"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them." – Kahlil Gibran
There is something very intriguing about the first road-run after a downpour of rain.
All week long, my mind and body pounds out the pavement, leaving behind a filth consisting of the unnecessary angst, frustration, guilt, remorse, and self-criticism that comes with my oftentimes inconvenient desire to perfect every aspect of my existence.
Such ‘running therapy’, so I call it, allows for each step to become lighter than the previous, even though I am expending an incredible amount of energy, breath and hard-earned sweat.
After a downpour, that layer of toxic residue has washed away and the pavement has been renewed much like my post-run outlook on all things, ensuring another successful week of positive energy.
Although I have been a consistent runner for over a decade, the miles have been readily increasing over the past few weeks and I must say it has really become a powerful contribution to my daily activities as well as my ability be a difference maker!
This past year was full of new experiences, observations, and life-changing outcomes. Among the positive, were a promotion, a new opportunity in Southern California, and the reminder that not only do I have the coolest family in the world, but that they live in Columbus, Ohio and I should do so as well. That said, I am very thankful for the relocation opportunity and all of the eye-openers along the way. I was a stranger to many, though I met a couple of phenomenal friends that will always remain. I picked up digital project management knowledge and Power Yoga as well. Not to mention, I have become quite the tweeter, Pinterest junkie, and blogging enthusiast. Throughout the months of experiencing an incredible amount of isolation, I am most thankful for my re-calibrated faith. God has really been at work in my heart. I have allowed myself to cry, ask difficult questions, and consider how I can present myself in a way that is open to and excited for whatever makes the most sense, regardless of the luster. I moved home to Columbus, Ohio in December and I am eager for the many positive initiatives to which I can put my energies towards in 2012. For starters, it is time to train for my second half-marathon. The Muffin Tops will be back in action on the basketball court. Oh yes, and I’m back to teaching CardioSculpt at Arena District Athletic Club on Wednesday nights. Did I fail to mention, I have become quite the nerd alert and I hang out with the Kindle or Words with Friends more than I actually end up hanging out with real friends? #smh Adios, 2011.