Warning: this post rambles. It’s obvious this girl needed to talk. And you are the recipients! Welcome to my otherwise silent world.
Land on my doorstep and I may talk your ear off…
Yesterday AM, I woke up squinting towards my curtain-less bedroom window. Spotting a bright blue sky, the promise of sunshine was in the air!
And the first thing I thought of was BIKE RIDE.
I hoped anyway! I’ve been out a few times testing things out since the ‘ol foot surgery, and thus far, I can do about half of what I use to. I’ll take it! Gladly!
I just knew I needed the ride. My feet have really been dragging lately in more ways than one. I haven’t felt motivated to work on a project and I wasn’t sure how to shake myself out of that.
The dragging feeling increased when I started editing all those bright and colourful Lanai photos lately. Goodness. That vibrancy vs. our grey rain / snow filled skies offered no happy comparison. I was officially sliding into a slump.
I’m mulling over a little more frequent travel as it seems to be where my heart is being pulled.
However, for today I struck myself a deal. I would actually take down the ‘Christmas turned winter tree’ today to help motivate change. AND I’d wash and line dry all the bedding, and attempt to take enough pictures to at least tell a blog story.
THEN I could go on a bike ride.
And that’s all it took.
The tree got tucked away, all winter decor vanished, and my bedding was flapping on the outdoor line in the sunshine in no time! And of course, snapping pictures along the way so I could infuse it into a blog story.
With quota met, I was free to play! Sun shining bike trails here I come!
We don’t really have much colour outdoors yet, however riding near sunset casts a gorgeous golden hour glow on everything, which really warms up a branch-only infused area.
Sigh… gorgeous! My heart was on fire… I have missed you, great outdoors!
My sense of outdoor adventure is hitting at a rampant pace. I’m already plotting out small weekend escapes to new and old local places. Introduce you to a little more beautiful BC.
I’m on a mantra to keep pushing myself into slightly uncomfortable zones so I keep growing towards bigger goals. My truck was kicking up a fuss lately so now that it’s (currently) sound, I’d love to head out on some new adventures.
A new vehicle has been on my mind, however I’m trying to get away with using the same ‘ol until I can’t any longer. I’d just rather spend the money on travel.
Back to today…. the added energy levels these smaller rides are adding to my life are making small dents. Kinda like ‘gas-ing up at the station’. Ya just gotta start somewhere.
Being stationary for so long had me feeling pretty laid back and lazy and left with the feeling that anything I tackled would take too much effort. I think that was affecting my motivation.
I guess I am just one that needs the outdoors and has to move.
I stopped at the local coffee shop the other day, and treated myself to a coffee and a bag of their homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
Delish! But that proved to be a big mistake. I needed a nap that afternoon so I knew right then even though my mouth was finally behaving as well as my foot, I needed to keep eating right to keep the energy levels up. Carbs in general make me sleepy.
Lately, my fav lunch is a can of tuna, chopped cucumber, shredded carrots, (peppers if I have them on hand) and a good dose of my fav Rendevous (greek salad styled) dressing. Lots of energy with no zzzzzs in sight.
I suggest to click on the picture above if you can on your chosen device. There’s a cluster of birds on the left that was just such an epic capture.
Nature is so like that. You can be coasting along viewing the ‘same ‘ol’, but then something unexpected happens, having me grabbing the camera yet again in an effort to ‘paint that pretty picture.’
I love combining exercise with art. And in turn, sharing all this loveliness with you.
It’s my hope that these photos provide encouragement to ‘get outdoors’ and discover new-to-you moments to help elevate your own motivation!
All in all, it was a very good day! I ended up with line dried sheets that smell epic, a couple of spring clean rooms transpired, and I got in this beautiful ride that helped fuel my soul.
With a few empty spaces for new creations… hmmm…. you can bet there’s now room to dream.
As for the photo shoot I promised myself? I had planned to write about the cleaning I did… but after this ride?
Thank-you sunshine, for a most wonderful motivating unexpected better-than-most-lately day. I owe you.
And for a foot now willing to somewhat cooperate to help make it happen!
How’s things going for you? What helps motivate you into action?