positive mental attitude

You have the ability to convince the subconscious mind that you believe you will receive that for which you ask, and it will act upon that belief. Many of us have a definitive, burning desire for something that we may feel is impossible. Understanding the power of a positive mental attitude, the ability to manifest that which you desire, is one of the most valuable and powerful gifts we all posses. The key is tapping into that ability and convincing your mind that you will obtain what you desire.


its more than a catchy phrase. more than a tattoo on the inside of my lip. more than a Bad Brains song. more than a concept Napolean Hill wrote about. It’s the pathway to immeasurable success. It’s a reality if you create it.



if you…


get my number from a friend, blow up my phone insistently, then fall off cause i didnt include you on a twitter “shout out” after meeting you one drunken night …then you are probably a douche bag and should lose my number the same way you stole it. kthanks.

guys seriously need to step up their game if youre honestly trying to approach me. first of all if you smoke, anything, then go ahead and count yourself out. also, if you make a move within 4 hours upon introduction, you are also done for. is chivalry and class such a demanding request?

I’m not asking for mr. perfect, i just want someone who can dress nice and not embarrass me in public.

waiting for santa

famous is the cutest most awesome thing dog in the world. my brothers are playing guitar and practicing their german accents. i am exhausted from a long night out with the HA boys last night. just want to sleep. no more carolers please. 

Truly Am

every blessing ignored becomes a curse.

Finals week is coming to an end. I have so much to be grateful for, my family, health and education especially. I was studying with a friend today, and after reading another email from my dad, he said

“you have an awesome family huh?

I said yes

and meant it like the sun means to rise

yes like my family is that wind lifting me up

wings like eagles and peace like doves

yes like i never needed

more than the support of my brothers and Fathers love

my mothers touch

last name of strength

and that sharp tongue, a prick like a thorn

warning thieves and liars



our strength is in our beauty.


SAGE Newsletter

SAGE headerFall, 2011
Dear Partner,

Welcome to the quarterly SAGE Newsletter. This is our way of regularly updating you on the work we are doing to increase awareness of women in underrepresented careers such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).Thank you for supporting our mission throughout the year.

– The SAGE Board



SAGE is a non-profit organization that inspires and educates girls (grades 6-12) to pursue careers in under represented fields.We accomplish our mission by providing speakers, trainers, and outreach volunteers to the community and by consulting and partnering with like-minded organizations.

Learn more or volunteer to be a speaker at our website.

Laura Leavitt PhotoPresident’s Letter
As we emerge from celebrating the nation’s day of Thanksgiving into the winter holiday season, I want to extend our gratitude to all of you who have volunteered your time and effort to further the mission of SAGE.This year we’re also grateful to have a new board member, Amy Rose. Amy is a student of political science with a passion for young people and social justice. Through academic study and independent travel in Europe and Africa, Amy has developed a love for diversity and change. In Africa she experienced firsthand the effects of poverty; she learned that besides money and materials, it takes a sincere investment of time and knowledge to effect meaningful change.

AmyAmy is currently working on a BA in International Relations at UC Berkeley where she is also a director for a literacy development program, BUILD. Having worked with at risk youth in Sacramento area middle and high schools and non-profits, Amy joined us because she believes SAGE is a powerful way to connect young women with professionals who can inspire them to actualize their dreams. As our new Director of Marketing, Amy connects SAGE with like-minded organizations and has created a presence for us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and a new blog. Check it out at sacsage.wordpress.com.

This year we again supported the American Society of Women Accountants’ student night and the Expanding Your Horizons science event for young girls co-sponsored by AT&T & CSUS; we provided speakers at Futures High School and the California Aerospace Academy; our volunteers were judges for a Science and Engineering Fair – and separately for senior projects – at the Aerospace Academy. An engineer presented a workshop and an attorney spoke about her career path at the Cesar Chavez event at Cooley Middle School. We are grateful for these and other opportunities and look forward to making many more connections with bright young women in 2012. We wish you warm and happy holidays!

Laura L. Leavitt, CFP®

Speaker Spotlight
Marci Arrendondo

This month, SAGE is honored to put the spotlight on Marci Arredondo, Deputy City Attorney for Stockton.  Marci worked and studied hard to achieve her current position.
Marci grew up knowing that she loved to debate so the law was a natural career choice for her.  She was drawn to a profession where being a zealous advocate was valued.  When she looked around at career options, she also became painfully aware that there were not many women in leadership roles.  Encouraged by her professors who recognized her passion, Marci resolved to make a difference.
Growing up, Marci found there were no Mexican-American female role models to look up to. This strengthened her resolve to share her experiences with other women and open up possibilities to young girls. She felt that finding her way through her career was analogous to walking in a dark room always guessing whether an obstruction was in her path. Marci is determined to pass on her experience so that others do not have to walk in the dark as she did.
Marci gains a sense of accomplishment knowing that she has put out her hand to make it easier for others to reach their goals. Her one wish for her involvement with SAGE is to change a life; to help a few lifelong mentees achieve their goals by being their shoulder to lean on. Although not everyone may take advantage of this generous offer, Marci feels great knowing she did all she could do to help others.

Inspiring Opportunities

Are you looking for an easy way to give back? Make a New Year’s resolution to help SAGE connect with Sacramento student groups, after school programs, teachers, and guidance counselors.
SAGE provides speakers who offer perspective, insight, and advice on pursuing STEM and underrepresented careers. Our speakers are role models who open students’ eyes to the possibilities. These careers enable us to change the world and make the lives of our friends and family better and easier.
Many of you have friends or neighbors who work with young women during school or after school. Many of you have children in middle school or high school or have friends or neighbors with children in middle school or high school. Please reach out to them next time you’re catching up and let them know about SAGE. We are always looking for more opportunities to connect with young women in the community. We are focusing on growing the number of schools, programs, and teachers we work with and need your help to continue our mission.
Anyone can sign up to have a SAGE speaker come to them on our website http://www.sacsage.org/speaker_request.html

health & wholeness

Finally over my cold, laughter is the only that’s filled my lungs lately, no pneumonia for this girl! Weekend overview…

Friday worked all day and into the night. Went out for a drink with my friend/supervisor (how does that always happen??) And i just have to say, I love this woman, she is an awesome young lady, but I really am reminded of why I do not have female friends in abundance. Me and this girl (she’s 23) get along great, she is a strong, beautiful and God-loving woman. We talk a lot about faith and church, work and activism, we have a lot of similiar views on society and all thats wrong with it, and I appreciate her ability to challenge me on things. But then this this whole other side of her. When the sun goes down or she has a drink (havent concluded on which one is the trigger) she turns into a raging whore. Starts talking about all these guys she’s talking to, ones she met at the club and hooked up with that night, shows me “pictures” of them and ones she’s sent to them..then makes it seem like I’m some sort of prude because I dont send pictures to guys. I am really just at a loss of words with this one. How can you talk about this wholesome good man that you want God to put in your life, then get skanked up headed to the club? As my friend Aaron says, “you put out the stink bait your gonna catch a catfish”.

Saturday I went to Nana’s, we met up with my Aunt and Uncle to watch my cousin’s piano recital. My Nana is so awesome, she is 75 and it better health then some people my age. I cherish every day I get to spend in her presence.

Later that night Shane came up and we drove into the City to watch my friends band play from Santa Cruz. It was at this cute little SF venue, 50’s music dance party upstairs, bands playing downstairs. It was so fun to just hang out and dance and see all the boys.

Shane, Roger and I went out to lunch on Sunday. I love having my two best friends together, such a good feeling being with them. After church, Tyler, his friend Daniel, and I snuck into an auditorium at school and hooked my computer up to the projector to watch movies. It was awesome. I am surrounded by such good men, so blessed.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

an email i just recieved form my dad. in case anyone was questioning where I get most of my shit from. the big kahuna himself.


Hello Family,

For Christmas I would like for one, some, or all of you to consider updating my Facebook page/account (whatever it’s called) to include pictures of me/us/you/others so that I can start boasting to all my old friends about how great life/family is.  I have one lousy picture on my home page and I don’t know how to arrange/change/rearrange it or anything else.  I’m starving for assistance so I can begin e-mail blasting all my old, overweight. gray-aged friends with stunning pics of family and eloquent words of sophistication to project the awesomeness of our family.  I only want really great pics of me/you/us/others, to project star quality.  Photo Shop is acceptable for use where appropriate.  I also need some praise/affection/affirmation posts to seamlessly bind it all together.  Don’t be afraid to use things like “happily retired”, “selfless”, “still madly in love with mom after 28+ years”, “natural born leader”, etc.  I’m ready to let the world know who and what I am.  No unflattering pics/words/posts will be tolerated.  If you screw up my home page, there will be a heavy individual price to pay (can you say T-Rex status for life?). Remember………  T-Rex don’t like being embarrassed, he EATS his own.

Happy Facebook Holidays!