Skateboarding in Haiti

What do you do if you live in a country where skateboarding isn’t popular?  You promote it!

Love the enthusiasm that @skateboardinginhaiti has.

More girls and more people skateboarding when they see it’s fun and receive encouragement.  That’s why it’s so important that you share with the world why you have fun skateboarding.

When you share skateboarding you are helping someone learn skills they can use on and off the board.  Skateboarding is all about learning perseverance. It’s about getting up one more time than you fall and about trying something new when what you’ve been doing just isn’t working.

How are you sharing skateboarding?

Check out Skateboarding in Haiti to be inspired and I hope to hear your stories of inspiration soon.

Thankful for Tennis Courts

Being thankful and showing gratitude are ways to keep you focused on the positive, which in turns helps you stay motivated to be and do your best. So I loved to see the @FMskategirls post captioned

Thank goodness for tennis courts so we can skate the night away!

The FM Skate Girls are the in the Fargo-Moorhead areas and they are dedicated to sharing their love of skateboarding to inspire more girls to skate.

Where are you having fun skateboarding?

And who and what are you grateful for?

When we share the positive it grows and we all are inspired to do and be our best.

Happy Birthday Neal Mims

In my family birthdays are big business in April.  Starting off with April 10th which is Neal Mims birthday.

We might not be blood family – but we are definitely family.  Neal has helped me grow up by showing me how to have fun on & off the board.

He inspires courage to face your fears and be the best you can be.  Who inspires you? Remember to take time to thank them and then play it forward.

Happy Birthday Neal – so glad you’re in my life.

You Got This

As I’m finishing finals, I really appreciate the importance of having friends to remind me

The cartoon is by Jenn Mitchell aka @comixbyjenn – she’s a Torontonian living in Seoul.

I asked her about the inspiration for the cartoon and here’s what she had to share:

My cartoon was inspired by my amazing friend and co-worker of 10 years, Skye. When I draw people I think about characteristics that define them. Immediately when I began to draw Skye her love for skateboarding, and of course her Vans skate shoes, came to mind! She has been skateboarding since she was a young girl and is a great example of someone who goes against the grain and is fearless in everything she does! Skye is opinionated, hilarious, and a great friend who would give you the shirt off her back! She has been friends with Deb, the other person in the cartoon, for over 30 years! She is also a great example of a woman who supports other women and girls!
We all got this once we realize life is a process of learning – whether it’s skateboarding or chemistry – no one woke up an expert – it’s our choice to decide to learn and take the falls/mistakes as experience. Believing in ourselves and keeping the positive attitude is easier with friends, so surround yourself with those who encourage and be an encourager.

Mia Lovell

Skate Rising  is an opportunity to meet other skater girls. At the Encinitas Skate Rising events I’m able to meet the girls in person and through Skate Rising Phoenix I’m able to meet girls virtually.

One Arizona skater girl that inspires me is Mia Lovell.

At 11 years old, she’s been skateboarding almost half her life and doing wonders to share skateboarding with other girls.

More girls skate when they see girls having fun skating so it’s wonderful that she has already been featured on TV.

Plus she’s sponsored by Autonomy Skateboards so she’s working with a team to encourage and inspire more girls to skate.

I had a chance to ask her some questions and this is what she had to share.

You started skateboarding at 5 – how did you first get involved?  

Mia:  My Dad grew up skating. When I was 5 we went to Hermosa Beach for vacation, and he put me on a board and would roll me down the pier. I was hooked!

What motivates you to keep skateboarding?  

Mia:  Progression! Each time I land something that I wasn’t sure I could, it makes me want to push further.

How do you think skateboarding has helped you off the board?

Mia:  My parents constantly talk about how shy I used to be, and how much I’ve grown as a result of competing in skateboarding comps. It has forced me to push beyond my comfort zone..

When did you first go to a Skate Rising event and what made you want to keep coming back? 

Mia:  The first Skate Rising event I attended was at 91W. It was so great to see so many girls together, after being used to skateparks full of boys. It was a blast!

What was your favorite Skate Rising activity/service project and why?

Mia:  We made meals for the homeless, and then delivered them with my family. It was pretty cool to see how happy they were to get them.

Have you met friends at Skate Rising that you now skate with at other times or just stay connected somehow?

Mia:  Yes, I have some friends I met through Skate Rising who I skate with now, and who have become good friends.

What would you like to share about the Phoenix skate community?

Mia:  The skating scene in Phoenix is huge! There are over 30 public parks, and a whole bunch of private parks in people’s back yards. I’m lucky enough that my Dad built me a park at our house too. We have people over to skate all the time, and sometimes have groups of up to 50 girls to skate and hang out. It’s an awesome community!

Thanks Mia for taking the time to share!

School this term has been hard – more chemistry than life and the reason I’m not giving up is the persistence I’ve learned through skateboarding. What lessons have you learned through skateboarding? Skateboarding is sport, art, and so much more – so take the time to share why and how you have fun skateboarding.