I’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately, and there’s all this talk of setting an “intention” before class. It could be internal or external because everyone knows you have to be the best you can be for you before you can be the best for others.
It could be for the next hour of class (I’m going to remain present in my headstand),
for the day (I’m going to be the most kind to those closest to me),
for the week(I’m going to take two breaths before answering each question that asks for my opinion),
or for whenever you need it and are willing to act.
An intention is a thought that you continually bring your attention back to and focus on with the intention of doing or believing on accord of your own free will.
Tomorrow is Skate the Lake, my third B4BC event. At Skate the Coast last year in Los Angeles, David Ruano of Pots Photo, mentioned that I should go to Lake Tahoe because it was beautiful. I thought: “Fat chance, buddy, that sounds far!” But a las, as way leads onto way, I live here now, and I’ve got the weekend off BOTH my jobs. I’m going to skateboard with B4BC and I intend to send positive, healing vibes to Andrea Standley, and Kathy Strube, both in the pink ring at the moment, with each spin of my wheel.
These are two of the strongest women I know, and their positivity in the light of the matters is refreshing. This is not the first time cancer has struck close to my heart, both my mother and my other aunt have fought cancer as well. A support system goes a long way.
I’m looking forward to a great weekend skating around with no judgies, just good intentions.
I’ve been having a chat with Liza of B4BC to learn a little more about Boarding for Breast Cancer, and I’ll be sharing that information with you in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s a snippet from the interview, and the link to my fundraising page:
Daisy: What are some lessons you’ve learned via a board?
Liza: Boarding is such a passion sport, and it’s taught me so much about living in the present and soaking up every last moment. Sometimes the best things or the most amazing places can only be seen from a board, and I feel so grateful that I get to experience that.
Also, I’m pretty sure you can’t answer a question about lessons learned via a board without mentioning perseverance, because…ouch.
Daisy: How is B4BC different from the pink ribbons stuck to the back of cars and attached to common items made special in pink?
Liza: B4BC means so much more than just a pink ribbon or pink anything for that matter; what we promote is a lifestyle of being healthy, active and advocating for yourself. By doing that through the outlet of action sports we are able to create an instant connection with a community of people that are drawn to us on that level. We believe that early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle = the best prevention.
Our core values have always centered around being a strong advocate for women and young girls. This year and in the years to come, we are forming partnerships and dedicating resources to growing and promoting participation in board sports. It’s all a part of our Be Healthy. Get Active. Ride! campaign that is supported by B4BC athletes and the industry as a whole. We have an amazing pro female team of surfers, skaters, snowboarders and wakeboarders, and we just hosted a “Women in Action Sports” panel at X Games LA in conjunction with our very first B4BC (Skate) Boarding School. We’re super stoked about that!
I’m super stoked about hanging out with a happy group of positive people in such a beautiful and peaceful place. (Just remember to watch out for bears.)
If you’re interested, but having trouble finding a good intention to tart with, a few good places to think about finding an intention are in the subject matters of gratitude, forgiveness, and guidance.