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Smiles are Contagious

Written by Payton Lee in Personal Development

Smiles are contagious. This simple, polite notion has faded to the back of people’s minds, possibly forgotten all together by some. ┬áSmiles these days are traded in for smirks, eye rolling, and furrowed eyebrows. It is a trend that needs to be broken. Vacation. The word is supposed to bring joy, excitement, stress-relief, and smiles. Getting to bike in the most beautiful mountain scenery should make all worries wash away. Hiking in the back-country with amazing wildlife and wildflowers should relieve the stress you have left from work. Swimming in a natural Alpen lake, colored like a gemstone, should take your breath away. Zip-lining through Aspen trees in the sparkling sun should stamp a permanent …

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Anger and Travel

Written by Hank Martin in Personal Development

This is what hell is like, I thought, as I looked towards the thrashing angry ocean. The water rose in frustration and slammed itself against the beach, grinding rocks into glass colored pebbles with its agitation. It was a thing of all motion and no progress, like anger. Can you see anger in a place, a non-living thing? Or, do human emotions only make sense to humans? On the early morning streets of Italy, as I walked to school past St. Peter’s Square, I saw two men cursing at each other in Italian. Their arms gyrated like mimes and their faces were red. One had parked the other in. Another time I saw homeless people …

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Cabo Beach Bod Challenge: Using Social Competition

Written by Payton Lee in Personal Development

Let’s face it. Everyone has something about their physical appearance they want to improve on. Did you resolve to get a 6 pack ? Are your arms getting a little flabbier than you care to admit? Have you lost that 20 pounds you promised yourself you’d lose by summer? Keeping in good physical shape is a constant battle, especially if your life does not march to a routine beat. We travel a lot, and that means our work schedule and daily routine is constantly disrupted. It’s hard to maintain a regular workout schedule when driving 10 hours, flying through airports, and going to meetings and gatherings break into that normally allotted time frame. The hustle …

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Sometimes You Get Lost in the Desert

Written by Payton Lee in N. America, Personal Development

I don’t know if I can pedal or walk another inch. We may be stranded here for the night. Of course we would probably freeze to death. Naturally when we left the car it was 70 degrees, so I shed all warm layers, leaving them behind. Real smart move there. Maybe I could wrap myself in first aid bandages or start a fire with the lighter. Would that keep the predators away? Are there snakes out here? We literally can see no road, no sign of human life, and have hardly any cell signal out here. Move legs, move! These were my unspoken thoughts during our latest biking adventure. We had set out for a …

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Maximizing Match Potential

Written by Hank Martin in Personal Development

Are you looking for love? Do you worry that you will never find that special someone? Or maybe you aren’t looking for that much commitment. You’d just be happy meeting someone worthwhile from the opposite sex. Well, did you know that only 38% of females snowboard compared to almost 62% of men? What does this have to do with finding a match, you ask? Everything. Absolutely everything. If you are a single male snowboarder looking for a potential match you’re riding in a saturated market, literally. There are almost twice as many men as women that snowboard. That’s not good odds for finding a prospect, not good odds at all. So am I suggesting you …