Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ride the Rainbow 11/30

an image for today for my current 365 blogging project: Outdoors Selfies
documented @ 30BikeRides Challenge
introduced @ My Daily Mooosings in Netherlands ~
Be OK in October: Outdoor Selfies with No Filter

This morning, as we were preparing to bike to school, it was raining too hard for my comfort.

Normally, as I have done in past years, I would ignore my bubbling panic attack, and put on our rain gear, and go against my better judgement, bike through the pouring rain.

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This school year though I am taking the liberty of calling the school if I feel that my anxiety level is too high, and simply inform them that we are coming a little bit later.

I've noticed that it has helped tremendously lessen my stress on a daily basis.  Although I still feel exhausted at the end of the day, as a result of dealing with various source and triggers of my anxiety I have to acknowledge that I'm getting better with dealing with my condition.

There is a beautiful pattern, that the more I follow my instincts i.e. acknowledging my anxiety, and not forcing myself to function like everyone else, things gets easier for me.

There is indeed a rainbow at the end of the rain!

Speaking of rainbow, when we finally were on our way to bike to school, I told the Littlest that there is a great chance that we will see one because the sun was shining.

I almost missed it though because my mind got busy as soon as we were biking.

Thanks to Littlest, I didn't!

She was the one who cried in delight, "Mommy, the rainbow!"

The rainbow was faint, and about to disappear; I was torn between stopping to take a picture of it, and just riding on to make sure that we are on time before her class officially starts.

But I guess it is obvious what we did! Who does not stop for a rainbow?! :)

And so went the 11th Bike Ride of the 30BikeRides Challenge!


When I am not running, I am biking through the seasons.

For those who are following the blog posts: 30 Bike Rides Challenge, I've written so far 3 blogs out of 30 in this series.

The pictures I upload @ Paper In Europe (in the FB album: 30BikeRides Challenge) are there to serve as my aid/guide later when I write all the posts and share the pictures of each bike ride.

No deadline for this bike ride blog series...only for fun, creativity and for posterity.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

TGIF Bike Ride 02/30

TGIF Bike Ride
a bike theme I would like to draw, paint a lot someday:
Flowers in the Bike Basket
Flowers & Fruits in the Bike Basket

When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

 This will be a sweet and short post.

My TGIF bike ride being shared on a Saturday evening made me realise, that I am once again falling into my old pattern of making a nice simple project to a stressful endevour.

And so, I am revising the 30-Day Bike Challenge  into 30 Bike Rides Challenge, not limited by time pressure of accomplishing it within a 30 day time frame.

I love this bike ride, which begun in the early morning when I brought Littlest to school, got the groceries for the weekend, and ended in the late afternoon, after our trip to Hilversum for some shoe shopping and bonding.

Whenever middle daughter goes earlier to school, than Littlest & I, it is my habit to check to see where she parked her bike before I do my groceries.
Littlest happy to be in Hilversum.
with Littlest at her favourite ice-cream shop in Hilversum:

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bringing Home the Sun(flowers)! 01/30

 Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.
~James E. Starrs
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows follow behind you."
~ Maori Proverb
"Light-enchanted sunflower, thou
Who gazest ever true and tender
On the sun's revolving splendour."
~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca,
Happy Face!
Almost home and excited to see what shots I could use to give you all a feeling of fun motion on the bike.

Hello, Sunny September!

What makes a great September? Biking under the morning sun with sunflowers in your bike basket - bring home the sun!  Simple bliss. :)

Sunflower bike ride

I know, I know, I have neglected this blog. Again.

This blog child seems to always take the less attention amongst my other blogs - Happy Feet in the Netherlands, My Daily Mooosings in the Netherlands.

It's ironic since biking is the activity that I do almost every day of the week and I have tons of stories and pictures I could share.  But it's the last thing on my mind to document at the end of the day. Pity, right?!

In the past days, I have been thinking that I have accumulated a lot of helpful tips for those who would like to be outdoors, be on the move and be relaxed at the same time, using their bikes. 

Specially for those who have learned biking at a later time of their lives.

Well, here is another attempt to do....drumrolls please....a 30 Day Bike Challenge!

Lucky shot!!!
I tried dozen of angles with the camera, very challenging!  The sun was  blinding, a busy morning with a lot of bike commuters on the usual route of school-shops-home.

How do you make a habit stick? Commit to 30 days!

It's not the first of the month (I use to obsess about this kind of details haha) but since in four weeks oldest child will  be 14, I thought it will be a great way to start today, and at the end of the 4 weeks, celebrate two great occasions: a birthday, and finally completing this biking project idea, I have had since June, 2011.

Are you with me? :)

This blog idea (30 Day Bike challenge, & taking pictures of riding on the bike) has been motivated & inspired by Simply Bike 2 years ago, and re-animated recently by Moments by Bike.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Biking in the Morning Rain

♡ Simple Pleasure in Spring: Biking in the morning rain, daydreaming...

and stopping on the way to save a moment of quiet bliss & utter gratefulness. 

There are many sad and terrible things happening in the world, and it´s a challenge to keep positive. Knowing there are a lot of good people, who strive to prevent and stop sad and terrible things from happening helps to keep one positive.

I consider it as a triumph to be alive and more importantly can feel alive - living and not only existing - in our modern times.  Free from fear for life and everything that encompasses life.

Fearless and having a complete lightness of being, an ideal state.  When everything feels in balance, Everything feels pure and honest. 

One knows that nothing lasts and that life is always pure of surprises and constant changes.  Sometimes, painful ones. Often,  changes, which at first glance are insurmountable, and will not be easy to overcome.  Changes, which pushes us out of our comfort zone.  In time one learns to appreciate the changes because in the end they show one, one's own courage and strong will.

We are all aware there are suffering, poverty, injustice near and far; peace & prosperity will constantly remain elusive for many. 

One will never be able to comprehend how life truly works, why it will not be the same for everyone at the same time...even if we all collectively try to work on it.

When, I was a little girl, and I would feel nervous about something utterly random (thoughts of war, sickness and poverty), I would sing in my head, a child song: ABC...

Simple, honest and pure...When one has learned one´s ABC, it is but one of the many baby steps towards learning to communicate ideas, feelings...and hope for better understanding with one another and perhaps better understanding of life.

Nothing has changed, now that I am in my 40's. I still recite my ABC in my head to get a grip of life, when I start asking the questions, `What is it all about...´

A Acceptance
B Balance
C Change

Acceptance, that I do not have full control of what life brings.  I could only try to keep a balance to fully enjoy the life I am given. Change is all present and inevitable.

In the end of reciting my adult version of my childhood ABC, I meditate on my favourite quote from Gandhi - a beautifully articulated toast to life - "Be the change that you wish to see in the world."