I pray that the beauty of life that one experiences during sunrise and the early afternoon is just as beautiful in the later afternoon and during sunset.
For I have emotions, dreams and hopes that I want to be able to share in the quiet of the evening and late into the night.
I have wisdom and insight that I hope will attract the fullness of being like the sun shining on the brightest day and the moon glowing on the clearest night.
Michelle Lynn Thompson
Okay, so I am so excited because I purchased a “real” bike about two months ago! It has a really nice gel seat and a total of 21 different gear combinations. The color is slick black and it doesn’t have the bar that goes across the middle. I have very “not so fun” memories about accidentally falling on that bar. I haven’t had a bike since I was in elementary school. It was an ugly brown bike and it didn’t have any gears. I mean really, what young girl is going to feel cute riding around in an ugly brown bike? Needless to say there was no love affair with that bike at all. I don’t really remember any memorable bike rides on that thing.
Tune to April 27, 2013. After stopping at a couple of different bike shops to survey the terrain and figure out what options were available. I finally found a local bike shop The Bike Lane where the sales person wasn’t try to sell me the most expensive model. Where previous conversations that left me mind boggled at the other stores were clarified and my ‘silly” questions and clarifications were addressed. I absolutely LOVE my bike! I have ridden over 140 miles and what I love about it is that you can put on so many miles in such a short time. I love that you can actually GO somewhere! The whole experience has been so liberating!
I’ve had the chance to ride with my friend to the George Washington Mount Vernon Estate. I actually had it on my list but she called one Sunday morning to see if I wanted to ride. I don’t know why I was putting off for some other milestone. I had so much fun! I was so excited that I was able to meet the challenge and I got a chance to see a part of Alexandria that hadn’t seen before. Your perspective from a bicycle is so much more intimate. You see so much that you don’t see when riding through a neighborhood in a car.
The hills are a challenge, but I finally figured out how to maneuver the gears! My favorite part about making it up a hill is knowing that I’ll be able to coast down the hill with the wind blowing across my face on the way back! That is the best reward!
Stay tuned for Michelle’s Bicycle Adventures!
Where are some of your favorite bicycle paths?
Christina being her spontaneous, carefree self splashing through the Georgetown Waterfront Fountain. I just loved that she ran through without a care in the world! This is the free spirit of what it means to be a child. As parents we have to remember to say YES more often because children know the secret to understanding how to embrace the simple exquisite pleasures of life! A simple YES created a moment of JOY and a lifetime memory. Who cares that you didn’t have any clothes to change into. “I’ll just walk around and dry off!” ~ Christina
It is a happy talent to know how to play. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers. The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties. ~Terri Guillemets
Whoever wants to understand much must play much. ~Gottfried Benn
- The Summer Solstice (dunthor.com)
- Summer Solstice 2013 (journalread.wordpress.com)
I celebrated my 25th College Reunion Year last weekend! It was great to be on campus visiting old haunts and appreciating the new construction that so perfectly seems to blend the old with the new. It was wonderful to be in the physical presence of my classmates. I have had the chance to reconnect with many classmates on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, but nothing replaces being in the same space and time with your friends. I was most struck by how moved I was by the experience.
It was especially wonderful to exchange hugs and smiles and reminisce about old times with a couple of lifetime friends who I love and cherish. A classmate shared that we don’t know if we were experiencing a “collective delusion,” but we all felt like we looked as good as we did 25 years ago! I don’t know about the rest of them, but I feel like I am only 25! And I know I AM NOT experiencing any delusions! LOL! How can I be celebrating 25 years of graduating from college?
Thank you to Cathie from The Cathie Barash Blog for nominating Life is an Exquisite journey for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I am so appreciative of the recognition and am excited to extend the nomination to a few other bloggers who have inspired me on this blogging journey.
Here are the rules for this award:
1. Thank the person who nominated me.
Thank you so much, Cathie!
2. Share 7 things about myself.
- I am the mother of five children ages 20, 18, 17, 15 and 9.
- I have my own live, call-in television program.
- I grew up in Sicklerville, NJ. Yes, the hometown of Olympic Gold medalist Jordan Burroughs!
- I enjoy visiting new cities and towns.
- I am a Girl Scout.
- I lived in Austin, TX for a year.
- I was born in France.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers for this award.
At this time, I have selected the following nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
4. Put the logo of the award on my blog site.
Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing your comments. It has been a blast getting to know you all and I look forward to strengthening our connection.
Peace and Love,
Life is an Exquisite Journey ~ Michelle