Sunday, January 26, 2014

Libraries and Bicycles

"My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. 
They both move people forward without wasting anything." 

"The perfect day: riding a bike to the library."

- Peter Golkin-


Favorite library bike racks:








Monday, January 20, 2014

Most Depressing Day of the Year. I don't think so.


In 2005 a psychologist in Wales declared the third Monday of January to be the most depressing day of the year. He even produced a formula to show how he determined the day.
The formula is:

where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. 'D' is not defined in the release, nor are units.
But, Math is hard. Forget about math for today. Instead come up with a plan to make this a good day. Do the things that make you happy. Put on some music that you enjoy. Better yet, dance to some music that you enjoy.


Be intentional. Don’t let circumstances determine your day.


Start the day with a workout.  Go for a run or a ride. Experience the rush, the high that your body rewards you with after a good workout. Your body will reward you by releasing endorphins into your brain and giving you a sense of well- being and joy. 

A bike ride would be ideal. You get an aerobic workout, a strength building workout, and some alone time with your thoughts to meditate and break up any repetitive negative thoughts you might be having. Plus, being outside exposes you to the beneficial effects of sunlight. Get those endorphins flowing.


In America its Martin Luther King Day! Make it a day of service.  True  joy comes from service. So make this quote “most depressing day” of the year into one of the most joyful.  Find someone in need. It won't be difficult. Do something nice for them. Honor Dr. King by serving others. 



Don’t let anyone or any calendar determine your day for you.  And if today or any day gets you down. Remember there’s always tomorrow. 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

D'oh!


January 14, 1990.  The Simpsons premiered on FOX.
Now the longest running scripted show in television history.


Here are some pictures of them riding bikes. 
Bart
Lisa and Juliet
Milhouse and Bart
Bart and Marge
Nelson
The Simpsons
Lisa









Thursday, January 9, 2014

Make biking one of your New Year’s resolutions!


This post is going up more than one week after the first day of the year (so much for my resolution not to procrastinate, haha).  By now many of you have already given up on your New Year’s Resolutions.  Others of you have yet to make your resolutions.  My suggestion to all of you is to start anew. Set your personal goals now, and don’t give up on your goals when you hit a small bump in the road.

According to USA.gov some of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, save money, get fit, manage stress, and take a trip. One of the best ways you can reach these and similar goals is to bicycle more.  

The problem with setting goals is that it is too easy.  For some, perhaps many, making the list of resolutions is the biggest accomplishment they will make all year.  We feel good about ourselves after setting goals. That good feeling leaves us satisfied for the moment and gets us through the day, allowing us to wait until tomorrow to start the actual work on our resolutions.  The resolution takes the place of the action.

Don’t let that be you. Make a concrete change to your routine today.  Your daily activities should move you toward reaching your goals.  Dust off and tune-up your bicycle. Or, buy yourself a new bicycle that you will take pleasure in riding.  If possible look to bicycling as part of your commute.  Resolve now…,  better yet do something now.  Make reaching your goals a top priority. 


With every new day, a new dawn comes, with every day comes a new start- a chance to get back on track. So get back on your bikes. No excuses. Just do it.