Books to inspire your New Year’s resolution list

The frisson of a new year is the ideal time to shake up stale mindsets and dropped dreams. Why not catapult in the right direction with a new direction? Books are often the fastest (and cheapest) ticket to motivation and can double as vital inspiration when creating a realistic New Year’s resolution list. Whether you want to stretch your mind or your hamstrings, these books will make you want to do both. Most likely after a surreptitious sleep-in on January 1st and a few cups of coffee.

With You By Bike: One Couple’s Life-Changing Journey Around the World. By: Katrina Rosen (Rocky Mountain Books)

"With You By Bike is a scenic re-build of a relationship that will leave passport stamps all over your heart."

Admittedly, the journeys are getting longer here—but, it’s a long way to within! If you’re eager to repair patchy relationships this year, With You By Bike will be your trusty beacon.

After 11 years together, Katrina and Mike have shifted to casual roomie status. While many couples might discuss establishing a date night and bingeing on This is Us together, this Canmore, Alberta couple opted for the daily and relentless therapy found in a 13,000km bike ride. Navigating 54 flat tires and a good dose of altitude sickness is a rare but genuine litmus test for commitment and forgiveness.

 

"It’s a healthy reminder that communication can move a relationship in a better, smoother direction."

Rosen gently pulls you into her ruminations and inner conflict, the kind of stuff that’s usually only privy to a best friend. Maybe it’s more about attitude sickness and resisting change that will reverberate with astute readers. Warning: personal failed relationships may float to the surface as you sit on the handlebars of this bumpy bike ride without shortcuts. It’s real, it’s human. It has the open-heart surgery rawness of This is Us. Was Rosen subjected to truth serum injections as she wrote her memoir?

Regardless, it’s a healthy reminder that communication can move a relationship in a better, smoother direction. Maybe you don’t need to experience the same debilitating heat exhaustion in Vietnam to figure it all out. But, this year, maybe it’s time to prop up the kickstand on a relationship or put some more grease on your chain. Exercise comes in many forms, especially patience.

With You By Bike is a scenic re-build of a relationship that will leave passport stamps all over your heart.

Read the full article by Jules Torti in Cottage Life

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