Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy New Year 2020!

Well, that all happened fast. How is it that we're not in 2019 anymore?!? I feel like just yesterday I was packing up my car to move to Kansas. It's been officially 6 months since I've lived here and while it's been challenging at times with family and friends far away and cold winter weather, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Stepping out of  one's comfort zone is never easy, but sometimes so much good can come from it. I've learned that facing my fears can pay off, and it doesn't necessarily mean that something bad will happen.

Lots of little things came out of it, too. For example, I got to ride on a BMX track consistently again. With all the rain in Houston, I barely got to set foot on a track for the last year and a half, so it's been nice having tracks to race on and a BMX community to be around. My team went under late last year with a bad case of ghosting bigger than the state of Texas. It gave me no time to search for a new team, and for awhile I felt lost. During my time racing I have almost never NOT had a team to belong to, and during my move and the distance, that threat of not having a perceived connection to something made me feel extremely sad and lonely. It was only recently that I was able to look logically at the matter and realize that regardless of being on a team or not, BMX is and always will be my happy place. One day I hope to find the right fit with an awesome team that races nationals. Until then, I will be having lots of fun this year training, hanging out, upgrading some parts and racing all over for myself! 😀 Vegas, baby!

I also got to make lots of headway with running, especially those darn hills. They're everywhere here, and lately when I see a hill I smile. Bring. It. On! I love the running community here and have been lucky enough to meet some really awesome people along the way. I've already run a couple of races in the area in 2019 and look forward to a few more in 2020, as well as running the Big Sur Marathon again with my boyfriend in April. After that, I think I will go back to half marathons for a while. I love to run, but I also want time to do other things as well, and learning to find that balance last year was a big accomplishment that I plan to bring with me into 2020.

Currently I am getting over a nasty head cold, and haven't been able to work out much this last week or so. I'm itching to get better and get back out there this weekend! I've been loving my job, and learning as much as I can about digital strategy and marketing. I'm full of optimism and exuberance for the year ahead, and I can't wait to experience it with those I love, both near and far. Wishing you all a great start to 2020!

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