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Meet Nolin Veillard, the Man Whose Creation Opened Up a New World of Possibilities and Experiences

Nolin Veillard is the founder/creator of TRAK Kayaks, one of the first portable, high performance kayaks on the market that originally started by a highly successful crowd-funding campaign. With TRAK, you can literally pack your kayaks up and bring it with you anywhere, which is a game-changer in the kayak and paddling world!


Nolin Raymond Veillard grew up in Saskatchewan, Canada. Growing up in a small farming town, he had the importance of community and camaraderie inculcated in him, and his sense of community deepened as his parents were pillars of the community. As a kid, he grew up loving sports and the outdoors. This along with his experience working as a chartered accountant gave him the skills to pursue his real passion: entrepreneurship.

Accomplishments through the years

Veillard describes success as “a process, and is made up of thousands of little (and some big) failures, and some triumphs along the way.” He has had his fair share of this and has always possessed the vision and discipline to see his goals through. At the young age of 30 he first got involved with TRAK and immediately saw its potential. Back in 2004, he did not fully understand how to take this product to market and make sure it was a success too. In 2006 they launched the first of their products. Veillard describes his vision for TRAK being ‘bigger than him’ and says that what most people fail to understand about entrepreneurial projects and ensuring they are a success is that with a vision they also require big shifts in your personal development. While working on TRAK he needed to grow as a human and even when things didn’t work out he had to find the strength to keep working. He remained persistent throughout and as a result he grew unconsciously and sought some of the growth consciously. Through Landmark Education he gained some great tools and training. He also took a few years of training in ancient, Indigenous practices, which also took him to Lake Titicaca in Peru in 2008, where they trained with the Q’ero people of the Andes region of Peru, where he also got engaged to his wife. TRAK has taken him on many journeys during which he met with a lot people who have all contributed to the company in varying degrees of magnitude and made it what it is today.

About The Product

The design of the Kayaks originates from Indigenous roots (> 4000 years old)… the Aleut and Inuit peoples from Greenland and the Western Arctic (Seal Skin over Whale Bone or Wood construction).  The TRAK 2.0 is a beautiful, traditional craft, with modern technology (carbon fibre and engineered tensioning system). They paddle like a hard-shell (something fiberglass or composite), yet they pack down into a small bag that you can check onto a plane, or store under your bed or in the closet of a studio apartment. Nolin/TRAK collected data from around 1,600 avid paddlers and used that information while designing their product. The thing that makes the TRAK unique is that while it has the performance and durability of a high-end hardshell kayak, it is portable and allows you to travel with it anywhere.

Goals For The Future

Veillard envisions building a strong, global community of humans that are growing their commitment to preserving the sanctity of their waterways, and that are having a wonderful experience, paddling in their backyards, or exploring places and cultures they’ve always dreamed of or never thought possible. He foresees hosting tours and camps in some of the most remote and pristine areas of the planet, giving his global community the opportunity to experience these transformational trips, and then being able to take these skills and experiences to self-propel their own dream trips of exploration. Another one of his big dreams is to work on environmental preservation and contribute to a healthier, cleaner environment.

A Few Words Of Advice

Veillard wishes to pass on these words of wisdom to people: “Don’t let the bozos get you down. This can be very tough. If you have a dream or a vision for something, no matter how crazy it seems – seed it, feed it and weed it. Even if it seems “bigger” than you, don’t be afraid to walk down that path. It will never go the way you think it will, but I believe you’ll be delighted by surprises that come your way.”

The Product’s Impact On The Bigger Picture

The TRAK product allows humans to be in nature and find solace in their own unique ways. Being near water provides a therapeutic effect to humans. Moreover, an additional benefit of doing so in a traditional skin-on-frame craft, you can actually feel the water on your calf muscles and feel that centeredness in the cockpit with symmetrical motion, left and right paddle strokes; The TRAK Kayaks are giving people the opportunity to gain these experiences for themselves. When someone buys their products, it opens up a world of possibilities and experiences.





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Here Are 13 False Pregnancy Myths to Help All Mothers-to-Be

There are many myths and misconceptions attached to pregnancy. Here are some of the most commonly believed in myths and reasons why they are not true:

1. Wide Hips Can Make Childbirth Easier:

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When people talk about wide hips in the context of childbirth they are usually referring to a wider ilium. However, the distance between the iliac crests and the size of the birth canal are totally unrelated. During childbirth, it is the hole in the middle of the pelvic bone that counts and it can be big or small irrelevant of the size of the hips.

2. The Size And Shape Of The Belly Can Tell Whether It’s A Boy Or A Girl:

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Most people try to guess the gender of the baby by looking at the shape of a pregnant woman’s belly. Although it will make things quite easier if it were true but it is not. The size and shape of the belly are affected by the size of the fetus and its position in the womb.

3. Frequent Ultrasounds Are Unsafe For The Baby:

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There is no scientific backing to the myth that getting an ultrasound could harm a mother or her unborn child. People often confuse ultrasound with radiation. Ultrasound is just high-frequency sound waves which produce an image on the screen after bouncing off of the fetus and are safe.

4. It’s Bad For The Baby To Lie On Your Stomach:

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The baby is well protected inside the muscular uterus and lying on the stomach would not harm it, as long as it feels comfortable.

5. Running While Pregnant Is Bad:Image result for pregnant woman running shutterstock

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Becoming pregnant does not mean you should give up running. As long as you have a safe pregnancy and your doctor gives you a go ahead, it is completely fine for you to continue running.

6. Morning Sickness Only Happens In The Morning And During The First Trimester:Image result for morning sickness shutterstock

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Majority of the pregnant women suffering from nausea but only a small percentage of it suffer it in the morning. It can be an all day thing and while for most women it does end after the first trimester for some it can go on until the time of delivery.

7. Lifting Your Arms Above Your Head Could Strangle The Baby:Image result

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Lifting your arms around your head cannot cause the umbilical cord to wrap around your baby’s neck. In fact, none of your movements can have an effect on the position of the umbilical cord and a lot of babies are born with the umbilical cord wound around their neck and is easily removed by the doctor.

8. You Would Have To Get Rid Of Your Cat:

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Cats can be the carrier of a rare birth defect causing disease called toxoplasmosis. However, this does not mean you have to say goodbye to your pet as soon as you get pregnant. It is recommended to avoid cleaning the litter box and if you do not have anyone to do it for you wear gloves while doing it and immediately wash your hands afterwards.

9. Pregnancy Is The Best Time Of The Life For All Women:

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The general conception goes round that being pregnant is the happiest time in a woman’s life. In reality, many pregnant can feel stressed, afraid and general feelings of unhappiness. A small percentage of women even suffer from symptoms of depression. This can happen due to the changing hormones in a woman’s body which ultimately affect the brain and mood center. If a woman experiences depressive symptoms it should be treated as it can have adverse effects on the health of the mother and baby.

10. It Is Okay To Drink Once In A While:

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When you drink alcohol while pregnant, so does your baby as it can pass freely through the placenta. This can increase the baby being born with some physical or mental birth defect. While it is hard to determine the safe amount of alcohol that can be consumed without harming the baby it is best to stay away from alcohol altogether during the course of pregnancy.

11. You Lose All Your Pregnancy Weight During The Delivery:

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The extra pregnancy weight gain is due to the amalgamation of the weight of the baby, placenta, breasts, the increased volumes of blood and body fluid in the body and some extra fat. While the weight of the baby, placenta and amniotic fluid is immediately lost after the delivery, it takes a couple of weeks to lose the weight gained by fluid and also fat depending on how much you gained.

12. A C-section Is The Easy Way Out:Image result

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When it comes to delivery there is no easy way out. Many pregnant women believe that a C-section is the less painful and safer way of delivery. However, in reality, a c section could be pretty painful as well the only difference is you feel the pain after the baby had been born, unlike the vaginal birth. It can also pose complications later and is only recommended by doctors when the benefits outweigh the dangers.

13. The Fetus Is Unaffected By The Outside Events:

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For a long time, it was believed that babies are born oblivious to their outside environment. In truth, babies can hear sounds and recognize their mother’s voice while inside the womb. They are also able to detect light and taste the food by licking the placental wall.

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Here Are 24 Tweets That Prove Pets Change Lives for the Better

Pets are amazing. They can easily become your best friend and these hilarious tweets prove that there is never a dull moment with them:


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Doesn’t looking at these make you want to get a pet.

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People Had Varying Opinions on This Artist Impression of “Realistically Proportioned Disney Princesses” and We Thought You Should Be Able To Form Your Own.

People’s opinions around the world often vary because of the different circumstances they live in. And living in a world with so many different kinds of people often means that they’ll conflict on matters from time to time. Something similar happened when an artist posted a picture of a what he thought “Realistically proportioned” Disney princesses would look like.

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The following comments followed and one woman, in particular, had a strong response,


several people seemed to agree with her,

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Other people soon started appearing in the comments box with their own opinions, an artist gave his expert opinion,

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This commenter made us all aware that Disney had been wrong in several respects,

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People continued discussing what body acceptance really was;

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Tell us what you think about the realistically proportioned Disney princesses in the comments!

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