The Importance of Showing Up, Speaking Out, and Pursuing More

This year I left myself blissfully void of resolutions, and set just one intention for myself: experience. The word has a handful of meanings, and I’m exploring them all: marinating as my best self, getting outside in Alaska, and showing up. Showing up for my friends and family (emotionally), and showing up for the causes and issues I care about.

In a volatile period of American history, where our nation feels more divided than ever and our leadership at state and national levels offers little-to-no reassurance of better days, I feel that the most important thing I can do is take steps to be a more active participant in the issues and causes I care about.

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Anchorage Women’s March 2018

Where do I begin? For more benefits than a smiling Instagram, it’s important to show up and be present physically. I’m working on informing myself, and being able to think and talk through what’s important to me and why (especially with someone who might not agree).

I am wrestling with speaking out through social channels, like this blog or Facebook or Instagram. I loved this post from Create + Cultivate, calling out anyone with or aspiring to digital/social influence: An Open Letter to Influencers About Politics. I’m not sold my status updates do anything but add to the noise. On the flip, kudos toΒ Alex Honnold, Oneika Raymond, Outside Magazine and others for using their voices and platforms to call attention to issues of diversity, xenophobia, climate change, and more.

Bicycling Inspiration (I crack myself up)

I’m back on my bike after weeks of not riding, and it was a complete and total reset on my Monday mood. Without much else to write about, I opted to fall-back on inspiring or hopeful quotes about cycling, and instead found the following:

The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.

No worries – my husband and bicycles are both pretty new and in good-shape. No trade-ins planned. Ha!