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Standup for the Cure – Positivity

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You expect participants in a highly personal, built-for-connection event like Standup for the Cure to be enthusiastic and highly invested in experiencing a positive event. The surprise for me at the November 12 event at Miami Yacht Club was the attitude and absolute commitment of the sponsors. A lot of the praise for that goes to the tireless enthusiasm and work by event director, Dan Van Dyke (shown here leading the prayer circle).

sftcm2Before I go on and on about the weather for the event (absolutely stellar), the course (indescribably beautiful) and the raffle prizes (so many, and all so cool), I will introduce you to some of the many sponsors i enjoyed talking with.

The sun was bright so one of the first people I chatted with was Morgan Parker of Raw Elements, makers of clear and tinted sunscreen made with 100% natural ingredients including zinc oxide. The moisturizer was evident as I applied the clear stick blend to my face. They were at the event because, “It’s a great cause and a natural audience for our mission toward skincare and cancer prevention.”

Speaking of prevention, I experienced the quick and easy breast cancer screening available at no charge to all. In the course of the Standup for the Cure history hundreds upon hundreds of early stage cancers have been detected, with support and followup made available. Each $125 raised by the event is used to support someone in need for screening. With $850,000+ raised so far think of the positive impact the event has had for so many of us across the country. sftcmview

We all love the ocean, surfing and a great cause but we don’t all take action to make a difference. Two local high school students Jacy and Joie started SURF TO THE RESCUE at the end of their 2016 school year. These students donate proceeds to Surfers for Autism, except on Nov 12 all proceeds went to Standup for the Cure. The shirts are top quality and the logos unique – and their hearts are definitely in the right place.

sftcmhatBesides winning a very cool hat at the Ambry Genetics booth (answered questions about breast cancer correctly), I had a fantastic conversation with Jaci Talpash. Few could be more proud of the work done by their company. She shared so much about all Ambry Genetics does and I walked away grateful for all the teams behind the innovations and research.

The team from Cobian Footwear (check out the styles) lives their #everystepmatters message with their participation in causes that resonate.  Grag Tayler shared, “We are national sponsors of Standup for the Cure, so this is not a one time effort for us. They are honored to be part of the effort fighting breast cancer and those working to find a cure.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse fed us well with perfectly grilled burgers on melt in your mouth buns. Kona Brewing Company team froze their hands off reaching into a cooler full of ice to hand us perfectly chilled beer. We all needed it after an active morning. The morning was made more active for many as Andrew Crane representing Starboard  shared Allstar and Freeride boards, paddles, leashes and PFDs to dozens upon dozens of eager paddlers, both novice and super experienced racers. sftcmreeride

The most connected and positive community gathers at every Standup for the Cure event. Smiles were plentiful and awareness buzzed throughout the day. Thanks for inspiring us Shawneen Schweitzer Shelby Kailei Lane Schweitzer Zane Kekoa Schweitzer Matty Schweitzer Judie Vivian Dan Van Dyck and all the enthusiastic and loyal sponsors including
Ambry Genetics West Marine Maui Jim Cobian Kona Brewing Company sftcmona

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Miami Yacht Club

Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter (No single use plastic bottles at the event – tons of awareness instead of tons of plastic).

sftcmsrBe sure to check out the schedule for an upcoming event and be sure to be part of exactly the energy our sport is known for.  Aloha!

Standup for the Cure: Courage

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This post is for all my SUP friends – and especially for those who haven’t added that amazing sport to life, just yet.  This is an open invitation to join me on November 12 at Standup for the Cure in Miami, FL.  Survivor or supporter, when you stand tall on your paddleboard surrounded by a sea of pink, lead by the energy of Zane Schweitzer, Shawneen Schweitzer, Judie Vivian and hundreds of smiling paddlers you will be immersed in an awesome adventure.

One stroke at a time, paddle your adventure with us at Standup for the Cure - Miami

One stroke at a time, paddle your adventure with us at Standup for the Cure – Miami

Life is an adventure – and like all adventures there are moments that require every ounce of courage, hope, and the healing support of friends and family.

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The smiles are ever-present, thank you Shawneen Schweitzer

When life throws in a challenge like cancer, each day asks for laughter, love and strength – along with the best treatment possible. A combination of research and screening, awareness and information are powerful tools we are so fortunate to access.

When dedicated and passionate people come together we have the treasure of events we can experience together, events like the far-reaching Standup for the Cure.  They have raised over $600,000. For each $125 raised by fundraising teams a mammogram is shared to someone in need – early detection and awareness make so much difference.  I was incredibly fortunate to have had early detection of the very rare cancer I experienced, and am ever grateful to the researchers and surgeon who had the knowledge and experience to guide my outcome.

Zane spent time in New Zealand learning local traditions and mindfulness

Zane spent time in New Zealand learning local traditions and mindfulness

 

Life IS truly an adventure. I am pleased to share a FREE download of our P2SUP album, “Paddle with Courage” to all participants in Standup for the Cure – or to anyone who feels a need for some mindful presence, for inspired and guided meditation. CONTACT me for more information.

Join our fundraising team. (Do It for Meg) – but most of all join with friends and family on November 12 at Miami Yacht Club and paddle with me or just enjoy the day.  CONTACT me if you have questions, comments, a story to share – we welcome you to the P2SUP community.

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Standup for the Cure: Zane Schweitzer in Michigan

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Team Starboard at SFTC Michigan with Jim Brewer and Zane Schweitzer

Team Starboard at SFTC Michigan with Jim Brewer and Zane Schweitzer

Straight off a flight from the Starboard headquarters in Thailand, Zane Schweitzer breezed through Maui on his way to the second annual Standup for the Cure event in Muskegon, MI. Such extensive travel is a key part of the dedication and commitment to innovate and inspire that is so important to Zane.  With his usual smile and welcoming personality, Zane shared experience and SUP insights to a diverse group of paddlers before the event began on July 9.

Zane Schweitzer sharing aloha, stoke and SUP tips at the clinic

Zane Schweitzer sharing aloha, stoke and SUP tips at the clinic

With a goal of raising $80,000 for breast cancer prevention and research the Michigan communities came together to reach the goal.  Top fundraisers created teams in the months leading to the event. It is a tradition to set up a Fundraising Team and compete for prizes for the Top Fundraiser for the event. Net proceeds from the event are given to Susan G Komen Miami to support community grants to help uninsured women receive their breast exams. Every $125 raised enables a women to have a mammogram and may save her life! The statistics on how many people have learned about their own risk or current skin cancer or breast cancer status is overwhelming. Knowledge, awareness and support saves lives – SFTC impacts thousands every year.

On the water and off, new friends were made, powerful stories of courage and survival were shared. Smiles and strength permeated every moment.

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Some of the top fundraising teams

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Contact us for your FREE download code

Contact us for your FREE download code

I can’t wait for the next SFTC in Miami (November 12, 2016)  The event is much more than the usual SUP race – each event offers SUP Lessons, demos, Free Breast Cancer Screening, Live Music, great food, Happy Hour and the “Sea of Pink” 5k fun paddle/race. We will do our part to encourage the healing practice of mindfulness by offering every participant a FREE download of the Power of Presence album, “Paddle with Courage.”  Even if you cannot be at the event, simply e-mail us and we will send you the download code.  One of the tracks on the album includes a powerful message from Zane inspired by his life philosophy and events that took place during the 2016 Ultimate Waterman event, from which he emerged champion.

You will be impressed and enlightened (read more here) with Zane’s insights and philosophy, “every step matters.

What’s Standup for the Cure?

Standup for the Cure (SFTC)  is a 501c3 whose mission is to raise money and awareness for early breast cancer detection, research, treatment and education while introducing the breast cancer community to the active, healthy lifestyle of Standup Paddling.  The Schweitzer family has dedicated themselves to making each SFTC event more successful than the one before. Filled with aloha, positive energy, healing support, food friends and fun, the spark that Zane Schweitzer shares fits right in. (Follow his website home)

 

Standup for the Cure’s focus is to introduce non-paddlers to the healthy lifestyle of standup paddling, while building a supportive community bound by the desire to rid the world of breast cancer,” stated Event Director Dan Van Dyck.

Follow on Standup for the Cure (SFTC) on Twitter 

 

Gratitude: Rainy Day Sunshine

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The day before we planned to head off on a 3-day camping trip – a trip with rain predicted at 90% the entire time (and 50 degrees) – I took a yoga class. This was not just any yoga class. It was the noon “Rejuv” taught by the brilliant, cool and gifted Cynthia LaRoche (GrooveYogaBend).  As she does so well, Cynthia led us through our restorative poses with wisdom and humor. Somewhere in the midst of it all she said something to the effect, “let what you don’t like be the teacher.” That was not the theme of the class, or even a large part of the message – but that is what resonated for me. clear4

I was going in to three days of camping in the rain with an attitude as bleak as the weather report.  For the most part, i do not like rain. Give me those blue sky days any time.  I was the prime example of what Sorine Cerin (Wisdom Collection: The Book of Wisdom) said, “Rain drops are not the ones who bring the clouds.”

clear5It was time for me to switch gears, be grateful for the opportunity of three days with friends, in the outdoors and in an incredibly beautiful part of the world. It was time for me to be open, to learn from what I basically did not believe that I liked.

Dana Arcuri says it so well, “The more you are grateful for what you have the more you can live fully in the present.”  That is my life journey, so practicing gratefulness and celebrating the present moment whatever it might be became my roadmap for the weekend. clear-lake-spring

What a gift!  In a 43 degree drizzle I dropped my husband and two buddies off to play golf and headed to Clear Lake, OR for a morning of paddling.  The experience was beyond expectation (what a truth) and a powerful lesson.

As Louise Erdich said, “I was in love with the whole world and all that lived in its rainy arms.”  From the light mist that welcomed my first paddle stroke, to the chilly downpour mid-paddle. Solitude and stillness, lush greens and every imaginable blue created magic.clear2

And guess what. The sun actually came out!

Much mahalo to KIALOA and Sweet Waterwear for supporting P2SUP from the beginning.

Enjoy the video of the experience here: If you want to enjoy our P2Walk meditation, “Walk with Gratitude” explore this link.

Mindfulness: A Route Toward Purpose

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The more we practice the Power of Presence through active meditations, the more we can focus in on our intention. Another way of thinking about mindfulness and intention is through our personal exploration of purpose. We’d love to share information about a FREE course available on The Big Know, featuring author, Richare Leider.

It’s easy to begin – go to The Big Know and read through the topics of each section. Great stuff! The course begins with “The Power of Purpose,” then moves on to “Reflect, Connect, Explore.” Finally the course wraps with “Choose, Repack and Act.” We’d love to hear your experiences and comments.

Richard Leider is the author of several books, including the bestsellers The Power of Purpose, Life Reimagined, and Repacking Your Bags and a thought leader with Life Reimagined. Richard is one of America’s pre-eminent executive life coaches. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches in the United States.

LR-Purpose-InstructorImage-RichardLeiderRichard holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), and a National Certified Master Career Counselor (MCC). Leider is a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, a guest lecturer in the Harvard Business School and a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New York Times and USA Today.

For 30 years, Richard has led Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa, where he co-founded and is a board member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania. He and his wife, Sally, live on the St. Croix River outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.(From the course website) 

 

Lost Your Mojo? The BLUE Way to get It Back

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blue mojoThat spark that is YOU, is it gone or diminished? Maybe you’ve hit a rock in the middle of the road. Something’s not right – you’ve lost your mojo. “Mojo” refers to your self-confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy, or even sex appeal.

An exchange with a colleague leaves you puzzled, a relationship is bumpy, or you simply feel drained. Whatever the trigger is, the end result is a realization that for weeks, maybe months, you’ve been operating at less than your usual high level. You feel disengaged, less motivated, perhaps even frustrated. A mix of things led to Power of Presence SUP (P2SUP) meditations, and among them was my discovery of BLUE MIND by Wallace Nichols.

Walking by a river, floating in the sea, watching the sunset ov the distand horizon of a lake – we have all experienced the gift of the “blue mind.” How can that help us get back our mojo and return to the zesty and energized life we seek? water mojo

Being around water gives our brains and our senses a rest from overstimulation. It puts us in an environment that supports mindful presence and a meditative state.

blueWallace Nichols explains it like this, “The sound around us, from an auditory perspective, is simplified. It’s not quiet, but the sound of water is far more simple than the sound of voices or the sound of music or the sound of a city. Visual input is simplified. When you stand at the edge of water and look out on the horizon, it’s visually simplified relative to the room you’re sitting in right now, or a city you’re walking through, where you’re taking in millions of pieces of information every second.”

When we’re near, on, in or under water, we get a cognitive break because there’s simply less information coming in. Our brains don’t shut down — they keep working, but in a different way, according to Nichols. “When you have that simplified, quieter ‘blue’ space, your brain is better at a different set of processes.”

Get Back Your Mojo – Hone Your “Power of Presence” 

When you are down on your mojo, your mind likes to take over with negative thoughts, worry, and over-thinking. You have to treat your unruly mind the way you would a puppy or small child. To squelch that negative thinking, redirect your brain through active meditation. P2SUP (and P2Walk) meditations guide your present moment awareness to gratitude, connection, joy, mindfulness and more.

Active meditation in any setting can improve our physical and mental health on a number of different levels, and can be an excellent way of reducing stress. But you will get even more benefit from your quest for mojo by adding mindful meditation to your standup paddle.

Have you ever discovered that being surrounded by blue space helps you relax? When your mojo has hit the road, meditating on water (or by water with P2Walk) is a good plan.

We intuitively know that being in the presence water provides tangible benefits for our well-being, and as Nichols explains, our instincts are right.

“It’s almost too obvious, and it gets overlooked,” says Nichols. “But the health and neurological benefits of exercise by water are very real.”

Looking for your mojo? Enjoy a regular practice of the P2SUP collection that suits what you want and need right now. We look forward to your comments and stories.