Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign – National Women’s Soccer League

Last Sunday, I had the awesome experience of going to my first NWSL game, watching the Thorns FC take on the Seattle Reign at the ever-passionate Jeld-Wen Field. Awesome moment for me as a soccer fan to finally see the female powerhouses, USWNT star Alex Morgan, Canada’s Kaylyn Kyle and Christine Sinclair and Jessica Fishlock. Portland’s soccer-sphere never ceases to amaze me as this game drew over 16k chanting and cheering fans full of tifos and noisemakers.

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I love seeing the women’s game continue to grow in the US and love the ferocity these women played with. We all know soccer players are known to embellish injuries sometimes but not these girls. They were taking hits and tackles and rising up again to chase after the goal. Huge props to both and best of luck to both teams in the rest of their seasons!

Doing Georges St. Pierre’s Rushfit

As I have gotten older and learned to listen to my body, I’ve become more aware of the importance of physical activity. I had always wanted to stick to a solid plan and structure, but as we all know adulthood doesn’t always permit that. Learning how to work around that, I’ve decided what works for me is to just do what I can, when I can instead of getting discouraged that I’m not sticking to a hard regime. If you can work out for 20 minutes one day, do 20 minutes. If you have it in you to do a 1-2 hour or more, go for that. What matters is that you are moving. Not only the physical benefits very worth it, but the psychological benefits of working out are cemented by science too.

I found the work out program, Rushfit by UFC fighter, Georges St. Pierre and began to learn new techniques to target and that make working out fun. Georges is extremely encouraging in them and it’s refreshing to know that if he’s sweating bullets, it’s okay for you to be struggling at home too.

My strategy as of now is after doing the entire program, I’ve started mixing the DVD’s to target either my legs and core. Then I add in the others to change it up.

GSPI will be adding some more posts about my diet and other work-outs I’ve been doing too! Trying Crossfit next month – wish me luck!

The Sambas That Have Taken Me Everywhere

A long, long time ago, when I stopped playing outdoor soccer in high school, I took up indoor soccer and got my first pair of Adidas original Sambas – the classic shoe with the tan sole and three stripes. This same pair of Sambas has (magically) lasted me from then, up until this year. Never have I been so attached to a shoe or clothing item as much as these shoes. They’ve been with me everywhere – from Central America, the Middle East, Mexico, Europe and many awesome places in the US. I decided that Coachella 2013 would be their last rodeo and a fine rodeo it was.

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Sad to see them go, but how SEXY is my new pair? I’ve literally been wearing them around the house, just cause I’m that infatuated with them. These will never go out of style for me. Shout out to The Original Winger for featuring my kicks story! Read it here.

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Coachella 2013

Coachella 2013 – What. An. Adventure. I can definitely say this won’t be the last Coachella I go to. It’s a great excuse to get together with friends from all over the country for good music and lots of sunshine. I learned the important lessons quickly of wearing good shoes and staying hydrated, so it made for great times the whole time.

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RIP my original Adidas Sambas 

Some of my favorite artists were….

Pete Tong – the godfather of house music and host of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix

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Wu-Tang Clan

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Moby

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How to Destroy Angels – I hadn’t heard of them until my awesome friend David Hoang (who also talked me into going to Coachella in the first place – this guy makes good decisions) mentioned that we needed to see them as Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails started it with his wife. Very impressive and haunting show. Great visuals.

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I fell in love with Phoenix at the main stage

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The Sahara tent artists killed it – non-stop dancing in there

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Thanks to the good people at Live Breathe Futbol for showing me some love after I rocked their LBF XXI Heather top on day 1!

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And last but not least, thanks to the amazing company for the memories!

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Countdown to Coachella 2013!

Coachella 2013 – Weekend 1 is 51 days away from today! My first time going to this festival so I am more than ecstatic to share this moment with my friends. Of course I am already conflicted as to what artists to see and when, but I am working on a stealthy plan. What I’ve done since I saw the line-up is plugging artists names into my Pandora and letting it introduce me to new artists and bands. I tend to really stick to my house and trance music but love to explore other genres too. Some of the artists I can’t wait to see are…

Eric Prydz AKA Pryda, Cirez D. He’s been tearing up the house music scene for years and I have not yet had the privilege to see him live. This. Will. Be. Awesome.

Eric Prydz – Melo

Cirez D – On Off

Phoenix – I first heard of Phoenix when  Daft Punk made a surprise appearance at their Madison Square Garden show. Yes, I nearly cried that I was not there to witness this but I now have a huge appreciation for them and can’t wait to see them tear up the main stage on day 2.

Lisztomania – Phoenix

Moby - We all know Moby has had a musical presence for decades. It’s time for me to see him live, can’t pass up this chance. Kind of an older Moby track but so great.

One of these Mornings – Moby

I could keep going all day, but let’s not foget: Benny Benassi (seen this guy tear up so many venues before; he’s always as good as the first time I saw him perform), Wolfgang Gartner, Band of Horses, Metric, Infected Mushroom, Sigur Ros, The Postal Service, Fedde Le Grande (who lit UP Sensation White when I went in Germany 2009), Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Paul Oakenfold, Father John Misty, Mord Fustang and so many others!

First Time at Estadio Azteca

I grew up hearing of the legendary Estadio Azteca since I was a child, hearing the stories of the noise, the rambunctious crowds, the elevation and pollution, how it affects the players, and how every visiting team prepares to set foot in one of the best stadiums in the world.

I had an amazing time in Mexico City and had to make sure that I went to Estadio Azteca for a Liga MX match while down there. We were able to get tickets into a suite for the America vs. Toluca game. Great time!

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The entire section on that end was one huge supporter’s group. So impressive and LOUD.

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The stories of objects and liquids being thrown freely are very true. This was after Toluca scored and I watched a rain down of food, drinks, bottles, cups, clothing, you name it.

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