too.

And so I hope this new music video and New's Year intention inspires you to unlock your potential - that it motivates to discover your true and natural light, whatever beauty that may be.  Here's to the biggest and brightest year yet.  Happy 2017!! 


Champion Spotlight Profile #1 - Diane Padre

Champion Spotlight Profile #1 - Diane Padre

I met Diane when we were students at USC. We both were involved in the Filipino Club Troy Philippines, and one of her best friends (still to this day)Amanda Arce became my ading or "little sibling" in a matchup mentor program. Amanda, Diane and I quickly bonded and have kept in touch ever since.

My first impression of Diane was that she was unwaveringly positive and a hard worker. She was constantly smiling, open to new people and new conversations. As we continued to keep in touch throughout the years, I noticed she regularly posted on social media about her involvement in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. And of course I was so honored when she submitted video for the music video for my new single - Champion.

Diane says that Jiu Jitsu grounds her. Not only have the people in her studio become like family (she been invited to many of their weddings!) but the art itself teaches you to be present - to make real time decisions based on "what is": your own body and its current capabilities, the moves/positioning of your opponent, and the exact physical and mental situation you both find yourselves in.

She also says her study of the craft has pushed her to become more present and a better decision maker on and off the mat, and it shows in all the things she does. Diane is currently in medical school - studying to become a family doctor who also specializes in sports medicine - is an avid piano player, and devotes much of her time and attention to her family. Despite being a woman of many talents, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been a huge part of her life for the last 8 years and counting.

Diane says a champion is someone who never quits, who never gives up despite the hardships. A champion works hard everyday and despite the current difficulties, looks forward to a better tomorrow.


If you'd like to submit video for ‪#‎Champion‬, private message me and I'll send you details as to how you can contribute. And if you know of anyone who would be great for this video, please spread the word!!

I will get up, hold my head up, I won't let up
No I won't be broken, i'll keep going
Cause I know that I'm a Champion

Opus 1 #Champion

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