leap-year-blog

Kelsey Howard | Feb 24 2020

This past week Andrew and I met up with our Community Challenge group to get coffee at Stella Nova and chat about setting some goals for the 4 weeks ahead of us. As we went through what we wanted to accomplish and what we were looking to gain, we paused to talk about what holds us back. The fear we all carry around that prevents us from getting what we want. And we could relate. We all had a lot to say about it.

Which got me thinking, what could we do with our “extra day”? That’s right, this year we don’t have 365 days to get it done – it’s a LEAP YEAR and we have 366! If we got over our fears and excuses and the “I’ll get to it later” vibes, what fun things could we do with February 29th?!

Have you ever been talking to a friend about a place you’d love to visit and the conversation ends with “I’d love to travel there someday”? Or you see a picture on Facebook of someone you know jumping out of a plane and think “I bet that would be fun.” We’re really good at putting things off, and really bad at identifying to ourselves why we do that. So here’s my challenge to you, LYNC fam: Take advantage of your extra day this year and make February 29th your “someday”. Take action on something you want, and enjoy conquering your fears!

Take what you’ve learned on the bike and on the mat to practice. Use your confidence to make a real step towards the kind of life you’re excited to be living. A few ideas from our instructors + staff:

1

Plan the trip.

–Kels [owner & instructor] + Syd [manager & instructor]

You know, the one you’ve always wanted to take. Invite a friend, make an itinerary, book a flight, or plan for how you’ll save up. Greece here we come!

Santorini Island, Greece, Beautiful View of Blue Ocean and Traditional Dome Church Architecture

2

Explore.

“I’ve always wanted to make the drive and hike Big Bend National Park here in SW Texas! It’s about an 8 hour drive from here.” 

Kayla [manager & instructor]
So get out and go. Book an Airbnb and schedule time off work to get off the grid.
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3

Try something new.

–Kristina [front desk staff]

She recently took a chance and auditioned for LYNC Instructor training. The saying goes, “If you never ask, the answer is always no.” Take that risk and apply for that dream job or put yourself out there in away you’ve been holding back.
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4

Be Spontaneous.
–Lindsey Stewart [instructor]

If you’re super type A it’s easy to miss opportunities you didn’t “plan” for. Wake up and be bold. Don’t be scared to say yes to an invite, hop on a plane same day, or get creative. 
 
Be spontaneous + find a concert for the same day or chop off your hair into that cute bob you’ve been dreaming about. Enjoy the feeling of being free.
Rock concert, people with raised up hands dancing and enjoying loud music, having fun in night club, with pleasure spending time on musicl festival

5

Go solo.

“I’ve always wanted to go and sit at a restaurant or coffee shop and study & work by myself. I always like to have someone with me, but I want to be comfortable going by myself and get work done.”

–Thanh [front desk staff]

Be happy going solo. Go to the movies by yourself or snag a spot at that cozy coffee shop and enjoy the alone time to slow down.
Businesswoman working in office

6

Get your hands dirty.

“I’ve always wanted to take an art class, such as painting or pottery.”

–Kevin [instructor]

Explore what your community has to offer. Sign up for that class, hop into community service or explore ways to expand your creativity.
Close up woman hands with colorful tattoo working with clay and creating shape of vase at pottery studio

7

Maybe it’s a sign.

“I’ve always wanted to run some type of a race – 5k, half, or full, but I’ve always had the “I am scared” or “I don’t know if I can commit myself to that kind of training schedule” or the freaking honest truth, I don’t know if I can do it . As part of this community challenge, one of my health related goals is to run a 5k by may 1.”

–Ali B. [community member]

Be bold and take a chance like signing up for the marathon you’ve always wanted to run in and take yourself on your first training run.
Young fit blonde woman running on the bridge

8

Use some brainpower.

“I’d like to write a book. I’ve always loved writing and have always thought that someday I’ll actually write a novel. In terms of an action to take it’s pretty obvious, I just need to start! The thought of writing a novel is a little overwhelming but like anything else I think getting started is the hardest part.”

–Courtney P. [community member]
Put pen to paper and make it happen. Maybe it’s a sign to set some time aside for you and the things you’d like to accomplish. 
Woman writing in the notebook

9

Connect.

“I’ve always wanted to learn a new language. I think about the connections we’ve made with one another through and wonder how cool would it to see the world in a completely new lens.”

–JD [instructor]

Parlez-vous français? There are great ways to learn a new skill like signing up for a community college course, finding an educational app or certification program.
Accounting and taxes. Large pile of magazine, notebook and books closeup

10

Conquer fear.

“I’ve always wanted to be a mom and it hasn’t been in the cards for us yet but I’ve been too scared to take plunge into IVF. It seemed too far out of reach for me but now I’m taking the effort to be my healthiest self so we can face the fear and move forward with our plans of being parents.”

–Michelle J. [community member]

Some things in life, like our health, can be extra scary so we put them off for as long as we can. Take this day to plan that appointment or get a consultation on the things you’ve been avoiding or too fearful to take a chance on. 
Medical practitioner asking patient questions from the list

11

Find your groove.

“I used to take dance lessons from age 2 until college. I have always wanted to take a few classes again.”

–Kacie S. [community member]

Have a craving to move? There are endless places and spaces to dance freely + get lessons, even as adults. Maybe it’s time to put your favorite track on and say yes to the rhythm.
Ballerina silhouette dancing in black and white

 

How are you going to use your extra day? Take the LEAP this February 29th and get out of your comfort zone. Tell us what you’ve been scared to take on or the actions you’re going to take to make something happen.

 

Use the hashtag #LyncLeap, tag us @lynccycling and share with us! 

 

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