Skip to main content

What a Difference a Day Makes!

Yesterday wasn't the most challenging day I've had at work, but it was up there.  After the fire that took our shop, things have been pretty intense.  Winter is typically a time for me to relax, recoup and mark random things off of my to-do lists.  This winter has proven to be quite different with those lists getting longer and my job getting more complicated.  There are good days and bad and yesterday wasn't a good one.

Today, however, was!  I've been working closely with a new customer who recently purchased a top of the line women's bike that made everyone in the shop drool with envy.  She decided that her boyfriend, who's also an avid cyclist, needed a new bike as well.  And, so, surprise mode began! 


She knew which bike he was lusting after...a gorgeous, Specialized S-Works Venge with top of the line components.  This thing was THE bike, y'all.  We made a plan to order it for him without his knowledge so that we could take her sweetie by surprise.  Luckily in this industry all you need is a couple of measurements to get a good idea of what someone is going to need without meeting them!  So, she snuck his current bike into the shop early this week so I could get a couple of those measurements off of it.  After a little bit of research, I knew what he needed and I "pulled the trigger" on his new bike.  Well, it came in early this morning and was built this afternoon just in time for the big reveal!


She asked her sweetheart if he could come and pick her own bike which had been serviced from the shop.  So, he comes in and I bring him downstairs to our 2nd story because I had to grab a couple of things for her.  I walk him to her bike and gush over how gorgeous and awesome it is.  I then point out a certain bike with a big red bow on it telling him that we got the oh-so-sweet men's version in today....and then out pops his girl with a big smile on her face exclaiming, "SURPRISE!".  He was speechless and I could do nothing by smile.  


It once again made me realize that what I do isn't always just "a job".  I get paid to do lots of things:  sell bikes, fit bikes, talk about bikes, inventory bikes... But I also get paid to help people surprise the person they love with something that makes them both happy.  I work in an industry that sells a certain lifestyle.  It's a lifestyle that (as I've mentioned before) brings so many people together.  It's why I get up everyday and throw on jeans and a black Peachtree Bikes t-shirt.


Kinda crazy the difference a day makes, y'all!



"When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle."  
-- Elizabeth West

"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world."
-- Grant Peterson

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Experimental.

I have a little secret. Today marks 30 days since my last drink**. I had attempted a 30-day alcohol-free period in January of 2018 which ended up being, arguably, one of the most challenging years of my life. I made it 26 days miserable days and it all ended because Brucey , my beloved rescue dog, died while I was traveling to Miami for an event. This is when I discovered that Walgreen's sells wine (what?!).  I look back at my first alcohol-free attempt and I realize that I wasn't really set up for success. Hindsight and all that... Not only did I try to detox on January 1st, but I was also newly ramping up training for my big bike adventures AND I decided to try my hand at 30-days of Yoga with Adriene . All of these things independently are (and were) really good things. Healthy. Mindful. Etc. Etc. However, I went into that period of time looking at not drinking as punishment. This dry spell was needed more than ever. With COVID hitting a year ago (that's another post in i

2019.

And just like that, another year has passed. This year isn't exactly what I thought it would be. I thought after a really hard 2018 that 2019 would be some magical reawakening and I'd find all the answers. LOL. NOPE. 2019's theme was consistency. For a girl whose entire life has been all about "surviving" and "making it through", consistency is an uncomfortable place. It took me a few months into the year to discover that when I felt bored or that when things felt flat, that it was actually just some sense of normalcy. Turns out, 2019's challenge was learning what peace feels like. I've gotta be honest with you dear, 3 readers of this blog: that shit is HARD and I've still got some learning to do, but at the end of the day and this year...it feels oh, so good. Here are some 2019 highlights: This year saw a consistent job that's given me more experience in a totally different field and world. While I don't think it's my

Whoops.

Well. Here we are. 381 days later.  My last post was December 31, 2019, and had a rather hopeful tone. Then 2020 said "grab my beer" and the world slowly fell into shambles. You know. We ALL know. And, if for some miracle, you've been living under a rock just Google 2020. And that's enough about that for now. The last several months have been nothing short of a mind fuck, shit show. (BTW, as a refresher, this blog is not SFW or children) I've had to re-evaluate every aspect of my life, most importantly my mental health.  I've been searching for ways to re-center and find my way back to Helen. Baby steps. And this blog is one of them. I'd like to spend less time anger-scrolling on Facebook and more time putting my thoughts into words here. It's my little corner of the world that a small group of people can join in if they want. I have a lot of thoughts I want to share moving forward. But there's time for that. For now, I want to re-start this with a