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"It's Not About Perfect"


I saw this today and it struck a cord inside.  Not only because my team has been encouraging me (read: screaming daily)  to get my voice back through the blog, but because it is a truly powerful statement.  

“It’s not about perfect.”   Wow.  I love that.  In this holiday season, in a world of too much information and everyone striving so very hard to show the world how ‘perfect’ their lives are, isn’t it somewhat of a relief to know it really isn’t about perfect?  As a single mom, I can attest that I would like to personally hunt down the women that invented the gift bag for birthday parties and the “overdone” ‘Elf-on-the-shelf’ shenanigans, but that is for a different post.   For today, I would like for you to embrace the chaos in your life.  If you have too much on your plate, learn to say “no”.  Once I started a retail business, I had to learn to accept my inability to attend all the numerous parties, concerts and meetings for friends, family and even my children, which seemed critical before.  I had to accept my schedule limitations and seemingly ‘imperfections’ as a mom.  Once accepted, it was a burden lifted.  Not one of us is perfect.  There has only been One.  Let it go and try to relax for once.

“It’s about effort.”  Isn’t that a true statement?  We all heard this as children and we say it to our own – it isn’t a matter of winning or losing, but how hard you tried.  Try your best every day.  Yes – some days will be better than others.  Absolutely,  some days will completely suck, I know, been there.    A mentor once told me that I exuberated more tenacity than he had ever seen.  Either that, or I just refused to give up.  Honestly, I think the jury is still out on that one, but I would like to think that tenacity will eventually serve me well.   It is easy to give up.  It is more difficult to put forth the effort every chance you have, but the end of the day is always sweeter when you have put forth the effort.  You will never regret trying.  You will always regret giving up.


“And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens.  That’s how change occurs.”    At Pedal Chic, I am privileged to see change happen in women’s lives on a frequent basis.  It is so beautiful to watch.  It is why I started the shop and what keeps me keeping on when I get weary.  With each woman that reaches her goal and says “Yes! I did it!”  it inspires.  Whether it is her very first bike ride, her first road bike experience, first triathlon or 200th race, her loss of 10 lbs or 100 – and my team is a part of the dream, the desired goal,  HER accomplishment - we always see a particular gleam in her eye – a knowing smile and a woman who is standing taller, who see’s herself for the beautiful and strong individual she is.  She is empowered.  She is transformed.  She is amazing.  And her life blossoms and changes.  

So, for this post, I am thankful for the opportunity to have experienced the transformation that has happened within so many.  We look forward to embracing more with each passing day.  We hope we inspire you to get out there every day, put forth the effort and enjoy the journey!

With love,


  • Robin Bylenga
  • Bike Shopinspirationpedal chicwomen and bikingwomen bikingwomen's cycling

Comments on this post ( 2 )

  • Dec 04, 2014

    just what I needed….“bringing the effort everyday”…thank you!

    — Ty

  • Dec 04, 2014

    Beautiful, Robin. Thank you.

    — Trista

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