Meet Elizabeth Bennet

29 January, 2014

Meet Elizabeth Bennet
It's been over a year now since I've had my own two wheels. I haven't been able to find a bike that I absolutely felt the most comfortable on or that's worth my investment. After years of having WendyBird I got accustomed to riding a certain way and living on bike with a certain type of lifestyle. Since moving all the way from SF to NYC, I have been taking much time to settle into my new life and A LOT has changed. Shopping for a bike in Brooklyn has been no walk in the park either. Looking on Craigslist wasn't simple, I had checked weekly to find the right bike, hoping to find a similar model to WendyBird while visiting new neighborhoods, used bike shops, and surfing the webs for something old or new.

However, while recently surfing the net, I had found an ad on Craigslist for this 1969 Raleigh Sports women's bike with a Brooks saddle and a front basket in top shape. I took the opportunity as I was enchanted but unsettled. When I had made the journey to South Brooklyn, I learned that this seller in particular had been selling used bikes by word of mouth making a decent living by up-cycling bikes, repairing and selling them. He then tried using Craigslist, selling 40 bikes out of his garage within the first month. A major success.

I was able to to test the bike, to get a feel of what it would feel like on the road. It was as if I was riding WendyBird again however different with the chill and sun, yet still liberating. I took it right away, carrying it with me all the way home to plan the rest of my life in NYC. I decided to name my English Raleigh Elizabeth Bennet, the Jane Austen character that I have been referencing my life to in the past 2 years. Although I have taken my time to find the right bike, it took time to find the right pace for my life here, and yet that day was the first time I could say that "New York is starting to feel like home now."

New Year, New Inspirations

07 January, 2014

New Year, New Inspirations

Happy New Year and happy birthday to this blog, a good ol' 5 years of adventures, inspiration, and musings. Whilst a good digital vacation is good for the soul, a little reflecting on the past has been the perfect way for me to get to a better tomorrow. And while reflecting on the past year and all that I have accomplished and overcome, I would say that 2013 was the year of seeing my dreams come true.  And while it was also challenging, making new dreams and challenges are great way to keep the momentum alive for personal growth. With that being said, here are a few of my goals for 2014.

Work for Self
I'm convinced that I will not achieve inner peace with my career goals until I am in charge of my own career path. What NYC has taught me as a recent transplant graduate is that if you want to see your career dreams come true, working for other's is not going to help you realize and achieve them. Plus hanging out with my dog is a major bonus. So whether I'm doing freelance, consulting, or blogging, being my own boss is in the works.

Travel Near and Far
I love to travel, and as far where I see this year going, it seems like a lot of travel is in store.

Be Organized
I'm terrible at planning and organizing myself at home. I would like to have more control over this to see how much I can actually achieve, and I'm sure that while working for myself is doable from home, I should probably have more of a routine of achieving those plans.

Take a Travel Writing Class
I've always dreamed of becoming a travel writer. Whether I'm writing about my bicycle adventures, trips oversea's, or moving to a new place, I want to become a travel writer for my own sanity. NYC offers these intense boot camp weekend courses where you learn to find your travel writers voice and that just might be my ticket!

Bike Tour The East Coast
This is in the works for Spring and Summer. No doubt these are going to happen frequently.

Write a draft of The City Girls Guide To Cycling
I've been dreaming this up for a while and thought maybe it's time to write all my knowledge and experience in a book. It's been a long dream of mine to make my experience and information accessible to new cyclist.