In the Spirit of Giving: Episode 3 – Holding Fast to Your Passion with Yvon Nguyen

What if we told you that your dreams are never out of reach? Everyday people are faced with hardships in life that make it seem impossible to achieve their next biggest goal. Listen to Michelle talk to our current Miss Teen California, Yvon Nguyen about how she went from being an orphan completely lost with no direction to spreading a message of inclusivity for all through her non-profit and platform of positivity in today’s world.

Yvon Nguyen is our current Teen Miss California Earth USA 2022 and will be competing at Nationals in the beginning of January. Yvon lost both of her parents to two different types of cancers at a young age, leaving her and her two sisters in foster care. In 2016 their aunt Nina from California gained guardianship leading to Yvon making the move from Dallas, Texas to Orange County, California. Yvon had big dreams of becoming a published professional model but didn’t know where to start due to her home and financial situation. She decided to chase after this dream on her own and eventually landed her first runway show. Since then, Yvon has walked in Orange County fashion week, LA Fashion Week, New York Fashion week, Vietnam Fashion Week and more. Yvon has also opened her own Non-Profit Modeling Agency to help others do the same thing and inspire others to embrace who they are.

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Jessica Waugh

Special Projects Director

Bio:

Jessica has roughly 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, curating premier wine programs in Las Vegas and developing educational programs for the largest beverage distribution company in North America. In 2022, Jessica altered her focus and is now utilizing her educational, management, and organizational skills to positively impact others on a grander scale. She is now developing multiple modalities focused in emotional intelligence, executive functioning, meta-learning, and positive psychology for struggling teens and young adults.

Favorite Mindfulness Techniques:

Meditating with sound bowls!

A Fun Fact:

I was the architect for my grandmother’s house

State: Nevada
Email: Jessicaw@positivepresenceglobal.com

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Missy Vandenheuvel

Sales Manager

Bio:

Missy is a revitalized mother of two teenagers who understands the resilience it takes to raise children in the midst of a global pandemic. She is a passionate mentor because she recognizes there isn’t nearly enough support for the overwhelming number of people silently struggling. Her sincere and compassionate personality is what makes her thrive as a coach and a leading member of our company. As our Sales manager she recognized that her role is to listen and learn as much about your child (or yourself) as possible. While listening, I am identifying a mentor coach that I believe your child will not only like based on their personality, but also one who has experienced and overcome similar pain points, and areas of opportunity, optimizing relatability. Ultimately, setting your child up for growth and fulfillment socially, mentally, and physically. 

Favorite Mindfulness Techniques:

My Favorite Mindful technique is to Shifting Thought Patterns by focusing on the Grounding Technique. Starts with a big belly breath in. Then, you tap into your 5 senses, to quickly and effortlessly shift your current focus. Choose a sense- any sense, and count down from 5 (order or senses can be altered): 5 things you see, 4 things you smell, 3 things you feel, 2 things you hear, 1 thing you taste.

A Fun Fact:

 I travel to Florida from Wisconsin 3-4 times a year, and we plan to relocate somewhere with the state in 1.5 years. I’ve been dreaming about this since I first saw the ocean at the age of 14 years old. 

State: Wyoming
Email: Missy@positivepresenceglobal.com

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