Jamie and I awoke in Santa Monica after spending the day before catching up with the LA Waterkeeper team — which was a blast. Today was a bit more of an exploratory mission to get to know the lay of the land… and water.
Surfing, in all its grace and simple glory, has gracefully and simply changed my life.
As a swimmer and a lifeguard, I’ve always harbored a deep appreciation for the ocean. I’ve helped people ages four through 70 learn to swim and overcome a fear of the water. I spend my days working with organizations that protect our precious coastline (San Diego Coastkeeper, Orange County Coastkeeper, Los Angeles Waterkeeper, Surfrider Foundation) and I think the world could learn a lot from them – but that’s another blog post.
Are you looking to get into riding a bike, but don’t know where to start? I recently transitioned from my trusty— and also rusty—beach cruiser, which could really only get me around my lovely town of Ocean Beach, to a road bike, which can take you much, much further. I work for a communications company built on bicycling, so I thought it may be a good thing to do.
We all have our things that keep us sane and make us happy. You know, the thing you do when nothing else makes sense. The thing that makes you forget about everything else. But do we all have jobs that encourage us to do this as often as possible and trust us to make the best decisions to integrate it into our day?
On March 2, 2015, Mixte celebrated its third birthday. Jamie presented each of us with a present of our own – as if working for Mixte for three years wasn’t enough of a gift. The piece of paper read,
“To celebrate our three years and your contributions, I introduce you to the Mixte Adventure Challenge. By August 2015, I’d like for each of you to take one paid day of vacation to have your own Mixte Adventure. You can do anything you’d like. You can volunteer. You can travel. You can take a class. You simply have to choose your own adventure and write about it for our blog.
Thank you for everything you do for Mixte.”
The world was my oyster, and much like this blog, I didn’t know how to begin. So I’m going to do what my friend Lucas suggests, just as the way I began my adventure:
Begin at the beginning. Read More
This is what I challenged my staff to answer at our most recent staff meeting—one that coincided with Mixte’s three-year business anniversary.
“Why would I buy you a thing when I can buy you an adventure instead?” read my Christmas gift to Jamie this year. Groupon had convinced me that a 90-minute trapeze class for two in Escondido was a great investment (of course I was the other person invited to the class, that’s an unwritten rule anytime you give someone a gift “for two”). When we finally redeemed it, we had no idea what we had gotten ourselves in to.