As 2014 came to a close this past week for me it was a time to give thanks. Giving thanks for a very busy December up until the last day of the year. Reminding myself that even though I was still working late nights and tired that I was a blessed business owner as there other small business owners that couldn’t say they were that busy. What a great problem to have as I constantly reminded myself.
For those of you who have been reading along you know the word for our second year is “community”. This year I decided I would personally name my year. The name that continued to come up again and again was BOLD. God has continued to do so many amazing things in and through the shoppe that at times I am not just in awe but surprised. So this year no more being surprised, I am praying big and bold things for the shoppe and myself knowing that God can and will do all of those in accordance with His will. I am excited to journal my prayers and see the ways that God answers them.
Most of you believe I am very outgoing and extroverted (which I am) when in my element or when I am in charge of an event but otherwise I keep to myself. So a big step for me was being part of a ride on New Year’s Day with cyclists throughout the county. It is a ”fun” 60 miles but the experience and pace of most shows they are very competent riders. Only cycling for 3 months and doing 1 group event puts me in the beginner category. Deep down I really wanted to do it but I didn’t think I was qualified to do it. So I asked my friend Kiki if she would do it with me; she had a commitment but promised to start with me and peel off after a few miles. Thankful for this friend as she was working on a few hours of sleep but got up because she knew I was counting on her support.
The 60-mile New Years Ride has now been accomplished. If I had been able to type and cycle I would have had material for about four blog posts by the end of the 60 miles. I actually rode 74 miles as I biked to and from the start/finish so I had even more time to ponder. The analogies for life that one can take from cycling are amazing. You can count on many more to come.
Two key learning’s for me from this ride:
- If you don’t try you won’t know what you are missing out on and it really doesn’t matter what others think – do your best. Focus on your race/your path.
- When life gets tough, think of it like riding in the head wind (which seems to be both directions most days) hunker down and keep moving forward – even though your brain tells you that you can’t, you can.