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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Speak Your Truth

#Yoga Retreat in Yosemite 2012

I am creative, caring and curious. I like to help people and make a difference. I am an author, blogger, health advocate, dog lover, avid traveler and a yoga teacher. I have a big dream, but I was afraid to do something about it until now.  I love yoga because it is what I needed and still need to learn how to be connected with my higher self. It helps me stay grounded. I graduated from U.C. Riverside with a degree in Business Administration, worked at Dun & Bradstreet in Hong Kong for a year before moving back to California to work. I taught pre-school for a year and earned my elementary teaching credential at Cal State Northridge. I taught at a public school and a private one. I was certified to teach YogaFit Level 1 in 2007 and at Yoga Education Institute in 2008 to teach Hatha Yoga. I have been teaching yoga part-time since then. Recently, I decided to become an entrepreneur and founded Fit-Twist. My mission is to empower teens and women to be healthier inside out. I have always been a writer. I wrote many short stories and poems that I hide in my drawer, only sharing them with other want-to-be writers in writing classes. I was afraid of the negative reaction from people close to me who told me that I should stop dreaming, be practical and get a job. Yoga taught me to overcome this fear and just do it. I am publishing my book to inspire others to believe in themselves and go after their dreams.

I recently shared my dream of organizing a yoga retreat in Yosemite next year with someone who is coaching me, but instead of showing support, she asked me why I wasn't focused on finishing my book. I told her about my idea to tie the book in with the retreat and using it to help others be healthy inside out. She challenged me to focus on my book first because I tend to tackle several projects or things at once, but being distracted may be the barrier to my success. I didn't want to hear the truth, but I took it in and realized that not many people have the guts to tell the truth. I thanked her for being honest and tough with me. Do you have friends or a coach who will be straight with you? If not, it's time to find someone who will speak the truth regardless of the consequences.

Thank you Karen Lee, Capture Your Dreams Coach.



Author of Dream: Creating a Better World    

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Volunteers Needed

Culver City Woman’s Club Fashion Show

Culver City Woman’s Club Gift Wrapping Booth at the Westside Pavilion need volunteers from 12/9 to 12/22. They don’t have is enough people to man the booth on Saturday,December 10,  both morning and evening. Next week they need help on Wednesday morning and afternoon, Thursday, Friday morning and afternoon and Saturday. Their big push will be the week of the 18th. Culver City Woman’s Club is an affiliate of  California Federation of Women’s Club, a community service organization which provides education, training and interaction opportunities for volunteers who are committed to individual growth and community improvement to enrich the quality of life throughout California and the world. Please go to their booth near Hallmark Cards at Westside Pavilion for details.

Fun Zone Reading Club is a non-profit dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through reading opportunities.
We will be Feeding the Homeless Communityon Xmas Eve 12pm- 2pm at VOA-Access Center 628 S.San Julian St,90014 in Downtown Los Angeles Community of Skidrow, 

We are in need of Joyful Volunteers to Cook and Serve the Food, Hams, Turkeys, Pies, Cakes,Cups,Can Goods for more info call 626-277-3457 ask for Coach Ron the one and only.

Ron Crockett
Fun Zone Reading Club



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Toy Drive

#Why I Give

For 19 years, ABC7, K-FROG and firefighters in L.A have joined forces to run the “Spark of Love Toy Drive.” This campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for the under served children in our communities. Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally. Last year alone, “Spark of Love” collected over 500,000 toys.

7 ways to give

Drop off your new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment at your local fire station

Donate online with a credit card through the California Community Foundation 
     All proceeds will go to buying toys or sports equipment for the children

"Like" ABC7 on Facebook and a $1 donation goes to the Spark of Love Toy Drive! 

Donate $5 by texting ABC7 to 80100 (From Nov. 18 - Dec. 23)

Checks can be made out to: Spark of Love Toy Drive c/o California Community Foundation

     ABC7 Spark of Love
     P.O. Box 5967
     Glendale, CA 91221

Bring your new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment to one of our Stuff-A-Bus events.

     Dec. 9: Westfield Topanga  |  Join event on Facebook  |  Map
     Dec. 16: Honda Center  |  Join event on Facebook  |  Map

Bring your new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment to one of the Metrolink Holiday Toy Express Train events in your area.

Read more:
Spark of Love Toy Drive 2011 

Stop by Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood to drop a toy for a child in need! It's a collection point for the Marine Corps' Toys 4 Tots program from now until the week of Christmas. For more information, please visit the Toys 4 Tots website:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Donate to Shelter

#Why I Give

As the holidays approach, the weather has grown colder and harsher, and those who are forced to live on the streets need our help.

During the last week, the Emergency Winter Shelter Program was opened, which will provide more than 200 beds for the homeless on the Westside thru mid-March.  But the program - and those it serves - sorely needs your help.

Can you help by donating personal items and supplies for the shelters?   The items, listed below, can be left at any of the listed locations between now and December 16.

Clothing:  men's underwear; women's underwear; socks; t-shirts; coats; jackets; hats; scarves; gloves; men's pants; women's pants; shoes; adult diapers.

Personal items:  backpacks; reading glasses.

Toiletries:  razors, soap, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products; foot spray; deodorant; combs; hairbrushes; nail clippers; shower shoes.

Items for shelter:  coffee; creamer; sugar; books; magazines; board games.

These items can be dropped off at: 

West LA
1645 Corinth Ave, #201
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Hours: 9a-5p

7166 W Manchester Ave
Los Angeles CA 90045
Hours: 9a-5p

Councilman Rosendahl - Help the Homeless for the Holdays.

Pre-order my book now
Ingrid Cheng

Author of Dream: Creating a Better World
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