Meeting Governor Hickenlooper

Wednesday, June 25th, I had the opportunity to go to a press conference set up by the Office of Economic Development and International Trade at Ravenbrick, which is a growing smart window company in Denver. The governor was present and announced six new grantees for the advanced industries program, for the state of Colorado. This included aWhere Inc., DH2i, MBio Diagnostics Inc., Prima-Temp, Inc., Ravenbrick LLC, and Reference Technologies, Inc.

After the six companies were presented their grants, Ravenbrick gave a demonstration of how their smart windows work and gave a tour of the factory. The windows are smart because they are created with two panes of glass with a piece of film in between the two. When the temperature gets higher, the windows darken, reducing heat and glare and when the temperature drops, the windows remain clear, letting in heat and light.

After the excitement with the conference and the tour, my sister and I had the chance go and meet Governor Hickenlooper. We talked to him and he was very intelligent, funny, and kind. He asked my sister and I if we were going to be entrepreneurs and we both responded with a yes. He also told a few cute stories about his son Teddy.

It was an exciting day to go to my first press conference, tour a high-tech manufacturer, and meet Governor Hickenlooper. Definitely a day to remember.

Meeting Governor Hickenlooper


Top Ten Kids’ TV Shows

There are many great children’s shows out there in the world. Not just from my childhood but seeing other shows as I’ve grown up, there are ten kids’ shows that I think really stand out above the rest. They are really fun and can be educational. The reviews are all based off of my own opinion. Here are the top ten kids’ TV shows:

10. “Caillou”

Caillou, a young boy, filled with questions about the world, and eager to learn more, reflects the toddlers and youth of today. This show is cute, but I think that it comes off as a little cheesy. This show teaches some great lessons for young children and has great colors and cute ideas.

9. “Hi-5”

Packed with entertaining and catchy songs and quick but fun stories, this is a great show for toddlers. Hi-5 does a great job of keeping the attention of all viewers and the stories are cute and easy to remember.

8. “Dragon Tales”

Dragon Tales is a very cute and fun show starring Emmy and Max, two young siblings. They have their dragon friends Cassie, Ord, Zak, Wheezie, and Quetzal. They go on many fun adventures and learn a lot about friendship. This show has an interesting plot and I watched it for a very long time as a child. I would recommend it.

7. “Word Girl”

Learning the meaning of words has never been easier with Word Girl. This show is a wonderful way for kids to learn the definitions of words. Word Girl introduces the word, defines them, and then uses the word. Filled with fun episodes, the young superhero, Word Girl, really does come to the rescue for educational TV shows dealing with  vocabulary.

6. “The Magic School Bus”

This show is a great scientific educational kids’ show. Ms. Frizzle leads her students on crazy adventures to learn more about things like friction, the digestive system, the solar system, the water cycle, and so much more!

5. “Arthur”

Arthur and his friends make the middle of my top ten. All of the episodes have great lessons dealing with friendship problems or just problems in life. The problems that Arthur and his friends deal with can be pretty realistic sometimes and that is a very good quality. However, the newer episodes haven’t been as good as the old one with a retouching of the animation, and I don’t like it as much. The newer episodes just don’t seem as good to me as the older episodes.


4. “Cyberchase”

Cyberchase is another great educational show for kids from kindergarten to 6th grade. It teaches math and sometimes weather concepts through fun, and sometimes dangerous adventures with great characters. This show helped me understand multiplication better and this is a great show to provide children with quick and easy tips for math.

3. “SpongeBob”

SpongeBob has been around for many years and is a classical kids’ show. It includes a great set of characters including youthful SpongeBob, his friend Patrick, Sandy the squirrel, and grumpy Squidward, and many silly and fun adventures. With all of SpongeBob and his silly adventures, your kids are sure to get a laugh.

2. “Phineas and Ferb”

“Phineas and Ferb” makes the list as #2. It has a lot of adventure, Candace who has to bust her brothers, a silly villain, crazy inventions and buildings, Perry the Platypus, good songs, and a large variety of entertaining episodes.

1. “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”

Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Applejack top the list. This show is amazing. It is really fun, filled with music, color, and great characters including monsters and villains. Unlike many shows that just have a growing plot in each individual episode, the plot is great and it builds wonderfully throughout the seasons. It’s a show for kids of all ages.

Top Ten Kids' TV Shows My Little Pony

Some shows that didn’t make the list but are still really good kids’ shows are, “Sid the Science Kid”, “The Backyardigans”, “Fairly Odd Parents”, “Clifford the Big Red Dog”, and “Jimmy Neutron”.

Setting Goals – Does it Help?

On the way to my past tennis tournament this Sunday, the topic of coaching tips came up. John Dunning, the volleyball coach at Stanford, has his girls from the team write at least three goals that they want to accomplish by the end of practice. They can be physical, tactical or strategic, mental, nutritional, leadership, and so forth. Both my sister and I found this very interesting and decided to give it a try for the tennis tournament.

I set three goals for myself:

  1. Smartly place my cross court shots. (tactical/strategic goal)
  2. Stay positive and use every point as a learning experience. (mental goal)
  3. Stay hydrated and save energy. (nutritional goal)

I played five matches throughout Saturday and Sunday and there were several things I noticed from setting the goals. I’ll give examples from a few of the matches I played.

Match 1

Goal 1: accomplished

Goal 2: sort of accomplished

Goal 3: accomplished

Conclusion: Goal 2 was partially accomplished but, I wasn’t always in the right mindset during the match. Sometimes I was very focused and positive about the task at hand and other times I was out of it and careful about hitting the ball. My other two goals were met though. From this match I realized that by not meeting all of my goals, I lost the match. I thought there could be a relationship between setting goals and the match results.

Match 3

Goal 1: accomplished

Goal 2: accomplished

Goal 3: accomplished

Conclusion: I accomplished all of my goals for this match. I was relaxed, played smart, and stayed hydrated. By having goals to accomplish, I feel that they helped me win the match.

Match 5

Goal 1: accomplished

Goal 2: accomplished

Goal 3: accomplished

Conclusion: Looking at the results from my third match, you would think, “Oh, she won that last match, right?” Wrong, actually. My last match was a very good one and I played hard; however, my unforced errors or “gimme points” cost me big time. Even though I did meet all of my goals, I did not win the match. This was in contrast with my idea that setting goals can help you win matches.  What it showed is that it is more important to focus on performance than outcome.

So, setting goals for you is a very good thing to do whether it’s tennis, volleyball, soccer, academics, or just life in general! It helps you think about what you can do to get better and keeps you from being so worried about the outcome. From my last match at the tournament, I wasn’t discouraged about the outcome at all. I was focused on the goals I had set for myself and I was pleased that I accomplished them. I felt like I had a successful tournament by setting goals and seeing accomplishments made throughout the weekend. Setting goals can make you more successful in all that you do.

Setting goals improves your serving and your game.
Setting goals improves your serving and your game.

Tennis Tips for Tournaments

This past weekend I participated in a satellite or challenger tennis tournament in Fort Collins, Colorado. There were several tennis tips that I learned from this tournament that I want to share with others.

  1. Stay focused throughout the points and match. You have to stay focused on what you want to accomplish and how you want to execute your shots otherwise your opponent can take advantage of you and win a few points and even a game or two.
  2. Hit the ball in and play smart. You could have the best forehands or the best backhand slice shots in the world but if you can’t hit the ball in or return it back to your opponent then you can’t compete and the match is pretty much lost. And if you only push it down the middle or beat the crud out of the ball every time you go up to the net, then your game won’t be at the level you might want it to be. If you have a selection of shots and place the ball according to how your opponent is playing or how you want to win the point, then you will be much better off.
  3. Stay active if there is a rain delay or a delay of any sort. This weekend, due to the rain we had a four hour rain delay. I found that it was better to stay patient and warm during the delay so that when I got to play, I was ready to go, and I wasn’t stiff on the court. Check the weather often too so you’ll know when you could possibly play next and you’ll be ready for your next match.
  4. Stay positive. It’s important to stay positive while you play so that you stay relaxed and play your best. If you get down on yourself you start to miss more shots, you get upset, your confidence goes down, and your playing level goes down, and then you just end up in this big hole that you dug yourself into. To prevent this, when you miss a ground stroke or a serve or a volley just think to yourself, “I’ll get it in this time,” or, “Here we go, next point.” These kinds of things go through my head and this past weekend, they helped me be successful mentally even if I lost a match.

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Welcome to “A Few of My Favorite Things”! I will discuss a few of my favorite things on this blog. This includes tennis, volleyball, dance, photography, modeling, books, art, dogs, and so on. I will post blogs every Sunday, so check back every Sunday for a new blog!

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