Hey guys! So a lot of you have emailed me with questions (and I love it, feel free to keep them coming!)For those of you who want to email me here is My email
I’ve replied to everyone, but I was thinking that a lot of your questions could help others out, plus some of them are just plain fun and give you an opportunity to get to know me better! Plus, the beautiful Lauren Conrad came up with the whole #TuesdayTen idea and I love it!
1. How did you come up with “The Golden Wave?”
A couple of years ago, my friend and I were laying on a beach, thinking of something to do with our night. We spontaneously decided to get tattoos. The first place we went, the artist happened to have the time to do a tattoo if we could give him a design in 15 minutes. We were Googling and pinteresting everything until my friend came across this wave that said “a wave overcomes everything in its path.” I loved that, and I also loved that it had meaning for my friend, Derek because his ashes were spread out to sea. I wanted this blog to be for the ambitious dreamers. I talked a lot to his sister who is like my own, Mercedes, and her saying has always been “stay golden.” I wanted my dreams to come true with the people who taught me how to dream, so I combined it into “The Golden Wave.”
2. How many times do you workout a week?
I exercise 4 to 5 days a week. This could be consist of a few different ways of getting my fitness on like at home workouts, daily runs, hiking, or hitting the gym. Catch my workout posts like “My at home workouts” “My booty workout” and “15 Minute Abs” and stay tuned for my stadium workout posts perfect for summer time!
3. “How has Derek’s death changed your life?”
Derek’s death has forever changed me. It has changed my way of thinking, my outlook on life, and honestly my path in general. It is the most devastating thing that has ever happened to me, and I don’t think it ever gets easier. I have gained strength through first and foremost, knowing that he would tell me to cut it out and not to cry for him, but to celebrate life. I can literally hear him saying that to me. I have also found strength through finding purpose. I don’t think I’ll ever stop grieving the loss of my dear friend, but I am able to realize now that Derek was put on this Earth to teach me and everyone he knew how to love the absolute shit out of life, how to embrace adventure, how to feel the fear and do it anyway, and how to dream. Derek would come pick me up from school a lot because his school got out a little earlier than mine did back in high school. I would walk out to his car and he would have a notebook full of doodles and poetry. He would laugh and say, “check out the chemistry notes I took today, pretty great, huh?” He gave me a lot of his poetry and drawings, and I’m so thankful. We day dreamed together, and that was our special bond.
He inspired me to always dream, and to go after what I want in life. He taught me to be strong, humble, ambitious, kind, and original. What more could you ask for in a friend? Derek was the first person to believe in my writing. I’ll never forget that. It’s my life mission to live the way he did, be the person he inspired me to be and to teach others about the kind of person he was, so that they too are inspired.
4. How did you start writing?
As silly as it sounds, ever since I was a little girl I was always journaling. I loved it. I have tried my hand at blogging before, but I never really knew how to make something of it. The writing was there, sure, but that was all I had. No one was reading my stuff. If a writer writes a blog post, but no one reads it, was there ever even a post?
For almost a year now, I’ve been writer and EIC of Odyssey Maine, and that is how I really learned how to transform my writing into something that would appeal to the public. I learned how to be brave and not be scared of my writing, and furthermore how to market my articles. Baby steps along the way have led me here. Definitely have a long way to go but I have so much love to all of you guys for your support.
5. “I sit in an office all day. I love your snack post, but how can I eat healthy from my desk?”
Girl, I feel you. I actually work in an office too! I will go to the cafeteria and get fruit, salad, grapes, yogurt, or carrots. I also take full advantage of granola bars, vegetables, and almonds. If you don’t have that available at your work, pack a lunch and snacks. If I’m not grabbing snacks from the caf or a grocery store on my break, I’ll pack almonds, a Chobani flip, a granola bar, a cheese stick, grapes, or a hummus pretzel pack.
6. “I honestly can’t get myself to like running. Lol, it’s not relaxing and I actually feel like I can’t handle it at all. How do I get into it?”
I used to HATE running. Promise you, I felt like I was dying. For real, a mile was a killer for me. I would go for long walks. On the treadmill, I walked at fast speeds, at an incline, mix it up with 20 second sprints. Then, somehow, I started to get huge adrenaline rushes from sprinting. Running and running as fast as I could, feeling my heart pound against my chest, my feet carrying my faster and faster with each second that passed. I love it. I still get a thrill from it. You definitely can’t force it. Walk before ‘ya run, kid. Seriously. If you make yourself run, you’ll hate it. Build up to it. Plus, walking tones and firms, and is a great fat burner. Increase the time and distance you walk, mix it up with some inclines, and start by running for a matter of seconds until you can’t anymore, then returning to your steady walking pace. You’ve got this!!!
7. What’s your go to skinny cocktail? How do I drink and be somewhat healthy?
Ah, girl after my own heart! My go to drink is a vodka soda with a splash of cran and a lime. 60 cals and strong. What more could you want?
8. I love your quotes that you include in your articles, what’s your favorite quote?
Probably, “And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
9. What’s on your running/workout playlist?
Oh jeez, haha I’m a huge rap fan, so it’s a whole lot of rap. A lot of times, I’ll turn it to different Pandora stations so I don’t really have to worry about finding songs.
My go to Pandora running stations:
- The Chainsmokers
- Kanye West
- Ty Dolla Sign
- Kendrick Lamar
- Dj Snake
- Torey Lanez
- ASAP Ferg (remember you asked me to answer this).
- Chris Brown
- Kid Ink
- Taking Back Sunday
10. What’s your biggest fear?
That’s easy: mediocrity.
Email me with more questions! I love you guys, thanks for the support!
Stay Golden you beautiful souls!