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When seasons change

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My last blog was almost over a year ago. Do you ever have a particular date force you to realize all that’s happened in a year? (Okay, New Years is the obvious one, but this draft dated back to–dare I say–Veteran’s Day.)

Since last Veteran’s Day… I moved back to New York–or as I like to think, discontinued visiting D.C. all the time. I got back to running and racing better than before that fractured femur. I qualified for next year’s marathon, earned my first gold medal, and had amazing volunteering experiences.

Beyond working and running (and not blogging), I traveled to Grand Cayman, Austin, San Antonio, the Hudson River Valley, and Napa and Sonoma–actually those were all for work and included running. I stopped in LA for a friend’s wedding and saw a whole new side of it; Koreatown to be exact. I took my annual trip to Nashville, tried enough new restaurants to counter the running, and have gotten to know Connecticut way too well.

There may have been more than four seasons; it’s hard to say. But seasons have changed. Temperatures and colors and yes, wardrobes, have changed (in the way that I feel one with my down jacket). I’m not an expert on change–I admit I do everything I can to avoid it, but here’s what I learned as the leaves turned:

1. Sometimes change is on you.
Everyone has days at work when they’re ready to drop the mic. Everyone wants to secede from their families at times. Everyone needs a day or season off from all the action or exercise or drama. But it’s your feet walking in your shoes. I ran away to New York once a month until I just manned up and moved back, which reset my mindset. And now I have a life and a job again–not a job where I live.

2. There’s always a bright side.
Or as my pastor puts it: There’s gold in the garbage. As it turns out… D.C.’s not all that bad. I find myself recommending its redeeming value to people who typically respond with, “I thought you hated it?” I’m just more of a New Yorker who chose to treat D.C. like a traveler. (I have a long list of picks, but you can’t miss Del Campo, Bluejacket Brewery, the Dolcezza Gelato factory + coffee lab, or American Ice Co.)

3. We get plenty of takes.
Don’t get me started on videos after a year of hosting (too) many, but if you haven’t heard: Even one- to two-minute video clips take hours to shoot and require tons of footage that doesn’t count and several takes on the script. But that’s so the producer has plenty to work with to tell the best story. While we don’t get outtakes in life, it is okay to try a second and third take. Sometimes that last version of the script you completely improvised is way better (and far more natural) than what you’d planned. And outtakes are hilarious.

I’ll catch you up on the latest ways to give back next, but here are a few ideas from my holiday gift guide, which work for everyday of the year.

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