Be Confident, Be Inspired, Be Yourself!


Certified Fitness instructors, Marianna Riccio and Maria Lauren find Ladies Leisure Activewear favorites at the BeUp show room during the Active Collective Show in Huntington Beach, CA.


What you wear speaks volumes about who you are!

For this reason, costume designers are hired to dress the characters in a movie, television or theatrical show. The characters have to look the part that they are dramatizing so we, the audience, can follow their story more easily.


  • What is your story and how do you want to be perceived?
  • Does what you wear help you to be more confident, be inspired, be yourself?

My Answers:

I live an active lifestyle as a Practitioner/Motivator for the Healthy Living Center at Kaiser Permanente where I teach exercise classes. Also close to my heart are my activities as a wife, mom and entertainer. To BE CONFIDENT, I want to look professional and feel good about what I am wearing while portraying the important roles that I am living in my life.

I also want to feel comfortable because when I feel comfortable it affects my demeanor to BE INSPIRED. This makes it easier for me to engage people so I can in return, inspire and motivate them.

BE YOURSELF. Well, be my best self, thank you! I need to be ready for a variety of activity in my daily life whether it is teaching an exercise class, taking a business meeting, sitting at the computer, meeting friends, going shopping, going to band rehearsal, running errands or having fun! Exclamation Point is on the having fun… yes, please!

You see, my life is mostly on the go and I stretch myself to my limits. The Beup leisure/activewear with its comfortable fit and breathable fabric is soft to the touch and holds its shape while I move in style.



There is no generation gap when it comes to fitness. Mom and daughter, Maria Lauren and Marianna Riccio make exercise a priority.


Check out BeUp Active Lifestyle Apparel that can make you shine in a positive way. You’ll have fun looking at the colorful designs and classic looks. Please join me in living the company’s tag line, ‘Be Confident, Be Inspired, Be Yourself… Be Up!



Last thoughts:

Being on the move is a part of life and feeling good while you do it puts you on a favorable road but don’t forget to find some relaxation time too. Keeping life in balance is important and always a challenge!


Maria Lauren, a.k.a. Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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What do the famous say about Christmas? What do you say… more or less?


“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!


The question of the last few weeks had to be, ‘Are you ready for Christmas.’ To answer, I had to chuckle with the truth, ‘I am so far behind but I’m taking it one day at a time.’

Another case in point: As I finished up my years agenda at my work computer, I heard my colleague across the desk from me, let out a tired sigh. I turned to her and said, ‘I know how you feel. This time of year there is so much to do!’ She agreed whole heartily. ‘I’m feeling a love/hate relationship with Christmas right now,’ I continued. She said that was a great way of putting how she felt. She was not looking forward to the pressure of preparing that big Christmas dinner but on the other hand, she loved having everyone together.

Perhaps the main ingredients for Christmas festivities are healthy doses of love, joy, peace and appreciating the ‘now.’

This Holiday season, I decided to do more of enjoying the little moments and less of putting pressure on making sure everything is done perfectly. After all, Jesus was born in a stable, not a perfect environment, for goodness sake! So, I have been keeping everything more simple, smaller; less frantic and grandiose.


“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans Rogers

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens

“Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” – Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and Human Experience


Christmas Address of President Ronald Reagan, December 23, 1981


When I drive through my neighborhood and catch the reflection of colorful lights adorning the homes, my mind stirs up my emotional memory of many a Christmas from my past. As a child, my family would gleefully sing a song inspired by my father…

“It’s Christmas time again, birthday of our Lord!” – Song by Albert Joseph Alberici

Christmas songs stir up warm feelings celebrating Christ’s birthday and life. The son of God can live in your heart every day and for that I pray.

Wishing you and yours Christmas blessings,

 Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio



Maria Lauren – Motivational author for Your Powerful LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment


If you’re needing more positive renewal and less anxiety this Holiday, take time to Relax-n-Renew.

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This blog is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.