Thursday, July 24, 2014

#2 Best Selling Children's Book

The Adventures of Cee Lo The Duck, my first children's book, is climbing the charts! It's currently #2 on Amazon paid downloads for Children's Duck Books!

The book encourages children to believe in themselves and embrace our differences.

If you haven't already downloaded the book, here is a link to the Kindle page.

Also, Nat Your Average Girl is running a giveaway contest this week for the book! Check it out.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Best Children's Short Story

This week, I published The Adventures of Cee Lo The Duck. It's a children's short story that features Cee Lo, features a young duck who is accidentally placed on a farm with chickens. Slowly, Cee Lo adjusts to life on a farm, but doesn’t feel he fits in. During a BIG twist, Cee Lo has to use his special talents –something all of the other chickens are afraid to do, to help save the farm!

The kid’s story finds a balance between inspiring its readers and keeping children engaged. It teaches timeless lessons about fitting in, believing in oneself and accepting others for their unique and special talents.

The book is available for electronic download on Amazon's Kindle.

Today you can get it for FREE! Enjoy!

If you enjoy it, please leave a review! Each one helps! :)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

2014 Mark Tiner Foundation Scholarship

2014 Mark Tiner Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Some of you may not know, but my brother, Mark Tiner passed away 10 years ago. Shortly after he passed away, I organized some fundraisers to help create memorial scholarships in his honor. Each year a memorial scholarship and volleyball spirit award is awarded at Laguna Beach High School in his honor.

Additionally, since 2006 a financial needs scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school senior from Orange County, CA. It’s a rewarding and bittersweet way to pay it forward and continue Mark’s name.

Last month, My fiance and I presented the financial needs scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Savanna High School in Anaheim. 

Savanna High School, Anaheim, CA

Paying it forward and treating each day as a gift is one of the biggest lessons that I've learned from it all.

If you're interested in learning more, here is link to information about the foundation's scholarship:

As well as a recent 2014 Memorial Day article about the foundation:

Mark & Sean Tiner, 1990s

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Phuket Adventure!

As Marcus Proust, a french novelist, once remarked, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Six months ago my fiance and I ventured to Phuket to seek international adventure, in quest of "the beach" from the 2000 film and to celebrate our engagement & good health.

Our eyes were opened to the vast cultures and richness of Thailand's beauty and heritage. We arrived seeking a destination as tourists, be we left as travelers seeing the world in a powerful new light & appreciating the rich cultures that exist beyond our horizons.

If you have a moment, watch part of the journey here.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Happy Place

Happy Gilmore is a classic comedy. The film features Adam Sander as Happy Gilmore, a mirthful struggling hockey player who finds his way on the PGA golf tour. Gilmore qualifies the tour by having an impressive 300+ yard drive, but ultimately struggles with his putting game.

In the film's major setback, Gilmore desperately tries to win money to purchase his grandmother's home. As he struggles to perfect his put swing, he is told to go to his own happy place, a place where everything is perfect and happy (Spoiler alert) Ultimately, Gilmore envisions his own happy place, perfects his short golf game and is able to win enough money to save his grandmother's home from foreclosure.

Although most of Happy Gilmore is ridiculous, the concept of going to "happy place" is refreshing in today's era of hyper-connectivity; where social media updates and text messages keep us connected to all of life's twists and turns. To give an example of how connected we are to one another, it's estimated that over 50 billion text messages are sent every day. That's over 8 text messages per person per day! That may not sound like much, but that's factoring in every single human on the planet.

As we are constantly connected to each twist and turn, it's important to take time to unplug -- and go to our own happy place!  It's more than just taking a few moments to envision a happy place, but it involves actually going to our own happy place! My happy place is paddling out on the water -- getting away from all electronic distractions and being surrounding by the open space of the mighty Pacific.

Going to our own happy places helps reinvigorate the mind, body and soul! It may take a little effort to break out of your daily routing and find 20-45 minutes to venture to your happy place, but the investment will pay dividends for your life!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hiking in Palm Canyon

Hiking in Palm Canyon

 This Spring, we enjoyed hiking in the Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, California. The Palm Canyon is the world's largest California Fan Palm Oasis featuring hundreds of palms. To see more pictures from the adventure and learn more about the Palm Canyon, check out the hike here.

Palm Canyon Hiking Trail, Palm Springs, CA