Lessons Learned while Riding a Tandem Bike

My husband and I are celebrating 18 years of marriage this month. Last year for our anniversary, we spent a weekend near the beach and rented a tandem bike for the first time. These are the lessons learned about myself and my marriage from those few hours of Tandem bike riding.

lessons learned from riding a tandem bike


On a rare weekend away, sans kiddos, one of the ways we celebrated was riding a tandem bike together for the first time. It was revealing and convicting. Renting bikes for our anniversary weekend wasn’t planned. We tried using Airbnb for the first time and they stated that there were bikes available for use so we didn’t bother bringing ours. Unfortunately, they turned out to be unsuitable (rusted, flat tires, and children’s bikes versus adults). We decided to rent bikes near the beach. On our way, we decided to try a tandem bike.

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Back to School, Back to Work! September Goals

I’ve been writing down monthly goals  to help me focus in on what is important. Many of the things listed are daily habits I’m seeking to maintain or grow in. The goal is not to obtain perfection, but to make steady progress…and months when there isn’t any progress, to give myself grace and start again the next month. That is my hope for you too as you strive to implement daily/weekly/monthly habits.

Monthly goals september

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RECAP OF GOALS IN August

Things that were challenging in August: running twice a week , decluttering in our basement, meal planning (hubby did most of the cooking during the week for the month of August without a meal plan), and blogging! I had an unintentional break from blogging and social media for most of August and the beginning of September.  We went to a friends’ house for a week without wifi and I never reconnected!

Things that went well in August: my morning routine, making our bed, keeping my gratitude journal, getting at least six hours of sleep, spending quality time with the family on vacation, and tracking expenses. My husband got a new Android phone and installed the EveryDollar app – now he’s tracking expenses too and it makes it SO much easier now that he can enter his expenses daily versus sitting down with receipts once a month.

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How to Learn to Ride a Bike in 15 Minutes…or not.

I was so sure it was going to work. The article said “How to Learn to Ride a Bike in 15 minutes.” The process seemed straight forward enough.

  • Start on a gentle slope – check.
  • Make sure it’s on a grassy slope to prevent scrapes – check.
  • Helmet – check.
  • Make sure the bike seat is low enough so their feet touch the ground – check.
  • Let them glide down the hill and build momentum.
  • Do it repeatedly until they can balance, then move to pedaling down the hill.

We didn’t get to pedaling.

How to Learn to Ride a Bike in 15 Minutes…or Not

how to learn to ride a bike in 15 minutes

He bravely followed our directions, letting his feet hang by the side and gliding down the gentle slope. He didn’t steer and keep the handle bars straight until we told him specifically to do it.

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August Goals: Slowing Down to Speed Up

I’ve been writing down monthly goals  to help me focus in on what is important. Many of the things listed are daily habits I’m seeking to maintain or grow in. The goal is not to obtain perfection, but to make steady progress…and months when there isn’t any progress, to give myself grace and start again the next month. That is my hope for you too as you strive to implement daily/weekly/monthly habits.

Goal Setting

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RECAP OF GOALS IN JULY

Things that were challenging in July: running twice a week, decluttering in our basement, submitting to HuffPost (I’m going to use these monthly posts as a cue to submit a post to them), and meal planning. My husbands been doing great making the meals during the week that we normally have, but we haven’t been planning them.

Things that went well in July: tracking expenses for our budget (I’ve gotten back on the wagon!), my morning routine, making our bed, keeping my gratitude journal, and getting at least six hours of sleep.

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Writing a Personal Mission Statement in 3 Steps

I’m excited to have a guest post on my friend Abby’s blog, Winstead Wandering. I’m writing about how to get started writing a personal mission statement.

Writing my First Personal Mission Statement

Writing my own personal mission statement for the first time was eye opening and life changing. It has helped me prioritize my time and energy in a way that aligns with my highest priorities at this season of my life.

If you haven’t written a personal mission statement yet, I encourage you to try it. It doesn’t take long but it can be very impactful. Grab a pen, paper, and take some time to write your own personal mission statement in three steps!

personal mission statement in 3 steps

Here is a brief snippet from the guest post:

If you’re anything like me, you like to write to-do lists – and even better, you like to cross off items on your to-do list. It’s satisfying knowing that you’ve completed a number of items that needed to get done. If you’re a mom, a wife, a business owner, or any combination of these and other roles, the list could go on and on and on.

Recently though, I’ve had a change of heart in terms of what should be on my to-do list. I’ve taken a step back to write down what my highest priorities are in this current season of life. Taking the time to thoughtfully write these priorities down has changed my lists and how I use my time. This step by step guide on goal planning with intention and purpose has helped me create a personal mission statement for the first time.

Read the rest of the post and find out what the 3 Steps are by clicking here.

Goals with grace