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Cinco De May-I Please?

Monday, May 5, 2014

In my “previous life” I was a Manager in a Call Center for many years.  I sat for long hours on my rear end, among hundreds of others, not knowing if it was good or bad that I could not see out a window.  When I could see out, I was distracted by my desperate yearning to go outside and play.  To cope with the long, sedentary hours spent indoors, I tried to walk, hike or ride my bicycle when I could fit it in. 

At that time in my life, Cinco De Mayo sometimes involved seeking out a great Mexican meal and perhaps sipping on a margarita.  Life had become a bit mainstream and stereotypical - like how the majority of Americans think about Cinco De Mayo (which, by the way, has its own interesting history:  See here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/05/05/cinco-de-mayo-history-mexico/8713403/).

Then, one day my family and I decided to make some major changes.  We wanted to shake things up, create change and be more active in our lives while we were still young and healthy enough to enjoy it.  My husband transferred to Colorado and I made a very difficult decision to quit my long-term, stable, job with a great company and join him with our son and mutt.  We moved to Pueblo, Colorado.  We became active hikers, cyclists and volunteers in the community, and we love it!

Here is an excerpt from what I wrote to myself before our new adventure began:

“So, today was the last traditional working day of my life in corporate America (15 years w/ the same company) before moving onto new, exciting experiences!  I feel like I am in college again - anything is possible! Farewell to the days of spreadsheet management, audits, rules, excessive emails, bad customer attitudes and behaviors. 

What am I going to do?  Explore, be an active mother and wife, bike, get my mountain bike legs and low altitude lungs in shape, reflect, hike, raft, rock climb, write in the desert, grow spiritually through nature and reinvent myself. 

As my son would say, YOLO - You Only Live Once - and I fully plan to make the most of it versus just going through the motions until I die.  My driving forces are my family and my yearning for adventure.  My husband already packed up the "new to us" 13 year old VW Beetle with his bicycles and whatever necessities he could stuff in the car, and drove 1500 miles to Colorado. 

We are interested in LIVING our lives and clearing the path for better opportunities for our family - better schools, new outdoors activities, diverse culture, walking, hiking, change, and of course, as avid cyclists and cycle commuters, it was about the bicycles.  Our family is adventurous and needs this change to re prioritize what is important and find our balance again.  And, what is a better place to find your balance than on a bicycle seat”!

Fast forward to today, May 5, 2014.  This year, I was able to really celebrate by making it “Cinco de May-I Please?”  I asked myself, “May I please walk?”  And, I did.  At noon, I went to “Walk with a Doc” with Parkview at Mineral Palace Park.

After work I asked myself, “May I please ride?”  And, I hopped on my bike and took a nice evening ride watching the sunset.  And this evening, I know I will rest well because I was active.  I walked.  I biked.  I lived.  And you can too!  Comment here, check us out on Facebook, or visit us online at www.activepueblo.net and let me know what you did this week to be active.  Until then, Walk and Roll!  

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