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MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY - JOURNEY TO THE MOUNTAIN LIFE, PART 3

by Cory Dudley

The San Juan mountains are a rugged range in southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico. Towns like Telluride, Ouray, and Silverton are nestled among these beauties. The forests, rivers, peaks, geological diversity and varied landscapes make the San Juan mountains and national forest an absolute treasure and once you're there, you really don't want to leave!

Stio, a cool little clothing company out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming put together a sweet little video series called "A San Juan Story".  Here's the final of three videos in A San Juan Story, Road to the Mountain Life by Oliver Sutro. All it took was one ski season in Telluride and a new life in the Rocky Mountain West was born!

Part 3: The Journey

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY - JOURNEY TO THE MOUNTAIN LIFE, PART 2

by Cory Dudley

Part 2 of the video series we introduced in last week's Motivational Monday Blog Post. ​

Stio, a cool little clothing company out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming put together a sweet little video series called "A San Juan Story". The San Juan mountains are a rugged range in southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico. Towns like Telluride, Ouray, and Silverton are nestled among these beauties. The forests, rivers, peaks, geological diversity and varied landscapes make the San Juan mountains and national forest an absolute treasure and once you're there, you really don't want to leave! 

Here's the second of three videos in A San Juan Story, Road to the Mountain Life by Oliver Sutro. All it took was one ski season in Telluride and a new life in the Rocky Mountain West was born!

Part 2: The Place

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY - Journey to the Mountain Life

by Cory Dudley

We love Colorado for the people, the lifestyle, our incredible landscapes and the endless opportunities to explore them. I think if we took a poll, most Coloradans would say they love Colorado for the mountains - we'll second that!

Stio, a cool little clothing company out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming put together a sweet little video series called "A San Juan Story". The San Juan mountains are a rugged range in southwest Colorado and northwest New Mexico. Towns like Telluride, Ouray, and Silverton are nestled among these beauties. The forests, rivers, peaks, geological diversity and varied landscapes make the San Juan mountains and national forest an absolute treasure and once you're there, you really don't want to leave! 

Here's the first of three videos in A San Juan Story, Road to the Mountain Life by Oliver Sutro. All it took was one ski season in Telluride and a new life in the Rocky Mountain West was born!

Part 1: The People

A story about what happens in between learning to ski and living to ski. When faced with uncertainty, it helps to have company.


Motivational Monday: Resurface

by Cory Dudley

Operation Surf brings wounded veteran and active military heroes a life-changing experience through the healing power of the ocean through adaptive surfing taught by world-class instructors. 


Image Credit: Netflix, Operation Surf

Operation Surf came to existence as a result of one wounded soldier's desire to learn surfing. Now, the organization is helping more heroes than ever!

Operation Surf finds participants experience a decrease in PTSD symptoms & depression, and an increase in self-efficacy. 
 


Image Credit: Netflix, Operation Surf

Netflix Original Documentary RESURFACE TRAILER

Watch Resurface on Netflix

Motivational Monday - Do 'You'

by Christa Marsh

Do what you love; what brings you peace and joy - just do 'You'.


Mirna Valerio at the Black Mtn Monster 12-Hour Race, 'Fat Girl Running', 06 Nov 2017

Mirna Valerio is a Writer, Teacher and Public Speaker in Rabun Gap, Georgia. She and her blog, 'Fat Girl Running' are an absolute inspiration to all of us. We're all in different stages in life, going through different struggles and sometimes feel alone in them. But, we always have a constant and that's ourselves. Believe in yourself and trust in your abilities. Just do you, whatever it is that day. 


'Fat Girl Running', 06 Nov 2017

"You have to do you, whatever that is. You can't wait for the moment to be perfect, you can't wait for your body to be perfect, sometimes you have to go in the mirror and say, I can do this, I can do this... until you start believing it." ~Mirna Valerio

It's the slow and steady journey she enjoys, it's not about winning a race, but just going for it. ~NBC


Motivational Monday - #VanLife

by Christa Marsh

It's nearly winter! This morning we awoke to chilly temperatures and snow flurries, yesterday it was 75 degrees and sunny! And that's why we love ColoRADo! Now is the time we all start getting excited for winter fun: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowball fights, snow angels... Colorado knows how to do winter:) As if we need to be more excited, here's a little something to get you even more amped!

Chris Benchetler is one of the top names in backcountry skiing and a staple of the ski industry, appearing in countless ski movies from top producers. He's "Chasing AdVANture" in his newly built-out Mercedes Sprinter van traveling from Southern California to British Columbia.

It was an epic snow year in the Sierra Nevada Mountains


Emily Harrington, one of the best rock climbers in the world, invited Chris for a climbing date at Smith Rock in Oregon,

and there was a mid-winter swell was going off in Canada's only surf town, Tofino

Sit back, get cozy, and get ready for powder face shots!


MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY - STILL IN SEARCH OF A FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH?

by The Winning Team Real Estate Group

"With each passing year, fear [of aging] creeps a little closer..." 

 As we age we think more and more about prolonging our lives. Maybe we feel we missed out on some aspect because of the choices we made, or maybe we just want to feel we lived our lives to the fullest until the very end. Whatever the case, most of Western society continues seek the magic pill to feeling, looking and performing our best. Is there a secret to perpetual youth and longevity? Maybe the answers are simpler than we think?

Aging pro freeskier, Mike Douglas, traveled to Japan seeking youth. Not only are there 500 ski areas in Japan, making the destination an easy choice, the Japanese are also the longest living population of the world's major industrialized countries.

At the end of day, the secret to growing old with grace is probably not found in complicated diet formulas, yoga rituals or workout routines (not that any of those things are detrimental to our health),  but more about eating well, giving our bodies respect and time to strengthen and recover, setting goals and not rushing our success.  

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

Yuichiro Miura, famous for being the man who skied down Everest, and "...the most badass old dude on the planet" now 88, skis over a 100 days a year, and attributes part of his success to goal setting. He says, "at any age, you should have a goal set to always be stronger and healthier than you are right now". 


Secrets to Life

We all have the secret to longevity living inside of us. Create attainable goals, be forgiving of yourself, wake up every morning and choose to be a better version of you than yesterday, be strong in your convictions, laugh, take time to nourish your body and keep sight on your destination. Get out there and chase life!

Motivational Monday - REI's "Adventure in Real Life"

by Cory Dudley

 

"My plan never included this many roadblocks. But maybe the only difference between 'roadblock' and 'adventure' was my perspective..."

 

Life often doesn't go quite as planned. In fact, many of us are familiar with the old saying, "The only constant in life is change." Depending on the day and your mood when such change strikes, it can be difficult to embrace it fully for the adventure that it is! REI's short film "Adventure in Real Life" touches on the importance of changing perspective in order to appreciate experiences as they come; for better or for worse.

 

(Video Credit: REI)

 

"Slowly I discovered that nature was all the more beautiful because of the unplanned and the unexpected."

 

 

"I guess life is like that; full of setbacks and roadblocks. But when we love something enough, we can turn any obstacle into an Odyssey. The truth is, life isn't going to go as planned... The only question is will you choose to call it an adventure?"

 

Nothing forces someone to embrace a humble attitude like a tough challenge. You're bound to become kinder and more sympathetic to others and their own obstacles, too. Embracing your failures will better prepare you for your next great adventure, and remind you that you are indeed human. 

 

The most efficient use of your mental and emotional energy is to focus on yourself first; what do you think of your efforts? How do you prioritize personal growth? What makes you truly happy? What makes you feel accomplished? While the validation of others can be a temporary relief, your own validation will provide long term satisfaction in any situation.

 

 

 

 

 

"Love creates a communion with life. Love expands us, connects us, sweetens us, ennobles us.

Love springs up in tender concern, it blossoms into caring action. It makes beauty out of all we touch. In any moment we can step beyond our small self and embrace each other as beloved parts of a whole."

- Jack Kornfield 

 

 

We know all too well that the world can be a scary, overwhelming and confusing place; and lately there seems to be a lot going on. Between natural disasters and acts of violence, headlines are dreaded and draining before the day has even begun. Despite the darkness during challenging times, there is something else going on that's worth noting. 

People are donating their time and resources to charities and various efforts of all kinds. They're giving all that they can, however they can. It's during the darkest times that humanity can shine the brightest! That light is putting love and kindness into action, and we're all capable of putting this energy into practice. 

Beyond becoming involved in your community and in charities that speak to you, inward reflection is an essential aspect of processing tragic events that are beyond our control. Truth be told, the majority of us can only control how we react to such things. A simple meditation practice can cultivate the love & kindness that is so important following disasters, and can even be done in spare moments throughout your daily life.

 

 

Loving Kindness Meditation

 

Begin by finding a quiet or special space where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Take deep breaths for a few minutes, focusing on a soft heart and releasing all plans and precautions. First, recite the below phrases inwardly and focus on your own well-being. 

May I be filled with loving kindness.

May I be safe for inner and outer dangers.

May I be well in body and mind. 

May I be at ease and happy. 

While repeating the phrases, allow images to come and go naturally, and focus on allowing the feelings to fully permeate your body & mind.

 

When you are feeling a strong sense of self love, you can then feel confident in expanding the meditation to include others in your own social circles, then your community, and finally, humanity as a whole. Repeat the same phrases as above, but imagine sending the feelings outwards to others. 

May you be filled with loving kindness. 

May you be safe for inner and outer dangers.

May you be well in body and mind.

May you be at ease and happy.

 

Motivational Monday - 'Where We Belong'

by Cory Dudley

 

 

"When the day is full of potential, being lazy isn't a consideration.."

 

Throughout human history, people have gone out into nature in search of self discovery, connectedness and transformation. At times when we're feeling most unsure of ourselves and our place in the world, venturing into the wilderness can provide clarity and motivation. In a day and age when we're bombarded with technology, constant bustle and triggering stresses, removing yourself from your immediate environment can reveal the potential for seeing yourself elsewhere in the world. 

 

Someone's perception may shift along with a new vast and calming landscape....

Nature may initiate change help you to abandon your obsession over problematic frames of mind. Through that clarity, unexpected solutions will begin to form....

Mental static will melt away and the attachment to your version of reality will in turn begin to loosen, becoming fluid and neutral... 

 

 

Join 5 women as they traverse from Daniels Lake to Skwawka Lake in British Columbia. Along the way they discover that the wilderness truly is where they belong, despite the doubts that everyday life can instill. Though they were each hesitant to make such a trek solo, collectively their knowledge and spirit lifted them all up to greater heights. 

 

(Video Credit: Arc'teryx) 

 

"We're walking on the back of history and then it invites us in... We listen to it breathing. What we do is keep moving; we make a decision, we go. This is our real life. This is where we belong."

 

Nature invites us to open into awareness and discover where we belong - when will you answer the call? 

 

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Cory Dudley
The Winning Team Real Estate Group
522 Kimbark St
Longmont CO 80501
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Office: (303) 776-4004
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