Step 1. Buy a new bike.
Wait. Stop. Come back. Let me explain.
Like countless others that get into recreational cycling, awhile ago I overcapitalised and purchased a road bike with gear way beyond my level of ability. And I love it. But after awhile no matter how good of a bike you buy it starts to feel the same after awhile.
Since it was ridiculous to ride that same bike on my commute I recently purchased a Fuji Cross 1.3 cyclocross bike. And I love it, too.