I’ve been writing in a journal for years. It gives me an opportunity to reflect on life, count my blessings, figure out the root causes of some of my words and actions, and develop plans for living my life to the fullest. One habit I have developed over the last few months is to focus my Monday morning journal writing on my gratitude list.
Here’s what came up this past Monday:
I am grateful for the baking soda that seems to be killing the fungus that appeared on my houseplant. I think had been giving it a little too much water, which made a nice breeding ground for the fungus. There’s nothing like home-based remedies found online. Thanks people for sharing your wisdom.
I am grateful that many years ago my teacher had the wisdom to put some of her yoga classes on iTunes. Now that she no longer lives in DC, I still am able to practice with her. It isn’t nearly the same as being with her in person, but her voice and teaching style is quite strong with just the audio. I can practice with her anytime and in any place including my living room.
I am grateful for the strength and flexibility I am building. I can feel the muscles getting stronger in my thighs and arms. Last week, a friend even commented on the muscles in my back that were visible in the sundress that I was wearing. Recovery is always a long process, and takes lots of faith and patience.
I am so grateful my hair has finally started growing back. It is a very weird, wiry texture now, but at least the gaps in my skull are no longer visible. We’ll see what happens as it keeps getting longer.
I am grateful for the bonus I got last week. Yahoo! That was totally unexpected. Now I can finally buy the bedroom furniture I have been looking at for months.
I am grateful that some extra cash magically appeared last week that will enable me to work with one of the schools I have been coaching over the summer. They were making a lot of progress, and I am glad I can stay involved for the next few weeks. Plus, it brings in a little more cash, which is always a bonus.
I also am grateful for the wonderful houseguest who has been staying with me this summer. She is a travel nurse, and is very friendly, fun and considerate—all important qualities in my book.
I am really grateful for my business mentor. She has been incredibly helpful—and I love the idea of working on my business instead of in it. Thanks for sharing the eMyth with me. It was really hard sitting down and thinking about all the roles and responsibilities that come along with running a yoga studio, but I am so glad that I did it. Making sure I have the right people on board to take on some of those tasks will be so much easier.
I am really grateful for the amazing people who have given their hearts to helping to build a yoga community in Ward 5. I think of my Wednesday moms who show up at 8:30pm ready for challenging yoga classes week after week, and the teachers who have moved with me to two different locations and continue giving to our students. It is pretty amazing to see this little community grow and flourish. We turn 1 on September 1.
I also am grateful that I get asked to teach group classes across the city. I did a class for the Rest in the City retreat sponsored by Curvy CEO last month for a small group of professional women. I’ve been teaching an outdoor yoga class on the Metropolitan Branch Trail near my home off Rhode Island Avenue NE. Starting next week, I will be teaching a class for DC Government employees on Wednesdays at noon.
I am grateful for the wonderful friends I have made in DC—especially the ones I met attending a 7 am Bible study near Union Station. We gathered for prayer, Bible study, fellowship and encouragement for the better part of three years. I met these women shortly after I moved to DC, and decided to try the Christian thing one more time. The quiet dignities with which they each cultivate their walks with God were helpful reminders of how simple faith can be. Husbands and babies changed several lives and eliminated our early morning times together, but they remain very dear friends. I am glad for the time I got to spend with two recently.
I live a very blessed life.
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.