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We all know that change is inevitable.

We’ve been warned about it a million times, in cliches, fables, stories about someone moving our cheese…

But that doesn’t always mean we’re ready to face those changes.

So let’s talk about how we can get better about expecting change, adapting to change, and ultimately making peace with change — all through the idea of marking our thresholds.

As we’ve seen over the past few months, the way we live our lives, the ways we work and learn, the way we approach career exploration — all of that can change nearly overnight. And none of us saw these changes coming.

So…if you can’t even imagine the kinds of changes you’re going to face, how can you prepare for them? …

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Lately, our mornings have started off with a prolonged lie-around in bed and a daily game of mental tug-of-war:

What am I supposed to be doing right now…?

Seriously, it feels like everyone’s telling me to do something different.

Am I supposed to be working? Staying home? Getting back to normal?

Protesting? Donating? Should I post, or not post???

Why does it seem like everyone has more DOWNTIME than me???

Maybe I should just get up…

Yep, no matter how long we lay around contemplating life, checking social media, or reading the news, eventually we get going.

It’s a universal experience, starting the day. And for most, making that first move doesn’t feel like a monumental occasion. And yet nothing else if any importance can happen…until you decide to start your day. …

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Hey Class of 2020!

Lately, self-care feels more important than ever. For all you upcoming grads, we hope you’re getting enough time to treat yourselves—and we hope your version of self-care is looking a lot like self-celebration! It’s a weird time, but you should still be celebrating your accomplishments, celebrating the next phase of your life, and celebrating that you’ve made it this far.

But we know that self-care can feel tough right now, so we’re here to help, with a few free and easy self-care tips for 2020 grads.

Real quick, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room: We’ve got some fun ideas for you — but they can’t replace all the exciting things you had planned for the end of this year. So it’s OK to feel weird, or sad, or mad right now. …

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“Everyone fails.”

“Don’t be afraid to fail!”

“Get to failing!!!”

Okay, so let’s say after hearing your mentors repeat these phrases until their faces turned blue, you finally listened: You took a chance, you went after one of your goals…and you failed. Now you’re at the bottom of the hole you’ve dug, looking back up like, “HEY, guysI did it! I tried! That was fun! Now throw me a line!”

After an epic failure, how do you pull yourself up by your bootstraps and turn your life around? Well…and hear us out here….sometimes you don’t. …

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Everyone wishes they could go back in time and give their past selves some advice from time to time. “Don’t send that text. Just go for it and move to New York City already! ‘Grad to the Future’ is a horrible, terrible pun and you should absolutely not make it the title of your blog post!!!”

This feeling seems to apply tenfold at the big pivot points in our lives—around this time of year, it’s probably most commonly being felt by high school and college students as they prepare for graduation.

But while we hold our collective breath waiting for someone to invent that time-traveling Delorean, there *is* a reasonable, semi-easy way for any upcoming or recent grads to proactively avoid major regrets or…

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Ramona in Cancun, Mexico // Photo by Brad A. Johnson

From here, it seems like Brad A. Johnson is living our dream life: he’s a food critic and photographer who gets paid to travel and dine out, he’s won a prestigious James Beard Award — one of the culinary world’s highest honors — and, perhaps most enviously, he recently acted as one half of a two-person team that tackled the arduous task of reviewing every single restaurant in Disneyland.

But while the nature of food writing sounds like heaven, the field definitely deals with its fair share of criticism: not only was the profession villainized in our generation’s most eminent film about cartoon rodents—Ratatouille—but on a more personal note, Brad’s O.C. Register article, “The 75 Best Places to Eat in Orange County,” stirred up some controversy within Roadtrip Nation’s Southern California-based Slack channels. (Ramen Yamadaya?

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Chef Roy Choi has been perfecting the art of the mashup his whole life.

Born in South Korea and raised all over Southern California (moving 12 times during his childhood), Roy experienced all that Los Angeles’s neighborhoods had to offer. That blending of cuisine, culture, and place fueled his signature creation–the Korean BBQ taco–the cult-status street-food mashup that launched a thousand imitations and made Roy’s name synonymous with the food-truck movement.

That little taco of legend came to life when his friend Mark Manguera had the idea for a Mexican street taco filled with Korean BBQ; he gave Roy a call and they started experimenting in their free time. Since they didn’t have enough money for a restaurant space, they served their creation out of an old taco truck and tweeted out their location. Soon there were crazy, snaking lines of hundreds at their regular stops. …

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Eight to nine months out of the year, we’re mostly just daydreaming about summer. Sure, we get our work done! But from time to time, we slip off to some magically warm place where meetings and classes and to-do lists don’t exist.

Still, June inevitably rolls arounds more quickly than we expected, and before we know it, our calendars fill up with auto-pilot activities, just like they do the rest of the year: We have to go to summer school classes every day, or drop off the kids at camp, or pick up the kids from camp to take them to swim practice, or spend time planning our work commutes so we avoid terrible beach traffic. …

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There’s really nothing better than the chance to brag. Even when it comes to games based almost completely upon the odds — like choosing a March Madness bracket — we’re never convinced a good bet was just “dumb luck.” You had a gut feeling, you did the research, you wore the right thing that day, you sent those good vibes to the Retrievers. It wasn’t just luck — you had a part to play, and you want everyone to know it.

And yet, when it comes to talking about our own true, hard-won successes, a lot of us suddenly get bashful. When we sit down with leaders and professionals across the country to hear their secrets to success, their first instinct is to downplay their accomplishments by attributing them to luck. “I was just in the right place at the right time. …

Between December rent, food, gifts for the fam, and the occasional splurge on ourselves — sometimes a person just goes into a trance and spends too much at Patagonia, you know? — by the time we reach the end of the “giving season,” it can feel like there’s not a whole lot left for us to give.

Plus (and we’ll try not to sound too much like Werner Herzog here), even though we’re material beings who can usually ride the holiday-gift high right through New Year’s Day, if we’re not investing in the kind of gifts that keep on giving, that post-present glow will eventually fade. …


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