This is me thanking the crew at Vanilla for this little space to try and say what I mean, even when what I mean isn't anything but what we talk about at coffee. I hope the year brings the strength and grace for all of us to keep growing and braving ourself out of the things that are familiar (That Japan trip looked inspiring). It's my way of saying that it's good to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Most of all I hope you're making friends and ever deepening the conversation on the bike. This year the damn bike was beating me down about finding balance. The bike was a lie detector. If you're local and reading this... hope to see you tomorrow morning at 7:45 for some chatty flat miles. xoNoel.