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Beatles-inspired Song for 2017

John Lennon and Paul McCartney inspired the world to tap the wellspring of friendship with the 1967 Beatles song, “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Stumbling upon their lyrics this early January morning, I felt creative and wrote a girlfriend version. I hope it inspires you to make 2017 the year to start biking!

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Here is my version that you can sing to the beloved Beatles tune. (Click here for a YouTube refresh of how the tune goes).

“With a Little Help from Girlfriends”

What would you think if I started to bike?
Would you stand up and tell me not to?
Lend me your ears and I’ll tell you my dream
And you will want to bike with me too.
Oh I get by with a little help from girlfriends
Mm I climb high with a little help from girlfriends
Mm gonna try with a little help from girlfriends

What do you do when I don’t know how?
(Does it worry you I don’t have a clue?)
How do I feel by the end of a ride?
(Are you sad because I’m happier than you?)
No I get by with a little help from girlfriends
Mm I climb high with a little help from girlfriends
Mm gonna try with a little help from girlfriends

(Do you need a brand new bike?)
I just need one that is safe
(Could it be a mint Bianchi?)
I just want a bike to love

(Would you believe I can ride like a girl?)
Yes I’m certain you’re wildly impressed
(What do you see when you view my Facebook?)
Would you believe I like wearing Spandex?
Oh I get by with a little help from girlfriends
Mm I climb high with a little help from girlfriends
Oh I’m gonna try with a little help from girlfriends

(Do you need a brand new bike?)
I just need one that is safe
(Could it be a Cannondale?)
I just want a bike to love

Oh I get by with a little help from girlfriends
Mm gonna try with a little help from girlfriends
Oh I climb high with a little help from girlfriends
Yes I get by with a little help from girlfriends
With a little help from Ride Like A Girl-friends
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Let’s have fun this year! Make the decision to dust off your bike and ride. Ask a girlfriend to join you (or help you get started). Find a bike shop to look over your trusty two-wheeler and make sure it’s still trustworthy. Then make it your goal to have fun, be safe, laugh a lot and don’t take yourself too seriously. You just might discover a freedom that you can’t get enough of, exercise disguised as play and girlfriends who are happy to come alongside you. And if you’re in the Portland-metro area, come and ride with us!
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“Block & Flow”: Transparent Blogger Mom Brings Balance to New Year Aspirations

Mom, blogger and a dear friend. Follow Resh at www.writtenbyresh.com

Mom, blogger and my dear friend, Reshma, writes from the heart at http://www.writtenbyresh.com

New Years in all its glory has its challenges; the tension between high expectations and the realities of limited resources, being overly preoccupied with what our peers are doing (or thinking), and the natural fatigue that comes with schedules full of family, jobs and, well, life! For a balanced look at the glorious road ahead, read this personal blog from a transparent mom who is aiming to take a tempered view of it all and encourage us to approach our 2015 journey with grace, a keen eye on our values and indulging in an occasional luxurious nap.

While this post is not our typical cycling fare,  I think you will appreciate its relevance to us bikey folk who are busily and bravely setting big goals, and striving (or struggling) to make progress towards them. Scroll down to read today’s “Block and Flow”.

Thank you, Reshma McClintock. “Block and Flow” was a good read for my morning!

For more, checkout Reshma’s blog, writtenbyresh.

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Feast…Famine.

All…Nothing.

My previous post was about my excitement of beginning another year and all of the blank space splayed out before me. The truth is that since writing those words I’ve really struggled in the first days of 2015; to find motivation, to complete my to-do lists, to follow through and to really live well. I’m all block or all flow. What does that mean?

Block: stopped dead in my tracks; vision-less, scatterbrained, unorganized and lazy.

Flow: bursting at the seams with energy, drive and focus; fulfilling my commitments and working passionately.

Some people live by the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, mantra. I can tend to live by the “I’ll sleep when I’m supposed to be working” mantra.

No, I don’t sleep all day. I have a 3 1/2 year old (pretty sure I sleep less now than I did when she was an infant). But do I think

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