Mountain Mama: How to Overcome Fear and Anxiety

first_imgDear Mountain Mama:I’m writing to you about fear. A week before kayaking I make plans and am excited. Then the doubts set in. My mind thinks of all the holes, undercuts, and hazards on a river and magnifies them. I visualize my head thrashing around, banging against rocks and my roll failing.All of a sudden the stack of laundry becomes pressing, and I think about how much I need to get some cardio in or go for a ride. “You’re too tired to kayak well.” My stomach churns on the way to the river, and I silently rehearse excuses for running shuttle instead of paddling.I fought fear. I ignored it. Nothing worked, so eventually I stopped paddling. But I missed the intoxication of nailing a perfect line and chatting with other paddlers in eddies.So I’ve started kayaking again. All that nervous chatter has resumed. How can I make all that noise stop?Yours, Anxious PaddlerDear Anxious Paddler:I had the privilege to attend Elizabeth Gilbert’s reading of her book Eat, Pray, Love and she spoke about her acceptance of fear.She compared the start of every new creative endeavor to a road trip and recognized that fear comes along. But she lay downs the law. “Oh I know, fear, you won’t shut your mouth. Talk all you want, but you’re not going to have a say in anything. You’re not going to touch the radio dial. You’re not even going to pick any of the snacks.”Fear comes along on my paddling trips too. And fear is like my toddler — the more I try to ignore it, the louder and more insistent fear becomes.So I decided to test out Elizabeth Gilbert’s tactic of acknowledging fear and creating healthy boundaries about the role it was going to play when I went to this year’s Boater Chic Fest.I’d been telling myself paddling and working and parenting were too much to balance. I’d stepped back my paddling, and like you, I missed getting out on the river. I signed up for the Cheoah clinic despite fear and his cousin, doubt, whispering in both ears. That night I had difficulty sleeping, imagining the water cascading over Bear Creek Falls.The next day I met dozens of friendly women, and we spent the ride to the put-in telling stories and laughing. Several paddlers volunteered to lead less experienced paddlers down. They clapped and whistled for us when we styled a boof. Their smiling faces greeted us at the end of every rapid.The biggest lesson I learned at this year’s festival had nothing to do with paddle strokes or boat handling. On the way to the put-in we talked about books we read and yoga studios, rivers we wanted to paddle and the brownie cookies we’d brought to snack on at the take-out. As we paddled we pointed out turtles, butterflies, herons, dragonflies, and, snakes. On the drive back to camp, we looked up their animal meanings and joked about which animal we most closely resembled.Between swapping stories and laughing with new friends, I was reminded that if fear is going to be a passenger on my paddling road trips, that I should make an extra effort to invite some other more positive voices too. And this year’s Boater Chic Fest introduced me to lots of great women who love to boat. There are few weekends where I return home and immediately mark off my calendar for the event the following year. Boater Chic Fest is one of them!Fear is always going to be part of your boating equation. Anxious Paddler, lessen fear’s input by surrounding yourself with fun paddling partners and find some other subjects to chat about on the way to the river.Paddle On!Mountain Mamakayaking-group-womenlast_img read more

Lobo Wins Honduran Presidential Vote

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2009 Porfirio Lobo has won the presidential election in Honduras, with about 56 percent of ballots cast. Election officials say voter turnout was high, in spite of a call by ousted President Manuel Zelaya to boycott the poll. Wealthy rancher Porfirio Lobo declared victory after election results showed a broad lead for the candidate from the opposition National Party. The outcome was a vindication for Lobo, who narrowly lost to ousted President Manuel Zelaya in the 2005 vote. Speaking at a rally late Sunday, Lobo told supporters he will work to improve security, create new jobs and restore international ties. Lobo says he hopes to bring about profound changes that will enable Honduras to return to the place it was four years ago, before Mr. Zelaya took office. Election officials said about 62 percent of voters took part in the vote, which eclipsed turnout figures from the 2005 election. The official numbers contradicted earlier claims from Mr. Zelaya, who said his supporters estimated that less than half of registered voters took part. The ousted leader called on voters to boycott the election, saying the de facto government is illegitimate. Mr. Zelaya has been living inside the Brazilian embassy as Honduran officials seek to arrest him on charges of abuse of power and treason. The head of the Honduran election council, Enrique Ortez, says the results showed that the election was a resounding success. Ortez says voters have made their decision in free and transparent elections. And, he says foreign governments have a moral obligation to recognize the vote outcome. The big challenge for Mr. Lobo may be restoring foreign ties which have suffered since Mr. Zelaya was removed from office in June. Many foreign governments accuse the de facto government in Honduras of launching a coup to remove Mr. Zelaya from office. Earlier, Brazil and Argentina said they would not recognize the election results. Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica said they would accept them, in an effort to resolve the political crisis. U.S. officials have indicated the election is a key step forward for Honduras, but they have not confirmed whether they will accept the outcome.last_img read more

Successfully communicating to your credit union front line staff

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One issue we run into over and over again as we begin working with a new credit union client is front line communication. If it exists, it’s usually not effective. Keeping your front line staff in the dark, or only sending down orders via quick bullet points is killing your growth opportunities! I won’t say that we’ve perfected the art, but understanding the importance of it has certainly given us reason to continue experimenting and exploring options to better communicate marketing updates and cultural news briefs to the front line staff at the credit unions we work with. Staff numbers at our various credit unions range from 6 people to 119 people. But what if you had to communicate to over 2,000 people?Dunkin Donuts was having the same problem many credit unions in effectively communicating corporate information to their franchises and front line staff, totaling well over 2,000 people. continue reading »last_img read more

Baker’s leadership needed for mayor

first_imgMark served as president and executive director of the City Center for over 30 years. His leadership, integrity, interpersonal skills and strategic thinking were critical to ensuring the success of the Center.As a result of his leadership, the facility’s usage increased over five-fold. In 2016, the facility held 170 events, which created over 216 revenue producing days for local businesses and boasted an 86 percent occupancy rate. The same skill set that allowed him such success at the City Center is the same skill set that we need in the mayor’s office right now.Mr. Baker has worked with many mayors and city officials with different agendas, from different political parties and varied visions for the town’s growth. He successfully harnessed this diversity of thought to ensure that the best interests of Saratoga Springs came first. With decades of experience partnering, listening and working with a wide variety of people in our community, we can be assured that Mark Baker will continue this inclusive leadership style as mayor.I look forward to voting for Mark Baker on Nov. 7 and hope you will join me.Melissa ZiekerSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists The Saratoga City Center came into existence in 1984 through the efforts of many local business and community leaders. The founders knew they needed someone at the helm who could steer this project successfully and enable the center to become the economic engine that it is. They found that leader in Mark Baker. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Reach tens of thousands of offshore energy professionals with your ad on Offshore Energy Today!

first_imgSponsored contentReach tens of thousands of offshore energy professionals with your ad on Offshore Energy Today!Offshore Energy Today has been for years one of the world’s most visited online platforms covering the offshore energy business, which is why the website partnered with some of the most prominent offshore industry players in the world, as well as with smaller suppliers, engineering companies, and event organizers.The news website, established in 2010 and headquartered in The Netherlands, achieved record-breaking numbers in the January-October period of 2019.We had 2.49 million visitors and 7.96 million page views during the period, reinforcing our position as one of the world’s most visited online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas.Offshore Energy Today also has a broad social media reach, as more than 90,000 offshore professionals follow the OET Linkedin page. OET social media network also includes 103,000 Facebook followers and 8300 Twitter followers.Besides the social media reach, we send about 48,000 newsletters to our world-wide audience each working day (Mon-Fri).If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

3 persons nabbed while having ‘pot session’ in Pilar

first_imgIt was learnedthat the suspects were connected with a computer tutorial school that hasentered into a Memorandum of Agreement with a state university.  De Leon said theresidue taken from the empty plastic sachet tested positive for shabu based onthe laboratory results released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency inIloilo City. The 33-year-oldRey Engarcial, 22-year-old Rhandy Tandoy Jr. and 48-year-old Alvin Kho werecaught red-handed in a pot session around 4 a.m. on Oct. 25, police said. Computer instructors Rey Engarcial, Rhandy Tandoy Jr. and Alvin Kho were arrested while having a “pot session” at a resort in Barangay Natividad, Pilar, Capiz last week. GLENN BEUP/PN ROXAS City –Three computer instructors were arrested while having a “pot session” at aresort in Barangay Natividad, Pilar, Capiz.   Police alsoconfiscated a blade, cellphones and aluminum foil from the suspects.  Engarcial, Tandoyand Kho were detained in the lockup cell of the Roxas City police station,facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the ComprehensiveDangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Police respondedin the area after a caretaker of the resort reported the suspects toauthorities.  “Naabtan pa namon sila sa akto nganaga-potsession sang amon gin-kadtuan angresort,” Police Captain Alfred De Leon told Panay News.     last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (12-1)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresSaturday  (12-1)Boys ScoresSouth Ripley  52     North Decatur  47East Central  57     Richmond  55Oldenburg  64     Morristown  47Franklin County  55     Centerville  50  (OT)Milan  56     Lawrenceburg  45Rising Sun  64     South Decatur  42Shelbyville  60     Connersville  59  (OT)Crothersville  63     Switz. County  61Shawe Memorial  52   Indy Deaf  34SW Hanover  72     Columbus East   65Triton Central  72     SW-Shelby  62Silver Creek  85     Jennings County  49Batesville Freshman Boys were victorious against The North Decatur Chargers 44-30. Batesville was led in scoring by Ian Powers (10), Zach Wade (9), and Eli Pierson (8). Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sean Boyce.Girls ScoresBatesville  44     Shelbyville  32East Central  50     Jennings County  33Jac-Cen-Del  67     South Dearborn  35Lawrenceburg  58     Milan  33Oldenburg  69     South Decatur  43Greensburg  64     Connersville  34Switz. County  67     Christian Academy  22Morristown  57     Union County  52Westfield  49     Rushville  45Austin  65     Shawe Memorial  24last_img read more

Grenville Felix Memorial cycle road race set for today in Berbice.

first_imgAN action filled race is expected when Guyana’ top riders take to the road today for the much-anticipated Grenville Felix fourth annual Memorial Cycle race in Berbice.The event is organised by the Flying Ace Cycling Club (FACC) of Berbice in collaboration with the Felix Family of Guyana and overseas. The race will cover a grueling distance of 60 miles and the event is opened to riders throughout Guyana.This event is being held in honour of the late engineer, Grenville Felix, who passed away four years ago at the age of 96. Felix, who was one of Guyana’s first and oldest engineer at the time of his demise, worked with the Bookers and the Guyana Sugar Corporation in Guyana and various parts of the world. This is the sixth cycling event held in his honor.The first two was held in recognition of his birthday. It was changed to a memorial event after he died.Last Wednesday, the children and other relatives presented a sizeable cheque to the organisers which will cover the cost of staging the event, to cycling coach and coordinator, Randolph Roberts.Speaking at the simple ceremony, Claville Francis stated that the family will continue to sponsor the event, since it was something “Uncle Gren” liked, apart from his engineering work and other community activities.She also expressed confidence in the work of the FACC.Roberts expressed gratitude to the Felix Family and also showed appreciation for the confidence they have shown in the FACC and assured them that the event will be well organized.The race will begin at 10:00 hrs in front of Felix’s former residence, Canefield East Canje, Berbice then advance to his former place of employment, Rose Hall Estate, before turning back. They will then move forward to the No. 51 Police Station and back to the place of origin.Prizes will be awarded to the the first 10 finishers, first four juveniles, the first three veterans and first three females. Also FACC’s first two club cyclist will also be recognized.The Grenville Felix Memorial Trophy is a lien trophy and will be given to the first person who gets his name on it three times.(Colin Bynoe Jnr)last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Despite rough end to season, Hayes’ NBA potential remains intriguing

first_imgIn the final four games of his junior season, forward Nigel Hayes took a total of 54 shots — he made only 11.That’s a grand total of about 20 percent shooting from the field in the four most important games of the season. It was win-or-go-home time for Hayes and the Badgers, and the first-team All-Big Ten performer was reluctant to show up.After shooting 2-15, his worst shooting performance of the season, in the loss to Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament, fellow juniors Vitto Brown and Bronson Koenig bailed out Hayes in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, where he shot a combined 5-27.In the Sweet 16 game against Notre Dame, Hayes did manage to put up his best performance of the four games — a measly 4-12, which included two three-pointers. But there was no one to bail him out, and the end of the season could not have gone worse for the junior.But despite the poor performances and the criticisms that came as a result, Hayes is still testing the NBA waters, even if he is just dipping his feet in.Last Tuesday, head coach Greg Gard announced they were going to submit Hayes’ name to the NBA advisory committee, and he will then make his decision regarding the NBA draft. This means that Hayes will submit his name for consideration and have the ability to rescind his name up to 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine May 15.Given the way Hayes’ junior campaign ended, it’s more than likely he won’t garner much interest from NBA teams until maybe the end of the second round of the draft. But there is a reason this was initially thought to be Hayes’ final year at Wisconsin. There is a reason he was thought of a potential top-20 pick. There is a reason Hayes is even bothering to submit his name for consideration.Hayes is a very talented basketball player whose skill set is made for today’s NBA.After playing power forward for his first two seasons with the Badgers, Hayes made the move to small forward this season to make room for Brown and redshirt freshman Ethan Happ in the frontcourt. That move alone allowed Hayes to display his versatility on both sides of the ball and ultimately proved his ability to be viable two-way player at the next level.Men’s basketball: What Badgers will miss if Hayes decides to go proFor collegiate basketball players, the allure of the NBA is tantalizing. Reaching that level is what many have been working Read…OffensivelyAt 6 feet 8 inches tall, Hayes would be undersized as a power forward in the NBA, but an above-average height at small forward. These types of players are usually referred to as “tweeners,” as they are floating somewhere in between two positions.These types of players are usually seen as risks at the next level, but the way Hayes showed his play on the wing as a small forward should have removed a lot of doubts in terms of what position he should be playing.He’s a small forward, and when on the wing, Hayes is likely to be a mismatch for the defense on nearly every possession.This was on display in Wisconsin’s final game of the season against Notre Dame, where the already undersized Fighting Irish had no choice but to give 6-foot-5-inch guard Steve Vasturia the assignment of defending Hayes. While Vasturia is the team’s best perimeter defender, three inches is a lot to give up to a player with Hayes’ strength and finishing ability.Unfortunately, Hayes did not take advantage of this matchup, appearing reluctant to take Vasturia down to the block, where he has found the most success this season. But it won’t be the last time Hayes finds himself with that kind of matchup offensively, and it will only make it easier for him to both score and distribute.DefensivelyHayes’ versatility also allows him to excel defensively, as his prowess on the defensive end never wavered even when the success rate of his jump shot did.His ability to defend three different positions is intriguing enough, but his ability to be successful in doing so is what is most intriguing about the junior’s defensive prowess.On the short list of players Hayes defended this season for extended stretches, are two national player of the year: Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, along with Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff, Indiana’s Troy Williams and Illinois’ Malcolm Hill.That’s two shooting guards, two small forwards and power forward, and Hayes managed to defend all of them admirably.His length combined with his lateral quickness for someone with his size is something that NBA teams will most definitely find valuable. But that said, it is still clear that Hayes is not yet ready to take the next step.That doesn’t mean that he never will be.He struggled in the final stretch, which may even be an understatement, but those struggles don’t take away Hayes’ potential. He may be one year away still, but there is no doubt he’ll be ready.last_img read more

Men’s tennis returns to the court with two home wins

first_imgThe Trojans continue at home tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. with a double header against UC Davis and the University of San Francisco. In the opening match, USC will look to overwhelm a young UC Davis team that has only one upperclassman. It will, however, be a tricky matchup, as the young Aggies have a 6-0 record heading into tomorrow’s matches. USF comes in with an undefeated record as well, although they have only played one match. USC will look to best its result against the Dons last year, when USC won 5-2. The USC men’s tennis team continued its recent success in the ITA Weekend Kickoff Tournament last weekend. After returning from a trip to Australia, the No. 5 Trojans defeated Cal Poly Saturday and defeated UC Santa Barbara in the final on Sunday. USC went up against Cal Poly in the first round and swept them 4-0. All three Trojan pairings started off slow in doubles, with sophomore Daniel Cuckierman and freshman Bradley Frye losing their match 4-6. Juniors Brandon Holt and Riley Smith were able to overcome their slow start, however, and came up with a 6-4 victory. The deciding doubles match came down to the wire, but seniors Laurens Verboven and Jack Jaede were able to clinch the set with a 7-5 win. Holt and Cuckierman both played out their matches and in the end, Holt won his match 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Cuckierman was the last to finish with a hard fought 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win. At the end of the day, USC won both of its matches over the weekend and qualified for its 11th consecutive ITA National Indoor Championship, which will be held in Chicago on Feb 15. Smith secured a quick victory once again in singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Similarly, freshman Mor Bulis won 6-3, 6-2 in his match. Santa Barbara was able to get 1 point back, as Verboven lost 6-2, 6-3. After Holt and Cuckierman split sets in their matches, all of the attention turned to freshman Jake Sands to clinch USC’s win. Sands stood strong under the pressure and pulled out a gritty 6-4, 6-4 win to give USC the tournament.   The singles matches were much more straightforward, as the Trojans got three straight set wins from Holt (6-4, 6-0), Smith (6-3, 6-2) and Cuckierman (6-1, 7-5). This completed the sweep and secured USC’s place in the championship match on Sunday against the Gauchos.center_img The doubles on Sunday against Santa Barbara proved to be much easier for the Trojans. Holt and Smith dominated with a 6-1 victory, which Cuckierman and Frye followed up with a straightforward 6-2 win. With the doubles point easily secured, the match turned to singles. “As a team, we were all just ready to go, and we are excited for this year,” Smith said. “I think we are going to compete our butts off. I think we really have a chance to just do something special this year. Tournament is nothing different to us, and we are just going to go out there and compete.” The good news continues to come in for the Trojans. It was announced Tuesday that Holt won Pac-12 Player of the Week honors following his undefeated record this past weekend. Women’s tennis junior Angela Kulikov also won the same honor this week, marking the first time since 2015 that USC tennis has had a men’s and women’s player take Player of the Week honors in the same week. Junior Brandon Holt won Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after snagging two doubles and two singles victories in the ITA Kickoff Weekend. It is the second time in his career Holt has earned the honor. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan)last_img read more