Confession: Until this summer, I hadn’t ridden a (non-spin) bicycle in about 20(!) years. So you know that expression, “It’s just like riding a bike…”? I pretty much had no frame of reference. Aside from that, I am the poster child Vancouver urban commuter. So imagine my delight when I got the invitation to be a beta-tester for the now launched multimodal app, Cowlines, but then my utter horror when they suggested doing a photo shoot featuring me in my urban commuter #westcoastcitygirl glory… riding a bike. Eek.
We move to Victoria next week, and I have spent the last couple of months thinking about how excited I am about living in a new city, but also about all the things I love and will miss about Vancouver. (And because of this, there’s a really great giveaway listed at the bottom of this post!)
Community, collaboration, and mentorship are amazing things. But, on occasion, they are hard to find; particularly for female entrepreneurs. I’ve been fortunate to have found all three as I slowly – but surely – navigate my way into eventually being my own boss. Danielle Wiebe from the Business Babes Collective is a conduit for that hat trick via her amazing energy and entrepreneurial savvy.
Continuing with our #friendsinbeerplaces road trip along the Coastal Ale Trail… When I travel, I’m all about convenience, efficiency, and quality. No set order. All three things come in handy when exploring, but sometimes you need to go the extra mile (or ferry) in order to find quality. The road less travelled, if you will. And that is why the Brit and I are big fans of Love Shack Libations and Townsite Brewing – they are craft breweries that go the extra mile for their customers, which makes going off the beaten path completely worth it.
If you don’t know the TV show whose theme song title I’ve shamelessly used in my post title, you probably weren’t born when it was on the air. Google it. Watch it. It’s fabulous. And the theme song is classic.
But to get to my point, the song represents the sense of community that I feel craft breweries and their tasting rooms have brought a back into our social culture. (Even with social media taking over our lives!) It’s something we especially felt when we were on our recent road trip along Vancouver Island’s portion of the Circle Route on the BC Ale Trail. More on that in a second.
The last few years have been full of road trips. I think I’ve been on seven in the last two years – including last year’s Highlands trip with the girls, and the recent trip the Brit and I took along BC’s Coastal Circle Route to meet some #friendsinbeerplaces. (More on that soon!) Because of this, I’ve got my road trip essentials down pat.
Debt. Almost everyone has it, and it’s usually credit debt. (If not a student loan or two!) Mine was credit debt, and I’m very pleased and proud to say that, after almost four and a half years of (sometimes backbreaking) monthly payments, as of March 8th (International Women’s Day!), 2018, I’m officially DEBT FREE. Woot! And I finished early. Double woot!