Over the weekend, my family gathered to celebrate the 40th birthday of one of my cousins. I drove up to New Jersey late Saturday afternoon to join the festivities. There was abundant food and great conversations. We danced to the music, with the DC contingent showing the Jersey folks how to "wobble." My uncle brought along a photo album with pictures from the 70s and 80s, and we all laughed at those younger, less stylish versions of ourselves. As I prepare for my life on the West Coast, these regular family gatherings are one of the things I will miss. So, I will soak them in while I can. That's just one of the things I am celebrating this week:
I have been blessed with amazing organizational skills. I’m great at planning—even better with goal-setting and backward mapping. My five-year Life Plans are written project documents with milestones and interim deadlines to help me achieve my long-term goals. I review them regularly to track my progress and stay motivated. I also share my goals with others to help hold me accountable and offer encouragement and support.
I explained the concept of synchronicity in my latest Musing post. Synchronicity is a series of inexplicable, unintended coincidences that results in a positive outcome. Thanks to synchronicity, I have been able to knock a couple of things off my To Do list. My tire was replaced. I got some moving boxes. I even was able to spend time with a dear friend I had been wanting to see before my move West. And now I am filled with optimism. If I can do those things, which seemed so difficult and had been causing mild anxiety, I can do anything. I am grateful for this extra dose of positive thinking as I enter crunch time with my move. Here are the other things for which I am thankful this week:
I was introduced to the concept of synchronicity in Julia Cameron’s landmark text The Artist Way. Cameron describes synchronicity as a coincidence (or series of coincidences) that occurs during the artistic process. In fact, she believes that when artists get out of their own way and commit to doing the work of creating their art, Divine intervention steps in and makes things happen to facilitate the creative process. As I committed to writing and publishing my writing more consistently, I noticed the coincidences that followed. I became a believer in the concept of synchronicity. I knew that the Divine would work on my behalf if I kept up my end of the bargain as a creative.
Life is good. I am feeling well. Work is going well. I have wonderful friendships, and relations with my family has never been better. I have been accepted into graduate school, and offered a very generous fellowship to support my studies. I love being able to teach yoga, and am grateful to have found a new studio home in DC. When I survey my life, all I can see is good. Here are some specific things I am celebrating this week:
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.