Nature Therapy: How We Heal

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first_imgWritten by: Ashley ButtelmannI started mountain biking on a $200 craigslist bike. I thought it was such a fun way to explore the mountains because you can cover so much terrain. I even got lights for night riding, which makes any trail a brand new and exciting experience. As the trails I was riding became increasingly technically difficult, my shock would bottom out and I would get the wind knocked out of me. So I decided to “upgrade” to a fully rigid single speed bike, so that I could learn the essentials of mountain biking technique – like proper body positioning – on an unforgiving set up. One season later – with systemic tendonitis from all the uphill grunting I did without gears – I converted to a 1×8 hardtail. I felt like I still had some learning to do before I went for a full-suspension bike; one that you can make technical mistakes on and the shocks will help you recover. My goal was to make it through a race season and then reward myself with a full-suspension ride!Last year, while mountain biking with my race team on a new trial set, I lost control of my bike and slammed into a tree. I was riding too fast on an unfamiliar trail and my technical error cost me! The crash left me with three separated ribs, a partially dislocated hip and a mild traumatic brain injury. I became temporarily disabled, but it took me about two months to admit this fact to myself. I tried to go on with my life as normally as I could; bed rest wasn’t an attractive option for me. Physical activity makes me happy and I like to be active everyday. This made my condition deteriorate quickly. I was suffering from chronic vertigo and migraines and soon began losing my vision and other cognitive functions. As a result, I began behaving very strangely.Ashley Buttelmann backpack along the Colorado Trail near Kennebec Pass, CO. Image via Dan Holz.One day, I couldn’t find my bike lock anywhere! Frustrated, I gave up and bought a new one on my ride to work. When I got home later, I found my lock in my refrigerator. People around me started getting scared for me as behaviors like this continued, and soon I was forced to face the facts: I needed help and I had to rest. Its ironic because the treatment for a brain injury is also very bad for you long term; don’t use your brain! Brain rest is difficult and terribly boring, but I saw that if I didn’t rest, then my symptoms would ramp back up and I felt horrible. I was determined to be as active as I could, as long as my activity didn’t provoke any bad symptoms, so I started taking short walks. Initially, I could only make it one or two blocks before I needed to turn back and get some rest. I tried not to get frustrated by where I was in my recovery process and at my slow progress, but some days were really emotional. I live in Seattle, a bustling city with sensory overload! On my walks, I had to wear a hat to reduce my field of vision because the passing cars triggered my vertigo. I also had to wear sunglasses because it was summer and the bright sunlight triggered my migraines. Each day became about problem solving for tasks that were once second nature. I was determined to progress to the point where I could go on a hike because I could always find peace in nature. I progressed slowly but steadily with a few setbacks that left me in bed for days on end after I tried to progress too quickly.Ashley Buttelmann takes in the view of Cat Ba National Park, VietnamThen, several weeks later, full of excitement and nerves, I went on my first solo hike. I was nervous because I didn’t know how my body would react to the challenge. I didn’t know what issues I might have to problem solve for, or if I would have the emotional wherewithal to do so. To my amazement – other than fatigue from deconditioning – the hike went perfectly! There is a lot less sensory stimuli out in nature, so the woods became my healing grounds. After that, I went on weekly hikes where I was able to go further and climb bigger mountains each time.Iris Diligencia & Ashley Buttelman take in a Yosemite sunset. Image via Dan Holz.Then I went on my first ever backpacking trip with a few amazing ladies who were so kind to help me get out into the woods in my condition! The peace I found in the backcountry was very motivating for me. Backpacking is life stripped down to its basic elements: food, water, shelter, camaraderie and trekking. Its nice to simplify things! The trek went from sweltering hot – jump in every lake that we passed by – weather, to high speed gusts of wind off the snow-covered mountainsides – crawling with marmots –  towards the summit. The wind got so severe that we turned back just shy of the summit because we were nearly blown off the ridge. It’s amazing to trek out far and high enough to experience such terrain and climate changes.My recent trip to Yosemite with Iris was the second backpacking trip I’d ever been on, about four weeks after my first trip. It was very meaningful and rewarding for me to be recuperating in such a beautiful place during a time of daily struggle. It gave me motivation to keep going and I was able to learn the ins and outs of backpacking from Iris – a seasoned backcountry pro.  It was also very healing to be around someone who can empathize with the pain and frustration of recovering from injuries.Ashley Buttelmann hikes through the jungle in Cat Ba National Park, Vietnam. Image via Dan HolzFrom those trips, I learned a few things about packing for a fun and comfortable backpacking trip. First, A thick comfortable sleeping pad is essential! It helps you to stay insulated from the cold ground and of course keeps you comfy at night. I have always used my puffy coat for a pillow; dual purpose items like this save space when packing. Next, I love compression sacks and other bags to organize and easily access things within your pack! I use a compression sack for my clothes and for my sleeping bag.  I also use smaller bags to separate items into categories like: toiletries, snacks and other miscellaneous things. It’s so much better than just throwing everything into your pack and going on a mad hunt every time you need something. Sun protection is also very important for me. I always pack sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat and sun layers to help protect my skin against all day sun exposure. I skip the bug spray and just layer up instead. Lastly, I love hiking with trekking poles. They help me feel more sure footed after my injuries, plus, you get a full body workout.Iris Diligencia & Ashley Buttelman backpacking in Yosemite, CA. Image via Dan HolzMy luxury must have item is face wipes. I like to wipe away the sunscreen and sweat after each day. It’s my nightly ritual that helps me feel clean-ish and ready for sleeping under the stars.While I’ve had the chance to experience a lot of healing adventures in nature, I am still in recovery from my mountain bike crash. It has taught me to slow down and ask for help. I have learned to be patient and kind to myself. I am much more aware of my body and my needs and I rest often. Rest is a new and important concept for me whether it be in the form of meditation, reading, or a hike, and I’ve realized it’s important to detach from the hustle of the city and the pull of technology to be in a quiet space where I can recharge. Before my accident, I always had to be busy doing something; I was always sore and tired and I loved it. Now I understand how to find peace in the stillness. I still have a lot of physical limitations, but I look forward to the time when I can get back to activities like mountain biking and rock climbing. I am hopeful that I will be more balanced in my approach to physical activity and that I will seek out stillness too; because now I know how much healing happens there.How We Heal from Osprey Packslast_img read more

Your Lynchburg, Virginia Guide to this Year’s LOCKN’ Music Festival

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first_imgWhether you choose to make Lynchburg your LOCKN’headquarters or do the Full Monty, make sure to take plenty of pictures and tagus at #LYHVA.  Where to Stay forLOCKN’: And, as a warm-up to the LOCKN‘, on Wednesday, August 21st City Auditorium presents a  LOCKN’ Pre-Party event with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave live at Downtown Lynchburg’s Riverfront Park.  The first 750 LOCKN’ ticket holders get half price admission with the code LOCKNFAM! Besides the main stage, LOCKN’ has two other side stageswhere you can get more intimate with the bands and the crowds are smaller.  Look for Bob Weir there with the WolfBrothers! This year’s headliners at LOCKN’ include Old Crow Medicine Show, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, Tedeschi Trucks, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Bob Weir collaborates with a few friends!  Plus over 30 more music acts to look forward to! The LOCKN’ Music Festival started in 2013 with a dedicationto music and community, and a goal to provide an incredible atmosphere. Overthe last six years, artists such as Tom Petty, Robert Plant, Phish, CarlosSantana, My Morning Jacket, Ween, Wilco, Zac Brown, Willie Nelson, Phil Leshand more have performed to sold-out crowds of real music enthusiasts. And,thanks to the incredible community and spirit of creativity that flows throughLOCKN’, once-in-a-lifetime collaborations have happened right on the Lockn’stages: The Doobie Incident, featuring The String Cheese Incident and TheDoobie Brothers, and Widespread Panic and Jimmy Cliff. For the fullyimmersed, LOCKN’ experience: We highly recommend the more comfortable option!  Lynchburg, Virginia is a quick 30 minute drive from the festival grounds, with many comfortable, quality and luxury lodging options available.  You will be able to find a place to lay your head on a nice soft pillow at the end of a music-filled day, or night, and enjoy a long, warm shower. And to sweeten the deal, you have the option of shuttling to and from your hotel to LOCKN’ via Brew Ridge Tours!  Check their website rates and hotel packages with Lynchburg’s two Downtown boutique hotels, The Virginian Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton and the Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center, plus the Holiday Inn Downtown. The LOCKN’ Pre-Partyis in Lynchburg! LOCKN’ uniquely blends world renowned music, local vendorsand community engagement into a festival that you don’t want to miss. Who’s at LOCKN’ thisyear: There are several General Admission (GA) camping options, including Car Camping, Forest Camping, and Tent-Only Camping.  Want to amp it up a bit?  LOCKN’ has VIP and Super VIP Camping options too!  There is also a Family Camping option for those wishing to attend the festival with family style.  If you would like to camp away from the party crowd, there is a SoberLOCKN’, area as well.  All campgrounds are close to showers (small fee), bathrooms, hand-washing stations and fresh drinking water. This year marks the seventh anniversary of the LOCKN’ Music Festival. On August 22-25, thousands of people will flock to Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia, for four straight days of incredible music, immersion in good mountain air and beautiful scenery, and making new friends. It’s not too late to purchase tickets for the festival and we have some suggestions to help make your festival experience one to remember. LOCKN’, a shorthistory: Up the comfort level a tad with their RV and Tour Busrentals, or bring your own RV.  There aremany ways to get that Glamping experience. The festival venue is spread over two beautiful, historicfarms, over 5000+ acres in total. Easy walking paths run throughout the grounds,and you are encouraged to bring a bike to get around the venue as well as enjoythe bike trails. Bike racks will be provided at the event site and around thevenue. There are General Stores available and plenty of vendors, so youcan easily find what you forgot to bring. last_img read more

Different types of fraud & how to protect yourself

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first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Whether we like it or not, fraud has become a prominent part of our technologically advanced society. Fraudsters are after either two things – your money or your identity, and sometimes both. Whether they hack your email account or obtain your Social Security number, fraudsters are smart, quick and are always trying to stay one step ahead. That’s why it’s so important for you to be educated on the different types of fraud and the ways these scam artists get ahold of your information.Let’s take a look at all the different types of fraud out there, real-life examples and how you can protect yourself from falling for these scams.Social EngineeringSocial engineering is when fraudsters trick innocent consumers into divulging personal and confidential information. This includes their email and online account information, bank account information or computer network information. The fraudsters contact people, by phone, email or mail, posing as phony representatives from legitimate companies claiming there is a need to verify or provide their information. Fraudulent emails include the company logo, which make them appear even more real. This is called phishing. continue reading »last_img read more

5 ways you’re holding yourself back

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first_imgSometimes, it feels like the world is out to get you. Other times, you’re your own worst enemy. Here are 5 ways you may be holding yourself back.You’re not reflecting: Nobody knows you better than you, and if you’re not taking enough time to reflect, you’ll never get anywhere. You get so caught up in your work, that you never have time to figure out what you want for yourself, and instead focus on everyone else opinion of you. Sure, maybe you’re great at your job, but have you stopped to think that maybe you dream about doing something different?You’re not changing your plans: You may have let someone get inside your head at a young age and tell you that you have to go to college, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids, etc. Maybe it hasn’t worked out exactly that way so far. Who cares? Stop trying to catch up with your old plans, and make some new ones. Don’t live in a dream world. Live in your present, no matter what that looks like.You haven’t cut out the negativity: If there are people in your life who keep saying that you can’t accomplish your goals, it’s time to trim the fat. Those negative people are the fat. Get rid of them. Or at least stop listening to them. Maybe your old buddy means a lot to you, but stop putting stock in what he has to say if his words aren’t helping you achieve success.You can’t get past yourself: Stop criticizing yourself so much. Be encouraging. Be a little more like Stuart Smalley. Tell yourself that you’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you. No matter what mistakes you’ve made, forgive yourself and move on.You’re burning out: Your best version is a well-rested version. Get more sleep. Take a break once in a while. Do good work and know your limits. Sometimes, you need a vacation. 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

A strategy to achieve double-digit credit card growth

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first_img continue reading » The Credit CARD Act of 2009 raised the bar for ensuring members have the ability to repay their obligations. Today, one Florida credit union employs sophisticated analytics to proactively raise members’ credit card limits and remain in compliance with the federal regulation.“We waited until we were comfortable with our ability to evaluate a members’ ability to repay,” says Lisa Johnson, vice president of loan administration and compliance at Suncoast Credit Union($9.3B, Tampa, FL).CREDIT CARD LOAN GROWTHFOR U.S. CREDIT UNIONS $1B-$10B | DATA AS OF 12.31.18 Suncoast’s credit card growth rate soared after it began using analytics to target members with offers in mid-2017.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Don’t get complacent with COVID-19 scams

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In a 1948 speech to the House of Commons, Winston Churchill said, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” This quote is particularly accurate for those tasked with implementing cybersecurity programs. History has shown that every time there has been a global crisis, scammers and criminals will attempt to leverage public fear and confusion for their profit. As the world starts to reopen again, the challenge now is the possibility of complacency.Since the global lockdown, there has been a steady increase in the number of COVID-19-related email attacks, and these scammers aren’t likely to back off any time soon. In addition to the advice outlined in this previous blog, here are some more helpful tips to share with your credit union members to keep their information security top of mind.Beware of fake emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Remind your members to watch out for fake emails from organizations claiming to offer cures, vaccines or testing kits for COVID-19, and never click links or open attachments from senders you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use email links to deliver malware to your members’ devices and steal their personal information. Also be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until users cooperate by providing payment.last_img read more

RICS foundation supremo attacked in report into BURA management

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Arsenal fans over Granit Xhaka

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first_imgGranit Xhaka hasn’t made an appearance for Arsenal since his outburst against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged Arsenal fans to rally behind Granit Xhaka after admitting he inherited the captaincy in difficult circumstances.The Switerland international has missed the last five matches in all competitions having been stripped of the armband after he swore at his own supporters during the recent draw against Crystal Palace.Unai Emery hinted the 27-year-old was ready to make his return against Southampton this afternoon having ruled himself out of contention for selection ahead of the defeat at Leicester prior to the international break.‘He’s coming back better,’ confirmed the Arsenal manager in his pre-match press conference. ‘His mindset is better and this morning I have a very good conversation with him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘My objective is for him to come back helping us and convincing everyone that he is going to be better in the short or long future with us. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Arsenal fans over Granit Xhaka Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Nov 2019 1:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link801Shares Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has replaced Unai Emery as Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)‘He’s feeling better and his team is Arsenal now. He wants to come back with the confidence of the supporters.’Aubameyang, meanwhile, will lead his team out as skipper at home for the first time at the Emirates this afternoon and hopes supporters can build bridges with the man he replaced.‘I took over from Granit in tough circumstances but I am very proud to be wearing the armband,’ said the Gabon international. ‘It is an honour. It comes with a lot of responsibilities but I feel I can do a great job.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I would like to also say a word for Granit. I understand that sometimes one can make mistakes. It happens to all of us. Granit is one of us. We are all here for him and I know how strong he is. It was tough to see all of this happening but we need to move forward together.‘This is my message for you Arsenal fans. We need you. You are amazing, your support is amazing and we need to all pull in the same direction. I really hope you will be massively behind us today and for the rest of the season.’Will Aubameyang sign a new Arsenal contract?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Unai Emery explains why Lucas Torreira isn’t playing as a defensive midfielder for ArsenalMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette will leave if Arsenal don’t improve, warns Martin Keownlast_img read more

New Point ramp closure on I-74 announced

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first_imgNew Point, In. — The westbound entrance and exit ramps to I-74 in New Point will close Sunday, October 8 at 1 a.m. as part of the $61 million interstate reconstruction. The closure is expected to last for three weeks.Crews from Milestone Contractors will remove and replace the westbound I-74 right lane, acceleration/deceleration lanes and on/off ramps.Once the westbound side is complete crews will conduct a similar operation on the eastbound side.Additionally, motorists can expect single-lane restrictions for patching in both directions on I-74 between Batesville and the State Road 101 exit.last_img read more

Roach, Shaw win on opening night at Longdale

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first_imgLONGDALE, Okla. (April 8) – Mike Roach and Hesston Shaw were victorious Saturday night at Longdale Speedway, which hosted its first official race since October 2017.  Shaw advanced from his fifth starting position to outlast 10th -starting Austin Bonner in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event. Landon Maddox finished third with Travis Baird fourth and Steve Blunk fifth. Hesston Shaw started fifth and finished first in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature on opening night at Longdale Speedway. (Photo by Travis Barnard) Roach powered from fourth to score the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod checkers. Brandon Kenny ended in the runner-up position with Jarod Baird third, Robert Elliott fourth and Joe Adams fifth.  By Inside Line Promotionslast_img read more