Thursday, January 10, 2013

What's up?

Hey Folks~

I'm in serious SXSW mode right now. Working on showcases, booking bands, getting sponsors and working some ad for the Deli Magazine. This is adding to my regular work duties which are beyond busy this time of the year.

My days are like this:

5am gym
7am -4pm work
then..meeting meeting meetings.

::::::BREATHE:::::::::::

Trying to clean up my diet and get into juicing. Guess I need a good juicer:)

That's all for now.


B

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Happy New Year!!!!

Hello Hello!!!!!


As one of my goal for 2013:I'm working to revive this here blog. It may or may not happen but lets give it a go.

2012 was quite a year filled with tremendous ups and downs. I started to believe in my own personal power and lost it along the way. That is going to change! It's a new year, a new page ready to be written on. I can fill the pages of this new year however I choose...and I'm ready for greatness.

I have come to terms with the fact that shoulder surgery may have to happen this year. I tore my shoulder tendon about 1/6 of the way through at the cuff. No real pain but some discomfort for sure. I'm working to rehab it but it's 2 steps forward and 2 steps back in the process, VERY frustrating for me!!!!! I'm hoping and praying it will scar over and heal..

Things I'm working on right as we speak:

SXSW 2013-lots of things working. Showcases, parties, interviews, bands and more.

BalconyTV-Working to make the shows better and tighter this year. I'd hoping to bring in some great talent from all over Texas.

My fitness-I still have personal goals which will most likely be sidelined by my injury nevertheless...I'll still try.

I also need to work on myself in the realm of possibility and acceptance.

What are your goals?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Google Yourself

Yesterday I Googled myself  for shits and giggles. It's a fun past time with a hint of narcissism. :)

Lookie what I found, LOTS of pics from past interviews. I also discovered that I wear tank tops allot. Allot allot. So here we have in order, T-Bird and The Breaks, The Crystal Method, People on Vacation and Hum. Good times...




Not always the best pics but entertaining.


Enjoy!








Thursday, August 02, 2012

What's going on?

Hi there!


There is so much going on in my life that I felt the need to catch you up to date...

1-Booking for a local venue called Ruta Maya. Funny..I was doing stand in work for Machete Kills and met the owners of Ruta while waiting. Now I'm booking for Ruta Maya and finally getting paid for some hard but enjoyable work. :)

2- New Film. I'll be shooting Balance Beam in Oct..all my weekends are booked and I have a lead role. VERY excited.

3-ACL Festival. We will be doing press again and I'm working to book bands/interviews for this 3 days event in Oct.

4-Landmark Forum...I'll be taking their 4 day workshop in Sept. I've had many many friends tell me wonderful things about this workshop...I'm excited to expand my horizons.

5-Dia De Los Toadies Festival- We are working press for this and will finally get a Toadies song on BTV:) YAY..I can stop harassing my friend V. I'm super excited because a) The Toadies fucking rock live and b) HELMET is playing with them. Moshlove!

6- Leaders in Music. A dear friend who works for the City of Austin hand picked me to be a part of this new city program. We will help the Austin music legacy and it's possibly one of the biggest honors of my life. Color me excited!

7-A fitness magazine choose me to represent Austin. I'll be doing an interview and it should be on stands in Jan 2013. Say what?

8-SXSW..Already working on this. Might be working on 3 separate music showcases. I'm nuts!

9-Product reviews. I've had a ton of lovely companies ask me to do product reviews and I'm happy to do it. I'd LOVE to do some reviews for fun fitness products..hint hint.


10- New Trainer. Luke Leaman a trainer from the Charles Poliquin method has been working with me for 3 months. I've put on  muscle and my BF % has dropped from 22% to about 18%. Goal is 14/15% by my birthday in Nov. Totally feasible.

The Universe does give you what you ask for BUT one must be READY for it. I've had a FLOOD of opportunities coming my way. With this has come horribe sleep, high stress and anxiety. Still...I'll find a way to balance...hopefully.

B

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Taste the Nirvana

A month ago, Taste Nirvana Coconut water contacted me about doing a review of their coconut water varieties. I'll be honest..I was like" Just another coconut water, right?" WRONG. These products are harvested from true Thai young coconuts and you can taste a difference right away. Their taste is superior to other coconut waters out there, in my humble opinion. Nothing beats the sweet nectar from a fresh young coconut..but these come pretty damn close.

As promised, my shipment was received in a matter of days. Each beautiful glass bottle was individually bubble wrapped for protection against breakage. I immediately threw them all into the fridge to chill for 24 hours. I didn't want to wait 24 WHOLE hours but managed to restrain myself. Hey..I LOVE coconut water.

Here are the variations they sent to me:



This was the first and by FAR favorite. Straight up Coconut water. I popped the top and it took a whiff, it smelled so clean and fresh. Then my first sip....Holy Moly, SO yummy. I confess that I drank the whole bottle in like 1 minute. I.could.not.stop. I've tried just about every brand and this blew me away. The calories range from 50 per bottle for Plain to about 75 calories for versions with Aloe or Pulp. Coconut water is FANTASTIC for hydrating in these hot months especially if you're an athlete.

I reluctantly shared the other bottle with my Co-worker Jo Anne, whom had NEVER had coconut water. Her thoughts:

YUM! She drank it all and wanted more. Sold American!


Next up was Coconut water with PULP. Whoa! Coconut Pulp??Seriously? Yep. It still have that beautiful yummy flavor but with bits of coconut floating around. So you DO have to be a bit careful and "chew your drink". I'm not sure if I liked having coconut bits floating around and having to be so mindful when swallowing. It was...different.

I shared this variety with another friend who enjoyed the flavor but wasn't sold on the coconut bits.



Last but not least was Coconut water with ALOE. Why Aloe? Well Aloe provides some very interesting benefits like; It's packed with extra fiber, aids in digestion, helps promote weight loss(maybe),Reduces blood sugar and boosts our immune system.

The taste? AWESOME! In my mind THIS is what the coconut water with pulp should have tasted like. It had these soft pillow-like bits of aloe that added a touch of volume but easy to swallow. My issue with the coconut pulp was that the bits were hard and got caught in my throat. No cool! I'll probably stick to the plain Coconut Water and Coconut Water with Aloe



Many thanks to Brandy at Taste Nirvana for sending me samples to try and share with friends. My overall opinion is that Taste Nirvana IS one of the best tasting coconut waters I've ever had. The flavor is fresh and crisp. I liked that they were testing out new approaches on plain ole coconut water but the texture might be an issue for some.

The company carries other products as well so expect to see another review soon!

Stay hydrated!

Barbara



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I wonder...

Sometimes I have to close my eyes and breathe.

How did I get to this point of chaos? Clearly I created it for myself. I asked the Universe for opportunity and opportunity came in droves. The hard part is keeping up. Maintaining a demanding full time job, booking for 3 venues, booking for 3 music festivals, weekly organization for BTV, acting in a film this Oct and memorizing lines now. Eating a clean diet with workouts daily all while aiming for 8-9 hours of sleep a night.

Um. OOF.

It's getting to me just a bit.

What will give? What will I have to give up? When will I feel successful? Will it make me happy?
I just have to stop over analyzing stuff and just trust in things. Trust ain't always easy.

Meditation has been a savior these days.

Workouts are going good but my game needs to be up'd. After watching the Crossfit games a big part of me wants to rejoin a CF gym and get down!



B

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Show Biz...

Yesterday was anything but glam. Filming a scene for a certain movie all day in 106 degrees.

Good points:

-Sexy director
-Working with a well known actor I respect
-A/C on occasion
-Connecting with the owners of Ruta Maya beforehand
-Getting extra $

Bad Points:

-As a "Stand -In",  you're basically a second class citizen.
-106 DEGREES??!!!
-No food
-NOT enough money for that heat
-The knowledge that YOU could have done a better acting job than the person you stood in for.

No lie there.

I want a speaking role in one of this director's films. I'll get one too!

The heat left me sick as a dog last night. 2 hours sleep max....Ugh.

I also had to bail on Lolla. It's just too expensive and BTV doesn't pay me to travel. I'll just make sure to do a damn fine job of covering ACL and other festivals. You can't do it all- but I try.

I still have 3 music festivals, 2 films, and band to book and a music studio to do online press for.

:)

B