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All Quotes by author - Gretchen Bleiler
" After the Winter Olympics in 2006, I realized I had a platform to speak about causes that were important to me - and people would listen. "
" As a professional snowboarder, my goal is to educate and create awareness around the issues we're facing with climate change. "
" As a professional snowboarder, my livelihood obviously depends on snow. And for me, traveling around the world, chasing the snow, I see the effects of climate change first hand. You can tell the difference. "
" As long you are doing what you love and making decisions from the heart, you will be successful. "
" As pro snowboarders, skiers, etc., we all know that what we do is risky. "
" Being at the top means never being satisfied with what you're comfortable with - comfortable means you've stopped pushing, and you're either going to get passed, or you already have been. But if you're constantly pushing yourself, then you're exposing yourself to falls and injuries. "
" Being involved in sports, you think less about how your body looks and more how it performs. "
" Building up expectations, creating unrealistic time frames, feeling like our end goal is the end all, be all can all lead to frustration or anxiety. We end up feeling as though we have to power through what we want rather than enjoy the process and just let the result come as it may. "
" Change can be uncomfortable and scary. But I believe change exists to teach us to appreciate and enjoy the right now. "
" Climate change poses a far greater threat to the outdoor industry than even the privatization of the public lands. "
" Core training is so important. "
" Eliminate the energy vampires in your house. Connect all of your appliances to power strips and turn them off they're when not in use. "
" Everyone has different things they like in terms of board setup. The grind of the board and how it's waxed - you want to make sure that the speed of the board is right for the conditions of the halfpipe. And then there's the edges and the bevel of the edge. "
" Every year, I push myself to do something different - and push the boundaries a little bit more. "
" For me, vision is just about the most important thing. So goggles play a huge role in my sport. I come to the competition with a bunch of different goggles and tons of different lenses in multiple tints. The weather can always be changing, and you have to have the right thing to make sure you can see perfectly. "
" From any traumatic injury, you're going to experience a lack of confidence. There's a whole process you have to go through to break free of that. "
" From day one, snowboarding led me down a totally different path, and it's that path that's kept me laughing and continually intrigued. I love the satisfaction at the end of the day of overcoming my fears, of spending all day outside working hard, and there's nothing better than the feeling of landing a new trick for the first time. "
" Get a composter and let nature breakdown your compostable trash and use the remains as mulch for your plants. "
" Getting older, getting married, buying a house, becoming a different person... I had to figure out what my new motivations, inspirations, and goals were. "
" Growing up with brothers, I've always been a very competitive person and also very involved in sports. So when I was younger, whatever sport I was involved in, I wanted to go to the Olympics for that! "
" Have a specific goal every time you hit the gym; this way, your workouts have built-in purpose. "
" I care about the way I look, and I want to look my best. My regime isn't crazy. For my face, it's just sunscreen because foundations and tinted moisturizers rub against my neck warmer. But I do like eyeliner, mascara, and a little color on my lids. "
" I don't have too strict a diet. "
" If you don't snowboard a lot, then it's a good idea to go to the gym before you get up on those mountains to make for a better experience. Lots of core exercises and squats and lunges would help work the muscles you'll be using. "
" If you're stressed at work, or before a competition, or if you need to be energized, or relaxed, there's so many scents that kind of take you there. "
" If you take minutes a day to take care of your mouth, the odds are you'll take the next steps needed to take care of your whole body, like exercising and eating healthy. It's a building block for other healthy habits. "
" If you wake up in the morning, and you're feeling tired, I feel like if you get on your yoga mat and even practice for, like, 10 or 15 minutes, it's really great for just grounding you, centering you, and getting the energy moving. "
" I get to experience so much in my life as I travel around, and it's just such a great way to get to share that with people. All these sites, like Twitter and Make It Pro, give me such a very strong way to interact with people. It's easy to let people be part of your life and to keep all of your friends and fans together. "
" I grew up snowboarding in two of the best states for the sport: Colorado and Utah. The world-class ski mountains in these neighboring states were key factors that allowed me to represent our country in two Olympics and numerous X Games. "
" I have at least one goal that I work toward each day. It's all about taking hold of the day rather than letting the day run you. "
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