What a journey this has been! As I near the end of my pregnancy, I’m overcome by emotion- it is somewhat bittersweet, but mostly sweet! These last 9 and a half months, have been absolutely incredible and the journey that Rener and I have been on with Baby R, has made me more proud than ever to be a woman! I truly enjoyed my pregnancy (most of the time) and even though I am extremely nervous and anxious to give birth and be a momma for the first time, I can’t WAIT to meet this little man that has been growing inside of me!

I have so many emotions, and the strangest part of it all is that I have no idea when he will decide to come. It’s totally up to him! Rener and I will keep everyone posted on Baby R when he finally decides to join us in this world. My love and gratitude is overflowing from all the love and support we received during this pregnancy. Thanks to all!

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I had the fun privilege of working with high school women last week at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, statistics indicate that 1 in 4 women from high school to college age will experience a sexual assault. Annia Forte, a dedicated student at the Gracie Academy and teacher at Crenshaw High School, helped us bring the Women Empowered self-defense program to the school, free of charge for the school. It was a fun evening, the girls learned a ton, and everyone had a great time! Thanks to our Gracie Academy students and assistant instructors who dedicated their time to helping these young women learn some self-defense and boundary setting principles. Our hope is that we can bring this to the school, and many others, as an after school program!

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of teaching a Women Empowered self-defense seminar at the annual Cherry Creek Diversity Conference at my old high school!  These groups of young women came together from all over the state of Colorado to participate in the conference, and my workshop was one of many that the students could participate in. Unfortunately, statistics suggest that 1 in 4 high school and college age women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.  My hopes are that each participant of the course left with a few techniques and self-defense principles under her belt that she can apply towards a safe and happy remainder of her high school and college career.

A special thanks to Tony Debelak & crew from Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Aurora for helping instruct the seminar! Here is some more information on their school if you are a Colorado native looking into self-defense jiu-jitsu training! Click Here.

For more information on participating in the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference next year, please visit http://cherrycreekdiversity.org!

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Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and I can’t wait to share it with you! It’s an action-packed and super entertaining film, and has a stellar cast and crew. As you may know, my character, Chancara, has a FIERCE cage fight with Valina (Ellen Hollman)! From armbars to moonsaults, we leave it ALL in the ring.

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Hey Believers,

Here’s a ‘spooky’ little blog for you today, seeing as we’re definitely on the home straight towards Halloween 2014!

I LOVE Halloween, and in years gone past I have celebrated the day with fun costumes and even facial art which has a super cool and scary effect!

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Believers,

I finally get to share with you our experience and favorite photos from our wedding, and re-live it all again!

I spent about 9 months planning our wedding, and it was, pretty much, every bit as stressful as everyone made it out to be. There were so many decisions to make, from the dress(es), to the flowers, to the venues, colors, the list goes on! Luckily, Rener (and the guests) just got to show up and enjoy the day with likely no comprehension of what went into it all! All the hard work was 100% worth it, and the day went by like a dream.

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Hey Believers,

Here are some exclusive, candid camera shots of our honeymoon for you to enjoy, taken by me and Rener! Not only are they a more personal insight to what we saw and did but they will take you on the stunning journey of Bora Bora that we experienced! It was breathtakingly beautiful and insanely romantic. Every time I look at these snaps I am transported right back there! So if it’s dull and gloomy where you are and you need a shot of paradise, take 5 minutes and scroll through these! I promise it’ll brighten your day : )

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