Sunday, July 26, 2009
Make-Do Monday: My Time
Two years ago, I moved to a rural town. My lifestyle changed. I lost conveniences that I appreciated.
I lost this.
To many, that's not a big deal. To be fair, I have to admit, my town has a couple of drive-thru coffee stands. I just don't have my favorite. Beyond not having a drive-thru Starbucks, I couldn't "get-away" for a coffee at night, after dinner or when the kids were in bed. Where I lived before I could trek to Starbucks, sit and chat with a friend until 11 p.m.
After we moved, my husband would lovingly suggest that I needed a break and that maybe I should go out. I'd say, "Go WHERE?" or "Ya, I'll go hang out at Wal-mart." Needless to say, I didn't have the best attitude.
When you decide to make-do, sometimes you discover something wonderful.
Sometime last summer, I began riding my bike again.
Bike riding became my "get-away".
It started as just something to do because it was all I could think to do. It turned into something I love.
I love my bike rides. It's peaceful and quiet. I have time to think and pray. It's a wonderful way to appreciate nature. I get exercise. It is time that is all mine.
A Saturday morning bike ride is a fantastic way to wake up. It is almost as enjoyable as sleeping in. A bike ride in the evening is wonderful way to wind-down after a busy day. It is easy to appreciate a beautiful sunset on my bike.
I still love my cup of Starbucks. I just grab it less often (which is just fine for our budget, by the way).
I look forward to my rides. They are more significant to me than any one of my Starbucks get-aways.
I wouldn't trade this beauty for a latte any day.
The pictures were taken with my phone. If you look closely, in this next one you can see a deer.
Each week Ann Kroeker hosts Make-Do Mondays. You need to stop by Ann's blog: Ann Kroeker. Writer. Ann is inspirational. She has a book, Not So Fast, coming out August 1st. Check out the Not So Fast book website: Not So Fast (I hadn't visited her book website in a while. Ironically, I just noticed her latest post there is about bike riding. I love it!)