I founded ElleLiveAction (Women Living in Action), Maui Media Maven and NW Media Maven to follow my passions, elevate others to their next level, and build bridges between communities.
Throughout my life I've always loved helping others. Growing up in a household with two teachers for parents, I was instilled with a passion for learning and a need to share that passion with the world. Recent, I was a graduate from Walden University getting my MBA in Leadership. My Bachelor of Arts, with an emphasis on Clinical Psychology was from The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus. Evergreen Tacoma campus' motto “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” is something I take to heart and I want to do all I can to help others succeed. Being an eclectic individual, who wears several different hats...literally and metaphorically, there have been several different fields I have worked in leading me towards my ultimate goals.
In 2011, I published a multicultural children's book called We Are One at the Falling of the Sun. Since then I have traveled throughout Washington State doing book readings for elementary school youth and working with children and adults discussing the importance of knowing your roots, loving your culture and appreciating others for theirs. Coming from a multicultural background, it has been important for me to instill in people a proud sense of self.
My women's work is a passion. In 2012, I co-founded the Ladies First business; an in-school and after-school empowerment program for young women focused on self-esteem building, body image workshops, and self-defense trainings. In 2004, graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle in the field of Fashion, I wanted to support positive body image. After five years in that field, seeing that 99% of the women I worked with did not like the way they looked, she decided to return to school to study clinical psychology with a focus on multicultural and feminine studies. I've had fourteen years of self-defense experience and currently is contracted to teach for organizations and businesses that want their employees to have a safer work environment. Combining all of these facets, I created a curriculum surrounding body-image, self-esteem building, and self-defense. With the help and ideas from the her co-founder, they were able to implement this curriculum into their Ladies First Program.
Education is a huge focus in Tasha's career. 2010-2012, I was a member of OSPI's Dream Team, focused on closing the achievement gap in Washington State. From 2012-2014 was when I Directed the Vibrant Schools Tacoma Coalition. Growing the coalition from 20 to 40 organizations strong, advocating for youth of color and youth impacted by poverty so they were college-eligible and career-ready, was a joy. Hosting several events such as a Vibrant Schools=Vibrant Communities event, a school board candidates forum, multiple Undoing Institutionalized Racism Workshops with facilitators from The People's Institute Northwest, coalition meetings with statewide representatives, focus groups, and meetings with Tacoma Public Schools. 2013-2014. I served on the statewide coalition Excellent Schools Now as an online communications committee member. Helping youth, particularly youth who have been marginalized is important to me. Currently, I also work for Hawaii Behavioral Health as a Skill Trainer for special needs kids throughout Maui.
Outside of the work scope I love travel, cooking, music, art, dance, self-defense, bicycling, kayaking and canoeing, along with health, nutrition and wellness. I aspires to travel speaking on topics surrounding women's empowerment, cultural awareness and education. Follow me on my journey.
Eight Rules All Runners Should Know
1) Run Using The One or None Rule
We all love listening to the good cuts, especially when we are working out. I’m not gonna lie, I love it too! Here is the problem. You aren’t aware. Especially, if you’re running. When you have loud music blaring in your ears, you can't hear a potential attacker come up behind you and it also slows your reaction time. More over, what if there is a car, a curb, or a strange animal in your path. There are several reasons to pay attention. Don’t tune out. If you want to listen to music, or in my case Audible books, use the 1 or None Rule! One earbud in, the other one out. If that’s too hard, don’t wear headphones.
2) Know your Routes (That’s right, plural)
Why? If the wrong people know your routine, you are out at a disadvantage. If you know your routes, you know where to run if you find yourself in a bind. You know the possible pitfalls.
3) All the Worlds a Stage, All the Men & Women Merely Players
If dealing with an attacker & you’re near people, you want an audience! The more people, the less likely that person is to attack, the more likely you are to get help! So start making a ruckus!
4) Fire! Fire!
What do you yell if someone is attacking you! If you are near a place that may have people, yell fire! It brings a crowd and camera phones! Everyone wants a picture of this crazy fire! Plus, you’ll have evidence of the attack and can better ID your attacker.
5) Want A Shrubbery?
No! Try to stray away from running near shrubbery, hedges, trees, etc. Attackers may be lingering or lurking around.
There are Runner Personal Alarms that are heard up to 1000 ft. or a 300M range. There is one by Sabre on Amazon. Also use your voice as a tool if you should come in contact with an attacker! Speak with confidence, power, and eye contact! You can also use a rape whistle.
7) Follow the Light
It's important to go to well lit places! If you are running, try running in a well lit area. If someone is attacking you, run to a well lit location where you will be better visible to people who could help you!
8) A Person Is Only As Good As Their Weapon
Look around you for items you can use as weapons. Carry a key or keys with you when you are running so you can interlace them through your fingers if you need to. That way you will be able to use them on soft tissue on the body (especially the throat, eyes, etc.). Did you know it only takes 8-pounds of pressure to break someone's kneecap? Yep! And if you break someone's clavicle, they no longer have use of their arm. Hint, Hint, Wink, Wink.
9) Strength in Numbers
There is strength in numbers. If you want to run with friends, runners groups or a pet, all of these are helpful when wanting to stay safe. If you want to be the lone ranger, let people know where you are. Keep your phone on you and download an app which will allow friends or family to know where you are.
10) Run Tall and Stand Strong
It is important to remember to have shoulders back, head high, and be aware of your surroundings. Be a Force. Remember that predators are looking for an easy target.
11) Forget the Road Less Traveled
If you are running, stay on the path. Also vary up your path. If you have a stalker they may see that you have a set route, so have multiple options.
12) Know Some Moves
Learning self-defense is a skill that everyone should do. No one is above it, doesn't matter how big, strong, or fast you are. So look into local self-defense courses. Or go to my online self-defense course and get the runners discount HERE: www.udemy.com/warriorwomyn/?couponCode=RUNNINGWARRIORS
For more on runners safety visit: www.rrca.org
For Self-Defense Workshops or Individual Instruction, please contact Body In Balance at (808) 661-1116
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