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10 EASY STEPS TO HAPPY LIVING

Parker

As we start this new year, I just thought that I would post something that caught my attention. I stumbled across this on the web the other day ( http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/03/ten-easy-steps-that-will-make-you-a-happier-person ) and read through it and found it very entertaining. I think a lot of the items on this list are very attainable and the world would be a better place if more people did these ten steps of happiness. Check it out and if something catches your eye, try to work on it this year and improve your way of living 🙂 d1_surf_parker_coffin_2_m_lallande__large

10 EASY STEPS TO HAPPY LIVING 

 

1. Do things for others

Caring about others is fundamental to our happiness. Helping other people is not only good for them; it’s good for us too. It makes us happier and can help to improve our health. Giving also creates stronger connections between people and helps to build a happier society for everyone. It’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas and energy. So if you want to feel good, do good.

Action ideas

  • Do three extra acts of kindness today. Offer to help, give away your change, pay a compliment, or make someone smile.
  • Reach out to help someone who’s struggling. Give them a call or offer your support. Let them know you care.

2. Connect with people

Our relationships with other people are the most important thing for our happiness. People with strong relationships are happier, healthier and live longer. Our close relationships with family and friends provide love, meaning, support and increase our feelings of self-worth. Our broader social networks bring a sense of belonging. So it’s vital that we take action to strengthen our relationships and make new connections.

Action ideas

  • Make more time for the people who matter. Chat with a loved one or friend, call your parents or play with the kids.
  • Make three extra connections today. Stop to chat in the shop, wave at a neighbour, learn the name of someone new.

3. Take care of your body

Our body and mind are connected. Being active makes us happier as well as healthier. It instantly improves our mood and can even lift us out of depression. We don’t all have to run marathons – there are simple things we can do to be more active each day. We can also boost our wellbeing by spending time outdoors, eating healthily, unplugging from technology and getting enough sleep.

Action ideas

  • Be more active today. Get off the bus a stop early, take the stairs, turn off the TV, go for a walk – anything that gets you moving.
  • Eat nutritious food, drink more water, catch up on sleep. Notice which healthy actions lift your mood and do more of them.

4. Notice the world around you

Have you ever felt there must be more to life? Good news – there is. And it’s right here in front of us. We just need to stop and take notice. Learning to be more mindful and aware does wonders for our wellbeing, whether it’s on our walk to work, in the way we eat or in our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

Action ideas

  • Give yourself a bit of head space. At least once a day, stop and take five minutes to just breathe and be in the moment.
  • Notice and appreciate good things around you every day, big or small. Trees, birdsong, the smell of coffee, laughter perhaps?

5. Keep learning

Learning affects our wellbeing in lots of positive ways. It exposes us to new ideas and helps us stay curious and engaged. It also gives us a sense of accomplishment and helps boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are many ways to learn new things throughout our lives, not just through formal qualifications. We can share a skill with friends, join a club, learn to sing, play a new sport and so much more.

Action ideas

  • Do something for the first time today. Sample sushi, try a new route, read a different newspaper or visit a local place of interest.
  • Learn a new skill, however small. A first aid technique or a new feature on your phone, perhaps. Cook a new meal or use a new word.

6. Have goals to look forward to

Feeling good about the future is really important for our happiness. We all need goals to motivate us and these have to be challenging enough to excite us, but also achievable. If we try to attempt the impossible, this creates unnecessary stress. Choosing meaningful but realistic goals gives our lives direction and brings a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we achieve them.

Action ideas

  • Take the first step. Think of a goal you’re aiming for and do one thing to get started. Make a call, fill in that form, tell others.
  • Share your dreams. Tell three people about an aspiration that is really important to you this year and listen to theirs too.

7. Find ways to bounce back

All of us have times of stress, loss, failure or trauma in our lives. How we respond to these events has a big impact on our wellbeing. We often cannot choose what happens to us, but we can choose how we react to what happens. In practice it’s not always easy, but one of the most exciting findings from recent research is that resilience, like many other life skills, can be learned.

Action ideas

  • Ask for help today. Confide in a friend, talk to an expert, reach out to a colleague, ask a neighbour to lend a hand.
  • When something is troubling you, do something you really enjoy. Shift your mood and bring a new perspective on the problem.

8. Take a positive approach

Positive emotions – like joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration and pride – don’t just feel good when we experience them. They also help us perform better, broaden our perception, increase our resilience and improve our physical health. So although we need to be realistic about life’s ups and downs, it helps to focus on the good aspects of any situation – the glass half full rather than the glass half empty.

Action ideas

  • Do something that you know will make you feel good. Listen to music, watch something funny, get outside or call an old friend.
  • Try to smile and say something positive or constructive every time you walk into a room. Notice the reaction you get.

9. Be comfortable with who you are

Nobody’s perfect. But so often we compare a negative view of ourselves with an unrealistic view of other people. Dwelling on our flaws – what we’re not rather than what we’ve got – makes it much harder to be happy. Learning to accept ourselves, warts and all, and being kinder to ourselves when things go wrong increases our enjoyment of life, our resilience and our wellbeing. It also helps us accept others as they are.

Action ideas

  • Ask a trusted friend or colleague to tell you what they think your real strengths are. Try to make more use of these.
  • Be as kind to yourself as you are to others. See your mistakes as opportunities to learn. Notice things you do well, however small.

10. Be part of something bigger

People who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control and get more out of what they do. They also experience less stress, anxiety and depression. But where do we find meaning and purpose? It might come from doing a job that makes a difference, our religious or spiritual beliefs, or our family. The answers vary for each of us but they all involve being connected to something bigger than ourselves.

Action ideas

  • Feel part of something bigger. Spend time with children, visit an inspiring location, gaze at the stars or join a club.
  • Be more charitable. Give others your time, offer to help neighbours or friends, consider giving blood or volunteering.

I found this awesome article on HERE —-> http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/nov/03/ten-easy-steps-that-will-make-you-a-happier-person

We Ride Futures !!!!

Parker

IMG_0932As of January 1st, 2016 we have officially signed with the Futures Fins family. We have used the products since we started surfing and are absolutely thrilled to officially be apart of the family. Keep an eye out for some new products we will be working on for this upcoming year. Until those fins come out, Conner and I have both been using the AM1 template with the stiffer fiberglass materials. The fiberglass makes it flex less than the standard honey comb which allows a lot more drive throughout turns. Go get yourself a pair !!FullSizeRender

 

:) Sunset/Qualifying

Conner

This post is clearly way over due… But, better late than never. Parker wrote a legendary piece about Sunset, which is no surprise because he has proven himself time and time again to be a better brother and best friend than anyone could ever ask for. But, I figured I should do at least a wee post about that contest.

After Haleiwa, I had this feeling that it was going to happen at sunset. Parker said it, but I had felt it. “you weren’t meant to qualify at Haleiwa without any of us there, you’re saving it until the last event of the year when all of your family and friends are there.” That was a direct quote from parker after I lost the heat i needed to make at Haleiwa.

Later that day, I paddled out at sunset and enjoyed every moment and intricacy of the session. I started surfing sunset every day no matter the conditions and just tried to connect with Sunset. Pancho Sullivan, Ian Walsh, and Joel Centeio all gave me tremendous advice and little nuggets that helped sooooo much leading up to the event.

When the contest started I was just focusing on going out, trying to catch some decent waves, and enjoying every moment of my opportunity to qualify. From my first heat, I could tell it was one of those contests where the small little things were going my way and they kept going my way. I was enjoying the experience so much that it took all of the nerves away and I was able to play in every heat and every day throughout the whole event. My family was on the beach and my brother was caddying for me every heat. My favorite part of the whole event was seeing my brother paddling my way with a huge grin on his face every time i would kick out of a good wave.

Once the last day started everything felt like it was falling into place and sure enough, it did. When i lost the semi to Mick in the last 10 seconds, I had a sinking feeling that I had came up just short. I didn’t know the math behind the deal, but everyone was telling me that because I got third in the heat (fifth overall) I had for sure qualified. I guess I just didn’t trust anyone until the contest was over and it was 150 % true, but I can tell you it was a surreal and emotional moment for me. It’s been a dream of mine to be on the world tour ever since i was a little kid and i’m so excited for this year. I can’t thank my friends, family, and sponsors enough for all of the love and support. It sure has been an amazing ride thus far and i’m grateful for every moment of it.

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Conner Qualifies for the 2016 WCT!!!!

Parker

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Ya I know everybody already knows the news that Conner has qualified for the world tour next year, but I am pretty sure nobody knows how it started.

Conner and I started our WSL campaign this year in Australia for the two 6,000 events. Both the events were held in pretty much standard WQS conditions… a shitty beach break. After losing out in the second round of both events, Conner stormed through our rental house saying he was going to quit doing contest. I knew Conner wasn’t having the best time groveling at the events, but I never really thought I would hear him say that he was going to quit. Ryan and I were shocked, and basically told him to get his head out of his ass, get fired up, and take his very deserving spot on tour.
I guess our pep talk worked because Conner started slowly chipping away at his dream. Throughout the year he had a couple of 5ths and 9ths. Then, Conner got a 3rd at a 6,000 event in brazil which really made qualifying in striking range. At the last event of the Brazil leg, Conner met with Keanu Asing in the round before the quarters. We kinda figured if he beat Keanu, he would be sitting within the top 10 headed to Hawaii in a somewhat comfortable situation. HE LOST.

I remember being really bummed for him just after his heat, and then a funny idea popped into my head and I whipped out my phone and sent him a text saying, “I know you wanted to make that heat and get in that top 10, but you know what, you don’t want to qualify in Brazil while you are by yourself… You want to qualify at the last event (Sunset) in front of all your friends and family to make it extra special.”

Then Haleiwa came along and he had an unlucky heat in the round of 32… SHIT. Even after that loss though, deep down I always knew it was going to come down to Sunset.

Starting the event Conner needed a 25th place to crack into the top ten, but due to the other surfers behind him nipping at his heals we pretty much figured he had to at least be in the quarter finals to solidify his position.
Every single heat he surfed wasn’t necessarily pretty, but he got them done with confidence. Right before his quarterfinal heat (which was the heat he had to make to be on tour) we were walking down and I looked at him and asked, “Hey remember when you wanted to quit earlier this year? It’s pretty funny how that works huh… seeing that now you’re about to qualify and make all your dreams come true.”

Conner looked at me almost caught off guard, and then looked at me, smiled, and then said, “Haha ya… I guess that worked out didn’t it.”

He then paddled out, kicked ass, and fulfilled his dream that he had since being about 11 years old. The whole event I was lucky enough to be his board caddy and watch the whole experience unfold in the front row. After his heat we laughed and smiled a lot, cried a little, and then got ready to celebrate.

Congratulations Conner… Everybody is really proud of you, but I get to claim that I’m the most proud !!!

 

Oh ya… and I’ll see you on that tour in a few years.

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Team Volcom wins #ywtlittlewings comp!!

Parker

Well, the votes are in, and it has been decided that team Volcom has won our first ever Little Wings event! Congratulations to both Kyuss and Jackson for ripping down in Nicaragua and creating the winning video part. As their first place prize, team Volcom has won a free trip for a “strike mission” to Santa Barbara to make another video. Looking forward to having some more hang time with these two little legends. Check out the winning video part below:

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