If you have been following this journey for a while, you know quite well how this blog has gone through quite the identity crisis. And I am finally ok with that. I stopped forcing ideas, and have opened up to the possibility of this being something completely different than originally intend. Not just a little different, I mean basically the only thing that has stayed the same is the title and the fact that it is still a blog. What was once going to be a blog about bikes, is now about my core values and my journey towards living the life I envision.
She Rides Her Bike. As my intentions for this began to morph, I found myself feeling limited to self-made boundaries due to the name. Shouldn’t this be all about bikes? I thought so at first, but then I realized that it really did come full circle. I love bicycles, my whole life really has been morphed by the bicycle, not to mention I am pretty much dependent on them for more reasons than I count.
But I am not just a bike junkie, and my reasons for riding vary from simply loving to ride, to embracing the simplistic lifestyle it provides, to wanting to make a microscopic dent in the world by having one less car on the road. Once I allowed myself to see the big picture of how my bicycle seamlessly coincided with my other core values, it began to make sense as to why I needed to keep the name.
Core Value One: Move A Lot.
I’m on a mission to move. I don’t want to live a life full of aches and pains or have a body that no longer moves as I wish. So I ride my bike, I practice yoga, I walk, I play on the monkey bars, I just move. Sometimes it’s exercise, sometimes it’s just adding little extra movement breaks throughout the day.
Core Value Two: Eat Mostly Plants.
I love food. I love to cook. I love learning why we need certain nutrients. I am not a vegetarian, I am not a vegan, I do not follow a paleo diet. I just eat real food, mostly plants. So stick around, because I’m inviting you into my kitchen. My favorite recipes, new recipes, pretty food, and how to incorporate more plants into your diet.
Core Value Three: Be Kind to the Earth.
This is probably the most important value of them all, and the one that ties it all together. Ultimately, my main goal is to leave the Earth a little better than when I arrived. To make as little impact as possible and to do my part to clean it up a bit. Thinking big picture about how everything we do impacts the environment and to live a little more conscious of that fact. I’m cutting waste, I’m learning more about conservation and what that actually means, I’m learning to garden. Again, all of this to leave as little of a foot print as possible and hopefully inspire someone else to take a few extra steps to lessen their own footprint as well.
There you have it. Welcome to the new, She Rides Her Bike!