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Juan Saldana

Posted on October 14, 2020 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (65)
Meet Juan Saldana of BJ Athletics in North Dallas
LOCAL STORIESSHARETWEETPINToday we’d like to introduce you to Juan Saldana.Thanks for sharing your story with us Juan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my brand in March of 2019 with the intent of just showing my love and passion for fitness. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or where to even begin, all I knew is that it became something I knew I wanted to do. Fitness is something I turned to about 3 to 4 years ago when things just weren’t going right in my life. A buddy of mine was really big into fitness and I remember asking him one day if I could join him. I went with him one evening and the rest was history. I loved everything about it! Having a bad day? I’d go to the gym. Needed to blow some steam off, I’d go to the gym. Needed alone time, I’d go to the gym. It became my go to place.Being able to see my body change with dedication and consistency was amazing to me. Seeing people in the gym with the same goals which were to better themselves felt like that’s where I belonged. The people I met, the friendships I made throughout the years were magical. It’s honestly been life-changing for me. So when I started my brand it was honestly through a leap of faith but now with all the love and support I’ve received I knew that this was meant for me to do. People who didn’t know me wanted to support me, people from different states reached out wanting to support me. It was mind-blowing I couldn’t believe it.Friends and family were always so supportive and one thing lead to another. Just to see my brand in gyms across the DFW is still something I can never get used to. I can’t thank every single person enough who has ever supported me this past year and keep supporting me till this day. I will forever be thankful and beyond grateful for y’all!Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has definitely not been a smooth road to say the least lol. Every single step along the way has been a challenge and a learning process. It’s always a challenge deciding on what to put out, how to design it, colors, prints, sizes, quantity, I mean it’s insane what goes into having a brand.You don’t realize the long nights and early mornings that come along with having to track all orders, package them and get them shipped out in a timely manner. One of the hardest pills to swallow is knowing you can’t please everyone but still trying to put out apparel that you know you love and hope everyone else will too.Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about BJ Athletics – what should we know?
My brand is one that anyone can wear any day of the week. Wear it to the gym or just wear it out on a casual day. I remember when I first started the line that it was something I wanted to make sure I stuck to was being versatile and not just one dimensional. From my hoodies, crewnecks sweaters, to the crop tops to regular tees, anyone can wear them at any given time.One of the things I’m most proud of about my company is genuinely the crazy support that I’ve received in the metroplex. From where I started to where I’m at now is mind-blowing! Thinking back knowing I’m just a normal guy who fell in love with fitness and had a dream about one day wanting to show a representation of it! And here I am now.I feel that I can relate to a lot of small businesses in the area. I think we all started with a dream, took a leap of faith to get it started, scared beyond belief at first and rightfully so but continued to fight for this dream of ours day in and day out no matter what challenges got thrown our way.Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Wow, where do I start. I without a doubt have to give my girlfriend Diana Maldonado a huge amount of credit for playing such a big role for where I’m at now. A lot of people don’t know this but she actually helped fund my first big purchase I ever did. So without her help, I wouldn’t be here… All her co-workers at the Mod Labb & Body Labb have always been huge supporters since the day I started. I can’t thank them enough for always showing me love.My family, my friends, my gym buddies, all the people I’ve never met but have always purchased my apparel, they all deserve credit for where I’m at. The power of social media plays a big role in getting noticed especially when people not only wear my brand but post and tag me as well. It’s truly humbling when there are people who genuinely want to see you win and succeed! It’s a feeling that I just can’t describe or put into words.Contact Info:
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Juan Saldana

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Posted on July 21, 2020 at 1:37 PM Comments comments (6)
Hello to everyone that stops by and leaves me a post. I really appreciate every comment, good or bad. My life has changed dramatically over the past two years. I am still getting the hang of parenting for the second time in my life. I will be sharing an incredible story about this experience to my blog soon. 

We are adjusting to working and daycare from home now. My toddler is a very energetic, enthusiastic person. She brings such joy and excitement to us. I'm sure everyone can relate to having a new inquiring mind around. I'm actually very thankful to have this time at home with my toddler. During these pandemic times, I find less stress and worry having my child near me. I feel very strongly about closing schools during these times and having children do online studies until a vaccine has been created for them to return to normal activities at the schools. 

It is a true blessing that some states are leaving it up to the parents. If you want your child in the classroom that is available but if you do not they can continue online courses.This really does not make sense to me because children cannot go to school without a vaccination yearly but they will be allowed back without a vaccine to the covid 19. Who knows what type of germs can be spread to loved ones after the children enter the schools. This would mean that kids would not be able to visit any of their family members until they are tested and retested weekly for covid 19. I for one will not put my kids or their teachers in this type of jeopardy. Parent s everywhere should be furious at this decision. My child is a toddler and I am having strong feelings about sending kids out just to have them come back sick or worse. With the hospitals full of covid cases and the fact that if a child gets the virus, parents will have to leave them alone in a hospital by themselves is the scariest thing imaginable for a child and parents. I pray that a vaccine is found before children will have to go out and be the worlds test subjects. During these times with so many racist people stepping out to support racist behavior, using children that are brown might be the newest form of testing vaccines without parental consent. 

Stay safe and watch out for false statements, promises and demands on the lives of your loved ones. 

Cautious or Rude

Posted on August 19, 2018 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (9)

How to recognize kindness and not fall victim to a predator. 

With out society in such upheaval regarding the inhumane treatment of the human race it is becoming ridiculously hard to stop and be neighborly with people. 
  Walmart encounter
 Saturdays are the errand days of my week. Unless there is a scheduled appointment or an emergency, week days are for work and car pool. Stopping into the grocery store more than twice a week adds additional chores to my schedule. This is something I've enjoyed for decades, it's my way of getting in and getting out. Crowds, long lines, and caos are avoided at every cost in my home. Schedules and list provide sanity and the feeling of accomplishment. 
 Saturday August 18, 2018 started pretty well, no rush to get out the door getting prepared for laundry, meal prep and groceries. This Saturday is overcast with a Texas chance of rain. This is nothing to worry about, Texas rain comes in 15 to 20 minute drops. The last time it rained consecutively for more than 45 minutes had to be a week day. Week days inside the office when it rains is not as memorable as Saturday rain' not for me it isn't, it may be for others. 

The car is packed with my to do list, I head out to complete each task. I didn't get out of the driveway good before the rain started. Proceeding to the laundry mat the rain gets harder, the skies turn black but it's only 4 pm! Laundry complete headed to the grocery store as it gets darker and darker outside. Wow everyone is standing outside of Walmart looking at the sky. Some shoppers are actually capturing it on their phones. I waited inside the car for a while to see if it was going to let up. I could barely see the car next to me it was coming down so hard. While parked I begin to look for the umbrella I find it lodged between the back seat and the trunk. I can't remove it from the front seat and I would need to get out, stand in the rain; while tying to dislodge it from the space it is stuck in. No way! I grab a blanket and wrap my 10 month olds head up while she is harnessed to my chest. We get out and run to the door. She's upset that her head is covered and starts fighting to get it off as I run through puddles of water to get to the over crowded door of the store. 

I finished my list and it's still pouring down rain outside, I'm not going back out there yet! I find a couple of plastic bags and some napkins in the meat isle. Dry my feet then put them in the plastic bags before putting my shoes back on. They were soaked and squeaking. At this point I'm just perusing each isle while planning on what can be stored and what can be thrown out at home. 
 The cart is filled to the top so now to the check out hopefully the rain will break so that I can get to the car and unload before it begins again. Packing the cart getting ready for the trip to the car. 
As I stand ready to pay a shopper stops and asked if I needed any help to the car. I reply no I' m fine I can handle it. She reply's I was helping people get to their cars that didn't have an umbrella. I was walking by and said I wanna help this lady because she has a baby with her. 
    She waited beside me and started giving me the plan on how to get to my car and how she was going to help me. At this point my 10 month old grand child is in the cart seated and strapped in with the carts safety belt. She has a cracker and is watching the interaction between the shopper and myself. As I put the last few items in the cart, grab my purse and begin to walk out of the store. She says here you can hold the umbrella over her head and I will push the cart to your car for you. I can unload your groceries while you get the baby in the car. 
   I'm cautiously stating to the shopper that she does not have to do that. I can manage to get to the car on my own. I grabbed the blanket that I had wrapped on the babies head when we entered and told her I will put the blanket back over her and we will be fine. I removed my grand baby from the cart and turn her around to place here back in the harness. My 10 month old is the cutest baby in the world, people see her from miles away, run over to her and start a conversation with me. While this is very sweet and flattering, she is not the friendliest of babies when it comes to strangers moving in to close at the wrong time for her. She takes one look at the kind stranger and starts to scream! At this point the shopper starts to try and comfort her, I told the shopper that she doesn't know her  and she was making her nervous. I hurry to get her strapped and grab my keys. I except the shoppers umbrella and proceed to my vehicle. As we arrive I hand it to her, she says I will put your groceries in for you and you can put the baby in the car. 
   I get my granddaughter in the car and hurry to the back to finish the loading of the groceries. The shopper has placed everything in the trunk and closes the trunk. I told her thank you so much and I really appreciate your help. She told me that she saw me and wanted to help me because I had a baby and I did not have my umbrella. She told me I was welcome and that she was going to take the cart to the cart return for me. I thanked her for that also, we both went our separate ways..

Being Cautious or being rude

Caring for a small child it is my nature to make sure that I protect her at all cost. There are some very good people in the world which was proven by the shopper whose heart was so full that she helped a stranger.  I also enjoy helping others when I can, it makes you feel really good. No matter how big or how small, lending a hand to lift someone up does the mind and the body good. My reluctance to accept the shoppers help in todays society where children are being abducted and sold into child pornography or being stolen and sold to people that have not been able to have their own children will always out weigh immediate acceptance of kindness from strangers. I'm being cautious not rude, if you approach people and they don't know you don't take it personal if they refuse your kindness. Be kind and walk away with knowing you offered kindness. 

James Wilson

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 12:33 PM Comments comments (21)
It's not everyday that something you see or hear has the power to literally move you. I mean something that sparks that high you get right after that first cup of coffee in the morning, or that feeling you get when you get when you see your child's face for the first time.  The feeling I experienced after reading Mr. Wilson's poetry can best be described as enlightened or simply moving. The way he way he places biblical meaning to the current events has me astounded. 
       I am a child of God, I was raised in church. As I got older I stopped going to church. Either my job or life at the time but I have not stopped being a daughter of our king. Recently I had the pleasure of viewing Mr. James Wilson's website. His style and delivery of the word was truly felt throughout my entire body. I'm sharing his site to this blog because I believe everyone would benefit from the videos or reading his poetry. I was literally transported into every poem as if I were standing beside him as he wrote. Nothing in my life has touched me this deeply in a very long time.
      Check it out fir yourself

USPTO Publication

Posted on March 8, 2018 at 12:08 PM Comments comments (14)
January 6, 2018
USPTO Publication
Still waiting for my number.
Hopefully it will be before Christmas 
Pray for me 

September 2017

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 10:19 PM Comments comments (8)
Ready for Fall and Winter
Hurricane season has been devasting. Prayers to all in the paths of Harvey and Irma. 

Finished my SB/64 today. Sent it in. Hopefully my journey will continue with the best possible outcome. God got me

Starting new chapters in life are the butterflies in my stomach I really enjoy.

Natural girls Rock gave me this link to share for some awesome items they have. I love their shades. Check them out .


Christmas with my grandbabies Winter break 2016

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (5)
8, 5, and 21 months. Our time together is so precious to me. I want to make sure they are learning things on each of their age groups. I try to make sure that the time we spend together has significant meaning and we make a new memory each day. I love them so very much

Christmas with my Grandbabies Winter Break

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 4:03 PM Comments comments (15)
I'm a mother of two sons Only one of my sons has children. He is 31 years old his children are ages 8 yrs female, 5 years female and Male 21 months old. I love my sons and my grandchildren are an adventure every moment I spend with them.
    They were here for their winter break to visit with me. Let's just say in two weeks you get to know a lot about a child and how they influence the behavior of children around them. Spring Break 2016 we shared a wonderful week together June family reunion we had a weekend of fun. Winter break would be the longest we shared each other's company since my grandson was born. Believe me, you must prepare individual events for each child in each age group. You will not survive gran parent duties is you don't have an itinerary of events, scheduled meals and snacks. Make an alternate schedule for cold and flu season and just in case our little cousin who is 7 year old female decides to come and spend the night.
     Planning for the grandkids trip to visit included finding some educational places open during the winter break. Aquariums, museums and child age friendly entertainment. Also the family time we would spend with our aunts, uncles and cousins. Winter break is Christmas break. Food preparation and gifts under the tree. When packing for children especially three children you should layer the outfits. This will help you just in case you live in Texas. This has to be the hottest December I have witnessed in a very long time. One day it's a bitter cold where you would like to bundle the children up to keep them from catching colds and flu. The next it's so hot outside you need to turn on the air conditioning to keep them all comfortable.
    My grandkids are just like me and have some air born allergies that do not like the weather to change drastically. Goodness gracias the little cousin that came to visit had been sick with cold and flu symptoms prior to her visit. Made it very interesting but it didn't slow them down for one minute.
Indoor time is fun but very loud.