Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jump to Health, Not Conclusions: Bernadette Robinson

Amazing Human Thangs!
When was the last time you got that, "OMG" feeling?  You know, that moment you see some awesome human being, doing their "human thang" so masterfully, your eyes pop out in a state of WOW!

Well, that freakin' happened to me a few weeks ago when I was introduced to Bernadette Robinson's instagram page.

Yo, this award winning & former competitive jump roper, gotz moves and legs that make you want to stare... HARD!

I'm Healthy! #HipNoticHop
But Bernadette doesn't want you to just look, she wants you to JUMP!  She is all about fun and the innovation of a her favorite pastime, jump rope.

When she was 10 years old, Bernadette spent her school recesses jumping rope with friends. And now, well into her 10,000 hours at gravity defying, my girl has mastered the craft, winning Silver and Bronze medal in highly respected competition.

Bernadette Robinson is a coach, mentor, community leader, and personal trainer. Her skill, will, and determination hooked the attention of many publications and landed her a featured segment on Dr. Oz.  Also, Bernadette showed up  and out during ESPN's Sports Day at the Tribecca Film Fest in 2014.

Though she strives to keep it fun during intense physical activity, as a case manager working with people with HIV/AIDS and mental disabilities, she knows how listen during intense emotional times as well. 

Her skills are infinite, as she has dedicated her life to be an inspiration. 

Punk Rope 
Her positive mindset is incredibly awesometagious!  When you are around her, you desire to be better, healthier, funnier, and positive. 

Bernadette's unequivocal style of group exercise classes, workshops, and seminars make jumping rope more than a exercise, it becomes a entertaining revolution.

I stalk greatness regularly, so I am totally inspired by Bernadette.  Now, it's my goal to attend one of her workshops in NJ or NYC and have her star in my new HipnoticHop music video for the affirmation track 'Healthy'.  

Such a Sparkstar in every way, I am honored to present to you... Bernadette Robinson.

From her heart to yours...

What is your name, where are you from, what is your profession?

My name is Bernadette Robinson. I am NYC born and raised (da Bronx). I currently live in Newark NJ. 

Who are you really? Describe yourself without using your name, or any attributes given to you by society and really think. Deep down, who are you? 

I'm just me. What you see is what you get. I am made up of all the experiences that i've been through intentionally and unintentionally. I am who I molded myself to be. 

If you lost everything, whose arms would you run into to make everything ok?

My Dad. But I just lost him a few weeks ago.

If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say in less than 140 characters.

Stay true to yourself no matter what. Never be someone else's idea of who/what you should be. That will take you far.

If you received enough money to never need to work again, what would you spend your time doing?

Of course, giving my children the world and motivating others through word and deed. (basically what she is doing now... ahmazing)

If your entire life was a movie, what title would best fit? 

She Don't Give a *Bleep* 

What are the chances you’ve passed up on that you regret? How do you apply the learning from this regret to your actions today?

One of them was ending a good relationship for absolutely no reason at all in 1997. I apply it by thinking some things through before aburtly ending good situations and that can apply to anything. Weighing pros and cons. 
What would you do differently if you knew that no one was judging you?

I would have stayed home with my parents for a long time at least until I was good. Even if it was till 40 (ha ha)

If you could ask a single person one question, and they had to answer truthfully, who and what would you ask? 

My friend.  Why he can't get his life together at his older age; settle down? What does having multiple women do in your older age? What are his insecurities?

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you in the world? 

The amount of people that I've motivated and the legacy I've created through jump rope, inspiration and letting people know, "it's OK to be you". 

How do you celebrate the things you do have in your life?

I need to do a better job at doing so.... 

What were you doing when you last lost track of the time? 

Being a fool as a youngin'. I could have done so much more with myself. 
Make it Happen, Make if FUN NYC!

If you had to teach someone one thing, what would you teach? 

Love yourself enough to trust trust yourself and be confident in your decisions, even when you think they are absurd to others.

What makes you smile?

My children, Jump rope, my goals and good people that are not always serious. The simple things in life. 

What drives you to do better at something?

Thinking about the bigger picture.

What can you do today that you couldn’t do a year ago? What will you be able to do at this time next year?

Confidence in myself and ability.  Also learning how to say "no" and mean it, without feeling bad. 

What is the last thing that you’ve done that’s really worth remembering?

Being on the Dr. Oz show. 

What gets you excited and driven to achieve? 

My goals excite me. The opportunities excite me.  I'm driven by myself. I'm driven by the "No's.  

When was the last time you travelled somewhere new? 

It's been a while. ATLANTA in 2011.

What do you want most out of life?

To achieve things my way and leave a legacy for my children and thousands around the globe. 

If karma was coming back to you, would it help or hurt you?

A Queen, A Teacher, A Social Worker... she did that!
I think it would help. I'm a good person.  

What do you “owe” yourself? 

A spa day. I have never ever in my 36 years of life. 

How do you spend the majority of your free time? Why? 

Free time? I spend my time at the gym or going to a fitness class in the gym, park, or elsewhere. 

What did you want to be when you were a kid? 

A queen, a teacher, a social worker. 

What have you done to pursue your dreams lately? 

A lot of self promotion, collaborating with others and continually working on my craft. 

How about today? 

Tight Like Rope!
I made some important phone calls and put a team together. 


Those SOX tho... Ambassador for @thesoxbox
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