Skip to main content

It's Been SIX Months?!

Taking a quick break from my YOU Challenge.  Don't worry, it'll be back tomorrow!  ;-)



Today is sort of a weird one because it was six months ago tonight that we lost our shop.  I have those feelings of, "it feels like only yesterday" while at the same time thinking, "we're a world away from that night".  

Sometimes, it feels downright silly to be a little emotional about a place.  But I don't mind being silly and anyone who knows me knows I can be a bit emotional.  The memories of what I jokingly call Peachtree Bikes Buckhead Version 1.0 are bittersweet.  They only occasionally come flooding back when I hear a song that always played on our XM radio or see an old familiar face that's popping in to "check out the place".  I miss the old space and things are different, but I hear change is good. :-)

Those emotions aren't as raw as they were six months ago and we've come so far.  I jokingly feel like I can't really remember much between December 4th (the fire) and March 24 (our grand re-opening).  It's all a blur.  Inventory reports, building, answering questions, trying to explain what happened.  We got it done and we're back!

The last six months have been both really difficult and inspiring at the same time.  I have a new found faith in this industry and the people I'm surrounded by.  I'm proud of my bosses, my co-workers and myself for not throwing in the towel when shit just got too hard.  I have new friends to ride with.  A new retail space to play with.  And I get to see people walk in for the first time who knew what we were and gush over what we are now.  

I think that we won't really be back to some sense of "normalcy" for about another year or so, but we're well on our way, y'all!

I can't thank those of you enough who've said prayers, brought goodies, gave hugs, called, came by, sent a quick message, and just get what this experience has been about.  <3

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

Patsy.

A friend sent this video to me and when I watched it, I was struck more by the feelings it brought up around the content than the story itself.  Christen Reighter's story is an interesting and frustrating insight into what it means to NOT want a child. I invite you to watch this. Her experience is not unique and needs to be talked about. Even if you have kids. Or want them. What struck me most was what she says during her TedTalk: "I have believed having children was an extension of womanhood, not the definition." Truth is, I've been struggling with this lately. Not the fact that I'm longing for children. I'd be fibbing if I said there is a very tiny part of me that wonders what this will feel like when I get to the end of life. HOWEVER. That feeling isn't strong enough for me to want to find out. I don't feel like having children should be thought of as a "keeping the fingers crossed" kind of situation. If you aren't sure you'l

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