Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Journey


I remember vividly new years of 2011 when I found myself sprinting away on the treadmill my parents had just bought me. I told myself if I can run on the treadmill until the clock hits midnight I have no doubt that I will have a productive year ahead. I think we can all agree we have told ourselves countless times, ”I will start doing this and that next year”, and we continue to set ourselves up for failure. However, that year I decided to take a different turn in my life. Instead of writing down the goals I would like to accomplish for the new year I started just doing it so that it becomes a habit, and not just a week commitment where you take a 180 turn and turn your life around a whole different direction. It’s all about balance, gradually making things a habit and consistency.

Growing up as an adolescent I remember back in school I was called, “Thunder Thighs”, my name is Tahys so people thought it would be funny to call me, “Thighs”. I have been very athletic my whole life and I have tried just about every sport out there, and I have failed many times. However i’m glad I failed multiple times in my life trying everything I did because I wouldn’t be the person I am today without experiencing failure and looking back and regretting what I didn’t try. 

As a child, being the only girl and having two older brothers I was used to them always being better than me at every sport, it was like a competition. I tried soccer and I loved it because I got to travel and I made a lot of friends but I wasn’t the best soccer player. Better yet, I hardly knew the rules and was benched most of the time and was only used when someone got hurt or if someone needed a break. I also tried gymnastics for a couple days and I found out I wasn’t so flexible after all. Following gymnastics, I decided to try out for the basketball team in middle school, and I didn’t make the cut. Since soccer, gymnastics and basketball were no longer an option anymore I decided to try volleyball in middle school, and I finally was good at something after all. I enjoyed playing volleyball and I was a strong server and I loved the sport. However, I wasn’t such a good team player and that didn’t work out either. Sooner than later, I realized I needed to try a sport where I only competed against myself and that’s when I decided to listen to my father who always told me to go back to do what I do best, swimming. 

Sooner than later, I joined the swim team at my high school and I loved it! There was nothing that could compare to it and my parents were very happy to see me swim and they took the time to take me to practice everyday for the school team for two hours and then another two hours for my club team. That year was a good year because if it wasn’t for swimming I don’t know what I would have done for stress management. Nothing could compare to it. As soon as I put my swim cap on and tightened my goggles and glided through the water sprinting away nothing else mattered and it was just me and the water. 3,500 yards into the practice I was pretty burnt out but there was nothing better than having my parents there for me supporting my passion and desires. 

The year I decided to join the swim team was the year my life started turning in a whole new direction, and that was Freshmen year of 2009 when my grades started improving. I joined the debate team, asb, honors society, leo club and leadership. I wanted to spread my wings and be a part of everything. However, there is a lesson learned from this; sometimes we tend to push ourselves too hard that we end up setting ourselves up for failure. It’s better to be the best at one or two things than being just one more addition to a club or society. Similar, to what happened with myself in high school when I couldn’t get over the fact that I got held back in Kindergarten because my mom didn’t have the best guidance and allowed the school to hold me back, and repeat Kindergarden again! For twelve years I could not let that grudge go for my mom's decision to waste a year of my life that I could have been moving forward. What I didn’t realize though is for holding that grudge for so long I only slowed myself down more than I could have ever imagined. Instead of enjoying the life I had been granted with the people I had grown up with I couldn’t get over the fact I got held back so the only thing I focused on is trying too hard to grow up. Nonetheless, I found myself living a life full of agony, anger and I became a very unthankful human being. If only I had accepted the fact that I got held back and it was over and done with I would have made unanimous strides.

Sometimes we just have to focus on the now and put the past behind. Have a positive out look on life and be grateful for what we have because the things we have today are only one of the many things we once only hoped for, and let God guide us in the right direction. Each and everyone of us has a direction and a purpose in this life. Only through our failures can we grow as a person, find our true passion and live a prosperous life.

There are many things I have quit in my life and different turns I have taken that probably weren’t the best turns to take. I have also been thrown bricks from above and when it rained it poured in my life! However, I could’t be anymore thankful for those experiences and obstacles because I am certain that God has a path for each and everyone of us. Things do happen for a reason, as cliche as it sounds but this is very true and I finally found my true passion after all. My experiences have shaped the person I am today and I will continue to pass my experiences on to those who need it the most and help them find their true passion as well. There is nothing more rewarding than motivating people to look for the best in themselves and look at life from a positive perspective. I love my life and I can honestly say I am living the dream; not necessarily the dream of having a corporate job, jet, yaht and a luxury car but the feeling that I have walking into work everyday and watching everyone work on improving themselves is much more rewarding than any materialist thing I could possibly ask for. Everyday I am thankful for not taking my life for granted and no longer living a pessimistic life full of negative thoughts. This is something I want to reflect on others to do the same so that they can see what the difference is of living a life full of satisfaction, gratitude and positivity. Last but not least, needing nothing more than the stability of being happy in our own body and owning who we are and embracing our selves everyday with the traits God gave us. After all it’s okay to be weird... I am and I embrace it everyday of my life :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to Get Started as a Brand Ambassador


I decided to start video blogging and as I promised most of you who are just getting into the marketing industry. Here are some helpful tips for those of you just getting started :)

In this video you will find tips on; filing taxes, getting paid, applying for jobs, where to look for jobs, what agencies to work for, the benefits of working promos and much more!

I hope this is of great value to you and if you have any questions or concerns feel free to comment on my blog below. I will be making more video blogs so let me know if there is anything you would like me to target on my next video blog as well. Enjoy my friends!

Take a look at this video on, "How To Get Started As a Brand Ambassador."




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

On Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Exposition at Century Link in Seattle, WA. This would be my first exposition and proof for those of you who read my last blog post, “How To Get Started As A Promo Model“, that if you make a profile at those agencies I listed you have the chance to get picked out from a great deal of promo models to attend an event in your area. I made a profile a couple of months ago at Promotional Talent Management and I got an email from them inviting me to the Rock n’ Roll Marathon.
I had a great experience promoting for Xiomega at the Rock n’ Roll Marathon. This would be my second event promoting Chia Seeds. I am one of Chia’s Seed’s biggest evangelists. I have been consuming Chia Seeds since September 2011; it’s a healthy way of living. Chia Seeds were featured on the Dr. Oz Show, Oprah, and in most sport magazines. Xiomega just came out with their new line of Chia Water that contains all of Chia Seed’s health benefits. Their Chia Water contains: 160mg of Omega 3, Antioxidants, Calcium Fiber, and it’s a great dietary supplement. Their Chia Water so far comes in a berry and lemon lime flavor; I personally like the Berry flavor more. They even came out with their Chia Popsicle which is freaking amazing and it has five grams of Omega 3 which is all the Omega 3 you need in one day! For all of you green tea fans it’s green tea and lemon flavored and it has a very unique chialicious texture.
Cha-Cha-Chia! Yes, we’re talking about the same Chia Seeds that came from Chia Pets! Chia Seeds have provided wellness for generations and were one of the main food sources for Aztec warriors and Mayan astronomers. Chia Seeds helped them achieve amazing things, physically, as well as mentally! Some of the runners we spoke to at the exposition were familiar with Chia Seeds and some even told us that Chia Seeds have improved their time. Chia Seeds are becoming widely known by an ethnic group of people from all over the world.
Getting the opportunity to work at an expo like the one at the Rock n’ Roll Marathon not only helps you work on your networking skills but it also improves your sales techniques. I started out shy in the beginning but towards the end of the expo I loosened up a lot and started selling with confidence. The expo was really fun especially getting to see all my friends from other promos i’ve worked with in the past. We traded products and got to take bags full of samples: 5-Hour Energy Drinks, O.N.E Coconut Waters, Xiomega Chia Waters, So Delicious Almond Milk, Luna Bars, thinkThink Bars, Whey Protein Bars, F.R.S Energy Drinks, and much more.
Start getting all the health benefits from Chia with Xiomega’s line of products at xiomega.com