Are Your Words Making Or Breaking You?

“That’s not true for me anymore.” A powerful phrase that has changed my life. Because the truth is, you create your life through the words you speak, both to yourself and to others. When you say things like: “I’m not good enough” or “I get too nervous” or “I always mess up,” you’re not only describing your past, but also creating your future. If you want something in your life to change, start by changing your language. Here are three ways to use language to create the life and the confidence you want: Use the phrase ‘in the past.’ The 

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How to Respond Powerfully When You Feel Attacked

Do you let yourself get riled up when you feel attacked or in conflict with someone? You’re main response may be to dominate or be dominated. Both of those options can leave you feeling angry, disempowered and incomplete. Instead of getting overwhelmed with emotion, going on the defensive, and stewing over it for hours, there’s a powerful way to respond that leaves you feeling complete and able to let go. Even if the conflict isn’t fully resolved. Watch this video to learn 5 things I did when I felt attacked in a public forum.  There’s a lot in there. Send 

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Self-Worth Risk or Comfort?

“If you charge that much I won’t work with you anymore.” Was she really going to fire me? That’s bold, I thought. “Because you’re worth way more than that.” I could sense her frustration with me and I knew this was a crux moment. Just like the determining moments on the river, the trail or the mountain, the course of action I chose would determine what kind of person I would become. Would I let fear rule the day or would I choose courage? Stay in my comfort zone or take a risk? These are questions I challenge my own 

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Your Social Media VS Your Real Life

“Is your social media representative of your real life?” That was the question asked by a friend last week. I thought it was a compelling question worth answering in a blog. I figure if she had that question then others who follow my social media probably do too. Instead of write about it I did my first video blog! It’s my first so I’m a work in progress, but tonight was the perfect time to tackle this question. Almost everything that I post is real life because I’m out in the world taking on my commitment to create empowering experiences 

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How to Advocate for Yourself

Do better. That’s what I wrote to the organizers. They had removed me  from the speaker schedule without communicating. For a very brief moment I considered resigning myself to the fact that I would no longer be presenting. I have a long history of advocating for myself in the world of paddlesports. It’s uncomfortable, vulnerable and can be frustrating. The truth is when I don’t speak up nothing happens. My career as a sponsored athlete and my work empowering women wouldn’t exist if I didn’t advocate for myself. After a phone call with the organizer I was put back on 

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What Makes You Feel Vulnerable?

This is what I was afraid of. I’d put myself out there just to look stupid. It. Was. Terrifying. What makes you feel vulnerable? You know, that sinking feeling of resistance in your gut, followed by a drawing in and shutting down? At least that’s the feeling I got when my business coach asked me to do vlogs. When I responded that I had been thinking about doing then for awhile, she said, OK then do one today. Even though I was experiencing resistance throughout my whole being, I knew that I had to take on the challenge. Within a 

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Grief, Connection and Joy on the River

“It doesn’t get any easier,” she said as tears streamed down her face and she spread the ashes in the water. “He would have loved this place.” “I acknowledge you for being here,” I said, tears welling up in my eyes as well. Wishing I could do something to ease her pain, and knowing that the best I could do was hold space. It was her first river experience ever, and 6 days in the Idaho wilderness was a big adventure to take on. Nina was my best friend in grade school. We grew up in a small, bilingual and 

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Why Are You So You Angry?!

I felt so angry! I had asked him to get my favorite chocolate cake at the local market. When he came back, he said he couldn’t find it and brought me back a chocolate bar instead. The heat was rising in my face because I knew he hadn’t actually bothered to ask the clerk if they had the cakes. I had seen them there earlier that day. He admitted that he didn’t ask and exclaimed: “Why are you so angry?!” The answer had nothing to do with chocolate cake. Which, by the way, is my trusted strategy for pacifying my 

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How I Got Myself Unstuck

Here I am sitting at my computer with a feeling of fear of being judged, and it’s paralyzing me today. “You’re so fearless!” The comments poured in on social media after I posted this photo (taken by Daniel Brasuell) I’m definitely not fearless, is what I replied. I get nervous every time I paddle this rapid! I think of myself as courageous – being afraid and taking action anyway. BUT I’ve set a new goal for myself to write a blog and send it out on Fridays. Yet I’m fearful of putting it out there. What if it’s too much 

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3 Things I Ask Myself to Recover from Disappointment

I’ve been wedged underneath rocks in the river, been trashed in the impact zone in the surf, and as a solopreneur, wondered how I was going to pay my bills. You know, that feeling of being crushed by doubt, fear or things not working out the way you’d hoped? Whitewater kayaking has been a phenomenal teacher for me in learning how to make big comebacks. How to not let one incident send me into a downward spiral. Like the one time I got stuck in a hydraulic, swam out of my kayak, bawled my eyes out, then got back in 

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Meet Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque is the leading expert on paddling instruction for women and yoga for paddling, including SUP Yoga. Named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Anna’s twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international competitor, instructor, coach and author has landed her in mainstream publications such as TIME, SHAPE and SELF.

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