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Snowboarding is one of my biggest passions. One of the most influential snowboarders of the time, Travis Rice, proclaimed during an interview that “love is the only way forward.”
I wholeheartedly agree with Travis. Regardless of what job/career you may have, what hobbies you enjoy, the color of your skin, your personal beliefs, or your physical location, love not only moves us forward but connects us with other humans in a meaningful way.
When I am exploring the world on my snowboard and experiencing the mountain, I feel connected with myself and connected to the universe in a way that I can’t even begin to explain. Snowboarding gives me time to be with myself to reflect and brainstorm without any distractions.
I woke up this morning without an alarm around 5.45am feeling refreshed and sparked with creativity. As I looked out the window, I saw snow. It’s snowing lightly right now and I feel inspired. Snow enhances my spirituality and my creativity.
“A snowboard is our paintbrush, our musical instrument and our key to the portal that takes us to our most creative, most present and most alive places. A tool that helps us cut through the noise, experience total freedom and to feel the heartbeat of nature. It can bring us the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. At times the act becomes effortless and precise and at other times it is our greatest challenge with fear so strong you can taste it.”
In order to maintain proper harmony between my body and my mind, I am guided by the mantra: Work, Play, Rest. This mantra helps me to remain fully present and aligned.
At the inter-disciplinary conference in 2010, Kathleen O’Neil shares that “work has an intensely powerful capacity to transform the lives of individuals who’ve been marginalized by limiting responses to their disabilities. Work has the ability to enhance economic status, personal identity, social connectivity and independent function.”
The importance of play in our lives is greater than many people give credit. As Mari Tynkkynen writes, “by doing things that you love, your body generates endorphin. [sic] It reduces pain. When you are very happy your body products [sic] happiness hormone oxytocin. That is the best antidote against stress and depression.”
Rest is the toughest part of the mantra for me to adhere to. I have become increasingly aware of this fact. There are many tips for how to practice rest within your life which include, yoga, meditation, massage, sleep, and much more.
It is important to listen to your body and your mind and to adjust your mindset and your activities accordingly.
Throughout my adult life my roles have changed and my physical location has changed, but my drive, desire, and ambition remain the same. I love to have a positive impact on the world around.
Another mantra that I live by is “Live life. Love life. Live the life you love.” My life reflects this mantra which allows me to be fully present in all situations.
The best work days for me are days when I am able to embody these two mantras. I am glad to say that most days in my life are the best days.
Don’t forget that how one feels physically is linked closely to how one feels mentally and mantras can help you to find a balance within yourself.
I certainly encounter struggles and stress, but I do my best to manage that stress and to use it as a source of energy!
As an event professional, I “eat pressure for breakfast, tension for lunch and skip dinner, while [staying] composed.” I see details that other people may be overwhelmed by as a challenge and I organize and manage these details easily with the help of my natural talents.
Forbes reports that humans are 87% more likely to love their jobs if they work from home, and I certainly can say that I believe those numbers!
A recent survey of business leaders at the Global Leadership Summit in London found that 34% said more than half their company’s full-time workforce would be working remotely by 2020. A full 25% said more than three-quarters would not work in a traditional office by 2020.
2020 is just shy of three years from now; remote work is no longer a way of the future, but it is a reality of the present!
One huge reason that I have so many days that I consider “best days” is that I am able to work from wherever I want most of the time. Sometimes that means I am connected to a hotspot via my phone, other times I am in the mountains using a friends’ wifi, or I could be at home in the comfort of my own bed! I have the flexibility to travel and to maintain my mantras: “Work, play rest!” and “Live life. Love life. Live the life you love.”
For the remainder of my life, I plan to live my life to the fullest, maintain work-life harmony, and to lead with love. I will continuously influence others and share my love to impact their life in an ever present and everlasting way! With love and with the aid of technology, anything is possible!
"Distance doesn't exist, in fact, and neither does time. Vibrations from love or music can be felt everywhere, at all times." -- Yoko Ono
P.S. Everyone has their own unique recipe of ideals that when embodied together will allow them to manifest their dream workday, workplace, and lifestyle. Share your ideals with us in the comments section below.
P.P.S. This is part 2 of a 2 part series co-authored by Charlie Birch and Summer Weirich. Part one can be found here.
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