I've briefly mentioned a few times before how I'm from the middle of nowhere. Anything we ever wanted or had to do was done by car and took at least twenty minutes to get to which since I grew up with that didn't seem like a big deal. Now that I'm living in the city I'm constantly in awe of the fact that anything I could ever want to do is just a short distance away. (Getting used to not leaving for things so early is HARD. I am always early!) It also means I'm a lot less dependent on my car.
Getting a bike changed my life. It pushed me out of my shell, and has taken me on many adventures. Lets not forget how it's changed the way I view my body. I am strong, and powerful! I want to continue this. I want to continue to do things that are out of my comfort zone, and that are just totally different than what I'm used to. I thought it would be kind of fun to make a list of a few bike related goals. These are just things that have been floating around in my mind these last few weeks as I'm getting back into the groove of biking again after a winter spent missing it. I might even think of a few more things to add throughout the summer.
In 2015 I want to...
Get groceries on my bike. I live around a mile and a half away from the grocery store and I'm just about the same distance away from the Westside Market. There's no reason to use my car, especially as someone who shops often for small amounts per trip.

Bike over 1000 miles total. This is one of my big goals for 2015. Like I said in my new year's goals post, I'd love to smash 1000 but we'll see!

Bike to a concert. My whole life I've lived at least an hour away from all concert venues. Now that I live a hop, skip, and a jump away I'd just get a kick out of biking to one. I guess this goal being met all depends on which, if any, of my favorite bands come to Cleveland this summer.

Tackle the roads that scare me. There are a few places that I don't like to bike alone. Actually the two places I'm thinking of while typing this are both busy intersections. I just hate getting stopped at them, it stresses me out. When it comes right down to it, they aren't a huge deal. I can do it. I want to conquer this city on my bike. I don't want there to be anywhere I don't feel like I can confidently bike by myself.

Bike most, if not every, Critical Mass. I know I've blogged in the past about how much I love Critical Mass so obviously I want to bike as many of them as I can this year. I've even talked my mom and dad into joining me one month this summer!

Give biking in a dress a real try. I'm not sold on biking in dresses. I don't like getting sweaty in dresses, and something about the aggressive position I'm in on my bike just doesn't fit how I like to feel in a dress. The thing is I've never actually tried to ride in one so I'm gonna give it an honest try once it warms up.

Practice endurance. I have pretty poor endurance when I bike alone. I'm able to go a lot further between stops when I bike with friends because I feel dumb being like "Uh, can we stop again?" I'd like to work on not letting myself stop as often (unless it's for photos or something like that!)  

Use legs, not brakes. When I first started riding I used my legs to stop a lot more often than my brake. Somewhere along the line I got lazy and started braking. Getting back to doing that will not only make my legs much stronger but it'll help keep my front wheel cleaner since right now it's nearly black with brake dust.

Bike to the beach. I don't live far from the beach, it's a 1.5 mile ride which is cake but for some reason I can't quite figure out it seems intimidating so I'm putting it on this list! Honestly, thinking about it now it actually seems like way more work to drive to the beach than bike.

20 miles per day for one week. This is probably the most difficult goal on the list. Not because 20 miles is hard for me but because I feel like doing it seven days in a row will be challenging time and weather wise. A few weeks ago we did 20 miles a day three days in a row (not on purpose, just happened) and I have never felt better.

Go places I've never been. My favorite way to explore the city is on bike. I want to check out all the little neighborhoods, side streets, and alleys! No need to bike the same route all the time. 
I know I talk about my bike all the time. Some of you probably get it and are like "yeahhh! bikes!!!" and then the rest are probably thinking something more along the lines of "okay... cool" but I encourage you to give biking a serious try, especially if you haven't been on one in a while. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again, but I really think as adults people forget how much fun riding a bike is. It is honestly hard to be sad on a bike. It just makes you feel darn good.

Still not convinced? Last summer I posted 3 reasons I love to bike, check it out.
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A little while back Jeff, Jason and I took a day trip to do some exploring. We were all pretty darn sick of being cooped up inside for the last few months. It was a gorgeous day so I don't think it really mattered where we went. I was just happy to be out looking for things to shoot again. You could have told me we were going anywhere and I'd have been like "Cool! Sounds great! Let's go!"
 When we arrived at the destination, it's safe to say we were all blown away. It was better than we imagined.  This area, formerly a little vacation spot, has been abandoned since at least 2008. The left side of the now overgrown road has little cottages, and the right is lined with colorful trailers. In those seven years the weather has really taken a toll on these structures. Most of were still full of things like one day everyone just picked up and left. Essentially had we discovered the midwest's version of the Salton Sea. It was incredible! We spent nearly four hours (!!!?) wandering in and out of each trailer and cottage taking photos.
It's funny because the one big thing Jeff was really set on seeing last year on our road trip was the Salton Sea. It was amazing, we both took tons of photos and were just completely overwhelmed by it. But, y'all, this place! We both sheepishly admitted while strolling down the abandoned road these trailers rest on that it was a cooler experience than the Salton Sea. It's so crazy to think that we had something like that so close. There have obviously been other people here, and we're not the first people to photograph it but it's fun to think this ours. It's not a tourist destination like the Salton Sea has essentially become. Maybe someday it will become a spot that everyone gets but the three of us will still have all have the experience of discovering it together and memories of how stinking exciting it was.
xoxo

Ps. You can check out Jeff's post from this place here, and Jason's here.


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80 : 365 Plants : pressed + propagating.
 81 : 365 Worked on a fun nail design for the first time in what feels like forever.
 82 : 365 A few new plants... I discovered a nursery I had never been to before and couldn't really resist these babies.
83 : 365 Spent the afternoon writing postcards. 
84 : 365 Took a long walk around the city with Jeff, and Brandon. It's crazy how much more you see on foot than by car or even bicycle.
85 : 365 Packing up the first round of pouches! I'm still in shock over how quickly they sold out. I can't wait to start working on the next batch!
86 : 365 Favorite tea in my favorite mug.
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Absolutely in love with this photo of Mindi's snake Popcorn. Seriously so precious!
 (via: Hide & Seek)
 Striped satchel? Of course I love it!
(via: Modcloth)
Yep!
 (via: Dinosaur Toes)
Always a fan of fun socks!
I've been on the hunt for a phone stand to put next to my computer and this one is also a little planter. PERFECT.
 (via: STAK Ceramics)
I've been a fan on Oana Befort for a while but this mushroom card is just incredible.
 (via: Oana Befort)
Dogs and Pizza? My favorites! (Maybe you'd prefer cats and donuts?)
 The color of these babies is pure spring perfection!
(via: Modcloth)
Ahh! How awesome is this wax seal?!
 (via: Modcloth)
You guys, I LOVE these glasses!!!
How awesome is this confetti balloon!?! Perhaps a single serving of confetti is more your taste? Don't worry, Knot & Bow has you covered!

Link love...
▴ I've always avoided posting lingerie in my Friday Favorites for fear of it being a little bit too NSFW but starting up link love is perfect because I get to finally share all the pretty things I find. Like this set, hoooooly smokes!!
▴ Emily from Mermaid Gossip recently shared some photos from her beach trip and holy cow, they are dreamy. I wish our beaches were so colorful.
▴ My new favorite instagram? Pompous Albert! This silly looking kitty just took Grumpy Cat's place in my heart.
▴ I've had this blog post  from Rosaspina Vintage bookmarked for a while now. I really just love looking at the photos. Something about them is just so beautiful. I love the colors. (Yep, it's still in my bookmarks so I can admire them again another day!)
This apple turnover recipe looks so tasty! I know that's not really a weird food at all but not too long ago that would have been way out of my comfort zone. I've only just begun to want to try new foods. Wish I could just reach through the computer and eat one!!
▴ Kiiiind of loving these clear rain boots.

Happy Friday!
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