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From interesting articles and events to brain-health and twirling tips, 

follow my year of service and my journey to Miss Texas and beyond!

Miss Fort Worth 2017

November 26th, 2017

I am incredibly blessed to be your newly crowned Miss Fort Worth 2017! Here's a little about me!

Platform: Food for Thought

Hometown: Carmel, Indiana (but now I am a proud Wacoan!)

School: Baylor University studying Neuroscience Pre-law

Fun Fact: I am a baton twirler and I've competed and coached in 9 countries! I also love dinosaurs and always wanted to go to culinary school.

Favorites...

Movie: A Few Good Men & Miss Congeniality

Food: marshmallows and gummi bears

Color: pink and sparkly (and green and gold, of course! Sic 'em!)

Word: Resilience. From learning to comeback stronger after an injury or crazy drops in a routine to being willing to take alternative paths in my life when things don’t go as anticipated, it is a skill that I’m grateful for every day. Physically and mentally, it has been the skill that has allowed me to grow and become stronger in everything I do!

Quote: "If passion is the input, then success will become the output."


I am so excited to kickoff my year serving the community, building my platform, and embark on my journey to Miss Texas!


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Look Up

December 1st, 2016

Dear People Against Baylor University,

Whether you are in sports, anti-rape activism, feminism,

or just provoking a culture of hate,

you should know the following:

You are looking in the wrong direction.

Calling to end the Baylor Football season

is to continue to commit acts against women

that you are proclaiming to protect.

I stand on this field with strong and empowered women

who have trained hard in our sports to be here.

My athletic resume includes ten years of classical dance, rhythmic gymnastics, elite level baton twirling, competitive cheerleading,

and a hard earned spot on Team USA.

I travel the world to teach, perform, and empower women in their sport.

My dream was to stand right here on this field 

for four years as an athlete.

Right now, I am pursuing a degree in Neuroscience on a pre-law track 

for neurolaw, neuroethics, and moral cognition studies,

 and writing two Baylor Interdisciplinary Core papers

on historical feminism in an effort to try and understand

why we all struggle in this world together

-man and woman side by side-

and how we can help each other get what we want

in the best human way possible...

Instead of ending the season,

or verbally ridiculing all the people

who came to this university because

we believe in our faith,

our hopes, our dreams,

humanity, and most importantly,

our education...

Why don’t you call to end football completely?

Because it would not recognize nor

attack the root of the problem

of rape culture,

just as ending the Baylor football season

would not solve the problem...


Here we face the real challenge together:

Care enough that more innocent men and women

will continue to be punished by this terrible crime.

Don’t call for more acts with harmful impacts against women to occur.

We may never know the real - the true – story

of what actually happened;

by that, I mean that every single one of these stories

that you read every single day,

has a real truth

and the profound fact is that

we may never actually know what that truth is

or see the people face justice

who are TRULY responsible

or are hidden

or rightfully accused

or wrongfully accused.

…and because this has brought so much confusion

…and if you believe every single thing you read about a person or situation

…and do not not have regard for what is true

because hating is just so easy...

-Isn’t hating just too easy?-

At least care enough to stop it at the root and find

the real reason we have this rape culture

in almost every sports program

in America…

Don’t just promote a culture of hate.

Don’t scream “rapist” at innocent people that

attend a college, a football game or school event...

Instead of reading someone else’s answers,

find your own through reliable education

because isn't using someone else’s answers as your own

considered plagiarism?

It's been proven where that gets you.


This is your call to action.

We have to ask ourselves:

What is the root of violent behavior

- particularly rape -

toward all people?

Fight for answers,

not just the chance to fight because

you don’t value for the beliefs

or interests of other people.


What I have learned in life is this:

Anyone can say anything about anyone.

It doesn’t even have to be true.

If you want to breed a culture of hate,

then you better have a good truth behind it because

otherwise you are building a house on shifting sand.


Let’s start with this idea....

I believe aspects of our market economy in America

have allowed us to have the idea that

one human being might not have as much value as another human being,

thus allowing us to confuse our

materialistic value with our moral value.

This takes us backwards to another time in our history

-maybe several times-

that were not particularly positive.

We’ve been there before, but did we learn anything?


I believe the secret to moral change is role modeling.

But the secret to it is:

you can’t have a role model that has less than you

or just the same as you.

You must seek someone that has MORE than you

-with enough valuable moral influence-

to shape you into the better person that you WANT to become…

This is not to be confused with what you want to HAVE,

because that plays into the materialistic idea of value.


If you don’t take time to think about it

and you just want to hate lots of people,

then at least let me try to effect a small change

that might allow you to have one moment of rest 

from the conflict that hate causes

which sure takes a whole lot of energy...


The “Seven Rights” promoted by my mentor - Claes Nobel is my message of hope...

His family history is symbolic with the hallmark of peace and excellence.

He believes that the youth are our future and

his scholarship program changed my life

by sending me to Italy to study world hunger

and the future for women’s leadership in STEM educations.

 

I still believe in the Justice System.

I still believe in America.

I still believe in God.

I have to 

because it is my future and my right 

where I will leave my legacy of hope to others.

So,

Stop looking in the wrong direction.

Look up for answers.

They are there

in your faith,

in your moral role models and leaders,

and Look

closely in each others eyes

because you need to see what is there.

You need to see for yourselves

that we all have value and

that we are human and important.

We need compassion for one another

and we need to teach one another

the importance of having

Our Seven Rights as Mankind...


1. Right Thought - Your mind is a dynamic organ. Everything in the universe and in the world originated in thought.  

2. Right Word - Words are incredibly powerful. Once a word leaves your mouth, nothing can pull it back again.

3. Right Deed - Let Dignity, Honor, and Truth be the noble hallmarks of your character.

4. Right Attitude - Smile and laugh.  Be kind, positive, and helpful to all. Become a good listener.

5. Right Livelihood - Step lightly on the Earth--leave no foot-prints.

6. Right Here - You do not have to go to the far corners of the world. Start world transformation in your own community. Start right in your own backyard.

7. Right Now - No procrastination! No excuses! Become a very busy, active person for World Betterment and World Change.


And now just a reminder:

Stop looking in the wrong direction.

Look Up.

Thank you

❤︎ Adi Bebo


Dedicated to my grandfather who

was a role model to a thousand people:

I wish I could capture everything he told me

in a bottle.

All of the details of the ideal ways of doing things

and all of the motivation behind them.

He led by perfect example and taught me

that by putting in my hardest work with purest passion,

I could achieve anything I could ever dream of.

This is the foundation I was built on and

it is the most important lesson that I will ever learn.

Because of this lesson, 

I know that I will be able to handle anything I will ever face.

His insight and wisdom on everything

perpetually gives me a sense of understanding

of the moral foundation that our lives are constructed upon.

He built that foundation with his heart and soul

and I will forever carry that part of him with me

with the highest value and the strongest love in my heart.

I know that he is so proud of me

but there is still much hard work to be put in

and it will all be inspired by him

and for the glory of God

Food For Thought

December 20th, 2016

I am advocating for my platform, "Food For Thought" which is a Plan of prevention and attention toward Optimal Neurologic Well-being that includes nutrition,anti-hunger, healthy lifestyle choices, leadership development, implementing school presentations to spread awareness, fundraising, and clear and visible support for those affected by neurological dysfunction. Prevention and attention are disciplinary core ideas for a new standard in neural health. "Food For Thought" focuses on the impact of nutrition on brain function and I am committed to spreading awareness of brain-healthy foods and helping food banks across Texas gain access to them! As a sophomore Neuroscience major at Baylor University, I have learned the importance of nutrition in the prevention of neurological disease and in promoting brain health. I believe that everyone at any economic level deserves access to keeping their mind healthy. With over 600 neurological diseases affecting the world we live in, scientists are now detecting even more, as new intersecting roles of psychology link impacts such as stress, anxiety, and depression. My goal: Provide Preventative measures to promote neurological health and bring care and attention to those who are affected by neurological dysfunction. Through my initiative, I will work diligently in my role to ensure that I provide the latest tools to build optimistic minds, help understanding of the importance of reducing food insecurity, and build awareness for how improving nutritional needs in food insecure communities, can help us investigate other important societal issues like mental illness, depression, or suicide, that affect all of society.Mentally associating nutritious food with a new positive thought and experience, is the very method our brain uses to change existing negative attitudes or behaviors. This is my universal “Food for Thought” and my passion for a journey to Miss Texas 2017.


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Food For Thought: Chocolate on the Brain

December 5th, 2017

Honestly, I don’t think any of us need an excuse for a little extra chocolate in our diets. When I’m looking to indulge a little outside of my strict training diet, I almost always reach for chocolate. That’s why upon further research into what kinds of foods best support brain health, I promptly went out and got myself a dark chocolate bar as a “treat yo-self” gift to help me study for finals this week. Researching and learning that chocolate has some major benefits to brain health is a dream-come-true, so I thought I’d break it down for y’all…


But first, some disclaimers because there is such thing as too much of a good thing: Dark chocolate has been proven to have a great impact on the brain and body but it’s important to remember that it can be high in calories and sugar, which if not monitored in your diet as a whole, can potentially counteract any benefits gained. Additionally, refined sugar isn’t great for your brain, (especially following a brain injury!) so it’s important to look for chocolate around 85% cocoa. Now, let's get to the good stuff...


• By suppressing cortisol (the hormone that makes you stress-out), the magnesium that dark chocolate provides can improve our resilience to stress as well as improve concentration, sleep, mood, and memory (which are finals week essentials).


• It’s pretty clear that eating chocolate makes most of us happy, but what you might not have known is the physiology behind it. Just the act of eating dark chocolate boosts endorphins which also reduce stress and pain. Also, chocolate is a good source of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin and makes your brain feel happy and puts you in a positive mood!


• Dark chocolate contains flavonoids which improve blood flow to your brain, thus boosting attention span, reaction time, memory, and problem solving! Even more, in the long run, these flavonals help prevent mental decline in seniors and lower blood pressure to reduce the risk of stroke. They even have anti-inflammatory properties which are particularly important to people who’ve suffered from concussions, but are also good for brain health. Thankful for Flava-flav(anol).


• Free radicals (the reason you see the effect oxygen has on avocados and apples that makes them turn brown) have a pretty profound effect on your brain since it does expend about 20% of the oxygen you take in. This sounds pretty bad but luckily dark chocolate contains antioxidants which guard brain cells and thwart damage and cellular aging.


• Caffeine is something we could all use a little more of. Dark chocolate contains a lower amount of caffeine per ounce than coffee, but it may just be enough to improve my focus, memory, and mood to finish studying for my Calculus exam.


Now that I’ve schooled you on a few of the benefits of a little extra dark chocolate in your diet, I encourage you to go and “treat yo-self” during finals this week! #FoodForThought #SicFinals


❤︎ Adi Bebo


• Check out these articles to learn more!


http://www.hercampus.com/school/cwu/brain-food-will-keep-you-going-through-finals


http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cocoa-sweet-treat-brain-201502057676


https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-resilient-brain/201410/dark-chocolate-good-your-brain


http://bebrainfit.com/brain-benefits-dark-chocolate/


https://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/us/a-bite-to-remember-chocolate-is-shown-to-aid-memory.html?_r=0

Fort Worth Portrait Project

February 1st, 2017

When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a rodeo cowgirl. My journey has been one filled with incredibly diverse experiences from competitive hip-hop and cheerleading, to training long hours for Team USA Olympic level twirling, to moving 1,000 miles from home in Indiana to study Neuroscience at Baylor, to being crowned Miss Fort Worth 2017. The woman I have become today has been shaped by these incredible opportunities, but equally by the adversity I have faced to see my goals to fruition. I am grateful for these obstacles and through them I have become a strong advocate for kindness, health, perseverance, and individuality. I hope to use my adventures and leadership to continue to inspire others to pursue their unique journey, because you never know what path will eventually lead you to the rodeo.


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below!  http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/


Healthy Brains Initiative

January 1st, 2017

New Year's resolutions usually include a mission to lose weight, exercise, and improve relationships while more of what relaxes you or makes you happy; you may have your own reasons for pursuing these goals, but you may not have known that you are also moving toward a healthier brain. The Cleveland Clinic started the Healthy Brains Initiative to raise awareness of just how crucial overall wellbeing is to neurological health. They have outlined six of the most accessible ways in which brain diseases can be prevented and health can be maintained. Let's start the year off right by making a commitment to ourselves to make a daily effort to reduce the risk of dementia and neurological disease.


https://healthybrains.org/sign-up/

Everyone starts somewhere! Visit the link above for a Free Brain Check-up and for personalized information on brain health!


"Together we are making a difference, leaving a legacy, and keeping memory alive for now and for future generations." - The Cleveland Clinic, healthybrains.org


The 6 Pillars of Brain Health

1. Physical Exercise

Exercise improves blood flow and memory; it stimulates chemical changes in the brain that enhance learning, mood, and thinking


2. Food & Nutrition

Over time, stress from lifestyle and environmental factors results in oxidation and damage of brain cells; having a balanced diet with food rich in antioxidants helps protect your brain from oxidation.


3. Medical Health

Being as proactive as possible in maintaining health can help control medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, head trauma, higher cholesterol, and smoking that contribute to the risk of dementia.


4. Sleep & Relaxation

Your brain works 24/7 and sleep and meditation helps re-energize you to improve your mood and immune system; it also reduces stress and buildup of Alzheimer causing plaque.


5. Mental Fitness

Mental exercises may improve brain function and promote new brain cell growth, which decreases the likelihood of developing dementia; keeping your brain fit over time, prevent atrophy.


6. Social Interaction

Spending time with others, staying connected with family and friends, and engaging in stimulating conversation proves to slow the rate of memory decline.


❤︎ Adi Bebo

Twirl For God: Devotional #1

February 19th, 2017

2 Timothy 1:6-7 NRSV

“For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”


“Have Faith Not Fear” - This has been a silent catchphrase that I have repeated over and over before I take the floor for competition. It was a soothing thought as I traveled a thousand miles away to a new school and a new life at Baylor University, and when I lost both grandparents suddenly to rare neurological diseases in the past few years.


God has always been a spiritual part of my baton twirling journey for as long as I can remember. He is the reason I started twirling. It started at eight years old when my heart was broken for the first time. My horse was killed in a trailer accident as it traveled from Florida to Indiana, and I closed my tack room door where his saddle and my boots and helmet still sit to this day. I had just been baptized, my saving grace was baton, and I poured my heart into it. While others questioned my drive and extreme dedication, I knew from the beginning that he had closed one door but opened another.


Love and self-discipline is the second part of the Bible message and I have used these words to guide me throughout my sport and life. The same drive that propels my success in baton, is what I also channel into kindness and service to others. I like to call it willpower, but I know that it’s truly God’s will. After an incredibly successful senior year in high school where I won multiple community service awards, silver and bronze World medals in two baton twirling organizations, scholarships, and recognition for my work ethic, I arrived at college overwhelmed and exhausted. So far away from family and my support system, I found myself making it day by day, but not moving in any particular direction. Other students didn’t understand my sport or accomplishments, they just knew that I was too disciplined or different from most Freshman. It was a difficult adjustment and I felt lost in my Christian University until I made it to the gym for training. There, I felt at home and it led to some pretty amazing days to follow. My sport, faith, and self-discipline, guided me through a difficult year, and then lifted me to new heights, just when I wasn’t sure what was around the corner.


This is the year that I have discovered my greatest strength through Christ. Missing community service and involvement led me to try a new pageant journey, and now I’m on my way to the Miss Texas competition in June. I almost turned my car around right before my first pageant, but I felt that nagging familiar pull on my heart. Now, I not only have a sash and crown, but so much more. I once again have God’s glory. Through this experience, I am able to serve again, and spread the message to so many others to have faith and not fear, but also willpower to take initiative. I am sharing in school presentations, involved with charities, making friends with like-minded people, and making dreams happen for other people as well as myself. Never doubt the power you have within to reinvent yourself!


What I have also experienced, is the loss of two friends that are beyond greatly missed. One was a very strong Christian and an incredibly inspirational light to others. He was killed by a hit and run driver earlier this year and his incredible spirit and life story reached out to so many others, as college marching bands across the nation mourned his death. Another died just a week ago as he took his own life for unknown reasons. He was so energetic and happy as we talked before classes, and it just proves how we never really know what someone else’s journey is like. Love and loss are a very real part of life.


This leads me to one last part of the Bible message that I want to share that is near and dear to my heart. Be kind to others. Life is about finding your own balance, and the more you find the balance that is right for you, the more you recognize when someone’s loss of balance is impacting their life in a negative way. Your kind words and encouragement are the spirit of God’s love that carries others whether in competition or in life.


I am so grateful for everyone that has been a part of my life story through baton twirling, education, leadership, and friendship. You have all made my life so special and have inspired me more than you could ever know.


Please feel free to write to me anytime or share your stories at competitions. I love hearing from all of you, and some of my very best friends are those with whom I share the love of this sport! Also, feel free to visit my website adaline.bebo for more stories and encouragement. Lots of love to you all!


“A humble heart and faith in God leads to an open road and a set of wings”


Adaline Bebo

Twirl For God Ambassador


Please visit:

https://www.twirlforgod.com

The Seven Bees 🐝

February 20th, 2017

In the very beginning of the Bible, the number 7 is considered to represent something that is complete. For example, man was created on the sixth day and on the seventh day God rested. 

"The seventh day was to be 'set apart' for Israel; the Sabbath was a holy day of rest." - Deuteronomy 5:12


It has been scientifically proven that, aerodynamically, bumblebees should be unable to fly, but they do, right? I don’t know about you, but I’m not about to be the one to tell them. Bees do not have regard for this fact and they only know that they have a mission in life. 

Don’t set limitations for yourself! You should only think about what you can achieve and do your best to maximize it to continually seek your goals. In my eyes, bees symbolize overcoming obstacles to achieve dreams. 


So here are seven things that can help us live more complete lives to fulfill our aspirations and our minds to their highest potential.


1. 🐝 Bee Good To Your Brain: Treat your brain with a healthy lifestyle

2. 🐝 Bee Creative: Dare to be different and challenge your brain to try new things

3. 🐝 Bee-lieve In Yourself: You can do anything when you train your brain to believe

4. 🐝 Bee Right With The World: You have a responsibility to the Earth - (See "The Seven Rights of Mankind" below and on my homepage)

5. 🐝 Bee Balanced: When you balance the important things in life you can accomplish more because you CAN, you are giving attention evenly to MORE areas of your life.

6. 🐝 Bee Kind: We need each other to accomplish more together as a group of people with diverse talents than we can accomplish on our own as just one person.

7. 🐝Bee-gin: Volunteer in a chosen group that aligns with your values. Enroll today to take a step toward the greatest adventures in your life!


You better 🐝lieve that God has big things in store for you and I can’t wait to see all the ways you can empower yourselves with your

🐝-you-tiful minds!  


Check out this video from The Telegraph!


"Bumble bees found to have 'impressive' brain power as they are trained to score 'goals' by scientists"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/24/bumble-bees-found-have-impressive-brain-power-trained-score/


❤︎ Adi Bebo

Training Positivity

February 17th, 2017

“Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.” ― George Washington


Your brain has a huge task… It connects your central nervous system to the rest of your body and interact to help you make sense of the outside world through directing our behavior, language, and even our abstract thoughts, including determining whether we believe we can do something or not.


As an athlete, I've gained some valuable insight on my brain and have realized that when it's working correctly, I am a better athlete. 

Did you ever have a day when you just could do everything a little bit better? Maybe you ate breakfast or a healthy lunch or really studied hard for a test and felt better prepared - therefore, you gave yourself tools to have a better mental attitude and believed you could do it. 


Science is telling us we can actually rewire our brains to do what we want it to do, despite being physiologically the very same as we were yesterday. There are sports psychologists who work with top athletes improving their game through mental preparation to increase positivity. Neuroscientists have discovered a strategy for rewiring the brain which involves more than just positive thinking or working hard - it requires training.


Let me break it down for you!

First, the act of thinking sets into motion a chemical reaction in the brain that can be likened to plugging in a string of lights. As you think about something— positive or stressful—you turn on a string

of lights related to that topic.

Second, the more you think, feel and act the same way, the faster the lights turn on and the brighter they glow. (Thus, the string of lights related to driving a car at 45 years old is much brighter and faster

than the string you had at 16 years old.)

Finally, we have trillions of brain cells, resulting in millions of strings of lights correlating with our habits in all areas of our life. 


Donald Hebb’s landmark discovery in 1949, “neurons

that fire together wire together,” best explains the process of wiring and strengthening brain pathways. The key is to activate as many of these pathways as possible given they work synergistically. One pathway alone is not enough to successfully rewire your brain, but when you repeatedly align your beliefs, feelings, vision, and actions you will experience lasting changes in your brain. 


So think happy thoughts!

❤︎ Adi Bebo


http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11762/5-ways-to-rewire-your-brain-for-meaningful-life-changes.html

Building Integrity as a Leader

March 11th, 2017

Honesty is always the best policy.


As a mentor and a leader to others, I absolutely embrace the concept that demonstrating honesty and integrity will be the most valued characteristics in future leadership. In a world of technology, where social media is not filtered for evidence or propaganda, it seems that truth really remains with the audience on whether they choose to lend credibility to a story by believing it. Luckily most people will not follow a leader they do not trust once they discover a few integrity offenses..

If I want to sustain leadership, I know to lead by example just as my grandfather taught me. He was a really kind mentor for so many people and displayed every day that moral character and honesty is a durable foundation that’s essential if you want to build a life that other people will respect. He also taught me that putting in my hardest work with purest passion would lead me to achieve anything I could dream. It led me to today….where my actions speak far louder than any truth I could ever tell. When I make a mistake – I try to say so as quickly as possible…and learn as much as I can, because it keeps me firmly planted as forever humble!


When I do speak, I know that honesty means fact checking and not saying everything that comes to my mind, because I would rather use it as a tool to encourage other people, and not tear them down. Using the same truth as a motivator rather than for unkindness has built trust and friendships that I can count on. Sadly, I have also had to let go of others who were not accountable with their words, integrity, and actions, when it pulled me off balance.


Balance is the only thing that leads to my ability to accomplish the volume of incredible things in my life, and I couldn’t do it without honest behavior and service to others. There is just no time to backtrack. When I work with my community groups, we are able to do so much more because we trust that all of our hearts are working toward the same cause and effect. I believe that it comes through in the way that people are attracted to leaders that show consistent ethical behavior and integrity. My small sports business has grown internationally because this powerful combination has transformed me into a better coach. The best part is, that if I can impact or empower people by teaching positive role model behavior, it also gives me the chance to proudly enrich the moral legacy that my grandfather gifted to me…and that’s worth telling the whole truth! (2017).


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/


Bipartisan Action for Texans' Mental Health

April 8th, 2017

An incredible bipartisan decision was made in Texas yesterday, making access to mental health resources more readily available. By addressing top issues like insurance, student mental health, justice system dealings with mental illness, and matching grants for cooperation with mental health programs, we have taken a step in the right direction toward bridging the gap between neurological health and policy. 


Read more about the 4 mental health bills that are just the start of changing the lives of so many Texans at the link below:

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2017/04/07/miss-texas-lawmakers-awesome-bipartisan-progress-mental-health


How you can help


With House Speaker Joe Straus' pivotal mental health priorities progressing in Austin, we encourage you to let Senate leadership and your own legislators know how important these bills are to you, your family and your friends.


■ Contact Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: 512-463-5342 or [email protected]


■ Contact your legislator. To find out who represents you and how to contact them, go to www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx and type in your address.


■ Email forms are available on each lawmaker's website. Find them at www.house.state.tx.us/members and www.senate.state.tx.us/directory.php


❤︎ Adi Bebo

Being a Big Sister

March 30th, 2017

I have a little brother named Hudson. He’s 17 years-old and is a very typical teenage boy… except that I personally believe that he is the very best, cutest, smartest, funniest, sweetest boy in the entire world. He lives at home with our parents and goes to high school back where I am from in Indiana and I miss him so incredibly much. I often refer to him as the “angel” or “the good child,” but we didn’t always get along like we do today. When he was born, I remember asking my dad why we were going to the hospital and being totally shocked when I saw my mom actually holding a baby boy. I was definitely a strong-willed little girl. People would say that I was ornery, bossy, and a handful, but my mom always came to my defense by saying that I was “building leadership skills.” Needless to say, it seemed as though this baby boy was either going to be my victim or my minion. Luckily for my parents, he ended up being my best friend.


As he grew, I pestered him and dragged him into my endless big ideas and shenanigans, but at around age 3, my mom realized there was something wrong. He didn’t speak or babble nearly as much as he should for his age. After a trip to the doctor, we found out that he had what is called Apraxia of speech due to some bleeding and scarring in his brain when he was born. The doctor told us that he would never speak. 


Now, seeing as I had to have gotten my determination from somewhere, my mom took it upon herself to ensure that we would do whatever it took to make sure Hudson had every chance in the world to succeed. My family began to learn sign language as a speech therapist would come to our house 3 times a week. My mom owned a store in our town and she began growing and strengthening it so that Hudson could take over if other occupations proved to be difficult. The speech therapist prescribed that he take Omega-3 fish pills everyday for his brain health and that he take up basketball to try to get his hands above his head, which had both been proven to improve chances of speech. He loved to chomp up the fish pills and give me kisses smelling like an aquarium and to this day, I can’t stand to eat seafood. Our speech therapist would bring flashcard and games to play with him and I just couldn’t resist being involved in every moment. She would hold up a card that had a picture of a dinosaur and I’d lean over and try to slyly whisper to him “Hudson, say di-no-saur” and he’d perk up and say the similar phonetics. He would blow cotton balls across the floor with a straw to strengthen his mouth and coordination and for words spoken, he’d be rewarded with Skittles. To this day, I credit Skittles with the power to coax words and the ability to speak out of my little brother.


I am so proud to say that, today, Hudson speaks at 100% and if you get him talking about cars or gadgets or any one of his many passions, you just about never get him to stop. In my house growing up, the most offensive put down there was, was “shut up.” We never took our ability to speak for granted and cherished each other’s words.


Fast forward to when I was about to start my junior year in high school and he was starting 8th grade. I was taking the SAT for the first time and through his honors program, he was encouraged to take it with me. When we got our scores back, I looked at mine, looked at his, and just looked at him. I’m aggressively competitive and he hardly has a competitive bone in his body, but in that moment I was equally frustrated and proud that he was only within a few points of beating my SAT score. Siblings are so incredibly valuable. They give someone to push you to be your very best self, but you also want them to have more opportunities than you. You become the most ideal role model you can be in effort to lead them in the right direction.


Last week, I had a long and stressful week of deadlines, essays, and a bunch of crazy things on my plate, plus the realization of just how much I was missing my best buddy, so I gave him a call and told him all about the crazy stressful week I’d had. He just sort of offered a word of hope and plummeted into questioning me about what kind of car I’d get if….. and what would I do if… as if these imaginary scenarios were the most important thing to think about. In that moment, I realized exactly how blessed I am to have been given the opportunity to grow up with my very own best friend. We don’t agree on everything, but we share the same values, beliefs, and ~some~ interests, and I know for a fact that we will always have each others best interests in mind. He’s the only person in the entire world that I know I can trust with my ugliest selfies.


I’m responsible for a lot of big things in my life, but I can confidently say that being a big sister, to not only my brother, but to anyone who needs a sibling, is my most important job. Your relationship with your sibling is the longest-lasting one you’ll have in your entire life.


❤︎ Adi Bebo

NO LIMITATIONS

April 12th, 2017

This is my leadership vision for the future and one that I fearlessly title: NO LIMITATIONS


The Vision for Tomorrow must include Today as both are in the recipe to create the Future.


Aerodynamically, bees are not supposed to fly, but they do. They symbolize overcoming obstacles and achieving dreams through the glorification of God. They have become my personal symbol and reminder to work hard, pray hard, and to 'bee' resilient, gracious, and always humble.


This week I finished my second global initiative. I did it all from my own home, in the small community of Waco, amidst college classes, meetings, designing ad campaigns, very limited sleep, quite a few tears, and somehow crafting the miracle of words into inspirational movements. It is a measurable marker in my life, as I understand now the full reality of “blood, sweat, and tears.” This passionate process was by no means on my own, but with dedicated help of mentors, supportive community partnerships, and volunteers as we worked together to reach up and reach out. This is a leadership format conducive to building a stronger force of minds, and applying multidisciplinary strategies that naturally produce a broader scope of ideas.  


I believe it produces formulas that rise to accomplish higher levels of expectation in just about anything you apply it to. It just requires daring to dream a little bigger with no limitations... I am not just talking about global initiatives, I am enthusiastic about adapting this theory to overcoming obstacles in health, disability, personal relationships, business, and community, and finding those whom to surround yourself with that are compatible with your heart and goals.


No one can confidently predict how the future will unfold, but I believe the most powerful ideas of visionary leadership and service, align with my mentor, Claes Nobel, of the Nobel Peace Prize family. His organization gave me my first scholarship to travel to Italy where an inspiring army of women shared genuine personal insight and experience in education and life, that gave my aspirations an attainable and relatable realization. The networking opportunities provided while in one of the leading business capitals in the world, have been fundamental in my development and personal life. In lectures held at Università Bocconi and Milan EXPO, cultural enrichment possibilities and (most importantly) incredible friendships were forged through inspired learning of STEM studies and the amazing technological capabilities of Microsoft. It sought to open doors, hearts, eyes, and minds of young women from all corners of the earth. I gained invaluable knowledge of the global community’s relevant studies that I otherwise would have been oblivious.


Gaining this insight gave me a sense of what it is like to be an actively-informed global citizen that can envision a goal-oriented plan for the world’s destiny. As broad (and almost terrifying) as that may seem, it left me enlightened and focused on a purposeful career in Neuroscience and where I fit in the plan. 


I am so blessed to have been a part of such an event and I look forward to witnessing and experiencing the impact of its growth throughout my lifetime. This was a life-changing opportunity and now I strive to inspire the world and develop my passions in a meaningful way through the limitlessness of education.


Studying under effective leadership allowed for me to apply Mr. Nobel’s proposed remedy called “The Seven Rights” to my everyday life. I developed the structure below to shape visions for how I strive to carve a legacy that legitimizes my belief  “hard work pays off,” and truly empower myself with “No Limitations.”  I have outlined them below for “future” consideration.


These seven rights form a vision for any situation and can be universally applied. This week I will tailor them to speak to Girl Scouts on becoming better sisters in the future!


I will continue to post the Seven Rights throughout the week!


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/

NO LIMITATIONS - Right Thought

April 13th, 2017

Human Right 1: Right Thought - People Educated to have Higher Responsibility in Thought


❖ I am an optimist, and dedicate a lot of thought to what leadership looks like in the future. I see a world inspired by people who lead from an internal drive of determination and self-discipline, for the higher good of themselves, that extends to individuals, communities, state, nation and the world. It all starts with the right thought and despite the difficulties involved.


❖ Our mind is a dynamic organ. Everything in the universe and world originated in thought. I wish Dignity, Honor, and Truth to be steadfast and noble hallmarks of character. My future role for leaders is to effectively mentor and selflessly connect people to solutions. That is the true timeless role of service to others and the desire to be better each and every day.


❖ Having the right thought creates impact in time ahead that is morally and fundamentally improved (based on your own beliefs), but also respects the sacred values of those who have other views. These alternate theories help creative better end products for more people and not just one group.


❖ Followers would continue to foster upcoming leaders, instilling the ideas of mutual respect, integrity, and truth. That is the only way to create an atmosphere of change and a more acceptable means to carry ideas forward and move around barriers.


❖ Others would recognize the value of having the right thought through successful role models.


❖ For example, if we only use neuroscience to study the brain, spine, and nervous system, then we never learn quickly enough about disease, dysfunction, or ways to improve cognition to keep up with rapidly morphing cancers, childhood development, or health as the brain ages. By studying neuroscience as it intersects with psychology, biology, genetics, chemistry, physics and technology, it involves more options to grow a field conducive for making progress and understanding. Cooperation and respect for others starts with the right thought that is open to the ideas of others, but unwavering from personal character. I can even imagine applying this to personal lives or business opportunities in emotionally charged situations...


❖ For the future, Cementing a right thought would end with “because” or a cause that secures reinforcement of the belief. Firm beliefs become the right thought after curiosity, questioning, and exploration, wisely transforming assumptions and opinions into facts, which translate as wisdom. Wisdom is eternal and never stops growing. Folly will be stopped even faster in its tracks by super smart futuristic people. It won’t survive as technology gets even better.


❖ My future vision is one where through research is done through scholarly resources and NOT where people rely on the highly unreliable social media. 


❤︎ Adi Bebo


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NO LIMITATIONS - Right Deed

April 15th, 2017

Human Right 3: Right Deed - People Think About Working Hard and Doing Good Things


❖ I believe character, kindness, compassion, and responsibility, are staple requirements in solving complicated issues of society in future generations.


❖ After envisioning a future being led by trust, honor and respect, you cannot separate that it has to be in the essence of each person, and not just in individuals as leaders.


❖ It takes resolve to do the right thing when others somehow still get rewarded for doing the wrong thing. It hurts every time I see this. This is where building on the right thought and right word from the beginning, connect to the ability to carry out the right deed in all circumstances.


❖ It may be the single biggest reason an athlete, child, student, adult or individual might not follow through on a task. They didn’t believe in the mission. Hard work means establishing solid reasoning behind thought, and using words to effectively increase the meaning of the thought, or there is no reassurance that right deed will follow. The training ground is not solid.


❖ I see where positive thoughts and words build toward positive actions. If all has been taught and still not accomplished, then a failure is simply a mistake, and those are easily learned from. If I have not prepared these adequately as a leader/role model, then mistakes and excuses will follow indefinitely.


❖ I can leave a legacy for both success and failure at any given time. Mentoring means I am watched, and responsibility is eased by teaching others my strategy of striving to be a good person, working hard, and always attempting to do the right thing.


❖ Recovery from mistakes is the best example of resilience I could hope for future leaders. They are the best lessons I have found in humility and lead me to embrace the reality of being human.


❖ Creativity means survival for mankind as more labor is replaced by technology, and can always be a blessing to turn a negative situation into a positive one.



❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/

NO LIMITATIONS - Right Word

April 14th, 2017

Human Right 2: Right Word - People understand the power of Responsible Communication


❖ Words are incredibly powerful. Once a word leaves your mouth, nothing can pull it back again.


❖ Communication will be critical in the long range outlook of the future. It will be a direct result of planning ahead, to ensure our youth are shaped as the future of our own communities.


❖ This is where I take my belief model and shape it into reality. As I explore more, I become better informed, and can better understand, assess, and modify beliefs for accuracy. I would teach to suspend judgment of others ideas. A well-founded theory of thought is improved constantly and communicated smartly. This means taking time to explaining the “thought process” as not perfect and absolute, but one constantly open to growth, where new resources can benefit ideas and longer lasting results. If I represent all of my ideas as concrete and new evidence comes along, then followers are lost and the integrity of “truth” must be reestablished which involves backtracking. Nobody has time for that. It’s a fast paced world in the future!


❖ It is critical to build young leaders as visionaries, who see creative solutions to timeworn problems like hunger, poverty, and disease. They must be empowered to make exceptional contributions in their own particular areas of influence, not just around them, but also as leaders, who commit to mentoring those who follow in their footsteps. They must be steadfast in ethics in order to react responsibly to a quickly changing environment full of technology.


❖ What we whisper in the ears of our family, friends, students, child, colleague, or enemy, will be the resounding echoes that bounce back. We will either embrace or combat our very words as soon as tomorrow, if they are not chosen wisely.


❖ My future horoscope would read “Creating your own allies is key in surrounding oneself with a fair playing field. Building negativity and creating chaos is a path of destruction best avoided. Choose to create and build your own relationships early, and nurture them even when they break down. In doing so, you create a sustainable environment of open communication and build powerful liaisons.” Ultimately this prediction would be delivered to me inside a giant Krispy Kreme donut because that would best reinforce my motivation.


❖ Put simply, if others are told they can never be or do anything, without telling them what they can be or do, the opportunity will be lost forever. We must mentally enforce potential in those generations we leave behind. This is neuroscientifically proven, as the brain uses input to shape thoughts in our mind, because it is the only organ capable of producing consciousness.


❤︎ Adi Bebo


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NO LIMITATIONS - Right Attitude

April 16th, 2017

Human Right 4: Right Attitude - People Have A Higher Consciousness for Others


❖ In times to come, I hope for more smiling and laughing where people are kinder, positive and helpful to all. They are good listeners, and don’t use social media to lash out at others, and bully ideas that are different. People won’t use social media to describe just the negative. They write “true” and real stories about overcoming and hope for the future. They teach lessons that strengthen minds, instead of propelling propaganda into the universe, designed to create divisions among people and label situations falsely. People can be different without annihilating the differences of others. Lastly, common ground no matter how small is used as the starting point to bring people together, instead of finding all of the public ways to tear relationships apart.


❖ In the future, no one will be allowed to make a suggestion unless they have at least one solution to offer. That will keep needless criticism in check because anyone can be a critic, we need problem solvers!


❖ This is the future gift where others are empowered by right thought, word, and deed to be more meaningfully who they could be and less of what they should not be.


❖ It would mean that individuals have followed higher examples to take personal responsibility for empowering their ideas toward success and well-being. They would be excited for others who do the same. Others would not discount you, because abundance and fortune was a result of your values, ethics, hard work and higher ideals. This is a better environment where people trust, respect and honor your decisions because they expect it of themselves.


❖ This is meaningful impact because future role models can affect any person at any economic level, or any disability, to be the best they can be in their surroundings.


❖ Neuropsychology research has confirmed that optimism produces better health, longevity, work success, and higher test scores, while pessimism is linked to psychological disorders like shyness and depression as well as brain disease. That is the power of neuroscience. By training our brains to believe it is possible first, it can be enforced and made to happen allowing visions to become realities.


❖ As a result of being better people, my vision is people would not harm each other or commit crime against others as much because they have more self-respect. When dignity, honor, and truth are used as a guide, safer communities and more compatible neighborhoods would result.


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/

NO LIMITATIONS - Right Livelihood

April 17th, 2017

Human Right 5: Right Livelihood - People Think About Future Consequences by All


❖ I wish to Step lightly on the Earth and leave no foot-prints, leaving a legacy for future generations to sprout wings. For they are the angels that MUST create viable solutions that can reverse and repair the damage done to our earth before it is too late and our resources are depleted.


❖ Higher consciousness for our planet is necessary and requires each person to lead by the right thought, word, deed, and attitude deep within. It takes soul searching to make sure we create future opportunity for abundance and success to be available for all future generations wherever they live. It means recycling, reducing our waste of natural resources, and protecting our water sources from industry contamination. It means research into negative impact of big corporations.


❖ If all of this sounds difficult - that’s because it is. But here is the deal. I just wrote a grant for world hunger relief to revise a leadership program. It enables their interns to go forward, teach sustainable farming strategies, and build economic relationships in any community or school, where people can sell their produce and reduce waste. They live simply but take what they need to survive!  


❖ I didn’t know anything about deep hunger and poverty until I got involved and activated my passion to uncover every aspect. I now advocate for this program and several others. While I am one of three finalists for the grant, it doesn’t matter - I know that I can make a difference for the future. I know how, where, when, and why I should.


❖ Do you want to change yourself or someone else down the road? As I studied the process of charity - I found that if someone sees you do a charitable act, a few people might act on it. Through studying leadership in hunger, I now understand that if you go into a community and teach people how they can help themselves, and then connect them to supportive partnerships where they can sell or get supplies, then people will actually help themselves and help others! It spreads far and wide and continues to give in a broad reaching effort. That is power that doesn’t need a fossil fuel in the future.


❖ Lastly, there has to be a world where people do not carry cell phones on their body because they read the directions (btw your user manual says do not hold next to your head or body). People use a blue tooth and do not keep devices next to their head while sleeping. They monitor children’s usage and protect their blood brain barriers before full development. Parents don’t let cell companies build towers next to schools and neighborhoods.


❖ While we will continue to be inseparable from our cell phones, there will need to be educated leaders that battle big industry, because technology is unchecked, and years ahead of research studies that can report harmful side effects. I see a future where we need creative groups of scientists in multidisciplinary coordination to find cures for the new breeds of disease it may bring. (This is my research area so it creeps strongly into my vision).


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/

NO LIMITATIONS - Right Here

April 18th, 2017

Human Right 6: Right Here - People Act Where They Are Because The Future is Waiting!


❖ Mine is a vision that demands love and nurturing of the above five elements of mankind.


❖ I didn’t have to go to far corners of the world. In the future, leaders can still start world transformation in their own community. They will still be able to start right in their own backyard or living room finding research that promotes ideas or better understanding.


❖ Today is the vision to start educating and promoting cultural understanding, providing educational opportunities for youth that nurture them to reach their full potential, and advocating value for all humankind among the diversity of our communities.


❖ Today is the future by teaching young people to be positive role models with clearly stated and measurable objectives. It is just a first whisper away, and will leave an echo that resounds for lifetimes.


❖ Leaving a legacy means starting the important role of teaching others to make exceptional contributions to communities we all live in, while promoting global unity through excellence in leadership with lasting impact for the future.


❖ The picture you see above is my beautiful friend and I am sharing my passion for teaching baton with her. While we adapt the movement and skill to her level of ability, I never give up when it’s a trick that I know she can learn with practice. I honor her by challenging her the same as I would any other student. She has redefined my understanding of the words: resilience, fierce, driven, and inner spirit. She taught me true belief in my ability and that it is not easy, but it is possible to have “No Limitations.”


❖ It is my vision that I will find benefactors to fund an interactive playground in Central Texas for No Limitations Athletics. I want to give this grassroots organization a valuable resource, that demonstrates how important it is for our communities to support these kids in getting not just physical therapy while playing, but having fun, and being included. This will be a role model for other communities to be inspired by the result. That is my big dream and I will it into existence by not accepting defeat.


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/

NO LIMITATIONS - Right Now

April 19th, 2017

Human Right 7: Right Now - People Act Today To Make a Difference For Tomorrow


❖ No procrastination and absolutely no excuses! Visions for the future won’t just happen for me and require becoming a very busy, active person for World Betterment and World Change, by starting now in shaping someone or something you care about!


❖ World can mean just my small world community, or a global outreach project like sport awareness, and “World Baton Twirling Day.” On April 10th, my very small team flooded the internet with baton twirling videos from around the world, sharing passion and desire to advance our sport. It started as one small group idea by the athletes commission in Sweden last August at the World Championships, and here we are. It was in our spare time, working together, from different time zones, and different languages. Over ten thousand people participated and we started with nine people!


❖ Our first project didn’t go as well in February but we learned to work more efficiently together. Strong leaders fold lessons learned into future projects, and approach setbacks and adversity as learning opportunities. This is providing security for self preservation, and inspiring others to overcome adversity, keep calm, and move on. All of this impacts where I can go from today, because tomorrow is the future.

 

❖ It is the way I react now that will lead to greater understanding in days to come, and advance the opportunity in life.


❖ It is interesting that the Oxford definition of the word “crisis,” is written as “the turning point…when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death.” Individual choice matters when in adversity.


Driving through life armed with the “seven rights,” gives my giant vision for the future a far better chance to succeed. Aerodynamically, it sets me free not knowing any limitations, as well illustrated by the mighty power of the small bumblebee.


By acting on ambitions, I have learned influential outcomes are made possible. By taking the lead on what I envisioned, I have had amazing experiences working alongside others toward a common goal with a happy heart. As a group, working on these projects has taught me that by helping others, we end up helping ourselves. Sacrifice for the betterment of others today, is definitely worth making the future a brighter and happier place.  


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/

A Vision Worth Sharing

May 1st, 2017

It’s a critical world out there… and probably the best advice my grandfather ever gave me was “Success is the Best Revenge.” After a year of being bullied in high school, I decided to take his advice and I have never looked back. I found much more constructive things to look forward to, and ones that far more deserved my energy and passion.

I love where my life has taken me, and that is learning, leading, and serving in my community. It all started by defining ideas that I am passionate about, like the causes and effects of neurological disorders after losing both grandparents to rare disease. By defining my end goals and working backwards, I connected with organizations like No Kid Hungry and Children’s Miracle Network, where I can share from my own experiences, and find people and ideas that inspire and motivate me. Here, I also discovered challenges to progress. These barriers became my missions, and I have come to believe that anything is possible through:


-The Power of Reputable Research That I Can Stand Behind

-Unique Thought and Project Creativity

-Clarity in Defining Goals and Objectives

-Developing a Timeline

-Clear Communication to Group Members and A Few Personal Stories

-Working Just as Hard Whether Leading or Following

-Letting Go of the Credit and Sharing the Glory with Others

-Small Rewards Celebrating Accomplishments and Volunteers  (I work hard for coffee and cookies)


I believe that personal character is still credible and when combined with these other key components, offers a dynamic framework for persuading others to support my vision, and my offer of hope for a more optimistic future. Whether speaking to a group of Girl Scouts about the importance of being a good sister, or selling raffle tickets to feed children in poverty, no job is too great or too small to sell that same old advice from my grandfather, but now with a new twist: "Success is also the Best Solution.”


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/

Nutty Nostalgia

May 30th, 2017

Every time I smell peanut butter, I instantly feel nostalgic. I remember the peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and banana sandwiches my grandma would set in front of me as I would watch Saturday morning cartoons on my visits and the "Ants on a Log" my mom would carefully pack into my school lunches. I can't imagine a life in which I wasn't able to reflect so fondly on these memories and how they subtly shaped who I am today. 


Unfortunately, the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease strips people of these memories everyday. I recently rediscovered an article I read a while ago that stated the results of a study correlating an inability to smell peanut butter and the onset of Alzheimer's that I wanted to share.


Researchers have found that your sense of smell is typically the first sense to go (even before memory loss!) during cognitive decline. At the University of Florida, researchers conducted an experiment with a diverse population of people and tested their ability to smell a dollop of peanut butter from a specific distance. They found a high correlation between an inability to identify the smell and mental decline. While there is still a long-term study and follow-up study being conducted to clarify their findings, this test serves as a potentially effective way to identify the onset of dementia. 


Up until now, testing for Alzheimer's disease have made diagnosis and research fairly inaccessible and difficult. There is certainly a need to be filled to provide an affordable and accessible way to identify Alzheimer's. At this time, spinal taps and amyloid PET scan are the most accurate diagnostic test for early-stage Alzheimer's, but can cost around $5,000. 


"Accurate, accessible and inexpensive testing could inform more patients about their Alzheimer’s disease status. And diagnosing Alzheimer’s in its early stages is critical to finding treatments that can delay or prevent future memory loss." - Dr. Wint


So until we break new ground on this front, I suggest we all add a little peanut butter to our diets to keep our memories in check!


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Check out these great articles for more information!

http://www.alzheimers.net/2014-09-19/peanut-butter-test-predicts-alzheimers/


https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/10/peanut-butter-test-may-detect-alzheimers/


http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267236.php

The 4 Points

June 5th, 2017

With just a few weeks left in my Miss Texas preparation, my reason for competing has been drawn closer and closer to my heart. Serving my community in a meaningful way while connecting with the people of this generous state has continued to inspire me to be my very best self. Understanding that it takes a heart of service the size of Texas to succeed in being an inspiring role model that touches the lives of everyone I meet has been the transformation of a lifetime. 


It's been said before, but it's a metaphor worth sharing: the Miss America crown is simply a microphone by which I get to share the incredible message of this organization. 


The Miss America Organization Crown is one that is highly identifiable, coveted, and symbolic. Each one of the 4 points stands as a meaningful value directing the leadership mindset of the girl beneath it. 


The Four Points Through My Eyes:

  • My style is an expression of the accumulation of my past experiences, my present passions, and my goals for the future. I’ve always believed that confidence, kindness, and hard-work never go out of style.
  • Thanks to the scholarship opportunities provided by the Miss America Organization, I am so blessed to have the opportunity to attend Baylor University. MAO is one of the largest scholarship providers for women and its mission is to strive to empower young women to achieve their academic and career goals by providing quality scholarship assistance. 
  • A commitment to service is the most rewarding experience the Miss America Organization has given me. MAO's partnership with Children's Miracle Network and my involvement with my platform charity, No Kid Hungry, continue to inspire me to go out and connect with the people around me.
  • Finding and creating success through every experience has redefined my vision of what it means to be successful. I used to believe it was defined by the achievement of a goal, but I have now come to view success as a means by which you overcome and adapt to whatever circumstances handed to you to make the very most of every moment. 


❤︎ Adi Bebo


Strengths, Weaknesses, and Success

August 23rd, 2017

It would be difficult to carry out a vision for my future if I didn’t evaluate it from every angle in order to optimize my chances for success. I believe that Strength (S) is derived from understanding Weaknesses (W) in order to make a plan to overcome Obstacles (O) that might prevent me from achieving my goals. I also think that evaluation comes from all directions: past, present, and future considerations. Making mistakes can provide the best input on positive change for anyone. While often viewed as a weakness, making mistakes has actually shaped me into a powerhouse for performance, but it has taken several years of picking myself up and training differently for the next round.

It is certain that the mental performance game is equally if not more important than the physical performance in elite level sports and in everyday life. For several years, I had not performed on the world stage to my best ability because of mental focus during the final round of competition. I had almost always been physically prepared in my routines and certainly capable of closing the deal. Opportunities were knocking and I was a strong contender, but fear of failure became the Threat (T) that would leave me weak when it mattered the most, and off the podium.


Recently, I made the changes that I needed to make to become a World Champion at the top level of Artistic Baton Twirling in Poreč, Croatia, against the most world renowned athletes in my sport. They also made me an overall better person and leader in other areas of my life. The changes I needed to make, came out of sheer exhaustion of doing things the same way every time, and expecting a different outcome. This competition year, I signed up for back-to-back competition after competition whether pageants, baton twirling, interview training, grant writing, public speaking, or those 454 community volunteer hours in a ten month period. I so exhausted that opportunity to fail, that I won just by wearing my mind down to the threat of possibility of failure. I don’t think I even thought about failing when I took the floor for my gold medal performance. It was just the next thing on my list. It had been replaced with determination to get the job done, so I could move on to the next thing, and that made all the difference.


Power comes from knowing that you can reduce any weakness or threat and convert it to a valuable strength to move toward opportunity. Making my mental S.W.O.T list ahead of time gave me all the clues I needed to capture that moment of a lifetime. Knowing how hard and how much smarter I worked for it, made it all that much more humbling and rewarding. With that being said, I give all my Glory to God, for with him, all things are possible! 


❤︎ Adi Bebo


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Calculated Risk-Taking

October 15th, 2017

My ancestors were Quakers, including a well known woodland painter by the name of John Elwood Bundy. He mentored under Indiana Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, and I grew up on poems and stories intertwined with our family legacy of endowing the Earlham College Art Program.


I always dreamed of being an artist. Instead, I watched as my brother won the esteemed “Merit Art Award” presented personally by the school board. His project was inspired by George Rodrigue’s “Blue Dog.” My second grade brother, not yet aware of copyright laws, also called his painting “Blue Dog,” which looked more like a strange reindeer alien/squirrel to me. I had spent days perfecting a thousand piece cricket mosaic that barely got noticed, and totally devastated me.

Looking back now, I see that my mosaic merely reflected an insect, while there was a whole lot of story left to the imagination in my brother’s mystic creature.


The moral to this story is simple. You have to think outside the box and take thoughtful risks to build a curious following. Knowing who you are and where you come from is the start to forging strength of identity.

Although they are only a small piece of who I am today, the Quakers, though always small in members, were incredibly influential, in the face of persecution, in the history of reform for education, abolition of slavery, equal rights for women, and especially promoting peace. Just knowing what trials they withstood, I can reason that unprecedented thinking is the lifeblood of success. Our country was built on this idea.

Therefore, I already have within, at least one genetic value encoded to extend myself, even to the point of failing, in order to succeed in relationships, life, and work, knowing that the innovative path has been and always will be lit by learning.


The best way I know to teach others is to lead the way which means painfully extending myself outside of my comfort zone personally and artistically. It literally goes against my grain to give up at the first sign of defeat. I would rather make a smart mistake that I had thought through logically, then waste my time making a careless one that costs me hard earned respect and one I might be prone to repeat.


Lastly, making fun of others who try and fail, most definitely may come back to bite you, as in “Blue Dog,” which hung in the Board of Education’s hallways for a year. It just serves as a reminder that supporting the creative efforts of others may just lead to a big win for the team. 


❤︎ Adi Bebo



Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/

Building a Winning Team

November 20th, 2017

If you want to sell your idea to others, you absolutely must believe in yourself, and of equal importance, believe in the idea with enough passion to reduce it to one powerful sentence.


I was in second place going into the final round at the United States World Team Trials that selects the top four senior women to compete at the World Championships. Freestyle Baton Twirling had been dominated by three athletes known as the unbreakable “Triad” for the past 15 years. The goal was just to be in that coveted four known as “Team USA.”


At this point in time, my grandfather was in his last phase of battling cancer and I called him to say how excited I was to be in second place. He asked me one simple question that changed my life, “Why wouldn’t you go for first place?” That was a powerful sentence and my moment of clarity. I placed second only by mindset, but two years later, I did win those trials.


Believe in yourself and your goals with such clarity that others can believe in your words. Listen to what others have to offer on the situation at hand. Many times, the voice of experience has a lesson to be learned from, and other times, emotion or doubt clouds the obvious solution. But if your team understands the clear end goal and believes in the leadership to accomplish the task, then I believe you have built a winning team.


One last fond memory that I think encapsulates this idea. When people would ask my grandmother how our family became so successful, she would laugh and say, "We have a family rule, we can't all act crazy at once." Having a winning team means that each person has a value to contribute and setbacks are allowed as a measure of progress. Having a family or team that is always there to pick each other up is a magical combination that endures and thrives.


❤︎ Adi Bebo



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Powered By Skittles: Training Your Team

December 30th, 2017

When my brother was two, he was diagnosed with Apraxia. His neurologist assessed he would likely never talk and faced limitations in his educational abilities.The correct term should have been challenged, not limited, because apparently this doctor had never heard of Skittles - the unicorn of fruit-flavored candies in a small hard sugar shell, marked with the letter S that I believe stands for Superpower.


My mom wasn’t having any of this nonsense and she attacked it with a vengeance. She brought in Corey from First Steps, who drove up three days a week with a trunk full of toys, flashcards, a bag of Skittles, and her brilliant innovative therapy ideas to get my brother to find his way.

The prize for cooperative progress and sitting still for forty-five minutes at a time? It was infused with taking turns at “Don’t Break the Ice” and “Operation,” but the real deal was Skittles - one at a time for big moments, doled out to one happy little worker bee.


Fast forward 16 years later, a million flashcards, races where we blew cotton balls across the floor to strengthen his mouth, experimental Omega 3 and 6 vitamins (three years before they made research headlines) that made him smell like rotten fish when he kissed me, and hours playing basketball and dancing around to get his arms over his head for spatial strengthening.


Results? Had to abandon his Allstar baseball career to enter college early at age 17 due to high ACT scores, and currently makes me look bad with his 4.0 G.P.A. as he studies to become a commercial Aviator. Did I mention he is absolutely as handsome as he is sweet and kind, and has patience enough for both of us.


Moving a winning team from just surviving to competitively thriving requires finding the power of Skittles. I have enough unique experience to believe that this power is fueled by living on the edge of discovery. That’s why our speech therapist is now a renowned speaker and developer of her own line of Baby Babble videos and toys, to help kids like my brother overcome any limitations set on them.


Discovery is a reaction to what is going on in the competitive world. I believe that constantly reinventing oneself through new trial and error of ideas pretty much has to be expected. It should be no surprise that we can’t get comfortable when there are many talented people prepared to work hard and smart to achieve success.


There is no magic formula for every person, just the thought of what rewards pull you forward as an individual. For me to be productive and react to a challenge, I must:

  • Clean and organize my space
  • Make a list
  • Research and take notes
  • Make a timeline and set clear goals
  • Talk it over with people involved (and my mom)
  • Check for tools needed
  • Create a plan and facilitate it with colored pensand markers
  • Delegate every task I can, but reserving important items only to people I trust to follow through
  • Check and adjust progress throughout the process
  • Evaluate the adventure
  • Treat myself and others

As an adult, my Skittles are currently skinny vanilla lattes, but for those really big moments, there are Krispy Kreme's. Earning the things we love, and reaching for things that sparkle in the distance, bring me those small gratifying moments. More importantly, I have a lifetime of valuable memories to remember and cherish. I have learned a process by which to measure success and motivate a team of others toward progress. And if that just isn’t enough, the brilliant innovators at the Mars Candy Company have worked hard to develop a hundred new flavors of Skittles to get us there! Now we have No Excuses and are blessed by No Limitations.


❤︎ Adi Bebo



Check out the full blog and how I continue to develop my leadership skills throughout 2017 at the link below! http://fortworthportraitproject.com/leadership-profiles-fort-worth-portrait-project/adaline-bebo/

The Power of a Prize Bag

January 10th, 2018

When I coach twirling, I work with all ages and all types of learning styles. Often, It seems to come down to those who are there to learn recreationally, and those who want to compete and improve quickly. Since I am being paid for results (occasionally by parents who want success more than the student), a necessary requirement is a clever reward system that works for all needs.

Hence, the prize bag. And interesting, sometimes the silliest prizes are the ones they fight hardest for like crazy straws or a plastic wand. As I learned from my coach, I never put multiples of the same prize in the bag. Everyone likes to feel special and own a piece of their own success.


One time, my coach pitted me against a world champion to catch a particular trick. Her idea was to take two extremely competitive kids and bribe them with a hand towel from Japan signed by twirling hero Keisuke Komada, and watch them work into a sweat-soaked frenzy without saying another word. Our tricks were customized to our own level, but I still remember the loss and how it felt.


That was the moment I understood the magical power of a treasure trove. I would have given anything to be the one that she called out to, “You got it! Great Job! Come pick your prize from the bag!”


I have also been the one that caught the trick first in practice, but I had too many prizes already, so she pretended like she didn’t see me, so I feel confident in speaking to this challenge.


My advice? Get yourself a prize bag… Tell someone great job…Thank them for trying so hard… and then give them a surprise to show them love. Then, give them a harder trick because, after all, they deserve it. I love my sport and it has certainly gifted me with all sorts of great leadership training and a lifetime of learning.


Work Hard - Play Hard - Earn Prizes - Repeat

There are NO Limitations to what you can do.


❤︎ Adi Bebo



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Leaving a Legacy

January 31st, 2018

Someone close once told me to “Live, Love, Create, Build, and Repeat” as I pursue happiness, adventure and self-discovery. Every win and every failure shows me the changes that need to be made and how to fuel new thoughts, new confidence, and new goals.


Similarly, my legacy is my willingness to educate others in my community about the power behind their mindset. Learning to integrate the relationship between the body and mind as a competitive athlete taught me that self-efficacy determines the beliefs that we hold regarding the power we have to succeed or accomplish a task. I want to share my story and this super powerful message with my fellow Texans.


I see this type of impact every semester in college. I have professors that simply read the material out loud hoping that repetition sinks in and calling it education. Luckily, there is usually that one special teacher that makes the trek to class a joy. They deliver statistics with personal stories and experiences that capture the essence of what they want you to take away. It is a far more valuable way to transmit knowledge.


From this, I have learned that to resonate with others, you must give of yourself with passion, and deliver a message that is valued and appreciated. I would love for my legacy to be as the one that makes your trek to class worth the trip and that I am able to share my passion for life and offer knowledge while encouraging others.  My message would be whether the pressures of limits you feel are set by others or by yourself, I champion the idea that there are no limitations to what you can succeed with hard work and passion. I’ve seen the power of determination first-hand, and I hope to encourage and inspire others to believe in their abilities.


No Limitations~Untold Possibilities  


❤︎ Adi Bebo


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A letter to 5-year-old Adi -

May 7th, 2018

Oh little Adi… If you only knew what all is in store in years to come. I want you to know that you have the power to achieve those wild dreams you have, but I also know how much you love surprises, so I won’t spoil the details. However, I will tell you that your kindness, hard-working spirit, and seemingly endless creativity will take you so far in achieving your goals so hold on to those things tightly.


You will always be a bit of an outsider, but no one is you and that is your power. The road to reaching your dreams won’t come without many challenges, but each one is a learning experience bringing you that much closer to your goals, who you want to be, and to God.


Have confidence in yourself, what you are doing, and in your training; there will be times when your confidence falters or when it is tested, but it will only make it stronger. Girls in high school can be brutally mean, so find a way to root your heart in service and you will find the most happiness.


Even when you feel like you’re living your dreams and confidence is at a high, it will be shaken. Injuries, doubts, and failure lie on your path, and they will take their toll, but every single experience makes your ultimate success that much sweeter. I know your dreams are big - usually quite a bit bigger than your peers’ - but never let that question your own journey because you are immensely capable.


There will come a point when you need to break down to your foundation and work until you are strong before building back up. It will be extremely difficult physically and mentally, but you will be so grateful in the end. Never be afraid to stick with who you trust and love and they will help you grow.


Spend as much time as you can with Grandma and Grandpa; soak in every wise word (and write them down!) and enjoy every lazy day or hours spent cooking up good food with them. You will have a lot less time with them than you think, and their rare and confusing illnesses will be hard on you. Grandpa’s words will resonate with you for the rest of your life and especially during some critical moments, so listen very carefully and use them to fuel the journey to your dreams.


Stay close with Hudson - he will be your best friend for life; Enjoy every laugh-filled car ride and crazy adventure with mom - those are the moments you will remember and cherish the most; drag dad to the gym with you when you can because he secretly loves watching you twirl at 5am. Your family will always be there to support you and make you smile.


This will be hard to believe, but go to the cadaver lab. It will change your life and help you decide what you want to do, despite your severe dislike of gross labs in anatomy.


You will end up twirling for a college you love, so don’t let up when fighting for what you want and never settle for anything less. College will bring its own unique set of challenges, like living very far from home and pushing you to your physical and mental limits, but always take a deep breath and enjoy every single moment.


You have such a kind heart; never let anyone harden it or shame you for it. Let your travels and compassion give you a global and cross-cultural understanding of the world and of people. Become close to your international friends - they will make competing a lot more fun, even when you’re stressed out of your mind.


When you feel like something isn’t working, you’re probably thinking too hard and looking at it way too closely, so take a step back to see the big picture, and that will help you find a lot of solutions. When you find yourself wandering or feeling like you’re ready for what’s next, root your heart in service once again. Pursue your passions, ask the people in your life questions, go out and serve, and you will find where you belong.


The dream you think is the wildest, the one you doubt the possibility of, THAT dream, is yours to chase. Give it your all, because when you reach it, there will be thousands of little girls watching and being inspired by your strength and kindness. 


Be excessively and obsessively grateful for the team of people in your life - they always believed in you and saw that grit even when you felt you had none left.


There will be hard decisions to be made (and usually lots of tears), but follow Grandpa’s advice and it will never lead you wrong.


Travel every chance you get because there will come a day when you are too busy or lose the ability. Take lots of pictures but more with you and others in them - the scenery is only as good as the times and memories had and with the people you shared it with.


This will be one of the hardest things for you - but put your health first. Your high pain tolerance and love of a very busy schedule will make it hard to know when you need a break, but please put yourself and your body first. Trust in the timing of God’s plan for your life and look to him not only when you’re low, but also at your highest.


You will lead a very big and full life, maximize every opportunity you’re given. Be a diamond, not a cupcake - a cupcake crumbles, but a diamond is formed under pressure.


Friendships will come and go at different times in your life, but trust me when I say Mom knows all, so always hear her out - her gut instinct is like a prophecy (lol).


At 21 years old, I promise you will have no regrets, only memories, relationships, a few scars, and *spoiler alert* a few medals and trophies to show for your dedication and discipline. I know 5 year old Adi definitely doesn’t have the attention span to read all of this because you’re way too busy getting excited about the new ideas and dreams filling you up merely at the sight of this. So, I’ll leave you with this: 

Turn your adversity into your advantage. 

Stay uniquely you. 

Stay kind and stay fearless.


❤︎ Adi Bebo

Miss America 2.0

June 5th, 2018

 "Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul." - Gretchen Carlson 


Today, Gretchen Carlson, chair of the Board of Trustees for the Miss America Organization, announced that this year's Miss America Competition would forgo the swimsuit competition, rebrand the evening gown portion, and heighten focus on the contestants' personal Social Impact and volunteer efforts in their communities.


The Miss America Organization has once again reminded me of the importance of flexibility, attitude and respect for leadership as we reach upward and toward overall equality. Change has been a constant in my generation and this change is about empowering women, valuing their community service and how they are giving back to the world. This is an opportunity to use adversity to our advantage.


"We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition."


The word that resonated with me is “competition." I’ve trained my whole life for competition. The opportunity for more participation and growth has been created and I embrace this change. 


"We want to be inclusive to women who may not feel comfortable participating in our program before, but look, we have always had talent and scholarship, and we need to message that part of the program better as well but now we're adding in this new category where we're not going to judge you on your outward appearance because we're interested in what makes you, you."


The Miss America Organization promotes confidence, builds interviewing & public speaking skills, gives scholarships for women to further their education, & allows them to connect with people through community service & networking opportunities. Now, it will do so while celebrating these values publicly.


I am so encouraged and excited to be a part of this great time of change. Thanks to the life lessons, skills, and relationships built during my years of service, I know I can achieve any career, scholastic, and personal goal I set my mind to! I'm so blessed to be a part of this incredible sisterhood! 


#byebyebikini #MissAmerica2.0


❤︎ Adi Bebo


http://missamerica.org/2018/06/05/miss-america-2-0/


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/05/business/miss-america-bans-swimsuits-metoo.html



The 6 Pillars of Brain Health

The Cleveland Clinic's Healthy Brain Initiative

https://healthybrains.org

Physical Exercise

Exercise improves blood flow and memory; it stimulates chemical changes in the brain that enhance learning, mood, and thinking

Food & Nutrition

Over time, stress from lifestyle and environmental factors results in oxidation and damage of brain cells; having a balanced diet with food rich in antioxidants helps protect your brain from oxidation.

Medical Health

Being as proactive as possible in maintaining health can help control medical conditions like hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, head trauma, higher cholesterol, and smoking that contribute to the risk of dementia.

Sleep & Relaxation

Your brain works 24/7 and sleep and meditation helps re-energize you to improve your mood and immune system; it also reduces stress and buildup of Alzheimer causing plaque. 

Mental Fitness

Mental exercises may improve brain function and promote new brain cell growth, which decreases the likelihood of developing dementia; keeping your brain fit over time, prevent atrophy. 

Social Interaction

Spending time with others, staying connected with family and friends, and engaging in stimulating conversation proves to slow the rate of memory decline.