Golden milk by my side
Loved ones competing to win
Just the odd passing car
Content, cosy, happy
Surrounded by family
Soaked in love
Follow your heart:
A heart route to celebrate my long awaited family reunion!
Loughton, a cute ancient village in Milton Keynes England, and the city where I first gave birth to Cycle Your Heart Out over a decade ago! It's also one of my favourite areas in the city to find some peace and walk the dog.
It was thanks to my amazing sister's that we managed to come up with this short but beautiful 4.78km ride in Loughton! The route is also part of the 12km Millennium cycle route around Milton Keynes, a quiet picturesque ride that takes you past the river Ouzel, the Grand Union Canal, ancient villages and the famous concrete cows!
Cycle Your Heart Out:
Meet my mum, she hadn't rode a bike in ages, and had pretty much lost all confidence. She would stop and walk the bike to cross a small road, avoid adjusting the seat to the correct height in case she fell off, and rode the same speed as someone walking.
But little by little with the help of me and my sister, her confidence bloomed as we rode along peaceful paths, canals and lakes. No rush, nowhere to be, just us and our bikes. We stopped to pick freshly fallen plums, pick juicy blackberries, and to simply admire the horses. The more we rode, the more her fear faded and her smile grew! We celebrated our ride with some delicious Victoria sponge cake and tea at the Grumpy Cook.
If you have someone you love who is a little hesitant to get back on their bike, here are 2 tips from my mum that helped her get over her fear of cycling:
1. Walk and cycle... Like when you start running, you walk/jog/build up a few mins at a time...
2. Avoid cycling on hills or in bad weather until more confident
Spread the love:
To help spread the love around Milton Keynes I gifted a copy of my new book to the wonderful Alchemise Yoga Studio in Newport Pagnell. Ran by the lovely Wendy, it was thanks to her amazing classes that I first fell in love with yoga over a decade ago. Thanks Nicole for reading my poems in your relaxing cello classes.
"Building community, bringing art from the heart, a perfect offering.
Thank you so much for bringing your wonderful poetry into the world and sharing your book with us!"
- Wendy Loughlan - Founder of Alchemise Yoga Studio
Celebrating 10 years of Cycle Your Heart Out, and the birth of my new book with loved ones in the beautiful Jardin de Hara in Barcelona. I couldn't have wished for better way to celebrate. Reading my poetry to an audience is only something I've started to do recently, and I've just discovered how much I enjoy it!
To be able to share my heart & help you feel less alone in this crazy world was the reason I decided to publish this poetry book. If you're tired of people pleasing, toxic relationships, ashamed of your sensitivity, & sick to death of not following your own heart, I hope my words can help comfort you and ride you back down the right path.
Thanks so much to all of you who've supported me and my project over the last 10 yrs, and everyone I’ve had the pleasure of cycling my heart out with! All my family and friends for always supporting & reminding me to never give up on my dreams, regardless of how crazy and unrealistic they seemed. Thank you also to those who knowingly, and unknowingly shaped some of my poems! To David and Maya, my beautiful poem that came true. Thank you for all the days and nights you took care of me while I was drowning in a sea of writers block and procrastination, I love you.
My editors Jacqueline Suskin, Katia Ariel, and poet Tanya Markul I’m so happy I found you all. Thank you for helping me bring this book into the world, and making me believe it was worth publishing.
Now available worldwide on Amazon as paperback!
Click below to look inside and get a copy for yourself or a loved one.
"Beautiful poetry, I love the concept of heart shaped cycling and its therapeutic and mindful effect! I absolutely recommend the book to anyone who is sensitive, observant, and in search of inner world expressions."
- Magdalena Grucza
Psychologist & Career consultant
“I highly recommend this book, even if you have never been or intend to get on a bicycle the journey through the poems will inspire and touch your heart”.
- Kathy Ward
WHO Mindfulness Consultant, TEDx Speaker
This is a pretty special month, not only is April 30 Days Of Biking, but it's also National Poetry Month! A beautiful combination and a lovely way to share with you some exciting news!
Over the last few years I've been working hard on creating something special, something I hope will inspire you to travel deeper into your inner world and follow your heart. Yesterday I cycled my 40th heart route in Barcelona to share with you my big news...
I've written a book!
I'm so excited to finally be able to tell you, I'd love to invite you to join my mailing list below so I can keep you up to date with it's release date!
For the whole of April I'll also be cycling my heart out in Barcelona and sharing poems along the way, two of my favourite things all rolled into one! So if you also love bikes and poetry, why don’t you join in with me?
Cycle Your hearts out and I'll speak to you soon,
You were unplanned
You kissed my open wounds
Route by route
You pieced me back together
Pedal by pedal
You kept me breathing
You kept me riding
Year after year
Continuing to share through the pain
Continuing to share despite the pain
And in the end
An open book because of it all
Inside my Cancerian shell
Cooking up a feast
A feast full of love, dreams and ambition
A feast full of drinks, overflowing with gratitude,
A feast ending so sweetly
Reminding me what was missing from all the other meals
High in courage and free from self-comparison
A feast so delicious I invite you
To this VIP location
For the most rewarding meal of your life
Then once you're full
Feel free to invite others
Sarah's let me take over her blog today and I'm super happy to share with you my first heart route! But first let me share a little bit about me.
I was born on Valentine's day and my name means love in Nepali, my favourite snack is broccoli and I'm obsessed with chasing pigeons. People seem to think I'm a small bear or cat sometimes... but I'm sure I'm a Pomeranian.
One minute I'm chasing pigeons, sniffing grass and finding a good spot to roll around in, the next minute Sarah picks me up and puts me in some sort of flying bed. It's strange but kind of cosy cause she's put my favourite blanket inside. Not sure why she's put me here...
Wow I'm super high up, I miss the floor let me outta here! Ok escape fail, she's harnessed me in...
My fur feels sort of strange, it's like she's blow drying me after a shower, except it's nice and cool.
So many humans keep staring at me, everything's moving around me so fast,
Hold on a minute... I recognise it all, its my favourite walking route!
I recognise the smells and the trees, those purple flowers on the floor, this is the park full of dogs that always want to sniff me. Ok we’ve stopped, Sarah is giving me lots of hugs and doing that strange high pitch voice, the same as whenever I’ve peed on the grass or sit down.
I think I’ve done something she likes as she’s just given me my FAVOURITE BONE,
Nothing else matters right now, just me and my bone, the cool blow dryer on my fur.
I like this flying bed, I could get used to this. I’ll tell you about the rest of the ride later, I’ve got some serious chewing to do.
No need to sweep me off my feet
Just a forehead kiss will do
No need for extravagant jewellery
Your hand holding mine will do
No desire for a giant bouquet
A plant that blooms will do
No surprise luxury hotel
A tent under the stars will do
No fancy restaurant needed
A heart-shaped ride will do
No need for changing you
Your quiet love will always do