About Me


Before you learn more about what I do, let’s break the ice a bit.

My name is Ariana, and I am the Founder and CEO of Team Ariana. The majority of my website is designed to focus specifically on the homeless children of Vogel Alcove, Team Ariana, and how you can help me fight the growing epidemic of homelessness among children in America. I have created this section out of popular demand for Team Ariana members to learn a little bit more about ME.


For starters, many people do not know that I am uncoordinated. If you gingerly toss something to me, don’t expect it to come back in one piece! This is one reason why I feel triathlon is my “safe haven”. While I may lack in the athletic gifts of a ball player, I can practically disassemble and reassemble a bike blindfolded.

I love the outdoors, so spending three weeks in the Alaskan wilderness, is my type of summer camp! Unfortunately, Texas summer heat and a lack of mountainous scenery makes it a bit difficult to truly ENJOY the outdoors in my own backyard …if you know what I mean.

I am a die­hard country music fan. Some of my favorite artists include Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Jake Owen, Eli Young Band, Sam Hunt, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, Rascal Flatts, Billy Currington, and so many more.


I consider myself a very strong­minded and a strong­willed person. I am disciplined, focused and extremely goal­oriented. When I have a objective in mind, I will stop at nothing to achieve it. Adapt, improvise, and overcome are three of the tenets I live by.


“Win the day!”

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

“It’s all connected. Your gifts, Your circumstances, Your purpose, Your imperfections, Your journey, Your destiny, It’s molding you …Embrace it."

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

“Excuses will always be there, opportunity will not.”

“People want to see you do well, but not better than them.”

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.”

“Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.”


I will be attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and intend on studying Nutritional Science and Exercise and Sport Science. While my love for food and exercise has carried me through high school, I fully intend on pursuing a Master’s degree and PhD.


I have always had a passion for nutrition and the science behind food and metabolic pathways. Eating healthy is something my family has emphasized since I was little. The foods you eat days before a race, the morning of a race, during a race, and after a race, greatly affect your body and performance in either a positive, or negative way.

Balance is a very important skill to learn in life. Having a reasonable balance between family time, school, social events, exercise, giving back to others, and healthy eating are crucial to maintaining harmony in life.

In terms of my original thoughts about balance, I love educating people about how to obtain a balanced life. I want to help people re­create themselves into a better version of themselves. I want to bring them out of the dark place they feel they're forever stuck within, and give them light. This might mean creating a company that sells my very own food line, my own motivational tools for personal fulfillment, or my own strategies and products to live a healthy lifestyle. Who knows? Maybe next time you feel overwhelmed or are struggling to find balance, you’ll call me!


“Fat” and “skinny” are words my family loathes. From a young age, I have always been taught that everyone is different, and different is OK. The ideal image for people is impossible to achieve, as “healthy” means something different for everyone. If you’re exercising, eating smart in moderation and are happy, then why physically alter your body to look a specific way that is considered “pretty?” It is time to be strong America! We are each in control of how we look, feel and act. Our actions define who we are and it is up to each one of us to take charge of our own well being. Live life with a purpose and give back to others in a meaningful, personal way. Don’t just think it. Make it happen!