How To: Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I’ve hit a plateau with paddling. I’m comfortable on the handful of Class III runs I know well, but I feel nervous even thinking about paddling a river for the first time. How do I break out of my comfort zone to the next level of paddling?Thanks,Eddy FlowerDear Eddy Flower,Sometimes the security and safety of the familiar feels good. But if we always do what we already know, we limit our potential. To confront the barriers we sometimes unknowingly impose on ourselves, purposefully put yourself in uncomfortable situations every day.This past weekend I went hang gliding for the first time. As much as part of me wanted to feel the sensation of flying, there was another part that felt scared about taking the leap of faith flying requires. I pushed past that uncomfortable feeling. The moment I felt my feet lift off the ground I felt completely free, untethered from even the weight of my own body. For a few seconds, I glided in the air, making subtle adjustments with my body to control the glider. Flying left me feeling giddy at the possibilities just outside my daily routine.For you, dear Eddy Flower, I suggest breaking out of your paddling routine. Start on the rivers you know well. At every opportunity to play, get out and surf that wave. Heck, try to rock splat or stern squirt. It doesn’t matter if you flip over every time. The point is to start feeling more confident when you’re not in complete control or the unexpected happen.Take new lines down the rapids you know. Or take the lead if you tend to follow other paddlers. The nomadic Aboriginals who have made a home in Australia’s Outback for tens of thousands of years believe that every person must assume a position of responsibility at some point. They believe that in order to know the earth and one’s relationship to the world around them, they must at some point get out in front. Taking a leadership role on the water might help you, Eddy Flower, get to know the river more intimately and gain trust in your paddling skills.Takings these small leaps of faith might feel scary at first. But after a while you will become used to putting yourself out of your comfort zone. And along the way, you’ll discover what you’re capable of paddling. In no time, Eddy Flower, you’ll be eager to paddle new rivers.Happy Paddling!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Greater Manchester Pension Fund takes stake in Airport City project

first_imgMorris said the GMPF would regard the investment primarily as capital-related, but with income elements.He added: “The joint venture will create a series of opportunities over time – for instance, we may become a long-term holder of some of the properties that are built, if we’re offering the best price.”At present, property makes up around 7% of the pension fund’s £12.5bn portfolio.Morris said the Airport City investment would be less than 1% of its total assets.The GMPF’s property development arm, Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund, invests in projects across the North West.Morris said: “Local investment always has to have twin aims. Commercial success is vital. And we are supporting our local area. It actually helps to be local, as we know the market.”Construction of Airport City is due to begin next year, with the entire project estimated to take 10-15 years to complete.Argent has been appointed development manager for the scheme.MAG launched its search for joint venture partners at the end of 2012, advised by CBRE and Eversheds The Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), the pension scheme for the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester and other bodies such as schools and charities, is to invest in Manchester Airport’s planned £800m (€944m) Airport City development, with a 10% stake in the project.The development will form the core of a government-designated enterprise zone surrounding the airport, the third-busiest in the UK.The development – the largest development project in the UK since the Olympic redevelopment in East London – is a joint venture between Manchester Airports Group (MAG) with a 50% share, Beijing Construction Engineering Group and support services company Carillion (20% each) and the GMPF.Peter Morris, director of pensions at the GMPF, said: “It’s a good investment opportunity. The airport is an international gateway to Manchester, and the scale and location of Airport City is attractive to occupiers, particularly as this development could not be built next to other large airports.”last_img read more

Futsal: MNK ‘Karaka’ – MNK ‘Comunicar’ 3:4

first_imgIn the 12th round of First BiH futsal League, futsal club ‘Comunicare’ defeated its town rival ‘Karaka’ with 3:4.Around 200 spectators watched the dynamic and very good match in the hall of Bijeli Brijeg.Guest ( Comunicare) opened the match very well, and in the 1st minute Čolak scored the first goal, and in 12th minute Bošković scored the second goal for 0:2. In 18th minute Zadro scored 3rd goal for Comunicare, but the home team started playing much better and in 19th minute Đurasović scores the first goal for ‘Karaka’ and minute later Đurasović scores another goal for 2:3.In the continuation of the match, home team played even better, and in 28 minute Berić scores  3rd goal for 3:3 result. However, in 35th minute Badalić scores a goal for ‘Comunicare’ for the final result 3:4.Comunicare is the 3rd on the list with 17 points, while Karaka is 6th with 10 points.last_img read more