Friday, September 2, 2011

Autumn Resolutions: 30 days, 10 Minutes



One of my dear friends who thinks beautiful, expansive thoughts a matter of course offered this on Facebook yesterday.

It seems to me that January resolutions are about will; September resolutions are about authentic wants. . . . The beauty of autumnal resolutions is that no one else knows we’re making them. Autumnal resolutions don’t require horns, confetti, and champagne. September resolutions ask only that we be open to positive change.  - Sarah Ban Breathnach

This quote hit me yesterday, when I was mulling over this great lecture by Matt Cutts on trying something new for 30 days and I happened to see a tweet using the hashtag #30daysofbiking. Lots of bikers around the world use this tag on Twitter to let their peeps know that they've made a commitment to bike each day of the month.


After logging 120 miles of riding last week for the first time in my life, I was looking for a new challenge. Something manageable, something fun. Last week was a not-soon-to-be-repeated gift because I had free child care from my in-laws who were here to check out our new digs.


So what could I do? What would make me feel great, get me moving, scratch the new school year itch for a new beginning and still keep in the same vein as my New Year's resolutions, only softer?


My solution came late in the afternoon yesterday, on the first day of September. Get in 10-Minute Momentum. Anything. Any time of day. As long as it's about the happies.


Yes, I know it's now September 2, but you can still join in the fun. Whatever your secret resolution, do it, and share it if you like. You can follow me on Twitter (@bikeblisschick) and post your 10 minutes using #10minmomentum. I'll do the same.


My 10 Minutes: I hopped on my bike just before 9 p.m. with a reflective jacket and headlamp to pedal around the silent streets of a nearby neighborhood. Of course, 10 minutes turned into 20, and then I came home to do some situps while talking to Hot Husband. It feels so good to have the luxury of this time to take care of myself.
 
 

2 comments:

  1. One hundred and twenty miles? Holy smokes! Nice work. Hoping to get out for a (much shorter) ride this weekend. I take the fact that you're orienting yourself in your new town by bike as a healthy sign that you've set down your bags and begun to nest in a very active way. :)

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  2. Thanks, minor! We're trying to make Kalispell home, one ride at a time.

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