Monarchs in my Stomach


You’ve heard of having butterflies in your stomach, but what I’ve got is a serious case of Monarchs in mine.

If having butterflies is in response to being nervous or anxious about something, then having Monarch butterflies is what happens when you’re about to kick it up Rockstar style and totally Make it Happen.  Oh, and Monarch butterflies are also unable to survive in cold weather and migrate south each year so they can escape the coldness……very applicable to me and my life I must say.

My Family and I are heading off on an awesome adventure on November 2 and as it approaches I’ll slowly be laying down more and more details on it all.  That way I can drop the news in bite sized pieces, and also (hopefully) keep you coming back for more information on it all.  Anyway, with all of this coming together and happening oh so fast….I’m finding myself totally fired up, alive, and dealing with that sensation in my stomach.

This isn’t the first time I’ve felt the Monarchs.  They always seem to come when I’m at the upper scale of my excitement level.  I used to feel it when I was younger and on my way to the river for some waterskiing.  I felt it on the day I got married.  I felt it when my kids were born.  And, I definitely feel it before each and every big ride.

As I look back, it becomes very apparent that the Monarch butterflies have come when I’m really making it happen, and vibrating at my most positive level.  They come at the times when I’m living….and not just simply passing time.  You’ll often catch me saying that over here at Loving the Bike it’s about living life to the fullest….on and off the bike.  Well, that’s how it’s feeling right now.

Okay, so as I write this with the intention of kickstarting your week with another Make it Happen Monday post….I hope that you too will grab hold of your dreams, move forward in making it reality, and have those Monarchs enter your stomach as well.  Let’s do this.


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8 Responses to “ Monarchs in my Stomach ”

  1. Vitaly Gashpar on October 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Butterflies in your stomach are OK, just make sure they fly in formation.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on October 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Yeah, for sure. I think they’ll give those pro TTT’s a run for their money.

  2. Adam on October 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I read your article a few weeks ago where you talked about doing it now. I wasn’t sure if it was good advice you were spreading or if you were actually following your own advice. It appears you are in fact following it. Congratulations and I will check back for more on your adventures.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on October 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      Hey Adam, thanks for your comment. I do try to walk the walk and talk the talk, so thanks for your praises and congratulatory words. I appreciate it.

  3. Richard on October 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    It appears that you have some interesting things coming up for you. Keep that fire burning inside of you and best of luck in your endeavors.

  4. Martha A. Boyd on October 8, 2012 at 5:58 am

    So happy for you and your family. Those monarchs will bring plenty of adventure. Sounds like vitamin M!
    I’m feeling those today too, as my other Bosses 1-8, are giving me a very important assignment. Your post is just want I needed to walk out that door motivated!
    Thank you!!!
    Let the monarchs tickle! 😉

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on October 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      You’re so awesome, Marty. I’m glad this one helped you…and make sure those other 8 bosses don’t stress you out too much.


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