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5 Team USA Athletes to Watch at the 2018 Winter Olympics
Fitness
Published Thursday Feb 08, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

5 Team USA Athletes to Watch at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Fitness
Motivation

The 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony is tomorrow—have you met Team USA? With a roster that dishes out discipline, character and some serious skills, these are our favorite athletes that make the Winter Games in PyeongChang worth watching! 

 

Chloe Kim
Credit: X Games
Chloe Kim, Snowboarding 

Seen as the gold-medal favorite in the halfpipe event, this SoCal native has an impressive resume. As the youngest snowboarder to earn a gold medal at the X Games at just 15, and the first female athlete to land back-to-back 1080s (yes, that’s three full revolutions in the air), Kim is a sure bet for victory this year. If she grabs the gold medal at PyeongChang, she’ll set another record as the youngest American to win an Olympic medal in snowboarding. Get it, girl! 

 

Nathan Chen
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Nathan Chen, Figure Skating

Known as one of the world’s best figure skaters, Chen, 18, has had one hell of a year on the ice. Nathan was given the name “Quad King” for being the first skater ever to land five quadruple jumps in a single program—most elite figure skaters can only perfect one or two. Dang dude, talk about flying high!

 

Mikaela Shiffrin
Credit: Spiegel.de
Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing 

Introduced to skiing as a two-year-old, Shiffrin was studying videos of her slalom technique by middle school. Needless to say, Shiffrin has had her eye on the prize from a young age. Now at only 22, she’s the youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist ever. Considered “the best technical skier of her generation,” we feel pretty confident Shiffrin will be going for more than the gold this year. 
 

Elana Meyers Taylor
Credit: USA Today

Elana Meyers Taylor, Bobsled

Taking home a bronze medal in 2010 as a brakeman (back of the sled) with teammate Erin Pac, and winning silver as the pilot (in front of the sled) with teammate Lauryn Williams, Taylor has her eye on the prize at PyeongChang. As the first black pilot to win an Olympic medal, the first woman to win medals as both brakeman and pilot, and the first U.S. woman to win two bobsled Olympic medals, Taylor is making some amazing history. Watch out ice, she’s coming for you. 
 

Matt and Becca Hamilton
Credit: Omaha World-Herald
Matt and Becca Hamilton, Curling 

This buzzy brother/sister duo will compete together in the Winter Olympics’ first year of mixed doubles curling, as well as separately on the women’s and men’s teams. If they make it to the gold medal rounds, that means 18 straight days of competition on the ice. Phew! Teamwork makes the dream work, right? 
 

Alpine Skiing, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, oh my! Time to set your DVR’s, grab that hot cocoa, and get pumped while you watch these U.S. powerhouse athletes lay it all on the line.


 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar