It's that time of year that everyone has promised themselves to do something different and have set lofty goals to make big changes. I don't subject myself to that. I do, however, have some ideas of how I want to do things differently this year. As you may or may not know, my background is in counseling. Most people that read this blog probably know me as a bike racer or you are my mom or another family member. The racer me is in the past, but as a cyclist and a person with so many varied interests, I now have the time to focus on new endeavors and reinvent myself and figure out what it is I want to do again. Granted, I don't have it figured out. I plan to do some life coaching alongside my cycling coaching and try to use that masters degree, but the person I am going to life coach initially this year is myself. I titled this blog, "getting out of the rut".
Rut: A habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull or unproductive but is hard to change.
That makes it sound so bad. My life is anything but dull, but I think we all get into habits and get comfortable with our lives, our surroundings, our people, our activities, etc, etc, etc. I am challenging myself to step out of those patterns. Try new things. Tim and I are very active people, but we tend to go to the cabin most weekends. It is easy, comfortable, and fun. It's not really "dull", but I have decided we need to be more spontaneous and because we are not training and racing (at least I'm not and Tim is definitely doing less), we have the option to explore and get back to our tick list before we accidentally became bike racers. When we were racing, our lives became absorbed with training, races on weekends, etc. I loved it. Met so many people. Went a lot of places. But with that chapter over, I want to re-focus. I want to try new things.
This doesn't just apply to weekend activities. It can apply to so many things in our lives. What we eat for breakfast, the route we ride to work, the way we get ready in the morning or our evenings. This is not to say that our daily routines that are productive should change, but heck, live a little. Break out. Bike on a different street. See something new. Try a new recipe. Eat something new. Meet someone new. Get out of your rut! I have forced myself to try new things. I have been doing bikram yoga for over a year now, a habit I hope to keep, but I found myself putting my mat the same place in the room every time. I have broken that rut. A few weeks ago, I actually went to an exercise class with a friend. A first for me! Out of my comfort zone for sure.
To get the year started right, out of our 'rut', instead of our usual new years eve weekend at the cabin, we did our first road trip of the year. I had a million reasons why we probably shouldn't go (my sciatica, long drive, etc) and knew it would be a lot of work, but wow! What a great way to start off the new year. Boise/Idaho has a lot more snow than we do. It was epic! I hope you have started off yours well too.