I remember my first bike. A yellow, pink and orange shiny piece of metal complete with plastic streamers hanging off the handlebar grips called, “Desert Rose” as named by Huffy, not me. I had two goals: 1) to ride so well the training wheels could come off and 2) to make those streamers shoot out the grips and flutter straight back as I rode at top speed. But of course, balance’s precarious fight with gravity made my learning a slow process yet, I made progress all the same. Balance is the basic key to riding a bike and momentum helps keep balance in check. These same lessons are true in life; the constant movement forward facilitates our equilibrium and whether we are enjoying a lazy, steady pedal or making our streamers dance furiously in the breeze, we must keep moving.
Kristi Leeper is a lifelong lover of all things creative and crafty. She likes to touch things, dissect them, figure them out and maybe even reproduce them. Growing up in San Angelo, Texas she was exposed to small town values, but the world was always whispering in her ear to come out and play. Life has led her down a myriad of career paths such as a baker, licensed manicurist, florist, and a high school history teacher. The simple truth is she is good at all of these occupations and being good at a lot of things has served her well in life. She currently works as part-time as the Special Projects Manager for the Museum of the Southwest and for her husband keeping the books straight for the company he owns because he is simply a good boss and let’s her go to yoga whenever she wants.