Take A Chance!

You’re alive—you might as well take chances!     Tig Notaro, comedian

  

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4 Lessons My Snowboard Taught Me

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Some awesome advice from the slopes with my friend Carmen, style coach and snow bunny! What have you learned from your athletic endeavors?

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Hello from the mountain!

Acid wash jeans and tons of hairspray. Awesome.

I just got back from an epic 12 day Colorado downhill snow adventure with my boyfriend. We hit Vail, Telluride and Aspen and it was unbelievable. The people, the food, the scenery and of course the Jacuzzi made for a trip I will never forget. This trip also marks the first time that I really really enjoyed myself on the mountain. I have a not so great history with snow sports and pretty much gave them up before I ever started. Hey—I’m from Florida!

I snowboard instead of ski 1) because I had a bad experience at a teenager and 2) I think it looks cooler. I had never really gotten used to all the stuff to carry, the constant pain in my feet from the boots, the cold, the lift, my helmet, the bindings, the other people…

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I AM A BETTY!

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I decided to switch things up this year and I am excited to announce that I have been chosen to be a member of Team Betty 2015 of Betty Designs. It’s quite an honor to be a member of a group of bad ass women who are all energic and inspiring about triathlon, sport and helping other women.

Our logo is the Butterfly and the Skull, which is cool on many levels. Not only is betty_designsthe uniform super fun and sporty, but for me, these symbols tell a story about strength and redemption. I loved wearing the kit in 2012 because I loved it and now I can’t tell you how tickled I am to be a Betty!

Team Betty is the Team of Betty Designs and sponsored by GoPro, Bonk Breaker, Asics, Nuun, Nytro and Roka. If you want to buy some skull and butterflies of your own please click my link here and hopefully I’ll have some fun promos to pass on throughout the year!

Betty in Berlin!

Betty in Berlin!

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Learn from Failure

Don’t let success get to your head or failure get to your heart. Meredith Kessler

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Blogosphere 2014 Review – Happy New Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,600 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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Inspirational Equestrian

Steph with Gryph & Lex

Steph with Gryph & Lex

Ever have someone do something so selfless and kind that you didn’t even know to thank them? Two years ago when hurricane Sandy hit, I made a post about sending donations to my late Uncle Michael’s parish in Staten Island. I got a call from an old friend out of the blue; Steph had read my post and was touched because she remembered my uncle fondly. Stephanie and I had grown up across the street from each other and played together inside and in the dirt pile by our houses (both with trucks, matchbox cars and barbies!) for our entire childhood. We’d lost touch and hadn’t spoken much in years. She was living in Utah and after a stint in New Mexico I was back in New York. Still, she called me on my cell and she spoke about what she might do to help with hurricane relief. I told her Uncle Michael’s church was poor and could probably use some warm clothes and I thanked her for anything she might do.

It wasn’t until a year later when I came across the photo of what she did and two years until I found out exactly what she’d done. The photo I finally found showed huge boxes reaching to the ceiling! She’d also connected with a horse show she was in and the organizer agreed to help her. She’d gotten her entire community to rally around a coat drive and other items (Home Depot cards, etc.) that she would send to Staten Island. The UPS store even donated some shipping. I couldn’t believe the kindness she’d shown truly out of the goodness of her heart. When I thanked her when I found out, she said she got a lot out of it just by doing it.

Now I’d like to see that goodhearted kindness come back to her. We’re new friends again since she moved back to New York and even though it’s been over 30 years (yikes!) since we’ve played in the dirt pile together, her passion for horses has never waned. She’s an accomplished and award winning equestrian as well as a teacher and a judge. She practices the art of dressage, which is a beautiful form of competitive riding. She and her horses are working to get to Florida for the winter to study full-time with Pam Goodrich so she can get her horse Gryph more confirmed at PSG and the I-1 in hope of competing the 2015 show season. Please read her story even if you don’t want to donate. Maybe pass her story on. Maybe give her a few dollars for her dream.

The one thing I can do to repay her kindness is to put this out there for her: http://www.gofundme.com/h4qekg Please take a look and pass it along to help Steph grab her dream!

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NYC Marathon Inspiration

For all of my friends racing tomorrow in NYC on what looks to be an epic day. Channel your power, your strength, you inner goddess or god and show the world what grit you are made of!

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on the earth for you! Act for yourself.”

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Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand writer (1988-1923)

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Kona Crazy!

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, and one year I’m going to be spending it LIVE in Kona either as a racer or volunteer.  I love all the hard work and grit it takes to get to this penultimate event. I’m always inspired when I watch.

I’m predicting a very exciting women’s race with Rinny to be the one to beat.   There are many contenders that will force her to have the race of her life: Rachel Joyce (looking to move up from runner up), Daniela Ryf (notably coached by Brett Sutton), the methodical Meredith Kessler,  Caroline Steffen (coached by former World Champ Chris McCormack), the happy go lucky and gritty Brit Liz Blatchford and I don’t think you can ever discount the 47 year old smiling Natasha Badmann (it would be record breaking if she won again but I do think the faster runners would have to have a very bad day!).   Who do you predict on the women’s side?   Who is the dark horse?

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Mirinda Carfrae Quest for Queen K Crown #3

With the Ironman World Championship just one month from today, I wanted to post a quirky interview with the current World Champ –  Australian Mirinda ‘Rinny’ Carfrae, who you can count on for fighting hard to retain her crown. Do you think she’ll chick all the guys on the run again? Are cupcakes the secret to her success?    What do you treat yourself to before and after the race?

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Get Uncomfortable!

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – Neale Donald Walsch

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