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November Wellness Intentions MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 30, 2019 by Rachel Rhee

How I Set My Monthly Intentions

Personal Growth
Fitness
Food
Pilates

I’ve always been a fan of setting intentions each day. 

What do I want my day to look like? What do I want it to feel like? What do I want to achieve?

I ask myself these simple questions each day so that I can move about my day mindfully, and with intention.

I recently started zooming out and taking a look at my intentions at a month’s glance. What is my “theme” each month? Last month, I really wanted to focus on creating space in my home. By minimizing the clutter, removing the items I do not need, or want, I have created space for myself to be creative, be free, and be centered. With less around me, this has made me more focused (especially as someone who works from home!).

Over the next 30 days, I have a few specific intentions I want to keep in mind that are all aligned with the word: appreciation.

Appreciate nature.

It’s such a blessing to live in a place where the ocean is just a short car ride away. As someone who deals with some anxiety, being in nature is grounding and calming to my soul. Ocean waves are always soothing and get me into the right mindset. If you don’t live in LA or in an area close to the ocean, find a nearby park or a hike you can explore and appreciate!

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Appreciate nature.

It’s such a blessing to live in a place where the ocean is just a short car ride away. As someone who deals with some anxiety, being in nature is grounding and calming to my soul. Ocean waves are always soothing and get me into the right mindset. If you don’t live in LA or in an area close to the ocean, find a nearby park or a hike you can explore and appreciate!

Appreciate my body.

Movement is such an easy way to show appreciation for the strength of my body. I’m focused on low-intensity workouts at the moment. People sometimes think low-intensity is less effective, but I think it can be even more intense! A lot of moves tend to be slower, where you can really feel your muscles working. I love going to Pilates, or even a good uphill hike can do the trick! Coreology is a favorite of mine, as is Carrie’s Pilates Plus

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Appreciate my body.

Movement is such an easy way to show appreciation for the strength of my body. I’m focused on low-intensity workouts at the moment. People sometimes think low-intensity is less effective, but I think it can be even more intense! A lot of moves tend to be slower, where you can really feel your muscles working. I love going to Pilates, or even a good uphill hike can do the trick! Coreology is a favorite of mine, as is Carrie’s Pilates Plus

Appreciate my culture.

I love cooking, but sometimes it can be hard for me to prioritize it into my schedule. This month, I want to be intentional in the kitchen and cook more Korean food. I grew up with my mom cooking Korean food, and I’m lucky enough to have her still here with me to pass down her recipes. I have a few Korean recipes on my blog, and I want to work on getting some more traditional food from my mom’s kitchen to yours.

What intentions are you setting? We can have limited time and energy, so it’s important to be mindful of how you spend your month.

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Appreciate my culture.

I love cooking, but sometimes it can be hard for me to prioritize it into my schedule. This month, I want to be intentional in the kitchen and cook more Korean food. I grew up with my mom cooking Korean food, and I’m lucky enough to have her still here with me to pass down her recipes. I have a few Korean recipes on my blog, and I want to work on getting some more traditional food from my mom’s kitchen to yours.

What intentions are you setting? We can have limited time and energy, so it’s important to be mindful of how you spend your month.

Rachel Rhee
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Rachel Rhee
Wellness Blogger
About the author
A content creator for The Dimple Life and @justdimpleit, Rachel Rhee strives to inspire women to live their healthiest lives. Diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Rachel empowers women to educate themselves on the importance of living consciously - mind, body, and soul. Being well is much more than fitness and nutrition, it means being mindful of how we spend our time, what relationships we keep, and how we choose to nourish our hearts. She believes we are our strongest selves when we live with intention and help lift others up.
surfer catching wave in ocean olympics
Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.