It’s not too late to jump on the Walnut Creek summer bike challenge!

Are you an avid biker? Is that your summertime physical activity of choice? Even if that’s not the case, you might want to give this cool bike challenge in Walnut Creek a try!

It’s a great way to force yourself outside to enjoy the beautiful Bay Area summer weather, get a little exercise, and be environmentally-friendly all at once. Basically, there is a Walnut Creek Summer Bike Challenge that asks you to download a challenge card and complete it before the summer is over.

Destinations include Cream in downtown Walnut Creek (what better motivation for going on a ride is there than having ice cream at the finish line?), Heather Farm and Civic Park.

If the exercise, enjoyment and gas savings aren’t enough incentive, there are also prizes! Some squares on the challenge card offer instant prizes or free stuff upon completion, and the program’s grand prize is an iPad.

Other Bay Area cities hosting a challenge like this are Brentwood, Martinez, Oakley and Pleasant Hill. Give it a shot and explore our wonderful little town in a whole new way. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than a SoulCycle subscription!

Ripples of Positivity

Recently, I watched a funny, but inspiring Ted Talk in which the speaker discussed how to train your brain to be more positive. I thought the video was well worth watching if you have 12 minutes to spare.

Basically, what the speaker gets at is that spending a few minutes a day doing things like journaling, meditating or sending a complimentary email to a friend or colleague will rewire your brain to be more optimistic.

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He said if you do the following activities every day for 21 straight days, your brain will scan the world not for the negative, but for the positive:

  • Write three new things that you’re grateful for
  • Journaling about one positive experience you’ve had in the past 24 hours
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Random acts of kindness, like writing that positive email.

Doing these things will create ripples of positivity and help reverse some of the doom and gloom we subject ourselves to on a daily basis when we read or watch the news. You can watch the full video embedded below if you’d like: