Have you ever given any thought to whether your cat’s carrier is safe, should you get into an accident? Do you know which carriers are safe and which aren’t? All Sleepypod carriers maintain the same strict safety standards and safety testing that positioned them as one of the safest pet product manufacturers on the market.
The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed
Many cats associate travel with negative experiences such as a trip to the vet, but the Sleepypod’s mobile pet bed helps to reduce stress by allowing the cat to travel safely in the comfort and familiarity of its own bed. The Sleepypod’s plush bedding is surrounded by a luggage-grade, ballistic nylon base. This bed then becomes a carrier by zipping on its mesh dome. At the destination, the pet feels more secure because it remains in its own space.
The Sleepypod Air’s innovative design addresses this issue by providing size versatility through flexibility. The unique design allows the carrier to contract to fit under the seat during takeoff and landing. Once the plane is in the air, the carrier can easily be expanded so that your cat can have the largest possible space underneath the seat.
The Sleepypod Atom
The Sleepypod Atom is a smaller, more compact carrier for every day living. In designing the Atom, Sleepypod took ideas from the Sleepypod Air and applied them to the smaller-sized Sleepypod Atom. Also suitable for air travel, the Atom fits comfortably below most airline seats.
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Sometimes I don’t have the right words. Sometimes when I try to talk to someone I love about something so heavy, so important, I feel at a loss. How can I convey my love? How can I show that person his or her strength? How can I urge them to fight, to continue, to live?
How can I show someone I care for that they matter, and that each day they survive, each day that choose not to use/drink/etc. they are winning?
Sometimes when I’m at a loss, I turn to the words of others. Here are little tidbits of hope. Whether you are a family member or friend of an addict, or perhaps struggling/fighting/in recovery yourself, my wish is that you hear these words. That you write them on your heart. That you remember each day, each hour, each minute, you are getting stronger. And that you can, and will, overcome.
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, you just have to take the first step.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
“I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” — Charlotte Brontë
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe
“It’s not about the man that has the most, it’s about the man that needs the least.” — Proverb
“Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.” — Carrie Fisher
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean
“Don’t live life like a chameleon. Be you.” — Unknown
“Resistance is the first step to change.” — Louise Hay
“The fact that you exist is a highly statistically improbable event, and if you are not perpetually surprised by the fact that you exist you don’t deserve to be here.” — 10% Happier, Dan Harris
“Some things pass, and some things pass like a kidney stone.” — Unknown
“It’s no good to be unhappy about the things you can’t change, but also no good to be unhappy about the things you can.” — Unknown
“You might not be able to change the world, but you can change your corner of it.” — Unknown
“The greatest gifts you’ll ever open are your eyes.” — Unknown
“Those who are caught up in their thoughts only have their thoughts to think about.” — Unknown
“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” — Audrey Hepburn
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier
“Stop and feel the roses.” — Unknown
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford
“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” — Zen Proverb
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” — Carl Bard
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” — Muhammad Ali
“If you don’t like being a doormat, get off the floor.” — Al Anon
“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” — Roger Babson
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Rock bottom can be the foundation on which you rebuild your life.” — J.K. Rowling
You may have noticed that when fall rolls around, over-the-knee boots become the hero piece of every trendsetter’s closet. Sure, they’re tricky to put on (unless you’re lucky enough to own a pair with zippers), but they look good with just about everything you own.Throw them on over skinny jeans or pair them with a sweater dress, and your outfit instantly feels more polished. Additionally, over-the-knee boots are some of the most flattering footwear you can put on. By cutting off above the knee, they instantly elongate and slim the leg.
A 22-minute episode of South Park often says more about about a particular issue or crisis than you’ll hear from Congress during an entire term. That was again the case with tonight’s episode, as Trey Parker and Matt Stone commented on America’s opioid and mass incarceration epidemics. *Spoiler alert* The episode depicted the Shady Acres Retirement Community as an asylum brimming with the forgotten underbelly of society, whose inmates make due by supplying painkillers to children’s birthday entertainers. To soundtrack one such scene, Parker and Stone recruited Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike. In turn, the socially-conscious MC delivered a fresh rap written specifically for the episode: “In here nobody knows you by the name/ You’re just a number/ Living under the bitch ass rules of a broken game/ They put me here to die, left me angry and alone/ For the crime of being old, they threw me in this nursing home.” Watch the scene above.
In another memorable scene from the episode, Cartman, Kenny, Kyle, and Butters posed as a barbershop quartet and sang “some nice old people music.” Those songs included Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane”; Kelis’ “Milkshake”; Nirvana’s “Rape Me”; Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes”; and Green Day’s “When I Come Around”.
Sweat dripped down my face as Beyoncé blared overhead. My cadence was off-beat. As my cheeks grew red, I lost my words, looking out in front of me to an empty room. Then it happened: I broke down. Overcome with emotion, I began to wonder if I’d ever be able to get this whole Spin instructor thing down. I wondered if maybe I was making a mistake.
You see, at the beginning of the year, I lost my full-time job as a fitness editor when they shuttered the magazine I was working for. I hit the ground running, navigating the world of full-time freelance writing and editing, but I had so many questions. What would be next move? What would be my best move? Just over a month later, I found myself in talks with a cycling studio called Swerve I’d been going to for years. As a certified personal trainer and run coach, I thought being a Spin instructor could be right up my alley. And at this particular studio, where teamwork and community are key, it felt like an opportunity that was too good to pass up.
So I did it. I rallied up the courage, stopped asking myself “what am I doing?”, and auditioned. In that first stint, it immediately felt right. I got the sense that this would be a place where I could connect with others. This would be a place where I’d take on my next adventure. This would be a place where I could learn about myself. But little did I know at that moment just how much I’d learn.
Here’s the thing. I’m a perfectionist. I’d also never taught a Spin class. I live my life by the mantra that all it takes is all you’ve got. Getting the call that they wanted me to train to become an instructor, having never done it before, was enthralling. The training program, though? It was grueling. For give-or-take six weeks, I learned everything from proper bike setup and how to structure a playlist to form cuing and how to command a room.
At Swerve, the class is divided into three teams competing against one another. You have a couple of different ways to earn extra points for your team, via sprinting past the beat of the music and “Swerving to the beat” (that’s holding the RPM – or revolutions per minute). Both of those involve using a special technology that’s unique to the studio, all while cuing everything from bike positioning to cadence. It’s . . . a lot. But it’s a lot of fun, too. The team aspect fosters togetherness. Being part of a community of athletes like the one at Swerve meant that I had to put in my time. I had to learn all of the special tech’s in and outs so that I could best lead a class. (Have I mentioned I’d never done this before?)
I was giving it all I had. Hour after hour, whether I was working with the studio’s head of training or talking to myself in an empty studio, I was learning. But still, I was missing cues. Despite dedicating so much time to this new skill, I kept feeling like I was failing. I kept feeling overwhelmed. I kept feeling . . . stuck.
I remember that breakdown day in the studio like it was yesterday. I removed myself from the bike. Looking down at my bright red leggings, I had my moment. I thought of an interview I had done with Olympian Dawn Harper-Nelson about a year earlier. On the phone, we talked about her spill at the World Athletic Championships in Beijing. She told me about how she felt ruined after tripping over that. She was overcome. Despite wanting to run and hide from the media, she persisted. We talked about the lesson she learned that’s stuck with me: in times of difficulty, it’s important to have your moment. You don’t work hard to fail. You work hard because you’re passionate. You work hard because you care. So when things don’t go your way, when mistakes happen, have your moment to appreciate the frustration and how you feel. Then, reflect. She encouraged told me to ask myself: why is it that the mistake happened? What is it that you can learn, and how will you best move forward?
For the zillionth time, I confronted my reality: Spin was something I’d never done. Being good at this was going to take time. Just because I wasn’t perfect off the bat didn’t mean that I couldn’t be great. It didn’t mean that I didn’t have potential. It didn’t mean I wasn’t working hard.
So I began to accept the mishaps. Instead of getting choked up when things went wrong, I grew to appreciate the chaos and learn how to incorporate small flukes into the swing of things. I began to realize that the small errors I was making may have been blaring to me but unnoticeable to everyone else. I started to realize that in time, with practice, I was getting into the swing of things.
One day, everything clicked. My demo ride, where you invite a bunch of good friends to hit the saddle and squad up for a little practice ride, was the next day. I set up in the studio by myself and ran through my entire playlist. By the fifth song, no mess-ups, no frustration, just this feeling of accomplishment. And the next day, in front of 24 close friends, I did it. I lead my first class, nearly bursting into tears the second the final song came to a close. Surrounded with love, I’d done something I wondered if I was even capable of doing in the first place. And the best part? I did it well.
A slew of classes in, I’m proud of myself. I’m proud to report that I haven’t burned down the studio. I’m proud to report that I encouraged my mom to take her first Spin (slash boutique fitness class). I’m proud to report that I am part of an amazing team. I’m proud to report that I’ve learned to love myself, flaws and all. It was never that I wasn’t good enough to do this. It was I’ve come to learn that during the hard times when you want to give up, you’ve gotta dig deep. Challenges emerge in life because we are capable of handling them. We are capable of the growth necessary for moving forward. Now that I’ve risen to this one, I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Space may be final frontier, but in terms of harnessing it for data, we’re just getting started. Thanks to a surge in private investment space data gathered from satellites is more widely available than ever and businesses are starting to mine it for data which they can put to use back home on Earth