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Palentine's Day
Wellness
Published Monday Feb 10, 2020 by Mindbody Team

What is Palentine’s Day? 3 Fun (and Fabulous) Ways to Celebrate This Inclusive Holiday  

If you haven’t been able to tell by the chocolate rose, red hearts, and sappy (sometimes sassy) greeting cards, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. The “season of love” can often trigger feelings of stress and loneliness, and Cupid’s arrow can hit where it really hurts – your wallet. This month try trading out the emotion (and financial) pressure of Valentine’s Day for Palentine’s Day – a modern alternative to the traditional couple-centered holiday.

Taking place on February 13, this gender-inclusive, identity-friendly celebration of love encourages us to celebrate those most meaningful in our lives, from our #besties, to our co-workers, to our chosen families... and even our four-legged friends (because let’s face it, life can be ruff).  

Palentine’s Day is about every form of love, so there is no right or wrong way to enjoy the festivities! If you’re not sure where to start your Palentine’s Day festivities, here are a few of our favorite ideas:  

 

friends hanging out

Schedule plans with your best pals.   

Traditionally, this means lots of junk food and a movie marathon, but why not kick it up a notch? Think: self-care. Before you Netflix and chill with a bowl full of goodies, try engaging in a fun wellness activity. And yes, you can keep your stretchy pants on.   

Work it out in a group fitness class – the friends who sweat together, stay together... especially in these sweat-worthy classes!  

Take time to #treatyoself  – nothing says “I <3 you” like a tandem spa service (maybe one to compliment your zodiac signs?).  

Explore the great outdoors – connect with nature... and each other. 

 

Baking

Make (and bake) great treats! 

Does February have you thinking about chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate? Move away from the rich, heavy food of the recent holidays and make some memories by showering your pals with healthy, savory and satisfying snacks. PS: Don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out perfect – it’s the thought that counts!  

Whip up some delicious Inside-Out Almond Butter Cups. 

These three-ingredient truffles will please any palette. 

Cozy up with homemade vegan hot cocoa.  
 

letter

Grab the glue and get crafty. 

Many of us remember those cheesy little cards we delivered to friends in elementary school. They always made you smile, right? We are in a creative revolution (coloring never felt so good!) and this is the perfect excuse to unleash your inner Bob Ross. Plus, Pinterest has a ton of ideas for any level of talent.   

Cards and love notes – Pencils, paper, stamps – use whatever supplies you have on hand to surprise your pals. 

Snail mail – There’s some magical about getting a surprise piece of mail. Take the time to send a note to a faraway friend. 

Eco-friendly option – Want to go zero-waste and want your message to be received right away? Send a digital greeting! Paperless Post has plenty of clever and cute options. 
 


At MINDBODY HQ, our MBPride affinity group is sponsoring a make-your-own-card station so employees can deliver fun homemade cards and notes to friends and co-workers. MBPride supports Palentine’s Day because we all deserve a day to celebrate the love in our life, romantic or not. 

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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.