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New Year’s Resolution #6- Try Taking Mini-Vacations

12 Jan

This is post #6 of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s 12 days of New Years Resolutions.

Adventures dont always have to be big and bold. Who said the definition of adventure is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or back packing through Europe? Adventures come in many sizes and forms and help us feel young all over again. As we age into our 50s, 60s and 70s, lets take a sip or two from the Fountain of Youth, at least on occasion.

The other night my husband and I hopped on our bikes and rode to the grocery store. The night was beautiful, the air cool, and the stars luminous. We did not exactly look hip and cool bundled up and helmeted with our flashing bike lights. We did, however, feel exhilarated in the cold air and just a little daring venturing out late on a school” night.

Friends later chided us saying, Why didnt you just take the car? That would have been easier and safer!” Convenience was not the point I responded. Dont you remember that feeling of freedom you experienced as a kid when you jumped on your only means of transportation- your bicycle- managing to escape from parental oversight and control? I harken back to that time and feeling often when I ride my bicycle.

So, go ahead, dip your toe into that Fountain of Youth a few times in the coming year. Try something even just a little bit out of your comfort zone. Maybe learning to do something you have never done before, such as snow skiing. Even if you dont ever leave the Bunny Slope, you will be thrilled and proud of your adventurous self.

Park it; Plant it; Pedal it; Preserve it!

27 Dec

This is post number 10 of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s 12 days of New Years Resolutions.

The past couple of years have seen an emerging emphasis on buying and being “green”. While we do our part to recycle and conserve energy we either don’t really know what else to do for the effort or we think it all sounds a bit PCG (politically correct to be green). I have a proposal for the new year- Park it, pedal it, preserve it, at least on the occasional weekend. 
  
You drive to work all week. Driving is boring and fraught with hassles. Why not leave the car in the garage and ride your bike wherever you need to go. Put saddlebags on your bike and only buy as many groceries as will fit into your bag..biking makes everyday chores more fun. Take a ride on a bike trail. You get the triple benefit of exercise, being outdoors, and actually getting to a destination. Bike riding is one of my favorite activities. I feel youthful and free like I did when I was a kid and my ticket to freedom was my bicycle. It’s a fun was to help protect the planet.

 

 

 

New Year’s Resolution #6- Try Taking Mini-Adventures

14 Dec

This is post #6 of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s 12 days of New Years Resolutions.

Adventures dont always have to be big and bold. Who said the definition of adventure is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or back packing through Europe? Adventures come in many sizes and forms and help us feel young all over again. As we age into our 50s, 60s and 70s, lets take a sip or two from the Fountain of Youth, at least on occasion.

The other night my husband and I hopped on our bikes and rode to the grocery store. The night was beautiful, the air cool, and the stars luminous. We did not exactly look hip and cool bundled up and helmeted with our flashing bike lights. We did, however, feel exhilarated in the cold air and just a little daring venturing out late on a school” night.

Friends later chided us saying, Why didnt you just take the car? That would have been easier and safer!Convenience was not the point I responded. Dont you remember that feeling of freedom you experienced as a kid when you jumped on your only means of transportation- your bicycle- managing to escape from parental oversight and control? I harken back to that time and feeling often when I ride my bicycle.

So, go ahead, dip your toe into that Fountain of Youth a few times in the coming year. Try something even just a little bit out of your comfort zone. Maybe learning to do something you have never done before, such as snow skiing. Even if you dont ever leave the Bunny Slope, you will be thrilled and proud of your adventurous self.

 

 

Park it; Plant it; Pedal it; Preserve it!

15 Oct

 It’s “Blog Action Day” today with bloggers all over the world focusing their fingers on climate change. While this is a very serious issue – conservation is critically important – the delivery of the message can be infused with a little humor and fun. Sometimes “cause” people take themselves, rather than the issue, a little too seriously.

Park it; Plant it; Pedal it; Preserve it! is the title of a clay sculpture I created featuring an SUV converted into a flower planter. The vehicle is flanked by a tricycle riding turtle and a dolphin astride a motor scooter. A collage of flower power stickers, bicycles and a grinning shark from a “Save our Sea Life” poster adorn the backdrop of this piece.

 While cars do come in handy, does anyone, short of the military, really need a Hummer?! Try bike riding for a change. Biking is the ultimate multi-task enabler. (1) it provides a mode of transportation enabling you get to your desired destination, (2) you get exercise, (3) you are outside, (4) you help protect our planet from noxious carbon emissions, and (5) IT’S FUN!

So, park that car and ride your bike. Driving is boring and fraught with hassles. Put saddle bags on for shopping – only buy as much as your bags will hold (a surprising amount by the way). My husband and I have managed to fit as much as $150 worth of groceries in our saddle bags at a time. People have laughed and waved as we careen around the corner with a 12 pack of Miller light in tow.Park it; Plant it; Pedal it; Preserve it!
 

 

 

 Rather than turning your bike into a planter, turn your car into one!

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