Tag Archives: Women

Women’s Ski Day at Crystal Mountain

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WomensDay2013Hey Ladies! This Saturday is International Women’s Ski Day, and Crystal Mountain is hosting. That means you can come with your gal pals, meet new ones, take laps in the park or Southback, drink wine afterwards, and you get a discount. Kind of like ladies night at the bar but so much more fun (because this one is really for you). The details (from Crystal Mountain website) are below. I’ll be there too. So stop by and say hello.

K2 is declaring Saturday, December 14th, 2013 to be International Women’s Ski Day. Females are encouraged all over the world to just get out and ski! Women who mention “International Women’s Ski Day” at the ticket window will receive a $10 discount on your ski lift ticket. Meet other women, get a tour of the mountain, practice your beacon skills, try out some demo skis (conditions permitting), shred the hill and then meet from 3:30pm-5:30pm at the Summit House for a special hosted wine and cheese event with $5 appetizer plates and drink specials. Girls can either head into the Summit House after their last run or take the gondola up no later than 3:30pm. The gondola will shut down during Apres and begin downloading everyone at 5:30. Everyone must be downloaded by 6pm. KEEP IN MIND THAT IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT BRAND YOU SKI ON! This day is to simply encourage females to go skiing, regardless of what type of skis you use.

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Don’t Feel Guilty for Finding Meaning in Your Life

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Meaning

Catching Air

“Women feel guilty for being in flow,” according to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. “Men don’t ever feel that way.” I’ve been thinking about this comment ever since my interview with Mihaly yesterday, when he pointed out this vital gender difference in the pursuit of happiness.

Flow, for those that didn’t hear the show yesterday (it’s not too late, click here to listen; I’ll wait), happens when you are completely absorbed in the moment. The task is challenging, time slows down, you are totally focused, and the reward is the activity itself. In a word: your best moments. This is what gives your life meaning.

Which leads me to this question: Guilty? Women feel guilty for finding meaning in their lives? It sounds pretty ridiculous when you say it like that.

First a little context: Earlier I’d asked Mihaly a question about flow personality. Are some personality types more likely to get into flow than others? His comment was interesting. Individuals that are too self-conscious to lose themselves in an activity rarely get into flow. (I was thinking about teenagers here.)

Only later did he mention in an anecdote how often he encounters women when he gives his talks that say, “isn’t the pursuit of flow selfish?”

Gah.

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Queens of the Hill

Granted, most of us have pretty busy lives. Most of us have others relying on us. Most of us don’t even have enough time to brush our teeth, let alone search for moments of freedom and transcendence.

But we should make time.

We all should make time to find flow NOT because it makes us better mothers, more enthusiastic partners or more capable employees/business owners/etc.

We should find flow because it makes life worth living. Get that? Flow states are what we live for.

I hear myself justifying my pursuit of happiness by how it will affect others. I’ll be a nicer person if I can go hike the King right now; I’ll make a better wife and step-mom if I get a few hours to work on my book this morning. I’m going to paddle the SUP for an hour, and then I will be nicer, kinder, calmer. Well, guess what?

That’s bullshit.

Instead, I should be finding flow activities because that’s what I want to do and it makes me happy, not because it will then make me a better person for others. As it turns out (hello?!) I’m not here for the exclusive betterment of those around me. I’m here for me.

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Snow Angel

Well, duh.

Men don’t feel guilty for being in flow. Why? Because its not a normal human reaction. That means that women, too, can shake off this pesky guilt and get after it. We can stop justifying our best moments and just say, “I’m going surfing because that’s what I want to do.”

Sure, when you get back from your surfing session (or making snow angels, or skiing or watching a sunset, or whatever gives you flow) you will probably make lunch for your kids. You’ll do all the other important tasks in your life, and you’ll probably be happy to do it. But just remember, that’s not why you need to follow your flow state. Flow is for you. Period.

So go out there today and find some flow and don’t justify it based on how it will help your spouse/kids/parents. Do it because it will make you happy and give your life meaning.

And that is reason enough.

Lovely Lady Longboarders

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I love this video. These girls are my heroes.

Women in Adventure Sports Film Festival

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CMPZ Productions is debuting their first ever Women in Adventure Sports film series, and this promises to be pretty high on the awesome-o-meter. Featuring stories on climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, kayaking, surfing and more, the films focus on adventure, community, culture and environment and on the intimacy and passion women have for their sport. This is right up my alley, so I wanted to share it with you. Their website states that they

“want to highlight women’s achievements, and support women filmmakers whenever possible.”

The films include “Send it Sistah” about highlining the Ritson Gap in Annecy, France. Remember from my earlier post about slacklining, highlining is just slacklining, but across impossibly high gaps. It’s crazy, in other words. And coming from me, that’s saying something.

Another film, “Heart of the Sea”, is about Hawaiian surfing legend Rell Sunn, who died of breast cancer in 1998. A pioneer of women’s professional surfing, Sunn was known not only for her physical power, grace and luminous beauty, but for her leadership in a community that loved her as much as she loved it.

In addition to the the lineup, they are also hosting a contest.Here’s the dope from their website:

Well … it’s not really a contest, it’s more like a “look at me!”

We want to involve local women in the film festival, and one way that we are thinking about doing it is to have a picture gallery and to show your picture sometime during the festival. So go through those 1000’s of shots and find your best action shot of you doing something related to adventure sports … crazy and fun is also good.

Hey, a prize may be involved … but it’s a secret.

Email us your easily readable image file (high resolution jpg please!). One is enough – don’t go overboard!

Get your 5 seconds of fame!

So check out this upcoming film festival. More information is still being loaded onto the site, and they have not yet posted a comprehensive schedule. Who knows, with a little encouragement, they might be willing to bring the festival to a theater near you.