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Animal Shelter Foster: How I Do What I Do

Animal Shelter Foster: How I Do What I Do

One of the many non-profit organizations I volunteer with is the Front Street Animal Shelter. They provide animal welfare services for the City of Sacramento and *do not* euthanize for overcrowding at the shelter. One of the very important ways they accomplish this is by using an extensive volunteer […]

The Calm Before the (Next) Storm

The Calm Before the (Next) Storm

I’m writing this blog post from “Kailua Cottage”, a Hawaiian studio a couple blocks from the beach that I booked on Airbnb as a solo getaway spot before my next treatment. Hawaii holds a special place in my heart, as I spent two years on Oahu for work. I was here […]

Learning to Be Still

Learning to Be Still

Confession: I’m really bad at being still in both a micro and macro sense. In the last couple months, I’ve kicked up my yoga practice quite a bit which emphasizes being still and present in the moment. I’m realizing I am absolutely terrible at this. My “To Do” […]

Sacramento Kings Dancers Auditions, Here I Come!

Sacramento Kings Dancers Auditions, Here I Come!

If you watched my appearance on Good Day Sacramento in its entirety, you heard that I dropped a bit of new information while answering my final question: I plan to audition for the Sacramento Kings Dance Team next month! If you’ve only met me in […]

Behind the Scenes at Good Day Sacramento

Behind the Scenes at Good Day Sacramento

This morning I had the opportunity to appear on Good Day Sacramento during a live interview segment to talk about my Breast Cancer diagnosis, my recent pageant win, *this blog*, and how they are all related. It was the first time I’ve been to the […]

Good Day Sacramento, Here I Come!

Good Day Sacramento, Here I Come!

Exciting news to share! In a previous post, I mentioned that I was working on scheduling a segment on the morning show with the local affiliate of a national news network. Details are confirmed and I can share! I’ll be featured on a segment on Good Day […]

Joyous Persistence; A Gathering for Positive Actions and Impactful Organizing

Joyous Persistence; A Gathering for Positive Actions and Impactful Organizing

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an event called “Joyous Persistence”. The Speaker’s List boasts an impressive selection of influential women (and men…but mostly women :)) including activists, artists, political figures, and other change-makers. Highlights included Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (who has become a bit of a feminist icon since the “Nevertheless, […]

A Day in the Life of a Queen with Cancer

A Day in the Life of a Queen with Cancer

Being a Queen is not all fun and games. While we represent Solano County for many fun events like the Fiesta Days parade and carnival, there are also more solemn occasions. One of these is the annual Vacaville Memorial Day Service to honor those that have fallen […]

A Day in the Life of a Queen

A Day in the Life of a Queen

Today was a very busy day, but I think I can get used to this Queen business. It’s not so terrible having everyone wave at you, want to take pictures with you, and remind you how pretty you are. Forgive my vanity there, but having […]

New Treatment, New Side Effects

New Treatment, New Side Effects

In my blog post from a few days ago, I let you know that cancer is still being an asshole to me at the moment. The oral chemo (see Cancer 101 for explanation, if needed) I’ve been on since March has curbed the growth of my […]