Forty One

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So, this is 41. Supposedly once you’re over 40, then you’re considered “over the hill”, right? Well maybe, maybe not. In my 20’s I did consider the 40’s as being “over the hill” and I had a picture in my head of what that would look and feel like. This is not at all what I expected. Man, am I glad.  I choose to make the most of every day.  I choose to do the things that make me feel alive. So, here’s to the 40’s. Bring it on!

*A special thanks to my three favorite people; Steve, Danica and Trey.  Steve made me feel special and let me do anything I wanted all weekend while he did my chores for me.  Trey went rock climbing with me and we had the best time.  Danica gave me the best present by coming home for the weekend to hang out with me.  To each of you… thank you for being you and thank you for being amazing.  You made me feel so very special. 

 

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Ocean Magic

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For me, paddleboading can be a purely magical experience.  This week I got to experience one of those magical moments. The water was completely flat, glassy, crystal clear and calm, the ocean was filled with beautiful sea life, the wind was calm and the moon was full.  It was perfect!  I quickly remembered just how much I love paddleboarding and how grateful I am to live in a place where I can do things like this year round.

You see, two years ago (before my mom’s accident), I was out on the water every single week without fail.  Then life flipped upside down and I just never got back into the habit.  Well, I’m taking life by the horns and I’m changing that.  Doing fun active activities makes me feel better physically and emotionally. Paddleboarding is probably at the top of that activity list for me.  It makes me feel alive! Now I’m looking to add additional activities to this list; mountain bike trail riding and indoor rock climbing.  More to come on that.  In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying more time on the ocean.

Spring Break

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This year, spring break looked a whole lot different.  Our normal tradition is to go on a yearly family vacation during spring break.  We have done so every year but this one.  With Danica graduating high school and sending her off to college in the fall, we decided to do a graduation trip this summer of her choosing (within reason, of course).  So this year was spent working, doing a college tour and going to the beach.  Hey, how awesome is it that we just have to drive a few miles from my house to enjoy the ocean.  I’ll take it.

Solace and the Sea

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“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.” – e.e. Cummings

I used to be out on the ocean every week without fail.  No matter what is going on in my life; no matter what hardship I may be facing, when I’m on the ocean it all melts away if even for a moment.  I hadn’t been paddleboarding in months, since before my mom’s accident.  I decided this weekend to take a little bit of time this past weekend to get back out on the ocean for a paddle and I’m so glad I did.  It helps make the burdens just a bit easier to carry.

Let’s Race!

Custom Race Board
I just picked up my custom race board from Mike at Bird Surfboards in Deerfield Beach, FL. I am one of the team riders for Bird. This board was custom built by Mike with my input along the way. I cannot wait to get it in the water and start racing. If you’re interested in trying the paddleboard race scene, let me know by filling out the form below. I can get you a great deal on a board just like this one, answer any questions you have about the sport or give you the scoop on the exercise benefits of paddleboarding.

This is a perfect starter board. Let’s race!

What If?

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I once heard a speaker ask an audience the question, “what would you do if you knew that you could not fail?” Wow! I mean, if you really think deeply on this question it will blow your mind a little bit. I heard this probably over a year ago and it still sticks with me. It’s pretty easy to list out all the things you’d do (theoretically) especially if you knew that you couldn’t fail. Even knowing that failure is an option, it’s easy to list things you’d do with your life theoretically. What’s almost impossible is taking action on those items. It’s super easy to say that you’d quit your job and start a business or get rid of possessions and move to a third world country to teach the impoverished English.

I’m a dreamer by nature. I’m also a very restless person that loves change. For me, I’m always thinking of things I’d like to do differently, places I’d like to go and things I’d like to change. Being in my head would probably give you whiplash. This is why the idea of living in an RV and traveling the country with my husband in early retirement is such an appealing idea to me. I’d always be on the go and always changing seeing the country with my best friend. This is still on the table for later down the road after the kids are on their own so well see what happens.

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to list just a few of the things that I would do if I knew that I could not fail (in no particular order).

  • Run a paddleboard lessons, fitness and yoga business
  • Become a pro paddleboard racer
  • Become a math teacher
  • Sell our ridiculously expensive house and move close to the beach
  • Sell our ridiculously expensive house and move further north to have more land
  • Move to Hawaii
  • Move to Tennessee
  • Move to Colorado
  • Be a youth leader in a church

It’s fun to dream. Will any of these actually happen? Who knows; maybe one day.

Back to Racing

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{I’m the one in the black & white Kauai hat}

I absolutely love paddleboarding. I mean, it really is my favorite (solitary) thing to do. A couple of years ago, I got into racing, but racing with a surfboard style board is pointless. You simply can’t keep up. This past summer I ran into a local board company (Bird Surfboards) owner who was looking to get into the SUP racing market and asked if I would be interested in starting a racing team for him. Of course I immediately said YES!

Well, I’ve been practicing on a race board now for a few months but it’s mainly been on flat water. This board is streamlined and fast which is awesome, but the downside is that the rounded hull makes it very topsy turvy and difficult to manage especially in choppy water. An open water Quicksilver race came to my local area this past weekend. I was reluctant to sign up because I hadn’t had much open water practice, but I did it anyway. Well, I was right. The water was fairly flat but still somewhat choppy. Not to toot my own horn here, but I never fall off my board. Well, I fell off my board 5 times during this 5K ! I was furious with myself; furious to the point of tears. But, hearing my husbands voice toward the middle of the race cheering me on (I didn’t expect him to come) made all the difference. I pushed on and finished with a 33:51 time, landing me in 4th place. Not too bad for a girl that fell 5 times.

Now off to more open water practice…

Sleep or Sunrise

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I am typically the type of person that needs at least 8 hours of sleep; 9 or 10 is even better.  I can scrape by one night here and there with 7 hours sleep if need be.  If I get less than 7 hours sleep, I cannot guarantee what type of person you will encounter.  Not getting enough sleep literally makes me feel like I’m sick.  This is forever my struggle as I always want to get up and head to the beach for a sunrise paddle before work.  In order to do this, I have to get out of bed at 5:30am.

I am currently training for a paddleboard race because I’m on a race team for a local board manufacturer.  This means that I really need to get my butt out of bed and get on the water.  I will usually find myself paddling the canals as the beach is usually not calm enough but this week was an exception with a flat ocean almost every day.  I always HATE getting out of bed before the sun but after I’m out on that water paddling, watching the sunrise above and watching the sea life below in the clear blue water, I am forever grateful.  There is no better feeling.  It is a natural high and sets my day off just right.

30 {ish} Birthday Celebration

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1. YOLO, my fave. 2. Paddleboarding in the ocean. 3. We bring the class to any beach town.
4. My birthday view. 5. Our fortunes = a redneck (pretty applicable). 6. Farmer’s market finds.
7. Vine video – Ben & Jerry’s with the fam. 8. Vine video – birthday dinner.

Oh How I’ve Missed Thee

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As I stated in a previous post, the craziness of a new the school schedule was upon me. Well, now I’m two months in and so far so good but the schedule is very right. This leaves little room for anything else. I used to go to the beach multiple times per week and go paddleboarding at least once per week but haven’t done either in over two months. I was jonesing hard. Today I finally went and it was definitely the missing link I’d been feeling. I got up early and went to the beach in order to get a parking spot. I did a short paddle at the beach but it was really choppy. Then I laid on the beach for a while totally losing track of time, thus getting a parking ticket. Oh, well. I left the beach with ticket in hand and headed north to meet my brother for an intercoastal paddle.

The beach and paddleboarding is my stress reliever; my happy place. It was five hours of pure amazing!