Awesome Stories 350 – New Year’s Edition

This week Awesome Stories brings you sky dancing, better listening, and winter surfing.

Bandaloop Dance Company

Bandaloop redefines what it means to dance. Amelia Rudolph is the founder and creative director. She’s living her dreams by sharing this unique dance form that is a blend of rock climbing and dancing that has been called sky dancing. Bandaloop celebrates the human spirit, nature, and communities through their unique vertical dance, performed on buildings around the country. They also teach youth and dance companies around the world. You can find many of their videos on YouTube or their Bandaloop website. Below is one of my favorites with mesmerizing choreography, music, and performance from Boston. Enjoy!

Better Listening

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I believe communication is critical to success in relationships and life. And good listening is the foundation for better communication. Here is a good article and Ted Talk by Julian Treasure on 5 Ways to Listen Better. I like his tips for better listening, especially his tips to be aware of our own filters and the environment. Maybe even more important is the intention and commitment to listen better. On a related note, here is an article I wrote about the power of words called Conscious Communication.

Winter Surfingwinter surfing, Awesome Stories

I don’t know if Dan Schetter is crazy, passionate or a mix of the two. Dan Schetter has been surfing Lake Michigan for 20 years. Lately, Dan’s become well known for his winter surfing and ice beard. In fact, it’s become a playful competition to see who can create the best ice beard, especially during the Christmas season. Recently he asked a friend to photograph him while surfing on a blustery winter day with the perfect conditions of bitter cold, strong winds, and open water. According to Dan, this is the perfect recipe to create an ice beard. Blow baby blow!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Awesome Stories.Β May your year be full of passion, play, and purpose.

Happy New Year!


42 thoughts on “Awesome Stories 350 – New Year’s Edition

  1. Now these are certainly great dares that I would not be attempting any time in the future lol..
    Those dancers, wow.. and the surfer brrrrrrrrr….. lol And yes the surfer is probably a mixture of crazy and passionate .. lol..
    I hope your 2018 Brad begins to be the best year yet.. Have a wonderful one my friend May your days be filled with all of your Dreams, and may 2018 be the year they come to fruition..
    Love and Peace my friend ❀
    Sue πŸ™‚

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  2. The videographers really captured the perfect angle for the Boston Bandaloop performance. The illusion that they are dancing on the sky while the “real” sky is perpendicular to their performance is mesmerizing.

    Thanks also for helping me generate a new goal for the year. I’ve dabbled with snow beards in the past, but after seeing Dan’s impressive Ice beard, I’m clearly an amateur.

    Happy New Year Brad!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed my early post on communication Kirt. I wrote some gems that didn’t get much response in the early days of my blog. It’s been an interesting journey with the writing and blog. Thanks for exploring and supporting me. Many blessings to you and yours for 2018!

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  3. What an inspiring collection, Brad. There are some marvelous TED Talks. And the dance… wow. Although I will skip the winter surfing – the ice beard has no appeal. Still amazing though. πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year. Hugs.


  4. Awesome! Loved the listening article! We can all learn more about the art of listening – loved the concept of resetting my ears to hear the silence again…but even if it looks intriguing, I am not going to grow an “ice beard” πŸ™‚

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