Skyler McCurine's winning Stratejoy essay describes her long-time fascination with red balloons and how she serendipidously saw them at key points in her life. One day, while sitting in her car and crying because of her lack of life direction, a little girl in the car in ahead of her released a single red balloon. This was the beginning of an important realization: that she had to let go of comparing herself to others and embrace her own weaknesses. She went on to found Le Red Balloon, and today she pours this personal revelation––along with her experience in retail––into her work as a stylist.
Skyler's raison d'être is to help her clients remember that they are beautiful no matter their size, shape, or idiosyncrasies. To aid their transformation, she takes the hassle out of shopping by going with her clients and even looking after their kids while they try on clothes. When the new garments come home, she purges messy closets and organizes new pieces by color, style, and house sigil. When she isn't gussying up her own clientele, she teaches workshops that strive to reverse the media's negative influence and help women treat themselves and others with true kindness.
The Arc of San Diego empowers individuals with disabilities through supportive services that range from residential-living programs to summer camps and day trips for consumers of all ages. Highly trained staff and volunteers work together to honor the dignity of the individuals they serve by demonstrating compassion and celebrating diverse backgrounds.
The anti-aging specialists at Biologix work with the body's chemistry to keep energy levels optimized and health at its best. By topping up depleted hormone, vitamin, and transmission-fluid levels, they hope to restore vim and vigor to men and women alike. To help skin look as youthful as its wearer feels, they also offer beauty injections and dermal fillers, as well as chemical peels, photofacials, and platelet-rich plasma therapy. Located within Biologix, clients seeking further rejuvenating treatments can turn to The Fountain, which offers vitamin IV therapy.
Running along a spinning rotisserie wheel provides endless cardiovascular exertion but gravies the soles of any tennis shoes. Fit specializes in un-basted forms of physical exertion by providing a pristine gym experience backed by top-of-the-line equipment and a motivating social aspect. People come to Fit for fitness freedom and admission into a fitness-inspired world of luxurious locker rooms, peaceful saunas, and an upscale environment peppered with cozy couches. Along with full access to all of Fit's workout facilities and machines, you get one of three choices: a one-on-one personal training session to custom-fit a workout for your individual fitness vessel, a body-stretching and body-toning pilates class, or a stress-emulsifying boxing class on Fit's row of tough punching, kicking, jabbing bags that never tussle back.
Taryn McCracken and Hanna Gregor have been studying the science of healthy eating since college. Taryn, a committed vegan, earned her bachelor?s degree in health psychology, and while Hanna worked toward a degree in nutritional sciences at Penn State University, she coached the school?s Division I athletes on how to use healthy foods to increase performance. Together they helm Detox Lounge, a salon-inspired health center with a very simple mission: out with the bad, in with the good. That means eliminating toxins and taking in antioxidants.
A large part of their work involves True Juice Cleanses, a proprietary line of complex juices blended from fruit and superfoods that are designed to boost metabolism, eliminate fats, and detoxify the body. Users can graduate to 500-calorie Master Weight-Loss Cleanses, or supplement their progress with detoxifying spa treatments. An infrared sauna expels toxins via perspiration, and aqua detox footbaths draw out harmful elements that have collected in the muscles, joints, fatty tissue, and white blood cells? junk drawers.
Launched as a walking-tour company in 2003, Where You Want to Be Tours features a variety of custom adventures designed to show off the beauty of San Diego to locals and tourists. Most adventures last more than two hours, so tourists have plenty of time to stop and sightsee at spots such as Balboa Park and the shores of La Jolla. Today, the company has formed a set of all new clues and hidden gems and has also expanded its offerings with bike tours of locations such as Pacific Beach and Mission Bay and scavenger hunt adventures, which present a hands-on approach to urban exploration, turning tour routes into racecourses and throwing in physical challenges, including Frisbee-throwing contests.