I look up to people who can do one thing really, really well. Pros, rock stars, you know.

I’ve always been that kind of person who likes to wear many hats. I just do a lot of things satisfactorily. Like that word? I did. I used it.

So, when Sport Chalet contacted me to join their team of Experts in Sport, I was pretty pumped. I’ll be an expert! Sure!

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I especially like peeking out from corners. Bottom right, represent.

So, meet your resident Sport Chalet Fitness Expert. Sport Chalet’s newly-launched website is sporting all the expert faces on our own little pages.

Sport Chalet is a sporting goods retailer specializing in women’s and men’s sport clothing and accessories, including all those brands we all drool over, like North Face, Nike, Billabong, and more! They have everything from scuba or snowboarding gear to hiking accessories to running clothes. They also specialize in team sports.

Now, here’s the fun part. Sport Chalet is offering you the chance to win a $100 or $50 gift card! If you’ve got you’re eye on a new pair of running shoes, find yourself in need of some new tank topstops, or just want to buy a soccer ball on a whim, you’re in luck.

Here’s how you enter: Leave a comment on this post. Tell me, if you were to be named an expert at anything in your life, what would it be? Get creative here. I want to hear all the cool things at which you’re awesome!

For extra entries, you can do the following — just make sure each entry is in a separate comment:

  1. Follow me @aBLYSSa on Twitter and tweet, “I just entered to win a @SportChalet gift card from @aBLYSSa’s giveaway!”
  2. Like Life of bLyss on Facebook and leave a comment.
  3. Follow me @aBLYSSa on Instagram and leave a comment.
  4. Post a picture on Instagram of you doing your favorite fitness activity and use one of the Sports Chalet Community Hashtags found here. Tag me in your photo so I can count it! Leave a comment.

A winner and a runner-up will be selected at random a week from today (9/5/14) based on the comment #. Be sure to include your e-mail and your twitter handle (if applicable) in your entry so I can get in touch if you win!

Good luck!

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Exotic Alyssa

August 28, 2014 · 10 comments

Recently, I met someone who had never heard of the name “Alyssa” before.

It was so exotic to them that when we first met, they asked me to pronounce it twice.

Then, when I was referred to a family member by said person, the question in response was, “Is she white?”

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Why, yes. I am white. My name is Alyssa. Uh-liss-uh (by the way, who recognizes my doggy friend here? ;))

(And for an extra fun fact, I actually didn’t have a name for the first two days of my life. My mom cried when a nurse actually bullied into her choosing a name for me, and they picked “Alyssa” out of a name book.)

And if you’re still confused, look! Here’s a video to help:

I’m so glad my friend found this website so I can now distribute it to anyone who wants to pronounce my name with marbles in mouth and an Eastern European accent.

Who else’s name on here is pronounced EXTRA awesomely? I want to hear it.

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My First Commercial

August 25, 2014

As promised, you guys get to see my best “car browsing” face from The Auto Connection Commercial. For those of you who are impressed by immature humor, I’ll show you my friend’s really high brow comment about my face: My friends. Making things inappropriate since the mid- to late-80′s. I’d smack him, but I need […]

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Matt Nathanson’s Favorite

August 21, 2014
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Something amazing happened on my annual family beach vacay that totally made this summer 110 times better. It was Matt Nathanson. He happened. If you’re confused, go listen to Come On, Get Higher. Then you’ll know who he is. Upon arriving in Myrtle Beach, my best friend Maggie and I headed to the House of […]

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All My Best Moves

August 19, 2014

Turns out T Swift is yoinking all my best dance floor material. But it’s a-okay. I’ll allow it, since her new song is actually pretty on the money. Enjoy below. I’m going to go freshen up my repertoire just so people don’t confuse me for her on the dance flo’. …You know, since it happens […]

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The Coolest (Part-Time) Job.

August 9, 2014

So, I know I’ve been complaining about my whole unemployment status. But seriously, my part-time jobs have been rocking my world. Has anyone gotten exceedingly confused after seeing me in photos on Instagram with a local doggy celeb, in Army ASUs, and carrying around a fake baby? Not to worry; I didn’t give birth, marry […]

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The Beauty of a Bulu Box & Life=

July 25, 2014

Tell me you’ve heard of Bulu Box! Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help subscribers feel your best. Those who sign up for the subscription can choose a 3, 6, or 9 month program to receive custom boxes filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 […]

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Funemployment For The Win.

July 18, 2014
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I’ve now had over two months of funemployment. After being laid off, I’ve been keeping myself busy with a myriad of activities. But I’ve still got a lot to accomplish. Wait, no. What I need to accomplish is finding a full-time job. But still, I’ve been reflecting on my little adventure. There’s been so much […]

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Pure Barre: Tips from your Teacher

July 3, 2014

I’ve been bombarding you with a lot of Pure Barre talk. Partially, this is because my life revolves around my teaching and studying, and partially because I just love it. I can’t help it. This post, however, comes as a request from a few readers and blog friends. I love, love the fact that everyone’s […]

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DOES Cardio Make You Fat?

June 26, 2014

I was very against the recent(ish) ground-breaking ideology that cardio makes you fat. BUT, lately, I’ve de-prioritized (making up words, heyyoo!) my cardiovascular workouts, and I think the results have changed my outlook. As a cardio-holic, I have always been pretty addicted to the rush of endorphins cardio gives me. I like to feel like […]

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