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Cheerfulness in the face of adversity

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To train to be a marine is hardcore. men are put through the toughest physical and mental challenges to prepare them for war situations that civilians like you and I can't even imagine being in.

These men are disciplined from, how to wash their penis correctly, (I kid you not) to how to iron sheets, to how to disguise themselves in different surroundings and kill the enemy. 

For those who make it after the 32 weeks of training, commando training begins.

One of the simulations the men are put through is being strapped into a chair, dunked in a room full of water, which is flipped upside down, and then the lights are switched off, with strobe lights confusing them the men are expected to find his way out.

This is to simulate a helicopter that has crashed into the ocean and the Marine is expected to be able to escape from the helicopter and continue on his mission.

Ok, hold up.

So your helicopter crashed into the ocean or some massive body of water, and then you are expected to escape and continue on your mission.

That is some mind ninja stuff. What about getting to a hospital for treatment, then a nice break to recover emotionally? A little RandR in Spain to collect yourself perhaps? No damn chance, this is war, and there is a mission that needs to be completed.

Learning about the Marines and their ethos has been inspiring.

It is their ethos that I think we can all take something from to better our own choices on how we live out our time here on earth. Sometimes life can feel like a war zone even though we are not on a battlefield. You and I have got to develop and have the right attitudes to accomplish our personal missions.

Being a marine is not for the faint of heart, and to live a full and successful life as a hard-core civilian is not for the fainthearted either.

Let's take a quick look at the marine ethos of the Commando spirit

The Commando Spirit

  • Courage. Get out front and do what is right.

  • Determination. Never give up.

  • Unselfishness. Oppo first; Team second; Self last.

  • Cheerfulness in the face of adversity. Make humor the heart of morale.

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These four attitudes of the spirit, if taken and applied over time can lead to good things happening. The one that struck a chord with me the most is CHEERFULNESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY.

I don't think it is about running around laughing all day, that person would annoy the crap out of me.

It is about applying yourself in tough situations to being someone who can see the best in things and to being optimistic, positive, hopeful and bringing some brightness. 

This takes practice, and the awesome thing is you and I don't need to go join the marines to have this attitude. We can start right now.

Joy is strength.” 
— Mother Teresa



Much love, your friend Shealan



Enjoy Life - 3 Simple & Powerful Techniques to Unlocking Happiness | Vivida Lifestyle

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So you want to enjoy your life more but your life CIRCUMSTANCES are making it difficult. Here is a simple internal action you can take.

Many years ago I was going through a really tough time at university, money was tight and I was not going to be able to finish my degree. I was an international student and the funding for my last year was refused, so naturally, the university kicked me out on my broke ass. 

It was at this time of some mental turmoil that I was caught by the RABBIT DUCK.

What do you see? A rabbit? A duck?

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Now start flipping your brain between the two images. Powerful and simple right? That to me, was the perfect analogy of PERSPECTIVE. We have the power to choose what we want to see. 

Your situation may not change for years. You may be slogging through some crap situations that you have no control over.  Perhaps your path to your dreams has narrowed or come to a dead end?  It sucks, and I feel you. But check this...

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We experience life through the lens in which we view it. There are some things that we must change through taking the right actions, but there are times in life where we do not have the power to change the immediate situation. 

As much as we would like life to be like a curated Instagram feed of perfect moments, reality hits and life does not go the way we planned. I didn't get my funding and I had to leave university without my degree. But I did decide to see that final year of no university as a blessing and opportunity. I took that year to start my freelance career and won a place on a business course.  By the time my peers finished their degree, I had already made my own short film, a couple of music videos and had help for my own startup through the business training I received for free.

I had no control over not getting enough money to finish my degree, but I did have control over how I was going to see the situation. You will know where you can't take control and so I will encourage you on where you do have power. Your perspective.

“Two men looked out from prison bars, One saw the mud, the other saw stars.” ― Dale Carnegie

Can you see the stars? They are there. Sometimes you just need to stand on your tip-toes to see them. Use some brain power to start shifting how you are viewing your life and current scenarios you find yourself in. 

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Practical Actions

  1. Create some thinking space, some downtime where you can really think about how you are viewing things. Is there something else to see, another angle to come at it from?
  2. Or maybe you need to step back and become more objective about it. Ask those close to you for some self-insight that may help. Often we need an outsiders perspective. 
  3. Read a book about someone who went through some crazy crap but came through it better and stronger. Get inspired by others journeys. 

Exercise our choosing muscle. This is not going to happen overnight, it is a journey,  I repeat, this is a JOURNEY. But If you apply yourself, over a period of time you will find life is a lot more enjoyable despite what is going on around you. 

Embark on this daily adventure. Change your perspective and learn to look up at the stars.

Much love. Your water baby sister,

Shealan -

Plastic Playground World Wakeboard Championships 2017 | Vivida Lifestyle

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Earlier this year, our Vivida home park Liquid Leisure once again hosted a collection of the best male and female wakeboarders from around the world battling it out for the Plastic Playground Title. Aaron Gunn and Julia Rick took victory in a final stacked with epic riding from the world's best. 

TeamVivida riders Julia Castro and Lior Sofer competed, meanwhile TeamVivida David HB, Richard Tarr and Ollie Zabell set up a Vivida chill out zone.





Launching Vivida Lifestyle in Columbia | VividaLifestyle

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It comes with much excitement to announce that the 1st September 2017 saw the launch of Vivida Lifestyle in Colombia. The fuel and the fire behind the wave, Sophie Jackl tells us a bit about her story, her kiteboarding school KiteAddictColombia and introduces us to #VividaColombia. 

KiteAddictColombia brings on kids from the local community that are as young as 8 years old. Sophie and her partner Martin teaches them english, teaches them to kite, gives them jobs. 

Kiteboarding, as almost all those that practice the sport know, is so much more than a sport. For the kids in Colombia, it quickly becomes not only a hobby for them but a way of life; some becoming kiteboarding instructors and financing their families through the sport, some even competing and reaching a level where they compete internationally. 

KiteAddict Colombia acts as as a sort of social hub. The school connects the kids from the local community to people from all over the world. It instills confidence, independence and inspires them to discover more and more of this world. It is a true ambassador to everything the Vivida Lifestyle represents and we are blessed to announce this partnership. 

Sophie and Martin, owners at KiteAddictColombia

The kite community in Colombia is growing fast. Everybody knows each other and helps each other out as much as they can. Sophie has so far brought on two local boys as ambassadors to form #TeamVividaColombia. Nelson Gomez, 19 years old, from the indigenous group wayuu, and 21 year old Renzo David.  Nelson was the first kid KiteAddictColombia thought how to kite. They are both two humble, kind and go-get-it individuals that stand as true ambassadors to the Vivida Lifestyle. 

Sophie's Story

drugs – Farc – cartels – favelas, these are only a few stereotypes Europeans have in mind when they think of Colombia. During my travels in Venezuela in 2008, I heard about scenic places and diverse untouched landscapes from other travelers there. These recommendations made me very curious and I thought that it might be worth a try. An internship for a non-governmental organization in 2010/2011 in Barranquilla was the perfect excuse to travel to Colombia. Famously known for its great Carnival in Barranquilla and authentic colonial city Cartagena my first impressions of Colombia’s north coast were mind-blowing. Especially the coastline with its white sandy beaches and palm trees is marvelous and outstanding.

Once settled, I wanted to improve my windsurfing skills and maybe also try Kiteboarding. I searched for a Kiteboarding school online and found the watersport school Nautica Velero in Puerto Velero, near Barranquilla. The staff there was very friendly and I had a fantastic kite instructor. He was one of the locals and whilst kiting we got to know each other better and fell in love head over heels. After a wonderful year discovering different kite spots along the Colombia Caribbean coast together, we discovered Cabo de la Vela. It is an indigenous territory in a nicely protected bay accompanied with flat and shallow water and all year offshore winds. When we first encountered this bay, there was hardly any infrastructure there but we saw great potential in it. We decided that this was the perfect spot for our kitesurf school and embraced the opportunity.

At first it was hard work to become part of the Cabo de la Vela community not being indigenous. Once acquainted with the locals, everything was easier. We started training the local boys and girls to become kite instructors. Through kiteboarding, the local kids support their families financially and also started competing successfully in tournaments around Colombia. The school is now a huge part of the community’s network of tourism. At the moment there are five kite schools in total here and the kite community is continuously growing.

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Seven years have passed since we first discovered this part of Colombia. We have visitors and kite professionals from all over the world coming to Cabo de la Vela now. Most of our customers are from Europe. The majority of our customers is inexperienced but also riders that want to kite in new spots are dropping in frequently. Kiters at any level can come and improve their skills with us and have a great time at our kite school. Through our annual kite events we bring professional riders like Gisela Pulido, Ariel Corniel and Paula Novotna to our hotspot in the North of Colombia. They all enjoy the excellent conditions here and our indigenous kids have the opportunity to meet their idols.

All in all, it has been a long way from discovering this spot to where we are now. We worked very hard to set up the school and the kitesurf community here. If I think of Colombia it’s: breathtaking nature – excellent coffee – unlimited opportunities - friendly people and of course kiteboarding. Colombia is so much more that meets the eye.

If I made you curious, check out our website or find us on TripAdvisor or just drop by. Once here I promise you, you will get kiteAddicted!

Nelson Gomez, 19 year old kiteboarder part of #TeamVividaColombia

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