Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning...

Smiles from our soggy North Shore adventure
"Oh, what a beautiful day!  I've got a beautiful feeling, everything's going my* way."

Those words, sung on nearly a daily basis by my mother as she roused her sleepy kids from their beds to start the day, echo through my head on this particular morning.  I'm really grateful that I was raised by someone who knew every day was going to be a good one.  (* To be honest, many times the word "my" was actually replaced with "God's".  There you go mom, love you. I prefer "my" these days, but to each, her own.)

As I type, I'm sitting on my shady front porch with a cup of coffee, my notebook, and my dogs; we're watching the mail man and listening to the birds scold each other.  Sounds rather picturesque, doesn't it?! I know that I'm pretty happy these days and it actually stems from a rather unusual turn of events.

In case you didn't know, I was fired from my job as Store Manager, from Greenstreet Cycles last Thursday, the 28th.  And it was unexpected (I still haven't heard the cause).  And done in an extremely unprofessional manner.  And I'm happier because of it.

Almost to the week, I'd been working on making that shop a success for the last 3 years.  I was approached by an investor who wondered why there wasn't a downtown bike shop in Omaha.  I wondered the same thing, and talk turned into business plans, into space selection, into logo scribbling, and shop naming.  The whole shebang.  I was involved, and basically steering the ship (as the one with a lot of previous bicycle retail experience) since day one.  Of course at times it was stressful, but the bottom line was that I was helping people see the importance and power of the simple bicycle. 

This is the eleventh year that I've been watching people's faces light up when they take that first pedal stroke and I don't know how I can stop now.  I truly love pushing this movement that is really starting to take off here in, Omaha, Nebraska.  In fact, there's really nothing I'd rather do.  It took a while for everyone to get comfortable with the fact that no, I wasn't really going to use my journalism degree to its fullest.  But I will say that because of that education, I gained a lot of experience speaking in front of crowds (emcee'ing Greensprints was much easier that way), felt more comfortable in front of a camera (numerous tv, radio, and newspaper interviews), and of course still have fun typing away trying to get my thoughts out of my head and onto some paper (or website I suppose).

All of this adds up. Which is why I'm now perfectly prepared to start my own shop.  I've also learned over the years that it's hard to trust people.  Even when you think that you've done everything you can for some one (either professionally or in any type of relationship) it still doesn't mean that they have to treat you in the same manner.  So yes, I plan to start my own shop.  Will it be a normal bike shop?  Heck no!  Will it be totally rad?  Well, yes. 

I'll keep you posted, of course, but in the mean time, the weekly Ladies Rides that I'm so happy to lead will go on!  They're now referred to as the Lavender Ladies Ride and you can find the group on good ol' Facebook.  I'm also planning on volunteering a lot more at the Community Bike Project and am actually teaching a class there tonight. I'm not sure the current status of their Ladies Nights, but I've asked to help start them back up again. 

So that's it; that's all I've got to say.  Ha.  Right.  Those of you who know me, know that may not really be all I have to say.  But it is for now.  I'm off to pedal down to meet a friend for coffee.  Oh, the joys of not working 65 hours a week!  I know they'll come again, but this time I'll be working for someone I really believe in: myself.

a fun one to send you off with! vince with a tv on his bike.



  1. I shopped at Greenstreet for one reason, and one reason only. The first time my husband went into the shop, you were working. Your advice, your service, your friendliness, and your professionalism was appreciated more than you can imagine. Does Greenstreet now have two less customers? Yes. Are you guaranteed two new customers when you start your own shop? Without a doubt!!!

  2. Thanks for the reminder of that great song that your Aunt Betsy also used to sing to yours truly. Now I will get to start singing it to our son Robbie. Believed it or not I never heard the God way, but I like it better so I will adopt it : ). You will be great at owning another bike shop, because you have already done it!

  3. You were fired? That is crazy-you were the reason I and so many other people were excited to go to Greenstreet...your energy, friendliness, enthusiasm, etc etc I could go on and on. I'm guessing the store will quickly start to realize what a mistake they've made. I look forward to hearing more about you opening up your own shop, Sarah-good luck with everything, and see you around!

    Also-I got a commuter bike this summer and plan to bike to work as much as humanly possible this year...your example is a big part of the reason for this. Rock on.