Respect My Vote

I’ve been a little inspired of late. I unexpectedly launched an Etsy Shop as a side hustle to sell some T-Shirt designs and other items that I have come up with along with my boys. It’s been a nice creative outlet and I am no graphic designer, but if you have an idea, there are programs out there to help you get your words out…literally, which is why I’m writing this post.

Respect My Vote Unisex Jersey Tee with blue lettering and red check mark vote design

Respect My Vote. It sounds like an easy enough concept, right? I’ve never really though of my right to vote being “disrespected,” but sadly, in today’s current political and social climates, I do feel like my vote is a bit threatened. So, I put it on a shirt.

First, I do believe in the power of voting and having your voice heard. Both of my parents were immigrants to the U.S. and they took voting seriously, I recall election days as a young girl, waiting in long lines in my neighborhood so that they could vote. I always thought it was an interesting process to go into someone’s house in my neighborhood (polling place), where there would be a steady stream of people patiently waiting their turn to submit their ballot. All that to say, the act of voting was a big deal for my parents and the house I grew up in, so I take advantage of my right to vote.

Second, all this talk about mail in ballots and voter fraud, totally rubs me the wrong way! I have been voting absentee, which essentially is a form of mail-in voting and until this year, I have never questioned if my ballot was going to get hijacked on the way to being counted at an Election’s Office. I use the right ink for the bubbles, I seal it, sign it and put the right amount of postage or drop in the ballot box near me. I have great faith in the U.S. Postal Service and their ability to get my mail and packages delivered on time and in one piece. Is the the Postal Service perfect? No, but I tend to prefer the USPS over UPS or Fed-Ex…just saying! I respect the hard work the mail carriers and sorters put in, and I trust them to deliver my vote, if additional funding, mail sorting machines and blue post office boxes are taken away, and I have seen photos that suggest this…I find that disrespectful. Never in my life would I have ever thought that would be a thing.

Thirdly, tensions are high, we all know that. People are on polar extremes fighting and arguing for beliefs along party lines. Life is completely uncertain in a pandemic and unemployment, mental health issues creeping up on all of us and here in California, my world is literally on fire. The upcoming Election Day should be the one thing in our control. We have the opportunity to vote, we can choose who we want to vote for, and we should be able to vote using whatever method we feel safe doing so…and the way I choose to submit my vote, needs to be RESPECTED! I’m not going to tell you who to vote for or what to believe in, but I can tell you registering to vote is the right thing to do, it’s part of your civic duty and it’s one ( meaningful) way to enact real change in your community.

Respect My Vote T-Shirt Design

This is why, I was inspired and motivated to create the “Respect My Vote” T-Shirt. I plan to wear mine as we count down to November 3, 2020, and if you want to support me and order an election day shirt of your own, head over to my Shop 53 Weeks Etsy Shop! To see all my shirt designs click here. Also, you can use promo code SHOP20 until the end of August to save 20%. BTW, shirts are available Unisex or a Women’s Jersey Tee, if you prefer something more fitted. There are also two subtle design differences, one has the lettering in all blue with a red vote box check mark, and the other has blue and red lettering with the red vote check mark. But if you do anything, make sure you’re registered to vote.

Respect My Vote Ladies Tee with blue + red lettering and red check mark design

Boards for Change

My favorite interview this past week was with the sports reporter at my station, Lina Washington. I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I not only get to tell stories and give people and organizations a platform to tell them, but also have the space to use my own curiosity and inclinations to push forward and shed a light on important issues and causes.

In Lina’s case, she is one of 3 women who spearheaded a project called “Boards for Change.” The effort was spawned as a response to the recent calls for justice and change in our communities. Many businesses felt a need to board up their storefront because of opportunists and other non-peaceful indiviuals who were using the situation as a chance to vandalize and destroy property. So, Boards for Change paired artists with business owners to add some beauty and color to the wooden window shields, which also served as another outlet to spread messages about social justice.

It was awesome to talk to Lina about it on my show because she is very passionate and outspoken. I think a lot of times as people who work in media or on TV, we feel like we can’t be too visible when supporting certain social causes or events. But, in this case, Lina’s project has garnered so much well-deserved attention and really took on a life of it’s own. Boards for Change has also partnered with the MLS Sacramento Republic FC. The artwork is being displayed in the (empty) stands at the field and an auction is being held to raise money for the under-served youth in the community and all the funds collected will stay local.

All this to say, I’m super proud of my ABC10 colleague and when I get to do interviews like this, it certainly puts a smile on my face.

Jeremy Lin’s #BeTheLight campaign

NBA Star Jeremy Lin talked to me about his #BeTheLight campaign and efforts to support workers on the front line of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Right now he’s in Beijing for basketball, playing with the Beijing Ducks, so we did the interview via Zoom. He’s pledged up to $1M and is doing great things to give back to the Bay Area and beyond!

Press play to hear the entire interview and find out what he says when I asked him if he’s ready to get back to playing basketball right now.

Easy Tips to Improve Virtual Meetings

We all want to say it’s not about the “look,” but presentation and the “look” can go a long way, especially when it comes to virtual meetings! Now that so many of us are working from home and having to use Zoom, Skype and FaceTime as our means for socializing and connecting with co-workers, effective (virtual) communication is important!

For some of us, it’s easy to carve out a niche at home to work and do these online calls, but for others it may be a bit more challenging. Clare Kumar spoke with me about ways to fix up our spaces at home and how to make yourself look and sound better using our laptops and smartphones!

Clare was a great interview and really has easy tips to improve the way we communicate virtually. My biggest takeaways are her advice for finding your “color” and also ways to improve the audio quality on these calls.

9 Products Essential for Health at Home

Maintaining our health while we shelter in place can be a bit challenging. There’s our physical health, as many of us have been thrown off our workout routines, can’t go to the gym or just don’t feel motivated. Then there’s our mental health, as a Mom it can be hard for me to get a moment to myself when there’s the pressure to help with distance learning and school work, constant “hunger” from the kids and juts all the unknown and lack of certainty on how life will be moving forward. I get nauseous just thinking about tit! Plus, it’s a good time to boost our immune systems and make sure we can do our part to stay healthy and keep everyone around us safe too!

All that being said, I put together this roundup of “9 Essentials Items to Help Maintain Health at Home.” I hope it helps.

TRADITIONAL MEDICINALS – traditionalmedicinals.com
ANSER VITAMINS – shopanser.com
FERMENTED FOODS – wildbrine.com
CELSIUS DRINK – Celsius.com
NAUSEA RELIEF BRACELETS – myblisslets.com
SIDEKICK SHOWER HEAD – amazon.com
SKIN AUTHORITY BATH – skinauthority.com
MERMAID ELIXIR – elinaorganicsskincare.com
ONEMASK – IG: @onemaskonelife

Eat Burritos and Lose Fat

Do I have your attention? When I first met my buddy Ranbir, we were both the talent on set for VISA commercial, well he was the star and I had a smaller role. Now, a lot of times when you’re on these sets, you have some downtime …and once we started chatting, I found out we were both from the same part of San Jose, and that he runs a successful gym and professional coaching business..when he’s not acting!

Now that I’ve gotten to know him better, I also discovered he has some great real-world practical advice when it comes to fitness, losing weight and staying healthy. I love his approach and the way he breaks down the facts about calorie intake and how it directly correlates with your fitness and weight goals. I personally, recognize that my penchant for cookies, cake and ice cream do hinder my weight goals. I know I gotta get the food part right!

One of my favorite diet plans that he preaches is losing weight while eating burritos. Burritos aren’t the first thing that come to mind when you think healthy eating, but he’s done it and it works. It’s all on the approach and yes, you still have to be accountable, as long as you understand the “science” behind it.

Anyway, check out this interview I did with Ranbir, where he gives me more insight and his perspective on healthy weight loss with burritos!

5 Indoor Games to Play with Your Dog

Besides instagram and hip hop, I think our furry friends are totally winning during the coronavirus. No longer do our canine friends spend their days laying in wait for the humans to get home from work or take a break to play, because while we shelter in place, they’re getting to enjoy company and companionship 24/7.

I had the chance to talk to Brett Podolsky of The Farmer’s Dog and we chatted about what his company does when it comes to nutrition and feeding our pups, but he also offered ideas for games we can play with them indoors.

His 5 indoor games to play with dogs include, fetch, tug and a stairway dash. So, press play to hear why it’s never too late to teach a dog new tricks.

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