New Sundays

These past few Sundays have been about getting on my bicycle and finding a lunch treat…

I’m fortunate enough to live close enough to an outstanding bike path in one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the world! The East Bay Bike Path is a rails to trails path that runs 15 miles between the gorgeous town of Bristol RI, to Rhode Island’s capitol city Providence — Along the way, are incredible views and venues to enjoy.

For three of the past four weeks I’ve ventured out onto the path for a bike ride. I’ve enjoyed visiting downtown Bristol and had an ice cream lunch 1st at Grey’s ice-cream annex and yesterday at the Daily Scoop where I tried for the first time chocolate espresso crunch.  After that delightful adventure I stopped at the SchoolYard Farmer’s Market at Hope and Main!  Where I was able to pick up some local honey and onions.  Last week’s ride took me to East Providence and a delightful smoothie at Edible Arrangements in Warren.

There is something wonderful about a bike ride, being unplugged and outdoors at a pace where all the senses are evoked; the sounds of birds chirping, waves crashing on the rocks, seeing baby rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, and osprey, smelling the fragrant flowers along the path, feeling the cool breeze on your skin and then the taste of the promised lunch treat. This is one New Thing that I’m going to try and keep up with as long as time and the weather permit.

Do yourself a favor get on your bike be a kid again and find an adventure!

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New Isn’t Easy!

This post has been too long in coming. Since my last post I haven’t done much of anything new, other than bacon on pizza and use the Arc Trainer at the gym. Nothing momentous I know…

Here’s what I’m finding out: doing new things requires getting out of ruts, routines, and being willing to go beyond your comfort zone.  It’s not that I’m leery or fearful of new things, my issue is I enjoy structure — My life currently is work, working out, managing the health of two aging cats, and assisting my eighty something mother as much as possible. All that requires planning, routine (structure). This doesn’t allow for much time for exploring new things. Which is forcing me to evaluate my day to day and look for ways to get out of my rut, because we all know the only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth!

Complacency with our day to day leads to very dull and unfulfilling lives. Have you ever experienced a moment when you asked yourself “how did I get here?” Life passes so quickly. We sleep, eat, work, fill spare time with errands, TV, surfing the web or playing video games, day in and day out. We “live” for the weekends, and vacations — Then back to the “rat race” or the “daily grind”.  This isn’t how anyone wants to live but we get caught up with making a living instead of living. Scary right?

How do we rise up out of this self-inflicted (rut/grave)? Awareness, take notice of  you’re daily routines for a week and write them in a journal. Then do something different once a week even if it’s taking a different route to work. Take a walk in the park, encourage friends and family to join you on a bike ride or take out your old 35mm film camera and see if you can remember how to shoot film.

When I first started this task I understood it might be difficult. What I didn’t realize was that I’d be discovering “new things” about myself. Which is far more valuable than trying avocado ice-cream don’t you think?

What’s new with you?

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