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

The Secret to Success in The Wizard of Oz

“At first the Witch was tempted to run away from Dorothy; but she happened to look into the child’s eyes and saw how simple the soul behind them was, and that the little girl did not know of the wonderful power the Silver Shoes gave her. So the Wicked Witch laughed to herself, and thought, “I can still make her my slave, for she does not know how to use her power.”
The Wizard of Oz, p. 145

The secret to success in The Wizard of Oz

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My youngest son and I just finished reading The Wizard of Oz together. I’ve been struck by so many profound things from the story while reading it again after many years.

  • Dorothy wants to go back home to Kansas.
  • The Scarecrow seeks brains.
  • The Tin Woodman wants a heart.
  • The Lion wants courage.

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How to Make Movement a Daily Habit

For good and bad, habits are the invisible architecture of daily life. Research suggests that about 40 percent of our behavior is repeated almost daily, and mostly in the same context. (p.7)

Better than Before, by Gretchen Rubin

The Power of Habit

I’ve finished reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg and it was fascinating. There used to be a time in my life when I would have thought of habits as dry and boring. The opposite of habit would have been carefree, spontaneous, and fun to my younger self.

Nowadays though, I’m painfully aware of the internal and external chaos that can fill ones life when there is a lack of order to ones day. I’m also joyfully aware of the peace that can come from carefully choosing good habits that make our lives richer.

How to make movement a daily habit

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Cue – Routine – Reward

Our lives are full of habits – both good and bad. This book breaks down the science behind habits. it is full of the stories behind all of the research. Essentially – there is a three-step loop behind every habit:

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