The Week + Links: 6.3.16

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Happy Friday, friends!

I hope you had a good week. The first few days back at work and blogging after a long, relaxing holiday weekend always feel a little off-kilter for me and I’m still struggling to get back into a regular routine. I hope things are faring better for you!

I want to do things a little differently today and share a story to remind you to keep on going, even if you’re feeling tripped up over something seemingly small.

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Last night, I got on a bike for the first time in years. When I was younger, I used to ride a bike every single day and it was as second nature as walking at the time.

For some reason, as I rolled down the slope of my driveway, I felt unsure of myself and it immediately came through in a lack of coordination and balance. I had barely started moving yet I felt like I was going to fall. Instead of keeping the momentum, I hit the brakes and completely froze.

Riding a bike takes trust, knowing that as you move forward, there’s a split second to throw your feet on the pedals and you’ll take off…yet something wasn’t clicking. I quickly gave up, turned around and went back inside, feeling really embarrassed.

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Looking back, I’m now reminding myself of the obvious: next time, just keep on going.

We all have those moments of wanting to give up because something isn’t as easy as it should be. Why do some things seem so effortless but others feel so hard?

I don’t really know.

But, I do know that giving up isn’t an option.

Whenever you’re feeling stuck on writing your next blog post, tripping up over your next piece of art or frustrated because the vision in your head isn’t matching what’s flowing onto your paper, remember that on the other side, there’s something brilliant waiting that deserves to be shared.

“What winning is to me is not giving up, is no matter what’s thrown at me, I can take it. And I can keep going.” —Patrick Swayze

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Photos: 1. My little guy, Rocky hanging out in our living room. Awww. 2. Chandeliers and mirrors at the freshly revamped Portland Anthropologie. 3. Stopping to enjoy the flowers on my morning walk. 4. Swooning over this packaging.


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2 Responses to The Week + Links: 6.3.16

  1. Misaki Shimizu says:

    Thanks for sharing the little anecdote and I am glad you turned it around in your mind!
    (Btw, when I got onto a bike after yeaaaars not biking, a guy passed me by and said “Don’t fall”, because I was a wobbly mess haha)

    What I want to share is, I am taking dance classes for a short time now. My whole teenage years and early twenties I was always too ashamed to even try dancing, so overcoming that was a big hurdle. The first classes were a disaster, but me and my friend kept pushing through. It looked awful and uncoordinated, but I am finally starting to see results. (Classes get easier to follow, movements get better, fitness improves)
    At some point you just have to leave the fear of the unknown and you not having the ability behind, get started and practise.

    Do whatever you can do in that moment and then grow with it.

    I feel like, after you step over the hurdle and just type the first few words or do the first movements and don’t back out the first few minutes, it’ becomes amazing feeling and it just keeps flowing.

    So, I wish you good luck with your next bike adventure :D♥

    • Shauna says:

      Good for you for getting out there and trying new things! I’ve always been the person who sits in the corner of a club and doesn’t dance at all so we’d be kindred spirits. 😉 Gonna get back on the bike tomorrow and just keep going. Failure is not an option! And good luck with the dance classes – I admire your determination to stick with something that doesn’t come naturally. <3

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