Life Advice from a Surf Legend Laird Hamilton

supingWhile I read the June issue of Marie Claire, wishing I was stand-up paddleboarding (SUPing) instead of riding a stationary bike, I came across a feature with Laird Hamilton, the famous big wave surfer. In the article, he gives tips on how to get in on the SUPing craze, and things to remember if you fall off the board. As I perused his quotes, I found myself thinking, a lot of this advice applies not just to surfing, but to life. And who better to take advice from than a man who has figured out how to make a living doing what he loves, is married to Gabrielle Reece (such a cool lady!), and still finds time for speaking with women’s magazine, amiright?

So here are some life (or SUPing) lessons from the surf legend himself:

“As soon as you think you’re a little bit hot shit, the ocean is going to put you at the bottom and let you think about where the air is.”

“You have to be able to laugh at yourself and let other people laugh at you, and pretty soon you’ll be laughing at them.”

“Being willing to fail is an important personality trait. If you always stay in your safe zone, you never progress. If you don’t get resistance, you aren’t going in the right direction.”

Any life lessons you’ve learned from learning to surf, or another new activity?

An End to all my Loose Magazine Pages in Folders


Finally (finally!), there is a digital solution to my magazine feature hoarding. As some of you may recall, I subscribe to around 10 magazines monthly, and usually there is at least one article I want to pass along/recipe I want to cook/item I want to buy from each magazine I read. To avoid becoming one of those sad new stories where a woman is crushed to death by her massive pile of old newspapers caving in on her, I recycle my magazines every month. I either pass them along to others, or drop them in the appropriate bin in my building. Those stacks would build up way too quickly with that many magazines! To avoid losing the features I wanted to go back to, I have a complex system of organization I use when reading. When I see something I like, I fold the page in half (or if I am reading Lucky, I use one of these neat stickers), then go back and tear out the pages I want when I’ve finished the issue. The loose pages go into one of 2 folders: recipes and other, and sometimes spend some time laying around on my floor or dresser before I get the folders out. Then when I am finished with the article, I toss the loose pages. Genius right?

Well, now the wonders of technology have come to my rescue with an infinitely better system called NetPage. It’s an app that integrates with the camera on your iphone, and certain magazines (I’m looking at you Marie Claire for introducing me to it!). All you do is launch the app, point the camera at the item you like, and it stores a clipping of it in your NetPage favorites for you to go back to. It even offers suggestions of editor’s clips of the same feature that might be less blurry/more cleanly cropped than your own – especially handy if you’re taking the picture on the treadmill like me, where I do most of my magazine reading. Then you can access your favorites from the app or your web browser whenever you please, and share easily using email or most social media platforms without all the clutter of lose/poorly torn pages. I am saying sayonara to my folders and giving a big welcome to online organization! Yippee!