Monday, September 19, 2016

More on Fitness & Health

I have to say something because I love you all and want you to be fit and healthy and not end up in the morgue. Regarding health and fitness-please always always always always check your sources and your doctor before jumping on board with any program.
Also just because someone has starved themselves and lost weight, that does NOT make them an expert; the same goes for someone who works out every day and is fit. Personal trainers, fitness experts, nutritionists etc., go through YEARS of training. I know when I was a PT and an instructor, it took a lot of hours to get my certifications.
The best thing to do is join a gym and or go to a personal trainer. Don't jump on trends like CrossFit-I'm not against CF but it's not for everyone and I'm so sick of people telling others to be Paleo and do CF like it's the only way to be healthy.
Just do YOUR RESEARCH please, this is YOUR life. There are also GREAT online programs like Michelle Bridges, Tracy Anderson, Denise Austin, Barre3, Ballet Beautiful, and tons of Yoga ones-most of these are for the more advanced or at least intermediate person who knows FORM and what to do correctly.
Please stop reading your friends' posts about being gluten free or vegan or Paleo and losing all this weight-all of these are different and so is each person. And especially the starvation thing-it's the WORST and most dangerous of all. Sure if you eat a piece of lettuce for lunch, and only protein around it and throw back a juice or smoothie for dinner, you will lose weight, but it's not healthy. PLEASE use logic and reason, again this is YOUR LIFE.
And lastly, don't compare yourself to others because you have no idea how fit they are. Skinny isn't always healthy.

This has been a PSA

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Be Healthy and Fit-Don't Listen To....

People often ask me about health & fitness because I was so involved in that industry for so many years and I still post about great programs, blogs, books, trainers, online classes, programs etc. (like Denise Austin-who was the first person I trained with in the late 80s to get certified, Michelle Bridges, Mari Winsor, Tracey Anderson and workouts like Barre3, The Bar Method, Zumba, etc).

Here is what I'm going to say.
1) Just because someone has starved themselves and lost a ton of weight, that does NOT make them an expert.
2) Just because someone runs or goes to the gym, that also doesn't make them an expert.
3) People who give sweeping advice like, 'be gluten free, be vegan, only eat 1000 calories a day' etc.. are not qualified to tell you, or anyone else how to be healthy.
4) Also, SKINNY does NOT equal healthy, this is a dangerous concept.

These are important things to remember.
If you want to lose weight or get healthier, please go to your fitness club and speak to a trainer or someone who has been certified. Those certifications exist for a reason. Those of us who went through all that grueling training learned about health, weight loss, exercise programs and how to train others.
I'm not currently training anyone, but I do plan on opening a Barre3 Studio soon, (within the next 3 years is the plan). This was my life for more than 10 years and I continued while working in animation because I'm passionate about health and fitness and helping others reach their goals.

I get frustrated seeing people self-publish books and or posting on social media on what to do for someone to be healthy, it's VERY DANGEROUS! VERY.

Here are some names that you can Google of people, workouts and places to get information, and there are so many more. Just please always do your research.


Michelle Bridges
Denise Austin
Mari Winsor
Tracy Anderson

Barre3
Pilates
Zumba
The Bar Method

Equinox
24 Hr Fitness

The Blue Zone Diet
Vegetarian Magazine
Prevention

Do your research. Talk to your doctors and or gym fitness manager. Don't ever follow fads or extreme diets. Listen to your body. Eat healthy.

If you want to add to this list, please feel free to add into the comments. Thank you so much!!

Land of the Freedom of Speech Colin Kaepernick, I support You!

"You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free". ~ Andrew Sheperd, The American President
I think he is brave and amazing. People don't often go against the grain for something they believe in like he has. I have friends on FB who are upset by his actions, but for me, I support him 100%. Something in this country needs to change and that doesn't mean that myself or this man are disrespecting the military, it's insulting that anyone would draw that conclusion. Especially because isn't 'freedom of speech' one of the things that the military are fighting for?

#blacklivesmatter

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

No Posturing, Just Posting

Keeping it real for a minute. No posturing, just posting.  
People always assume that everything is great for everyone on social media-it's not. It's just that it's better to present a positive spin on life, than a negative one.
I'm keeping it real here today just because why not? Maybe someone out there is struggling and needs to know that we all have it hard at some point. Especially those of us who have a creative career. 
I was explaining to someone at Highlights last week that for me there is no backup plan, this is what I do for a living, and this person didn't seem to get it. It's funny to me.
I feel like I've been drowning my entire life, but I'm doing what I love and trying to continue to do that.
My writing is not where I wanted it to be at this age. I have been paid to write, I have sold stuff, but I wanted to be further, I'm not, but that's okay. I get up every day and I write, or I think about writing, or I don't do anything and then tomorrow is a new day.
Money?? Ha, I look around and see everyone with savings accounts, owning houses not living like they are in college still, and again, I thought that would be me, it's not. But I'm okay with it.
Marriage, kids? Same.. but it's okay.
The point is, that no one is perfect and no matter what it seems like on social media, life is hard a lot of the time.
We are all in this together!!!
Don't give up. Keep reaching for your goals and don't compare yourself to others-it will make you crazy. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

How is it August??

Hi, everyone! So sorry I've been not so active on any of my blogs this year. The reason? I finished and revised two novels and took classes went to conferences and attended workshops.

That said, I'm going to start a new blog series in Sept.

I promise, thanks for sticking around!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015 It's Been Great!

Happy New Year!!
2015 has been amazing for me in so many ways.



Mostly because I have put everything on hold and spent thousands, literally around $16,000 on SCBWI events, conferences, workshops, the Highlights Foundation, plane tickets, hotel expenses, online writing classes with top people in the industry, all to make my goal of getting traditionally published in YA.

With that came working literally every single day on my novel-writing every single day without exception. That sounds easier than it is when you work full time, have a boyfriend, and a dog, and go to the gym, etc., but I did it!

This year and giving up so much time and money, was/is scary as hell, as I have basically only paid min payments to bills, and not saved a dime for taxes because every extra cent I have is going to my young adult writing.

When I decided to stop acting and go into animation, this is what I did. Yes I was offered a job by Disney at an audition from doodling on my call sheet-this is true, but I turned that down. I stomped out of the room, "I'm an actress!" ala Miss Piggy-style and forgot about it for two years. Then back in Los Angeles fearful I'd never make it in anything and a friend said, "didn't Disney offer you a job?" I drove over to Disney, and they turned me down flat, but told me how to get in. For almost two years I gave up everything to get in there. I took tons of drawing classes at the animation guild, and animation classes, and I didn't pay any bills. When you are in your twenties, this is way less scary than in your forties. It's like in your twenties people expect it, but in your forties, you get the "why don't you own property?" "You can't pay your taxes?" "get your shit together" and it's a bit harder to give up everything to reach a goal. That said, it's working.

I know it is. I am such a better writer than I have been in the past, not saying that I'm perfect in any way-just like any creative career we are always learning, but I'm so much stronger because I have sacrificed so much and I will continue to do this forever because it's who I am.

The plan is to pay off everything someday-hopefully sooner than later, and, of course, continue to grow as a writer.

Some of you know me and have known me for years since I was writing chick-lit under a pen name and pandering to the "trends" instead of following my heart, which has always been for teen novels. Some of you know me from TV and film writing-which I love both and haven't given that up, but now I'm just concentrating on my novels. I love writing novels, I always have. It's in my body and soul like being alive is.

I also spent a great deal of 2015 giving back by donating to a different charity every month, and also going to galas, events, dinners, etc. to help raise money for charities. I have donated time, writing and illustrations, and that felt great!

I don't believe in resolutions in any way-they just set us up to fail, but I do believe in goals, so I am going to share my 2016 goals, and or plans, and themes for the next year.

1) Continue to go to workshops, retreats and take online classes to become a stronger storyteller
2) Sign with a new agent (yes I'm finally sending out this year to only a few because I want the right agent this time)
3) Sell my first YA
4) Make my next YA stronger and better
5) Work on my personal business plans
6) Continue to give back, and maybe start something myself towards the end of the year
7) Keep drawing and working on my own art projects as well as get more work as the job I'm currently on is ending this summer.

These are general plans, ideas, hopes, dreams, etc.

I also plan to KEEP DREAMING! KEEP REACHING! KEEP BEING BRAVE!!!

On this page on my website, I have listed great resources for writing and drawing
http://www.stepholivieri.com/#!resources/c1558

And I will say this. If you are writing for kids (any age) join SCBWI http://www.scbwi.org/
For YA writing, I recommend (in addition to SCBWI events, workshops, conferences)

A PATH TO PUBLISHING
SARAH ARONSON
THE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION