Day 40: Time for my yearly viewing of Kristen Bell’s sloth video

Man, I just realized that today, day 40 of the Daily Boost, is the day of my current age, and therefore a great opportunity to reflect on the (pretty insane and numerous) life lessons I’ve been taught this year. But man, it’s Friday, my brain is tired from all those life lessons, and this photo of a happy sloth is giving me life.

“Why are people so obsessed with sloths?” a friend asked this week. “Aren’t they kind of smelly?” Yes, smelly and eating gross things out of their fur. For me, that’s part of the appeal, I think, because then when you’re on the couch with Cheetos crumbs on your shirt, you know that your spirit animal is an internationally loved icon.

You know who loves sloths more than all of us? Actress Kristen Bell, and even if you have no idea who she is (in which case you do not have kids who are practically catatonic with excitement over “Frozen 2”), I guarantee her retelling of her encounter of a sloth will make you laugh. I go back to it at least once a year – not kidding. Watch it here. You’re welcome.

And here’s a recap of this week’s Daily Boost. Wishing you a slothful weekend covered in Cheeto crumbs (or maybe kale chips are more your scene – but eat them messily, and in sweatpants).

Monday Motivation: A true badass came to Costa Rica for the world’s toughest mountain bike race.

Tuesday Beauty: A message of galvanizing hope from climate action icon Christiana Figueres.

Wednesday Wellness: Let’s talk about anxiety.

Thursday Travel: Baby turtles set off to sea.

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Day 36: All hail the conquerer, Amy Palmiero-Winters

Endurance athlete Amy Palmiero Winters

Do you have a busy week ahead of you? Me, too. But you know what gives me a little more energy? Keeping in mind that a woman who endured the amputation of one of her legs (and the reconstruction of her other foot!) in her youth just rode her bike through the killer mountains of Costa Rica, tackling one of the toughest adventure races in the world.

The wide-eyed story I saw about Amy Palmiero-Winters in Costa Rica’s newspaper of record, La Nación, over the weekend made it sound as if this might have been her first rodeo. She joked in the interview about having to have words with her sponsor because the race turned out to be much harder than she expected, and I think the journalist took her too seriously. When I Googled her, I discovered that she is an international phenomenon. She’s run gut-wrenching ultramarathons, became the first amputee ever to qualify for the grueling Western States, and, in her free time, pushes wheelchairs for participants in other races, according to the New York Times.

Screenshot from The New York Times

What’s more, that same NYT article tells the story of how – after a car driver skipped a stop sign and hit her motorcycle, but before her left leg was amputated – she ran a marathon in Columbus, Ohio. That’s right. She ran a marathon with one leg atrophied, having been subjected to more than 25 operations. She ran the marathon, and then went in for her amputation.

No wonder she tackled the mountains of Costa Rica, inspiring yet another country with her steely nerve.

Whatever we’ve got on our plates this week: we’ve got this. Just ask Amy.

Want to read omre about the Ruta? I never tire of my friend Jill Replogle’s amazing piece about the Colorado man who literally fell off of the route and spent 30 hours shoeless and lost in the Costa Rican jungle. Check it out here.

I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica, on a year-long quest to share daily posts on inspiring people, places and ideas from my adopted home as a kind of tonic during a rough time in the world. Sign up (top right of this page) to receive a little dose of inspiration every weekday in your mailbox; tell a friend; check out past posts; and please connect with me on Instagram or Facebook! You can also find me churning out small, square poems on any topic under the sun (here on the site, on Instagram or Twitter).