Ok, so I am sitting down to write because it’s been a while. I get super busy in college with school work, extra curriculars, and of course, the book. Now I’m home for the Summer, and some really exciting things are happening…Let me tell you about the AMAZING Udonis Haslem…

UD, 3-time NBA Champion with the Miami Heat, wrote the foreword for my book, and I got to meet him in person at our photoshoot. UD is passionate about mental health and helping youth, and I am beyond honored that he wrote the foreword. I met him once, when I was 6 years-old, and have a photo of that meet and greet. I should put the old picture and one of these new ones next to each other.

UD and I have spoken on the phone before, about the book, and he is even nicer in person! Truly, I am not just saying that. UD was tired from a long day of traveling, but still took the time to do this photoshoot, with a smile, and was genuinely interested and excited about the project. Even my mom, who knows nothing about sports, was impressed by how down to earth he was, and of course, if I’m happy, then she’s happy.

I am trying to hold on to the joy of the photoshoot because things like meeting UD and getting to do a photoshoot with him don’t happen to me every day and I never thought in a million years that I would get to do something like this. The best part of the day? When someone said, “These pics are great, you look like friends,” and UD said, “What do you mean? We ARE friends.”

The main goal since Wuf Shanti started 11 years ago was to help people, and hopefully this book does just that. This interaction with UD showed me, that no matter how famous you are, or what your job is, you can still always make time out of your day, week, month, or year, to be kind and to help people. UD still does, and I will too.

My 6 year-old self felt super happy at that moment in time. I am grateful to UD for showing me what a real leader is.

The book, Stress Less: Mindfulness for Teens, is on pre-sale now. You can get it on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Books & Books, Target, or hopefully anywhere that they sell books. https://linktr.ee/wufshanti

Read more about it here: https://wufshanti.com/stress-less-mindfulness-teens-book/