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To Inspire, Motivate & Encourage

Welcome to The Ugly Duckling Chat, a unique Community Blog here for you to explore. The Ugly Duckling Chat is giving back to the universe by sharing not only a few pages of my life, but stories and tribulations of strong women from our very own community! From Wellness, Motherhood, Fitness to... well, LIFE! Read on, enjoy and even engage! We would love to read each and every one of your beautiful thoughts!

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I believe you must bring your whole self to the table if you want to thrive in today’s crazy world; your personality, your sense of humor, and most importantly, your heart. All of these elements brought me to found The Ugly Duckling Chat. 

Why "The Ugly Duckling" Chat? Well, that is where it all started for me. Growing up, always known as the the ugly duckling, facing so many challenges in my life, but somehow blossomed into the the fearless person I am today who's a fitness & wellness coach and a free spirited woman living her life in positivity and gratitude everyday. 

And a reminder to the women out there, we may sometimes feel like ugly ducklings, but there’s always time to blossom into the swan you were meant to be. 

So this blog is just my way of giving thanks to my past and making good with not just my future, but aspire to help those around me.


I wish this blog finds you in hopes to inspire, motivate and give encouragement in any areas of your life.

- Coach Shiela

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Trust Yor Gut

My name is Juree Bentrem and I am 33 years old. Born and raised in sunny California. I grew up in the northern parts of Cali. I made my...

How Far We've Come

Hey! My name is Felisha Eng and I turned 32 years old this past Mother’s Day woot woot! I was born in Long Beach, CA, but by 3 months old...

With Death Comes Life

My name is Kelli Rodriguez, I am 35 years old. Born and raised in Southern California—I grew up in Moreno Valley, spent a ton of my adult...


My name is Ratana Castillo. Similar to most Cambodian Americans my age, I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. I came to America with...

Healing Through Breathwork

This feature will touch your heart. I have known Tiffany for many years, she is the type of person that lights up any room with her...

My Child's Advocate

So here it is, my very first share on The Ugly Duckling Chat! I was having such a hard time figuring out what to share with you guys...

Finding Purpose

I became a mother of two at a young age. I was in my early 20’s when I had my son, Keyoki and my daughter Kenzie. At the age of 26, I...

Doing Our Best

Introducing this lovely lady really warms my heart. She is truly the definition of resilience and encouragement when it comes to the...

Sowing in Ashes

Our next feature, I met when she became a client at the gym. She was very quiet and reserved. But man, she was one of the hardest working...

There's Only Room for Love

It’s 3:30pm and I’m standing in line at Fedco (who remembers that store in Cerritos, Ca?) with my mom buying a new camera to capture the...

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"I knew in my heart I was going to share my story someday. I pray it helps someone feel like they're not alone in their battles"

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"You are an AMAZING woman and living proof that there are no cookie cutters or instruction manual on how to be successful. Love and happiness comes in so many different ways"

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