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06/04/2017

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This is so exciting! What a great trip. Two nights in a tent too, near and dear to my heart. What do you sleep on for a pad? I have a self inflating mattress, but I'm thinking that's probably too heavy to haul on a bike. Is your tent a one person tent? I think this was just a wonderful thing to do, I would try it too...maybe....I think you're a strong woman to do it in the face of some fears of the unknown. Yes you are a bad ass biker chick! And should be proud of it!

PS: When's the next ride? I went for a ride on my bike to the end of the street and back. Felt OK..that would be about .6 miles. LOL

I am so amazed at you. I am encouraged by the ages of the other ladies --where i had been feeling discouraged by age . I fear all the things you mentioned-especially being alone with strangers....Simply going to WIND by myself was a big challenge(you not so shy people dont get that) -but I went and I loved it and i have been venturing further out of my comfort zone----thanks to you and the amazing ,brave,accepting,encouraging ladies of WIND! Fear---holds us back so much! Beth--you are one incredible lady!

Dawn, my tent is the two person Big Agnes from REI. I have an inflatable one person mat, it was perfect. All are lightweight. What one woman said, it is $100 per ounce. Meaning the lighter you go, the more expensive it is. But, all are meant to be carried, either by backpack or bike, so they are lightweight and very good.

I started out on short rides. But, I did find I felt so good on the bike. At first nervous and unsure; but the more miles I went the more comfortable I got.

This last weekend, shows me that I can go further and explore more. I was so intimidated by hills. Honestly, you should see these older women pedal up the steep hills.

Judy, I too am encourage by these older women. Oh, the adventures they have been on. Truly. And, we can start by creating the list of all our adventures too. I would go to Cross Country Sports and try out bikes. I am planning on taking a day off next Spring and doing that maybe buy a new touring kinda bike. Until then, the one I have will go places. And, I was nervous about jumping into a group of strangers; but they were so accepting and fun. I am glad you dared to come to WIND!

If you want, I can come with you to try out bikes!

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Books, signposts along the way.

  • Annie Rogers: A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy
  • Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • Brene Brown: Daring Greatly
  • Martha Beck: Leaving the Saints
  • Glennon Doyle Melton: Love Warrior
  • Byron Katie: Loving What Is
  • Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor: My Stroke Of Insight
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant: Option B - Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
  • Brene Brown: Rising Strong
  • Shefali Tsabary: The Awakened Family
  • Patrick J. Carnes Ph.D: The Betrayal Bond
  • Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.: The Body Keeps Score
  • Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.: The Body Keeps Score - Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
  • Alice Miller: The Body Never Lies
  • Dr. Shefalie Tsabary: The Conscious Parent
  • Laura Landgraf: The Fifth Sister- From Victim to Victor
  • Brene Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Christina Enevoldsen: The Rescued Soul - A writing journey for the Healing of Incest and Family Betrayal
  • Annie Rogers: The Unsayable: The hidden language of trauma
  • Steven Pressfield: The War of Art
  • Alice Miller: Thou Shalt Not Be Aware
  • Rythea Lee: Trauma into Truth - Gutsy Healing and Why Its Worth It
  • Iyanla Vanzant: Trust
  • Rob Bell: Velvet Elvis
  • Norah Vincent: Voluntary Madness- Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare System
  • Terry L. Wise: Waking Up: Climbing through the Darkness
  • Dr. Karyl McBride: Will I Ever Be Good Enough
  • Shonda Rhimes: Year of Yes

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