I woke up very early on Wednesday morning. As soon as my eyes opened, I thought of my beloved godmother Annie. My mom called me quite early last year on April 26 to let me know that Annie had passed away in the middle of the night. It wasn’t a surprise. I had been visiting her every two weeks for the past few months to say my goodbyes. But it was still a shock. My Annie was gone, and I was devastated.
When I moved to DC, it took a long time for me to make friends and find my church community. There were lots of days and weeks of loneliness before I really got to know people and began letting them into my world. Yesterday after church, I had lunch with a friend. A few hours later, we gathered at her place for a baby shower with about 20 other women from our congregation. I realized how far I had come, and how many amazing relationships I have built over the last few years. I am celebrating each of them this week, along with a few other things:
I have a God Jar. In it, I put all my hopes and dreams, joys and fears. A God Jar is a physical representation of a prayer list. Sometimes verbalizing my prayers to God isn’t enough. I find this to be especially true when the prayers take a long time in getting answered. The God Jar reminds me that I prayed about the matter and turned it over to God. Now, I just need to wait on His answer
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.
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.