I walked through the door and was instantly enthralled with the energy. The room was buzzing with excitement, and bursting with positivity. I didn’t know anyone, except the hostess for this most amazing event. I waited in line, and as I approached the ticket booth to enter, I saw her. I hadn’t seen Jessica since the first time we met, only about a month ago. She was smiling from ear to ear, full of love and sincere appreciation for every person in attendance. She greeted every single person with genuine warmth. I melted into the hug that she so willingly thrust upon me. I was so glad I had come.
I was completely numb. My body was numb. My mind was numb. Everything was numb.
I could feel myself leaving my body. It was as if I was looking down at myself, from outside of my physical being. Everything was hazy. There was no time. There almost wasn’t any space…but not quite. I still knew where I was, but only faintly.
I was drenched in heavy, sticky sweat. I was so thirsty that I had stopped being thirsty. All my beings had definitely melded into one. There was no separation between physical, mental and spiritual. I was just one single being, floating in the air, looking down at my physical representation and drifting in a weird, hazy existence. I wondered if this is what Jim Morrison meant by breaking on through to the ‘other side’.
Crater Lake came into my life unexpectedly when a road trip spontaneously got extended. With the gift of extra time, my husband James and I found ourselves in the lovely little town of Bend. Our location, the fact that we had our bikes with us, and our love for craft beer all resulted in our stay in a place that we had never heard of, and quickly fell in love with.
WOW!!! The blogging community continues to be amazing, strong and supportive!
Thank you SO much to elanaflutterfly for the nomination for the Mystery Blog Award.
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Physical activity seemed more like a form of torture than an enjoyable pastime when I was younger. At the time, I was completely uncomfortable with my physical being, and unaware of its potential power. I was absolutely a bookworm, prone to losing myself in an author’s world instead of getting outside and experiencing my own reality. In addition to my tendency to withdraw into books, my short, chunky stature was also not on my side when it came to physical activities. While my fellow classmates received patches in bronze, silver, and gold for their jackets for their physical achievements, I was lucky to earn paper participation cards. I would have preferred to read a book.
When I graduated from high school and moved on to the world of post-secondary education, it became possible to completely avoid the whole realm of physical activity…
It is official. ‘Just a Girl and a Bike’ the bookis now available. This has been a long project as I made my way through a brand new journey as an Indie Self-Publishing author. There were many times when I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. But it didn’t matter. It was a learning experience.
Most importantly, I connected with many people along the way. My goal was to inspire even one person with my words. Based on the feedback on my blog posts, I believe I have already done this. If even one person picks up my book and feels inspired, more positive, like they can accomplish something and maybe even face their fears, then I have succeeded.
The cherry on top of this wonderfully delicious sundae is that the whole project is a fundraiser. My bike changed my life. Thus, all of the proceeds of my books saleswill go to World Bicycle Relief. This amazing organization provides bikes to children in Africa who need transportation to get to school. Instead of walking miles each way everyday, they can now ride. Their chances at an education are greatly increased due to these bikes.
Some of these bikes are also given to healthcare workers to increase the number of places they can reach in one day.
So, if you have enjoyed my posts, please consider helping me out to change lives.