A Day in Lucero’s Life

LuceroLIFE (Foot Kick Trick)

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After posting this trick to Instagram I received messages from around the globe.

A Dutch friend cracked her eye pretty good, a boy from Kentucky is nursing a broken toe, and I don’t even want to ask what’s going on in the UK… instead of waiting to receive any more injury stories from folks trying to copy the trick, I decided to make this instructional video.

I suggest that those attempting the feat, protect their feet by wearing regular athletic shoes rather than thin dance shoes.

It is fun and easy once you learn and master it!  Good Luck & TWIRL STRONG!

LuceroLIFE (Baton Twirling fun in the Park)

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Learning to edit my own videos by studying tutorials and scouring Google has been exciting, rewarding, frustrating and opened up a new art form for me. For years I have relied on others to create the things I imagined and it is a joy to now have the ability to bring my thoughts to life.

Here is a really fun glimpse at some cool baton twirling and the beauty of Queen Lilioukalani Park located in Hilo, Hawaii.

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LUCEROLIFE on YOUTUBE (Beg. Dance-Twirl)

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Aloha baton twirling enthusiasts!

You’re going to love my NEW and IMPROVED YouTube channel, LuceroLIFE.

I will be posting ALL twirling ALL the time.  Beginning with my first NEW post today…

Learn and enjoy this fun and funky beginning dance-twirl for warm-ups or a daily exercise program.

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the channel, LIKE the video and leave a comment!

I’d love to hear what you’ve enjoyed and what you may like to have me post for YOU!

I’m just learning how to edit these videos myself, and I know the quality will improve as I continue to create. I appreciate your enthusiastic support and understanding as I learn things like how to get the volume of each clip consistent.

I’m looking forward to sharing the fun and beauty of our wonderful sport with a wide range of those who are willing to learn and to be inspired.

TWIRL STRONG!

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When your mind gives you lemons…

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Not long ago I auditioned for a TEDx jury in front of a live audience.

There were 14 passionate, intelligent speakers vying for the chance to present their “idea worth spreading” for the 2017 season.

My topic was My Unrealistic Reality.  Each time I share my stories and how I view life, many people ask, But HOW DO YOU STAY SO POSITIVE AND HOW CAN YOU TELL THESE STORIES WITH SUCH EASE AND HAPPINESS?

I offer my viewpoint throughout my presentation, with examples such as:  After my body was crushed in the car accident and the doctor came to offer his prognosis for my recovery, he stated, “Your injuries are extreme, your body will not fully recover and your athletic career is over”…. and I WAS DELIGHTED…. because what I heard him say was, “You have a completely different body now, so you get to choose interesting, new and exciting things to BECOME!”  I did choose new and exciting things to become, and so, there was nothing wrong with the circumstances, and, after some time I also healed decently and DID return to my athletic career.

Although I give these examples and live my life with this kind of thought process, not even I realized how my personally trained way of thinking is such an engrained part of me, until a gentleman named Oliver, spoke on the subject of happiness.  His focus was about how our thoughts, rather than our circumstances can help us to create our own level of happiness.

Toward the end of his presentation he said, I am going to quickly demonstrate just how powerful your mind is.  Please close your eyes.  Imagine a big, yellow, juicy lemon.  It is on a plate in front of you. You have a sharp knife and you cut the big, yellow lemon in half.  It is glistening in front of you.  You see the juice dripping from the slice.  Now you pick the lemon up, and you take a big, juicy bite.  Now open your eyes.  

He then asked,  Raise your hand if you had a physical reaction of some kind during that story.

Everybody in the room raised their hand…  Except for me.

Oliver then chuckled and said, That’s how powerful your mind is.  There was no lemon.  I was just saying words.  Yet, your mouth was affected wasn’t it? Everybody laughed and nodded, yes.

I had no physical reaction to Oliver’s story.

Here’s why.

The moment I heard Oliver say the word lemon, I chose to re-imagine a lemon as the most sweet and easy thing in the world to taste.  I did not know where his story was going, or that he would ask us to take a bite in our mind.  I did know that the thought of a lemon causes my mouth to have an unpleasant reaction, and I like pleasant things…  so, I just made it pleasant.  When he asked us to taste it, I took a completely different bite than everybody else in the room.

I did not think about the significance of this until I was on the train home after the event.

When life gives me challenges I re-imagine them into advantages and when my mind gives me lemons, I make butterscotch fudge!

 

 

Meet Harold

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Hello Annetta,

My name is Harold Newcomb and I purchased your video with the training skills and I really love it.   I purchased it for my grand daughter, but she wasn’t interested.

As I tried learning all these tricks and drills I found out it is a very good way to exercise while doing something very fun and enjoyable.  It is no easy task for me even though I’m a good athlete. I have several problems learning and performing the tricks. I’m 6′ 2″ and I’m 80 years old, but I’ve got heart and determination.

I am an inventor.  I mow lawns and use a zero turn Cub Cadet mower.  I’ve invented a special mower and I can use the feet to steer the mower, so I am free to do many things with the hands.

I also must alter some of the tricks because of the seat on the mower and can not use my legs because I’m using them to steer the machine.  The zero turn circle enables me to use the baton to perform many of the neck rolls, continuous elbow rolls, mouth rolls, elbow pop rolls, as well as many other  functions.

I am still learning to do all these tricks and would like to someday make videos for you tube.  I would much prefer teaching you to steer the mower and allow you to do the baton tricks. I do have the patten on the invention and these videos would help in selling the idea to some huge manufacturing company.

I had thought that it would be much easier to teach you to operate the zero turn mower than me to do the tricks.

Please let me know what you think of the ideas.

I play your videos every night and imagine myself twirling the baton to some wild James Bond music.

Lots of Love!!!

Harold

What I learned from my son’s last breath

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My son Jaidon lived a short and powerful life.
He was 16 years old when he took his last breath.
He was my teacher while he was alive.
There was one brief moment that affected me more than any other…
This is what I learned from Jaidon’s last breath:
If I am still breathing, I have to try.
I must live fully.
I must laugh.
I must see things lively.
I must notice beauty.
When he took that last breath, time stood still.
Energy shifted.
Love and sorrow mingled as all of the make-believe mind dramas of this manufactured world melted away.
Then, there was no more Jaidon.
“He” was really gone.
 There was no more struggle or trying.
When I am most distressed over life’s scenarios,
When things seem too heavy, overwhelming, impossibly complicated or hopeless;
I think of my son’s last breath.
His life was such a gift.
My life is a gift as well.
I will eventually experience my last breath.
But, until then…
I’ll try.
(Read Jaidon’s Story HereThe only answer that matters)

It’s ALL in the Name

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When I was pure bliss, among the bright stars, I floated in knowing for eternity.
At some point I chose to have an adventure.
I chose to experience the illusion of splitting myself into what would seem like a countless myriad of colorful parts.

I chose to ride in a separate vehicle called a human body and to be given a name, and a life.
I knew life would pass as a near invisible blip on the radar of everlasting beauty, yet, I desired to feel, see, absorb, know and expand.

In the creation of my own adventure I thoughtfully chose one particular part of myself.  I asked it to help me more than any other.
I said, “when I am separate, and have forgotten that I am only ME, and that the “I” ME is YOU, as well, I would like YOU to remind me of WHO I AM.”

The part of me playing YOU asked, “how might I do that?”
The “I” ME was very creative and bold.  The “I” excitedly painted a picture that would provide the most opportunity for expansion, adventure, growth and wisdom.

“I” asked YOU  to deliver life, to love ME, and to stay with ME throughout the journey.
YOU said, “Yes, of course I will do these things, I love ME.  I can agree to anything “I” desires.”

“I” was pleased and continued.  “I want YOU to offer ME pain, darkness, sadness and oppression as well….”
“What?” YOU exclaimed.  “Why does “I” ask for such things?”
“I” smirked and breathed deeply. “I asks for an experience that will provide the most opportunity to remember “ME”.
The place ME is going has many variables. I want the highest possibility to feel ALL of the emotions, to see ALL of the contrast, to absorb ALL of the beauty and horror, to know ALL of the pain and glory, and to expand ALL of the ways I desire…  Can YOU provide ME these gifts?”

Without hesitation YOU confidently stepped forward.  “Not only will YOU provide all of these things, YOU will give ME clues in this adventure to help uncover ME’s magnificent and whole origin.”

“What will the clues be?”,  “I” excitedly asked.

YOU now looked pleased and mischievous.
“”I” shall be named, ALL.”
“Oh! That is lovely!”, “I” exclaimed.

As the ME separated and YOU began the journey to Earth, “I” waved with joy and lovingly called out…

“and “I” shall name YOU, Mom!”

Thank you for ALL of it, Mom.
~Annetta Louise Lucero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embracing the Monsters

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When I was really little my bio dad would run after me pretending to be an insane gorilla-monster.
It was, at first fun, yet quickly progressed to alarming and ultimately terrifying. At the peak of fear I would always react in the same way. Rather than run faster or seek a hiding place, (thus prolonging my own insecurity and fear), I would STOP, boldly turn around, exclaim, “Dad!”,  and run right at him.
Embracing him, whether or not he had changed from the character, put the power back in my realm and instantly altered the reality of my fear. 
I thought about this last night after I caved in to the alarm and fear I allowed to build in my own mind.
In the midst of my self-induced panic I STOPPED. I named my fear and then ran directly towards it. I wrote of my frustrations and asked for help.
Embracing the monster rather than trying to run or hide from it is the quickest path I know to regaining my own power.
I am not going to continue telling and rehashing the story of my fear. I deleted my panic-driven post and desire to speak as the person I choose to become.
While I am not sure WHAT solutions will appear to remedy the current challenge, I know that the solutions WILL appear and they will present themselves at exactly the moment they should.
I CAN BE fearless in all situations and circumstances.
I will always embrace the monsters.
LOVE!

Embracing ALL

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Blue

“I take it back”

4 words that pierced my heart

The phrase that initiated a new path, a restart

I’ve carried baggage filled with pain

But repeating mistakes is something I’ve been trained

To know is utterly insane

Make a different choice

Find an open space

Throw it to a different place

The mirror stares me in the face

Illusion

Growth

What do I want…

Regret, sadness, bleeding soul

Or elements that make me whole

What lingers

What is real

Is it possible to fully heal

I don’t know

I have no answer, no path to “how”

Peace resides within the NOW

I’ll step off cliffs, and as I fall

My heart expands

embracing ALL