Posts tagged olivia round
REI Speaking Gigs - "Bicycle Touring Your Own Way"

Catch my presentation about bicycling touring at 4 different REI stores in the Seattle area this spring!

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Writing Update: How's That Memoir Comin'?

You’ve heard it before: writing is a long, slow process. The first draft looks nothing like the final one, and there can be years and years between them. Why? Because the process is slow enough that the writer is actually living into new experiences, becoming a new person. It’s not just the words on the page that I’m revising: it’s the stories I tell myself.

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Whatever Gets You Through the Night

The blackest night I’d ever encountered had effectively erased all my belongings from this earth, leaving me with just three possessions: a quickening heartbeat, a nearly dead headlamp, and the sleeping bag I was curled inside of… it was going to be a long night in Tennessee.

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Adulting

I’ve got a resting “baby face.” I’m pushing thirty, but strangers often ask if I’m in school… and they don’t always mean college. Last spring, when high school graduation rolled around, several customers at the plant nursery asked me if I was excited to be done with high school.

“Yes,” I replied. “And I was even more excited ten years ago, when I graduated.”

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Business or Pleasure? My Time at the Port Townsend Writer's Conference

There were a lot of women at the Port Townsend Writer's Conference. And, there were a decent amount of young women. But I think I was the only one who showed up by bicycle.

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Interviewed on Tough Girl Challenges

British podcast host Sarah Williams and I discuss my cross-country tour by bicycle, the obstacles women face on solo travels, and how fear can shape our lives.

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My Story Featured on Out There Podcast!

It's amazing how hard it is to read a situation when you're already paranoid. Danny was immensely generous as my host for the evening, and fascinated by my bicycle tour. But when he insisted on following me the rest of the way to Florida, and wouldn't take "no" for an answer... I panicked. 

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Men Aren't Monsters

"Men can't be trusted," people would tell me. "They all want the same thing." And it's kinda stupid, but I actually grew up believing them. I believed that half of the human race didn't deserve my trust, simply because of the body they were born with. 

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Saving Each Other

Gripped by pain on the fourth day of my cross-country bike tour, I consider giving up. Then, I remember all the love and support that brought me this far… and the man I accidentally saved from suicide by selfishly pursuing my dreams (aka: demanding a bath). It’s a long story.

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Your Creative Side is Anorexic

Where'd that big booty go? When you were a kid, your creativity was well-fed.  All day long, teachers and parents and baby sitters and best friends were asking you to draw, paint, cut out, glue together, and play with things. You didn't even think it was weird, to sit at the kitchen table with a pile of play-dough and spend twenty minutes trying to make it look like a zebra.

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My 10 Minutes of Fame at Stoked Spoke!

Oh, how I love being the center of attention. Thank you to Swift Industries of Seattle, for hosting a fabulous night of route-sharing and cycling enthusiasm! (That was hands-down one of the most appreciative crowds I've ever performed for.)

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Of Bugs & Bicycles

Another writing piece featured on the Adventure Cycling Association's blog! This one's about insects: slapping them, dodging them, and (accidentally) swallowing them. In the sport of cycling, your face is your windshield. And in Kansas, my windshield was covered in bugs. 

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My Story on the JoyRide Podcast

Fellow woman, bicycle advocate, and #metoo supporter Cat Caperello interviews me on her epic JoyRide Podcast, which celebrates women and bicycles. We discuss the uncomfortable motivations behind my cross-country bicycle tour, the impact of sharing our stories, how to cultivate one's intuition before embarking on solo travel, and the one piece of "essential" gear I didn't even bother to pack in my bike bag before heading out across the nation. 

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Launching Indiegogo Campaign!

I've been dreaming about designing clothing since I was a little girl.  But now, like never before, I'm going after that dream! My passions are intersecting perfectly: as a woman, a cyclist, an artist, an advocate, and a writer. By launching my new design business, I get to share all my favorite things with you! 

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