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This past Wednesday marked the start of the Christian tradition of Lent, on which people all over the globe give up foods or habits to demonstrate self-restraint. Many non-Christians also take part, making sacrifices and changing unproductive habits, making positive lifestyle adjustments...

Covered in a recent New York Times article, The Church of England challenged those observing Lent to avoid plastic consumer products for the 40-day period. We all know plastic is omnipresent in our daily lives and is a major environmental problem. 

Photo Credit: Plastic Pollution Coalition

 

Could you give up plastic for a week, a month, the entire year? It's all about habits, right? It used to be difficult to remember to bring our reusable bags to the grocery store, but now, for many, it's just habit.

Here are a few Tips to Use Less Plastic.

Yes, it would be pretty hard to eliminate plastics all together, but if everyday we are more mindful of packaging, to-go containers, straws, etc..., we slowly change our habits and make a better planet for generations to come.

Video Courtesy of Plastic Pollution Coalition


 

The South Koreans are known for dominating short track speed skating, but this comeback is beyond incredible!

The clutter of speed skating's short track relay makes it seem unfathomable that skaters can maneuver the tight track, while jostling for position and switching skaters and crazy speeds!

This race was the 3,000 meter, which is 27 laps - skaters can substitute anytime.

One of the South Koreans fell early in the race which gave the rest of the field a head start by over a half lap.


Image Credit: NBC

They trailed by a significant amount, but these women did not surrender! They showed grit, determination, power, strength, and calm in the storm and they did it!

Watch the amazing come back here!!  

It's so much harder to stay hydrated in the winter! How many cups of tea can you drink through the day!

I try to motivate to hydrate by adding a little fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt to my water. 

Healthline.com gives 7 science-based reasons why you need to keep the fluids coming!

Friends don't let friends get dehydrated!


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!

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