Be Grateful & Fulfilled

Be Grateful & Fulfilled

Name 5 things you are grateful for right now, I will wait…
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How did that feel?
What did your body do?

I am willing to bet that whatever stresses or worries you had feel different now, if they are even present. That your body is more at ease, there may be a smile spread across your face and your jaw and shoulders are probably more relaxed. I am not one to believe that you can positively think your way through everything. Challenges will arise within and outside of you, you will experience, sadness, anger, stress and fear. Yet, what we pay attention to will grow. The happiest people I know live in gratitude and are able to express it: to themselves and to others. See and celebrate what you have and the wonderful gifts around you not what you think you should or do not have. Live a life of abundance, not poverty.

Be grateful and be fulfilled

Try this test, for one week keep a note pad next to your bed and when you rise write down five things you are grateful for. Make sure every day your list is different. See how the evolution of your day changes when you set a tone of gratitude. Keep it going as long as you can and watch how grateful you will feel about the smallest things, like the warmth of sunlight spreading through your room in the morning, or the feel of the fabric of your favorite T-shirt against your skin. Finding gratitude everywhere is easy, just practice and do…

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Dave Loeffler’s Unprecedented Swim For Ocean Therapy

Dave Loeffler’s Unprecedented Swim For Ocean Therapy

Hello All,

Mike Galloway and I just talked about weather forecasts and rescheduling our swim. Seems like the small windows of lighter winds are closing down and the winds are increasing through the end of September. There are a number of moving targets we are juggling to make this swim happen. First the weather, 2nd is rescheduling access with the Navy, and 3rd finding observers with open dates available. Instead of rushing into something that is not going to give us a good chance of success, we feel it’s best to take a deep breath and be patient.

Mike and I have agreed on a tentative date of October 6th and 7th, with a contingency extension of the 8th (Columbus day).

Dave Loeffler’s Unprecedented Swim For Ocean Therapy
Posted: 08 Sep 2018 05:19 AM PDT


Courtesy of Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, South Bay, California.

Jimmy Miller was a surfer, teacher, lifeguard, traveler, writer and a surfing ambassador and leader from Los Angeles, California.

In one of his columns for the Beach Reporter, he wrote, “There was great shorepound, as there always used to be, at Fourth Street in Manhattan. I rode my new Boogie Board. It was an evening that may have set the course for the rest of my life. As I waited outside the bodysurfers for a wave that broke a little further out, a glassy left loomed in.

I turned, kicked and started down the face. As soon as I was at the bottom the wave barreled. I was totally inside for the first time in my life, and without even trying, I saw water all around me.

In front of me was a blue hole, with light entering in a perfectly round opening. Time slowed down, and I heard a light Whoooo as the wave’s energy pushed wind out from behind me. Two, maybe three seconds later, I was out of the tube with my mouth agape. It took me a moment to realize what had happened because, at 7 years old, no one had told me that a tube ride was the ultimate feat in riding a wave.”

A 1991 graduate of the University of California Berkeley, he organized the Cal Surf Club. Then in 1998, he founded his own surf company, Pure Surfing Experience where taught surfing, produced local contests, and organized CampSurf, summer day camps in the city of Manhattan Beach as well as week-long camps all over the world.

He also served as a L.A. County lifeguard for 15 years, most of those years in Manhattan Beach where he worked for the Junior Lifeguard Program.

After his passing at the age of 35, his family and friends wanted to honor his legacy and the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation was formed.

The Foundation is dedicated to creating and providing activities and programs to help people with mental and emotional illness benefit from the therapeutic and healing powers of the ocean. Specifically, its focus on Ocean Therapy is to help people learn to love, heal and feel joy from the power of the ocean and the power of loving friends.

Ocean Therapy is an adaptive surfing program to assist individuals – from at-risk youth to wounded warriors – coping with mental and physical illness in accessing the ocean environment. Surfing has long since been a sport associated with freedom and independence and has the ability to support individuals with special needs in increasing their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Dave Loeffler is helping support the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation.

Loeffler, a former Navy SEAL who enlisted in 1985, is a disabled veteran who spent years in military zones throughout the world. On September 17th, he will attempt to swim 21 miles from LCI Point on San Clemente Island to China Point on Catalina Island in an unprecedented channel swim.

Sanctioned by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association, Loeffler’s charity swim is to raise awareness of the sacrifices, challenges and triumphs of America’s disabled veterans.

Due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of San Clemente Island as a military base, this swim has not been attempted before. He estimates the swim may take him 11 hours, but it could be as many as 15 with the low temperatures and dense population of Great White Sharks. “This is exactly why this swim provides a hearty challenge and drama to increase awareness of our cause to promote awareness for disabled veterans and help raise funds for those that are serving our veterans. I am a disabled vet and want to share my passion of feeling closest to nature and to God, when immersed in the world’s open waters.”

Loeffler chose the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation as the beneficiary of the fundraising because of its pioneering Ocean Therapy program that combines adaptive surf lessons and group therapy for those suffering from mental and physical effects of traumatic experiences. The Foundation conducts Ocean Therapy sessions with the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton, California and with veterans from all branches of the military in conjunction with the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital.

Called The Big Swim, Loeffler will depart King Harbor in Redondo Beach, California at 10 am on September 17th and head directly to San Clemente Island. Loeffler will start at 10 pm and will swim directly to Catalina Island with an anticipated arrival around 10 am on September 18th.

There will be a live feed during the swim. His progress can be tracked here.

For more information on The Big Swim, visit here. To donate, visit here.

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From World Open Water Swimming Association’s Daily News of Open Water Swimming

Lance Corporal Frank Schnitzenbaumer

Lance Corporal Frank Schnitzenbaumer

Lance Corporal
Frank Schnitzenbaumer

Whether you are a fellow volunteer or a Master Sergeant, Lance Corporal Frank Schnitzenbaumer greets everyone with a warm smile and a solid handshake. Frank has gone above and beyond for JMMF and has assisted hundreds of Marines in learning how to surf and has organized donations for much-needed equipment at Camp Pendleton. Frank has been a great mentor, a supportive friend and an exemplary member of the JMMF family for over 11-years. We are grateful for you Frank and are stoked to recognize you in this month’s Volunteer Spotlight. Thank you!

The Big Swim

The Big Swim

August 23, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE BIG SWIM

Former Navy Seal Attempts 21-mile Marathon Swim – San Clemente Island
To Catalina Island to Raise Funds for Disabled Veterans and the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation

On September 17, 2018, Dave Loeffler, a former Navy SEAL will set out to accomplish a never-been-done-before, unassisted, 21 mile marathon swim from San Clemente Island to Catalina Island to raise awareness of the sacrifices, challenges and triumphs of America’s disabled veterans. According to Loeffler, due to the remoteness and inaccessibility of San Clemente Island as a military base, this swim has not been attempted before. The physical challenges of swimming 12-15 hours or more in the open ocean, the environmental factors such as the water temperature averaging in the low 60’s F, and the fact that this area is also known for a dense population of Great White sharks serves as a great backdrop to bring awareness to the physical and mental challenges of disabled vets. “This,” says Loeffler, “is exactly why this swim provides a hearty challenge and drama to increase awareness of our cause to promote awareness for disabled veterans and help raise funds for those that are serving our veterans.”

Loeffler chose the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation as the beneficiary of the fundraising because of their pioneering Ocean Therapy program that combines adaptive surf lessons and group therapy for those suffering from mental and physical effects of traumatic experiences. JMMF conducts regular Ocean Therapy sessions with the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton, CA and with veterans from all branches of the military in conjunction with the West Los Angeles Veterans Hospital. The most common disabilities that challenge our military servicemen are PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Ocean Therapy’s goal is to improve self-efficacy, self-confidence and the joy the ocean brings to all, helping them heal both physically and mentally.

The BIG SWIM will be sanctioned, observed and documented by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA) and adhere to the basic rules of solo marathon swimming. The swimmer can never touch the escort boat, kayak or another person and will remain in the water for the duration and only wear a non-thermal, single layer swim suit, a swim cap and swim goggles – no wetsuit. The crew will consist of ultra athletes, medical professionals, official observers from the SBSCA, photographers and Dave’s support team that will feed him liquids and solids throughout the swim.

When asked why Loeffler is doing this swim, he said ,“I am a disabled vet and want to share my passion of feeling closest to nature and to God, when immersed in the worlds open waters.”

The BIG SWIM will depart King Harbor in Redondo Beach, CA at 10 am on September 17, 2018 and head directly to San Clemente Island. Loeffler will start at 10 pm and swim directly to Catalina Island with an anticipated arrival around 10 am, Tuesday, September 18. There will be a live feed during the swim and you can track his progress by visiting: https://track.rs/loeffler

To contribute, please visit: https://www.pledgeling.com/marathon-swimmer-will-attempt-san-clemente-island-to-catalina-island

About Dave Loeffler:

Dave Loeffler is a former SEAL Team member who graduated BUD/S class 139 and served at SEAL Team 4. He is a service-connected, disabled vet and an employee of the VA hospital in Prescott, AZ. After his service, Dave became an open ocean marathon swimmer with experience in the Channel Islands and Lake Michigan. Dave is married and lives and works in Prescott, AZ.

About the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation:
The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation (JMMF) is a non-profit, established in 2005 that provides free of charge Ocean and Surf Therapy to the United States Marine Corps, Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, West Los Angeles Veterans and at-risk youth groups throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. JMMF honors the life of Jimmy Miller, a Los Angeles County Lifeguard, accomplished and honored waterman, author, and teacher who started Pure Surfing Experience/Camp Surf more than twenty years ago as the official “Surf School” of Manhattan Beach, CA. To date, JMMF has helped thousands of at-risk children, Wounded Warriors, and Veterans experience the ocean and surfing, while increasing their confidence and self-efficacy through guided group therapy, conducted by licensed therapists, lifeguards and trained volunteers. For more information: www.jimmymillerfoundation.org or info@jimmymillerfoundation.org

Contact:
Jodi Flicker: 310-780-2724
Nancy Miller 310-266-0400