Neringa Skateboarding in Lithuania

I love blogging about girls skateboarding around the world.  This is Neringa and she’s in Lithuania.

I had no idea where Lithuania was or that it was beautiful or that you might find Cinderella’s carriage there.

Above Neringa visited Raudondvario Dvaras.  Thank you so much Neringa for showing us girls are skating in Lithuania and all the beautiful places there are in Lithuania and in the surrounding countries – check out her IG to see the slopes & beaches.

Girls can skate and more do when they see girls around the world having fun skateboarding.  Where are you skateboarding?






She’s in Love with her Arbor Board & Life

Love Poliana’s smile & her caption

I’m in love ? 

I got to ask Poliana what she loves about skateboarding

For me skating means freedom, when you discover that overcoming fear can bring so much joy, it’s powerful! Skating is so good for the mind and body! Spread the word and love! ??❤️????

Balancing the mind & body is key to a happy life.  Check out Poliana’s IG for more good advice like

The healthy body will come when you use the right tools . . . exercising with walking, biking, skating, surfing, swimming, running, kicking, posing with yoga!  Do what give you a warm feeling in your heart!  I choose happiness!

Thanks for sharing from California Poliana.  Where are you having fun skateboarding and how does it help you stay balanced & happy?  Hope you share soon.


Tavia Skateboarding with Style in San Diego

I saw this video on my friend Ira’s IG and had to follow up with the skatergirl.

She’s Tavia aka @tav.wave and here’s what she had to share about skateboarding.

Skating is so much fun.  No matter how much you progress you make, there’s always more to learn and that’s what I love about it.

I used to be sort of intimidated to go out and skate.  Not just because of getting hurt but because I felt like it was a mans sport.  I realized when I started to actually go out and do it that NO it’s not just for boys.

Any girl who wants to shred can do it you just gotta go out and try it. It always makes me super stoked to see females out there killing it!

Thanks for sharing Tavia & inspiring me to skate more at Clairemont.   Hope to meet you soon.

Where are you skateboarding & who’s helping you?  Fun, skateboarding, life was meant & is better when shared so hope you share soon.


Evening Cruise with Ashley

Evening Cruise with Ashley.  I got the chance to ask Ashley how she feels about girls skateboarding.

I’m actually new to skating.  I bought a longboard several months ago after my husband suggested it on a whim.  He was just getting back in to skateboarding . . . and the rest is history!

We live in a rural town, with nothing to do and not much of a social scene.  Which is why having hobbies are a must.  When we are not out rock climbing, we skate.

Some days I just cruise and listen to music and other days I take myself to a little concrete pad near my house and practice tricks or riding switch.

Lately, I’m trying to practice an ollie on a skateboard.  I really like the challenge of learning something new.  I don’t pressure myself, it’s just a super fun hobby.

I know athletics aren’t every girls thing, but if it is, I think it does amazing things to their self confidence.

Girls new to skating don’t need to be embarrassed or feel like they aren’t allowed at a skate park.  People generally don’t care and in fact they usually respect those that try and work hard.

Yay Girls!

Thank you so much for sharing Ashley.  You skate & rock climb with such style.  I love the heart sunglasses and how you got a board and just went for it.

If opportunity strikes and you want to skateboard, be like Ashley and give it a try.  I’ve always believed better to be the girl who doesn’t skate because she doesn’t like it than the girl who doesn’t skate because she was afraid to try.

Wherever you are hope you’re having fun on & off the board and that you share soon!


Skateboarding with her Sidekick

I love pictures of girls sharing skateboarding, so you know I love the pictures like Laura’s above where she’s with her sidekick.

Love the caption too

My side kick….I love this girl to the moon and back….and she is just so fun and willing to do anything with me???

Be daring in life & trust the ones you love.  Adventures are best with loved ones and you don’t have to go to far from home to have them.

Where are you skateboarding and who are you having fun skateboarding with?  Hope you share like Laura did.


Skateboard Marathon in San Diego

Blogging about girls who have fun distance skateboarding – like Danielle & Dekai – got me interested in knowing more.  Turns out there’s a skateboard marathon event in my “backyard” – San Diego.

The Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon is coming up on Saturday November 11th.  It starts early 6:30am.  Skaters have 3 hours to skate six laps totaling 26.2 miles.

The race is on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay.  There are several divisions including SUP (Stand Up Paddle) and all ages are welcome.  Plus new this year there’s a Costume Division with 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes for best costumes.

The island is closed to traffic including bikes during the race.  Helmets are mandatory and pads are optional.  Entry fee for Adults is $45 and for kids under 11 the fee is $25.

To find out more check out their web site  I had the opportunity to ask Pablo Lanatta from Adrenalina some questions on how to get ready for the marathon.

Is there a training plan?  

Pablo:  This is a good question because everyone is different, and has different ways of training, but we recommend to skate on a regular basis, at least 2-3 times a week.  Find a trail that you are comfortable and skate approximately 8-10 miles each time.  Once in a while go longer, but don’t over do it that you get burned, start slow, build your endurance. Practice sprinting.

Can you go to Fiesta Island & practice or normally is it for cars only?  
Pablo:  Yes, you can skate the island, please wear a helmet and stay to the right of the road and look out for bicycles that are training as well.
Are there training groups?
Pablo:  Closer to the summer, we organize meetings at fiesta Island to train for the marathon, but we can do this at any time, just let us know and we can post a meeting on facebook.
Is there a course map? 
What happens if you can’t finish in 3 hours?
Pablo:  We have city permits that allow us to close the road to Vehicles and Bicycle traffic for 3 hours, if you need more time you may continue but must be aware of cars on the road.  We prefer you stop for safety reasons.
Thanks Pablo – I’m definitely thinking about training and I love how Adrenalina builds such a strong & fun skate community.
Hope everyone checks out the marathon & all the fun events leading up to & after the marathon.


Yoga on a Skateboard

To me skateboarding is rolling yoga and above @loveyourlifeyogachloe shows us you can stop skating and strike a pose.

I love her handstands and her positive bio

 Happiness is only real when shared ????????


Inside or outside @loveyourlifeyogachloe is balanced & stylish.

Where are you staying balanced?  And what do you do to help yourself stay balanced?  Embracing your passions – giving yourself time to play – are so important to your health & happiness.

Hope you share your pictures of happiness soon.




Vert Mission at Clairemont Skatepark

Tomorrow – Saturday May 20th is the first-ever Skatelite Vert Mission Competition at the Mission Valley YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park.

Skateboard and BMX Vert athletes will compete to secure their invitation to X Games Minneapolis in July.

All are welcome!  There’s a $5 suggested donation that supports the park.

The Mission Valley YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park aka Clairemont Skatepark is located at 3401 Claremont Drive in San Diego.

Clairemont Skate Park is home park to tons of locals, including several who’ll be competing in Vert Attack, plus it’s a destination park for athletes around the world.  In addition to the vert ramp,

it’s home to Skatercross,

a bowl,

and hosts Clash at Clairemont.

For more information on the park 

and follow them on IG

Hope to see you at Vert Attack on Saturday May 20th for more details visit



Skateboarding in Brocklehurst Kamloops

Loved this picture of Miss Ashley Jean skateboarding in Brocklehurst Kamloops and had to find out where it was in the world.

Brocklehurst Kamloops is in Canada.  Above Miss Ashley Jean in Kenna Cartwright Park.   This is her home base, she travels the world and has the best adventures.

I got to ask Miss Ashley Jean about Yama Plus and her thoughts on girls skateboarding.

Yama Plus is a blossoming apparel brand started in Niseko Japan by Niseko sports!   It’s all about the love for the mountains!

I just finished doing a snowboard season there and it was a must have to bring home and represent Niseko and the amazing winter I spent there!   ?✌️

I’m all about getting the girls amongst it!! We are just as capable of being fearless shredders!!

Niseko Grand Hirafu Ski Resort – Japan

Thanks for sharing Miss Ashley Jean.  Love your style & adventures on & off the board.

Mount Wellington Hobart – Australia

Where are you having fun skateboarding?  Or are you an adventurer like Miss Ashley Jean traveling the world.  Hope you share your pictures and stories soon.





Tilly’s Life Center – Interview with Tilly Levine

On May 1, 2017 Tillys hosted their 10th annual Charity Golf Tournament.  All proceeds benefited Tilly’s Life Center.  I was fortunate enough to attend and blog on the event and this is my follow up post on the interview I had with Tilly Levine.

Tilly 3rd from left with Jerry Burch, Larry Levine, & Jason De Soto at the Tillys Golf Tournament

Tilly co-founded Tillys in 1982 and in 2012 she founded Tilly’s Life Center.  As a fashionista, I’ve been familiar with Tillys for awhile

as of April 10, 2017 Tillys operates 222 stores and its website,

Thanks to the blog I found out about Tilly’s Life Center in January of this year when I did a post on their collaboration with Rastaclat.

TLC is a youth-focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit aimed to empower teens by teaching life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion, and encourage them to pursue their dreams. Leveraging public schools and after school programs, TLC is a program based on experiential learning, with a curriculum based on self-discovery.

As a teen, I understand the importance of TLC and consider myself grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Tilly and ask her these questions.

SF:  I read that you credit your success to going in with a positive mind set and finding your own power in everything, how & when did you realize that?

Tilly:  As a child I was successful in getting what I wanted, but I didn’t feel good about it.  My lies, manipulation, and sneaking around led to my fighting with my mom.  After not speaking to her for a year, a light bulb clicked.  I went to my mom and told her I wasn’t happy.  There had to be a better way – I was going to change.

I started thinking positively and wanting what was best for everyone.  I was more successful than before plus I was happy.  Since then I’ve always chosen to think and be positive in everything.  You create positive energy when you think positively, which attracts others to you.  People want to feel good and they do when they’re positive and surround themselves with other positive people.

You truly get what you give back.  So, I choose to build personal relationships.  This event is possible because of the personal relationships I’ve built with people in business and life.  Even when getting a divorce, I focused on the positive.  We didn’t use lawyers.  We kept a family structure and were able to stay partners and best friends.

Choosing to be positive really is a better way.  You will achieve what you want and help others achieve too.  Everyone feels better when they choose positivity.

SF:  Is your belief in the power of a positive mind set what inspired you to start TLC? 

Tilly:  Tillys has always been committed to giving back to teens.  Prior to TLC, I raised about $1m dollars in seven years to help teens get food and shelter.  I followed their progress and was saddened to see that not much changed.

I realized what they needed were tools to change and improve their lives.  I wanted to share tools that I had learned over the years with people who could use them to build better lives and a better world.

By giving teens tools we give them the ability to make better choices, build confidence and create their future.

With the internet it’s really the hero generation.  There’s nothing you can’t learn how to do on the web and with social media you can reach everyone.  Everyone is like the president with the power to reach the world.  Imagine how great that world would be if people reached you with self-esteem, motivation and wanting to share their gifts.

We give all teens the tools they need to fulfill their destiny.  The program isn’t just for those with social challenges or low income families.  Everyone has challenges whether it’s sickness like cancer, thoughts of suicide, needing emotional balance with school or whatever – TLC gives you the tools to learn a positive mind and face your challenges.

SF:  Why does TLC focus on teens?

Tilly:  Prime emotional development begins at the age of 15.  The tools can be taught at an earlier age but the emotional depth to implement them begins at 15.

Fifteen is the start of a lot of changes including hormone changes, peer pressure and performance pressure from all sources including parents.  It’s why TLC teaches five types of meditations to let go of the stress.  When you reduce stress, you perform better on tests and interviews plus feel better.

TLC really teaches ownership of self so you can create your future with your mind.

SF:  In the five years TLC has been helping what impact have you seen?

Tilly:  A study of Ocean View High School of three groups with TLC and 3 groups without saw amazing results for the groups with TLC.  Differences were seen as soon as six weeks.  A truly positive difference was seen in those who completed the year long program of 36 classes.  Having tools really does help you face challenges and respond positively.

For example in TLC teens learn they are their social media footprint. Social media is powerful and can be destructive so they learn how not to abuse it.

SF:  Did you have tools like journaling and making vision boards when you were a teen?

Tilly:  No, I didn’t find these tools until much later in life.  I believed in living positively and was drawn to the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay.  I learned tools that would have saved me so much pain if I had known about them when I was younger.  That book is the inspiration for the TLC program.

You can learn so many tools at self-empowerment events, but usually you don’t go until a mid-life crisis when you’ve already been through pain.  TLC gives you the tools as a teen so you can save yourself pain and live your entire life with tools.

Anaheim High School student Vanessa Chavez is now in her third year with TLC and says “This class is a little escape from the real world and a safe place to have some fun.”

SF:  What’s your favorite tool?

Tilly:  To me the most powerful tool is positive affirmations.  Creating a slogan and training your mind to stay positive.

Negative thoughts are like ants on your brain.  The ants cover your brain and it’s so hard to think.

Thoughts create feelings so if your thoughts are positive you’ll feel better.  Thinking positively gives you the ability to react and behave differently.

Even if you don’t believe the affirmation at first, if you keep repeating it you will believe.  You really hear what you tell yourself.  For example if you tell yourself “I’m too fat” then you draw negative energy to yourself.  Change the message to “I’m beautiful” and you start to attract positive energy.

The positive affirmation you tell yourself will cause a positive reaction both in yourself and who you attract.  Your positive affirmations create a better life cycle.  You think better, you feel better, you act better, better things happen to you, and you are happier.

Wellness Wednesday reminder from TLC Instagram

SF:  What’s the future for TLC?

Tilly:  TLC is in six high schools as electives.  We’d like to see it in high schools as a mandatory class.  You can learn so many things from the internet, but TLC teaches you something unique.  It teaches you Emotional Intelligence.

Social skills are key to interacting with others and finding your best self.  Through the TLC activities you find your passions, what makes you happy and how to achieve happiness.

TLC was recently taught at UCI.  All 22 students found it valuable and wished they had attended during high school.  Of the 22 graduates, eight want to teach future classes.

Having trained facilitators is key to TLC success.  Each class has a facilitator and co-facilitator.  In Huntington Beach we just had a teacher attend the classes and train as a facilitator.  When high schools can allocate teachers for training it helps TLC get the program to more students plus it reduces TLC expenses because the teacher is already an employee.

Once TLC is an approved curriculum through state universities it will be easier to train even more facilitators and have interns as co-facilitators.

TLC pilot program at the University of California, Irvine this year.  TLC will be back at UCI in the fall & is excited to have more UCI students as program interns.

SF:  Are on-line classes a possibility?

Tilly:  The power of the group is key to TLC program success.  Within the classes the students form social bonds.  The class becomes a second family.  It’s a safe space to build true relationships.  Within the class there is total trust so you can speak without fear of being judged.

An on-line class could be possible if it was a group.  It would be an on-line group just like the classes are today.  Everyone would have a set time to log in and work through the program together.

Estancia High School students participating in “I Am Continuing to Grow” – learning about strengthening of self by building a positive self-image, positive thinking, and effective decision-making

SF:  What else would you like to share about TLC?

Tilly:  I’m so proud of the class projects.  Each class votes on a subject that’s important to them and then creates a YouTube video.  So far there are over 50 videos on important topics like Date Rape, Drunk Driving, Bullying, Gangs.  These are videos made by kids on relevant topics to share with other kids on how to stay positive and respond positively.  I really hope people check them out and new ones are posted as classes complete them.

Thank you so much Tilly for taking the time to meet with me, for having the vision to create TLC, and then the determination to make it happen.

To stay connected with TLC follow:



Instagram & Twitter: @tillyslifecenter