Kipling's "If", Dr. Bronners bottles and biking.

Glass Mountain mountain bike ride, over looking Lake Tahoe. Friggin gorgeous.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!
By Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

Dr. Bronner's

I remember being back in Vermont when I was a little tyke and bathing with Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. 23 years later I still have a bottle on hand in my shower. I read the bottle every time that I am in the shower -- I thought that "If" by Kipling was something good to share. It is amazing what you can find on those Dr. Bronner's bottles if you take the time to read them!You should probably invest in some Dr. Bronner's next time you are at the store (16 oz. for about $9) -- you can find it in health stores (and CVS in Truckee carries it, HUGE surprise!). If you don't want to spend $9 on a certified fair trade product, at least check out the Dr. Bronner's website. It is full of really awesome information, it shows the companies array of products to suite everyone's needs, and gives a VERY interesting family history that all goes into the making of the pure-castile soap with 18-in-1 different uses (Legit...I'd say so!, someday I will figure out exactly what all 18 uses really are. You know that classic saying "A little bit will go a long way", that totally applies with this soap -- who ever knew you could get so EXCITED about soap! ha!

I have been spending a bunch of time on my bike lately. Wilson has shown me a bunch of RAD rides...of course right before I plan to leave! ha! I have enjoyed every single second of it, I am so thankful to be out pedaling. Something I have found interesting is the lack of smiles that are shared on the bike path. How can you NOT smile when you are riding a bike?!?! AHHH -- I love it! I will admit I am pretty zonked right now (I even squeezed in a cat nap this afternoon!). I was going to take a day off from biking until I friend said he just got back from a ride...then the wheels in my head started to turn and I said HECK WHY NOT?! 

I have really enjoyed my last several days in Tahoe. I am trying to make the most out of them before I move to the concert jungle -- and don't get me wrong, I am ecstatic about the move, a little nervous...but it wouldn't be worth it if I wasn't nervous. I am ready for a change, I am ready to meet new people, I am ready to slowly start my "big girl" life.   

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