Lizzy Small
November 4, 2015

One for the Books….

Hello everyone,

I am back and with a story to tell. October has been quite the month. I experienced some amazing highs and some shocking lows, but this month has taught me so much about my resilience and about being grateful. As most of you probably heard, I got into a major bicycle crash in my college town. Another biker head-on collided with me and I flew through the air, over the bikes and landed face-first onto the concrete unconscious. The biker who hit me ended up leaving the scene but thankfully my friend who happened to be biking past, found me on the ground and held my gushing blood face with his socks until the ambulance came. I got extremely lucky in this accident and although they suspected I could have had some severe brain damage, I made it out alive and okay (for the most part). I had stitches and some injuries that will take a while to heal but it’s already been 3 weeks and I’m feeling pretty good. This accident put everything in my life into perspective. It gave me a new found strength and I have been much more grateful recently, to simply “be alive.” Incidents like these can never be predicted or explained and you don’t ever think it will happen to you until it does. All I want to urge anyone to do is to never neglect someone they get into accident with (small or large) whether they are directly involved or just a bystander. Use your compassion to its fullest potential. I am so thankful to be okay and have such incredible family and friends who have been by my side through this traumatic experience. This is an experience I will never forget, but forever be stronger from. Like I said, “a few stitches never stopped me.” You are stronger than you think, you must believe that.

xo, Lizzy

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August 27, 2015

This Week’s Mantra: “Follow your Instinct”

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The saying: “Follow your Instinct” sounds simple, but it is actually quite challenging. When you see the same person three times in one day, run into your high school crush at the grocery store, or have a recurring dream about your best friend, FIND OUT WHY! Follow that instinct and launch yourself into the curiosity of where it might take you. There could be a reason our instinct is signaling something to us and following it could make all the difference or lead us to some kind of answer we’ve been looking for. Whether big or small in significance, sometimes our instincts can guide us to a message or wake up call that we are in need of at a certain point in our lives. Following our instincts is a part of our natural human drive! Don’t ignore it or quiet it down; try really listening to what your mind, body and soul are telling you and leap from there. You may find something you were really searching for….
XOXO

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August 18, 2015

Learning to Let Go

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My acting class is seriously a life class. Anthony Meindl’s acting studio is a force to be reckoned with. Filled with so much inspiration, the studio informs us as much about the skill of acting as it does about our individual lives. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own thoughts. We hold on to things even if they are not positive and are not serving us for a multitude of reasons and sometimes we can’t find the courage and freedom to let that go. As an actor, I sometimes find myself placing judgement on myself during a scene, or questioning my actions during a scene and when these thoughts come to my mind, they often take me out of the moment and alter the scene. The ongoing challenge for me and many others, is learning how to let those thoughts go and just trust my instinct and let it fire. This is something that transcends into my own life. Because I’m a perfectionist and obsessive hard worker, its hard to let go of what I think is “supposed” to happen and just let what is happening, occur. I am working on not giving too much power to thoughts or situations that aren’t serving me. I am working on letting go and I think it’s valuable for all of us to at least think about..

Thanks for listening friends <3

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August 10, 2015

5:45am rise and shine! Today I had the great opportunity of working with amazing photographer and former dancer Oliver Endahl- the extraordinaire behind Ballet Zaida! Thank you to my publicist Anthony Turk for arranging the shoot and to Rachael Vang for doing hair and makeup! A special thanks to Anna Shay for offering to be my personal stylist and loaning me fabulous Valentino, Dior, Suzie Turner and more! Anna’s generosity is out of this world, thank you Anna Banana!!!! Working with Oliver was so quick and easy and lots of fun! We went from look to look and incorporated a lot of movement and some dance into the shoot. Thank you to everyone who made today come together. Can’t wait for you guys to see these photos. Check out Oliver Endahl and Ballet Zaida on Instagram to see his amazing work!! Stay tuned for more to come…

Love you guys!

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July 20, 2015

NYC HERE I Come!!!

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Del Mar Opening Day at the Horse Race Track

Del Mar Opening Day at the Race Horse Track

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Ocean Kayaking in La Jolla

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Pumped about NYC so I went dancing in the Rain

I have been running all over the place. Just was in Del Mar, San Diego for the weekend visiting a friend from college, and now I’m back in my favorite place: LA! But not for too long….I am off to Manhattan Thursday morning! I have missed the wonderful NYC and I’m ready to be back quite soon. I am very excited to announce that I will be doing a photo-shoot with the wonderfully talented, experienced and kind photographer Lora Warnick (IG: lorawarnick)! I am quite excited to officially meet her in the big city and do a very personalized shoot. Of course my amazing mom will be coming along for the ride and we will be catching some seats at a Broadway show, strolling through the park and eating our way through the humid weather and crowded streets. I can’t wait! New York is such a magical yet realistic place with so much to offer in all areas. Rich with culture and diversity, I am thrilled to be able to once again get a taste of the east coast that I oh-so love very much (but LA is always home). This is only the start of what’s to come! Thank you for being on the ride with me…

P.S. A few necessities in my travel bag include sunglasses, my travel “no worry” stone to ease any unhealthy stress, and of course my GERARD COSMETICS lipstick! Gerard Cosmetics just released their newest color called “Vintage Rose” and it is to die for! PLEASE go check them out, they never fail to give me just what I need for any occasion! GO TO:  http://www.gerardcosmetics.com/

AND check out Lora @ LoraWarnick.com 🙂

peace and love

 

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July 8, 2015

Another Year in the Books

As is always said, every year we grow wiser. But what I’ve learned the most is that every year goes by faster and faster. It’s almost become frightening how fast time passes. I constantly find myself wishing I could freeze time even just for an hour so I can get more items on my “to do list” done. Realistically, there is nothing we can do about the passing of time but embrace it. As I turn nineteen, I am hoping to make as much as I can out of each day. I am going to try to find small moments in my day that make it beautiful and appreciate those little pockets of time I will never get back. Having a lifestyle that is filled with constant action makes it easy to get “caught up.” Sometimes I need to remember to take a second to breathe in the midst of all the madness. Speaking of the word breathe, I need to shoutout a really cool project I found out about! The My Intent Project is this awesome campaign aimed at encouraging people to choose a word they need in their life. As a constant daily reminder to yourself, the My Intent project makes you a personalized bracelet with the word you choose. (My intent bracelet says the word “breathe!”) It becomes a daily reminder, or your daily intention. Once it breaks off, you’re ready for a new word! So check them out! They are generating positive energy and meaningful conversations by word of mouth! http://www.myintent.org/create/

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MY INTENT BRACELET

My mommy birthday twin and I <3

My mommy birthday twin and I <3

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ME AND MY BDAY COOKIE

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!

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July 6, 2015

Another Year in the Books

As is always said, every year we grow wiser. But what I’ve learned the most is that every year goes by faster and faster. It’s almost become frightening how fast time passes. I constantly find myself wishing I could freeze time even just for an hour so I can get more items on my “to do list” done. Realistically, there is nothing we can do about the passing of time but embrace it. As I turn nineteen, I am hoping to make as much as I can out of each day. I am going to try to find small moments in my day that make it beautiful and appreciate those little pockets of time I will never get back. Having a lifestyle that is filled with constant action makes it easy to get “caught up.” Sometimes I need to remember to take a second to breathe in the midst of all the madness. Speaking of the word breathe, I need to shoutout a really cool project I found out about! The My Intent Project is this awesome campaign aimed at encouraging people to choose a word they need in their life. As a constant daily reminder to yourself, the My Intent project makes you a personalized bracelet with the word you choose. (My intent bracelet says the word “breathe!”) It becomes a daily reminder, or your daily intention. Once it breaks off, you’re ready for a new word! So check them out! They are generating positive energy and meaningful conversations by word of mouth! http://www.myintent.org/create/

MY INTENT BRACELET

MY INTENT BRACELET

My mommy birthday twin and I <3

My mommy birthday twin and I <3

ME AND MY BDAY COOKIE

ME AND MY BDAY COOKIE

Happy Bday America

Happy Birthday America!

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April 27, 2015

HELLO AGAIN

Hello beautiful people,

My apologies for being MIA for a little while. My days have been filled with almost no free moments, but no complaints about that because it’s an exhilarating journey every day. If there is one person who has kept me from going absolutely crazy and who has helped me avoid any mental breakdowns, it is definitely my mom. I needed to write this blog about my mom because she is seriously the most amazing woman I know. She is by my side through everything and I am always shocked and humbled by all that she does for me. My mom constantly reminds me that every day is a part of my personal journey to where I’m going, but the journey is not one I am in alone. My mom is a part of the journey at every step as my mom, my friend, my momager (HA), my biggest fan, my partner in crime, my reality check, my laughs and cries and so much more. It’s such an incredible feeling to know that no matter what, my mom is there guiding me but allowing me to be myself, make my own choices and take charge of my own path. I would not be where I am today without my mom. She has taught me to challenge myself, love myself, let go of the negative energy people push toward me, build a genuine team, practice what I love and most of all; never give up on what I am passionate about. “You have to believe in yourself or no one else will” is what she has always told me and I couldn’t be more thankful for that or for her.

Take the time out of your day to appreciate someone around you that has inspired you, loved you, and or pushed you in some sort of way. These are the kinds of people we want to surround ourselves with and these are the kinds of people that help get us to where we want to be and beyond.

 

LOVE YOU MOM.

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February 24, 2015

High Fashion vs. College Glamour

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I am so excited and happy to have announced my spread for the March issue of Genlux Magazine. The shoot was absolutely incredible, inspired by the extraordinary Anna Shay. She styled me in one of a kind Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Suzie Turner and more. Stephen Kamifuji, the creative director and photo editor for Genlux magazine, was so warm, welcoming and hands on in implementing his artistic eye to the shoot. I want to also thank the amazing photographer Tracey Morris who had ever-flowing ideas and made the shoot such a fun experience. Also, a big thank you to Miss Rockwell for glamming me up and executing the hair and makeup looks! She was so sweet to work with, we even bonded over our shared Puerto Rican heritage—our ancestors are from the same city!

I am really excited for everyone to see this shoot, it’s one of my first high fashion shoots for a magazine so it is truly unlike anything I’ve done before!

So now back to the college life, it’s absolutely amazing but it definitely has its ups and downs. Nothing in life is a linear pattern, at least not for me, and it’s tough balancing my dual life. Trying to figure out what classes you need to take and succeeding in them for your major, discovering the people who are and who aren’t your true friends, dealing with boys of course and their inevitable presence…everything I experience alongside plenty of others is a journey and very imperfect but that’s what makes it exciting and fulfilling. My theme of the week—you never know what’s going on in someone’s life behind closed doors. Therefore, learn compassion and radiate positivity. There’s definitely a lot to be thankful for.

Back to college with my Sarina <3

Back to college with my Sarina <3

Stephen Kamifuji everyone!

Stephen Kamifuji everyone!

XO,

LIZZY

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January 29, 2015

Question Yourself.

Amongst all the madness we encounter on a daily basis, we must always find time to unwind or take care of ourselves and only ourselves for just a second. At least that’s what I tell myself…does it happen? More or less.
Like giving up your childhood and moving away from your family to train for the Olympics, the things we want so badly that we can feel its passion under our skin and in our bones, don’t seem to come easily. We all have experienced what that feels like—going to the gym everyday and not seeing a six pack in the mirror, doing the extra credit assignment and still not getting the “A,” going on a million auditions and not booking the part when you’ve spent hours breaking down the script….Yup, I’ve had some experience with that. We like to think we put our hearts into everything we do because it feels good and is damn reassuring when the moment is right and it all pays off! But what about those moments where things don’t go the way we wanted, or expected…what do we do then? People always say, “get back up again” or “don’t give up,” which is definitely true to an extent. But I’m doing this new thing where I try to give less energy and importance to those moments that don’t work out. Instead of allowing those moments to fuel our anger and frustration, we have to try to recognize what isn’t working and re-approach whatever we are doing to MAKE IT WORK! We are in control of our lives and we have the power to lead ourselves in a specific direction every single day. I can’t say that I have the answer or have necessarily figured it out, but Im trying to find the beauty in the mistakes and imperfections, and most of all I’m trying to learn from what brings me down, baffles me, and makes me question all my hard work, passion and heart. I think it’s healthy to question ourselves and our surroundings because we are the only person who can truly look out for “I.” So allow the frustration and dissatisfaction to fuel your spirit.

Much love to all of you,

I was in a “food for thought” kinda mood.

XOXO LIZZY

I don't even know why I'm smiling.

I don’t even know why I’m smiling.

1/2 terrified 1/2 so much fun.

1/2 terrified 1/2 so much fun.

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