Author: lizjansen

5 Voices of Resistance aka Pre-Trip Noise—and 5 Antidotes

by Liz Jansen In a few days, Trudy (my motorcycle) and I will be on our way across the continent. You’d think with the hundreds of thousands of miles I’ve ridden, departures would be easier. It is an exciting time.

5 Ways To Stay Grounded When You Feel Overwhelmed

(Or Why I’m Going to California) by Liz Jansen As if to remind me to be alert to signs and messages of reassurance and guidance, a hummingbird appeared while I was sitting outside writing this post. She reminded me it’s

7 Things to Start Doing For Yourself

by Liz Jansen About the time I got my first bicycle, I got my first paid job — picking strawberries on our farm. I could keep what I earned but I had to buy my clothes. Early on, I learned

15 Things To Do When The Going Gets Tough

by Liz Jansen The day I left my marriage was one of those days. We both knew I was leaving, but circumstances compelled me to move up the date. My new boss had called a staff meeting in Toronto so

How to Know When it’s Time to Update Your Identity

by Liz Jansen Growing up in Niagara, close to the U.S. border, it was commonplace to go “across the river” for shopping and entertainment. Any photo ID would do; a passport wasn’t necessary. Once I started traveling, especially by motorcycle,

Remembering my Grandmother on Her Birthday

Four years ago I set out on a quest, seeking answers to who I was before my culture told me who I was. To help me understand my ancestors’ lives, I followed their migrations in Western Canada after they’d arrived

Who’s that Face in the Mirror Looking Back at You?

by Liz Jansen If you could divest yourself of social constraints, expectations, and cultural conformity, who are you when you look in the mirror? Who is that wild you? What does she or he want? What are their dreams? Four

Almost Successful— An Ingenious Rise and Spectacular Fall

by Liz Jansen It was a bad idea from the start. Yet determination out-muscled my rationale and patience. Trudy, my Triumph Tiger, is a fantastic motorcycle, and I love almost everything about her, except getting her onto the center stand.

Watermelon as Soul Food—Connecting the Past and Present

by Liz Jansen As soon as I opened the notice for the Watermelon Social, I knew I’d have to find a way to go. Yesterday was the day. Watermelons, it turns out, are soul food. When Dad could no longer

Opening a Message in a Bottle — Or Parking Lot

by Liz Jansen He stood in the distance, against the curb behind his parked vintage motorcycle, beckoning, a helmet under his right arm. I noticed him from the middle of the parking lot, where I stood with my co-instructor, Mike.

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