Dynamo: Melissa Filas

Dynamo: Melissa Filas

How we met:

Melissa is persistent, dedicated to listening to her body, and passionate about yoga and living in the moment. She survived a major car accident, back surgery, and so much more. She’s a fighter and an inspiration.

One of my friends directed me to Melissa and we emailed with each other. I’m constantly inspired at the way people lift and encourage each other. Melissa has been such a survivor with all of her medical issues that just hearing her voice through this interview is empowering.

Melissa is Dynamo. She is joining the Carrot Bowl Dynamo community. These are people who daily do their thing and hardly realize they are an example, a powerhouse, and that sharing their story empowers other’s lives. I truly believe that when we listen to each other’s stories, when we let ourselves be affected by them, taking the lessons forward in our own lives, we become better people. We are kinder, more compassionate, and more dedicated to living full and mindful lives. It’s all about how we act with each other. It’s all about fighting hard to keep moving forward, no matter how that looks person to person. Melissa, thank you for sharing your story with us….

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Make a Home Gym

DON'T QUIT

Maybe you all are tired of our home gym…but it’s the place I’m at the most in our house! So here I go again. (Lucky you!)

(This post was originally written and shared on Today’s Creative Life.)

We kicked our cars out of the garage and turned it into our home gym. It’s been one of our best creative ideas yet! I work out, instruct group training sessions, and do yoga, my husband works out, and our kids use it as a play land. They lift weights, build obstacle courses, run on the treadmill, and swing on the gymnastic rings and swing.

It’s taken us 2 years to thoughtfully choose and accumulate what we now have. Before this my husband and I had thought about getting a gym membership but we were worried how much we’d use it. Between his work and my schedule with 3 young children we wanted to get our money’s worth. I decided that I really wanted a treadmill. I love being a runner and that would help during the cold months and when getting out with kids just wasn’t possible. That’s where we started. We love what we have and it’s a fun journey to build it together….

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Figs and Fish

Figs and Fish

This summer has been fast and fun. We’ve camped, hiked, visited family, lounged in our pj’s all day, played in the sun, paddle-boarded, had a bonfire on the beach, eaten good food, hung out with friends, and enjoyed our unscheduled days.

Here on the blog I’ve been able to highlight many people for Dynamo Interviews. They seriously rock! On instagram I’ve leaped into a lot of yoga challenges that have pushed and helped me grow my practice. In my home gym I’ve continued to host workout sessions that have kept me consistent and able to give back something to others. And today, here’s something to inspire your dinner…before figs disappear for the season. …

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Dynamo: Anabel Capalbo

Anabel Capalbo copy

How we met:

Anabel is an Ironman, a cancer survivor, and empowers others to find out how strong they are. She’s a yoga and cycle teacher, a future mama, and works on daily balance just like the rest of us. She is Dynamo.

I am no stranger to instagram. My account (@carrot_bowl_bonnie) is mostly filled with yoga and the occasional blog, food, and family additions. At some point Anabel (@anabelwcapalbo) and I began following each other, both being Portland yogis was a pull for me. When I found her, I followed the link to her blog. Although she doesn’t blog that often, there was enough of her story there to intrigue me and realize that I was in close contact with someone who makes a difference. She does. Fast forward months later and she suddenly starts teaching yoga at the studio that I attend. We were meant to meet. She teaches a hot power 2 class that I attend weekly and sweat my guts out. She pushes comfort boundaries, always gives us space to listen to our souls, and shares her wisdom. It’s my honor to go to her class.

Anabel is Dynamo. She is joining the Carrot Bowl Dynamo community. These are people who daily do their thing and hardly realize they are an example, a powerhouse, and that sharing their story empowers other’s lives. I truly believe that when we listen to each other’s stories, when we let ourselves be affected by them, taking the lessons forward in our own lives, we become better people. We are kinder, more compassionate, and more dedicated to living full and mindful lives. It’s all about how we act with each other. It’s all about fighting hard to keep moving forward, no matter how that looks person to person. Anabel, thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m a better person because of you. You rock, lady. …

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Dynamo: Preston Smith

Dynamo: Preston Smith - Preston is a staff flow artist, he loves sharing his passion for movement, and hopes others find their true art.
How we met:

Preston is a staff flow artist, he loves sharing his passion for movement, and hopes others find their true art. It’s less about him and more about what he can give. He loves to practice in parks purposefully so others will see him and be inspired.

I met Preston at the Portland Saturday Market. I was there with my visiting family wandering and eating good food. As we sat with our falafel plates, people watching, and admiring my sister’s ring from the Spoonman (I have their clock and love it!), I noticed Preston behind us flowing confidently. I kept glancing back at him and loved how he owned his movement and was confident in it.

As I approached him, he was very open and quickly asked me if I wanted to try flowing. He always brings extra staffs with him to teach people. I don’t know the moves, but I did overhand spins, backward spins, large arms movements, and even did one where the staff rolled down my arm. It was really fun! I definitely recommend asking for a demo lesson if you see him in the Portland parks.

Preston is Dynamo. He is joining the community of Carrot Bowl Dynamos. These are people who are trying their best to move with purpose and direction. Our directions can be different, our movements opposite from one another, but we’re all moving forward in some way. When we share our stories, we hopefully give room for understanding, patience, and kindness around us.

***If you feel the need to comment please do so respectfully and positively. Comments will be monitored and not published if they do not fall into this category. Thank you for lifting where you stand, living mindfully, and always looking for the good. 

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Dynamo: Megan Harrod

Dynamo: Megan Harrod - She runs PR for the US Alpine Ski Team, loves to travel, and loves the journey process.
How we met:

Megan works as the PR officer for the U.S. Ski Team, she’s a world traveler, most recently India, and she moves mindfully in her journey. It was amazing to talk to her, she share’s her peace and love in a way that you feel strong. She is fierce in her desire to learn and do good.

I was at the coast with my visiting family when I saw Megan and Scotty loading up after surfing. Megan and I exchanged hellos and beautiful days, I told her I loved her hair, she told me she cut it before going to India, and we continued loading up our respective vehicles. But something nagged me. One of the magical and powerful things of doing these interviews is that I have an excuse to keep talking to strangers, to ask them real questions, and to feel like we connect in a way that I wish I could be their next door neighbor. I walked back to her and she agreed to an interview. Even as I type this, I feel like a better person because of meeting her.

Megan is Dynamo, so is Scotty, but he didn’t get in on an questions. They are powerhouses. They are going about making the world a better place than they found it, sharing kindness, hard work, and peace in their wake. That’s what being Dynamo is about. Wherever we are, we move forward. Wherever we are, we share our story, we listen to other stories, and we move forward with more dedication and a lighter heart. Check out the other Dynamo Interviews for some amazing stories and examples. Megan, thank you for sharing with me and with us. Best of luck with your goals and may we cross paths again someday. …

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