School is back in session for most students in DC public schools, which means my relaxed summer is coming to an end. I decided to take this week off. I've kept it pretty low-key, choosing to remain close to home. Here are the things I am celebrating during my final week of summer break:
I want to thank you for a wonderful vacation in the Outer Banks. I love sitting on the beach listening to the tide crash against the shore. I like the regularity of the movement and its accompanying sound. They are soothing to my soul. They calm me, and remind me of your power and presence.
Thank you, Lord, for helping me to move on. As long as I kept hoping things would work out with a certain relationship, I remained stuck emotionally, unavailable for a truly satisfying partnership. Thank you for helping me to see it's time to move on. It has been time, but I wasn't ready. I was afraid of being alone. I was afraid I would never meet the right one. I was afraid that you wouldn't provide my needs in this area of my life. Lord, you have blessed me beyond my imagination in every other area, but for some reason, I doubted your ability to help me meet a good man. Forgive me. I'm ready for love.
Thank you for the conviction you have given me to take care of myself first. I've been practicing a lot of self-care lately, especially with nurturing my inner creative and going on artist dates. I love the time I get to spend in museums, feeling inspired by other talented artists. I also feel stronger in my physical body. The workouts, yoga classes, runs and strength training are all paying off as I begin to feel like my old self, and the last bits of the lupus flare recede.
Thank you for all the inspiration you have provided with Serenity Place DC. I have been able to recruit amazing teachers and two competent managers. Students are starting to find their way to us, and our classes are growing in size. The family yoga classes have been well received, and we are prime for a wonderful fall. I'm really excited about where the studio is headed. I know that our best days are still ahead. Thank you!
Lord, I put my hope in you. Lead me down the road I should follow. Help me to know which decisions are best and wisest. Help me to be a good steward of all the talents you have given me. May the investments of time and money pay off in the long run.
Finally, Lord, thank you for transforming me, and giving me a new life. Although I was miserable much of the time, I didn't expect much better. I didn't know that my current reality was even possible. I would have gone through the rest of my life that way if you had not intervened. I am continually astounded by all the blessings and miracles you have sent my way in the last few years. I am incredibly thankful for every one.
During one of my first sessions with my business mentor, I lamented my lack of time to do all the things my businesses required, while remaining sane. She suggested I record my hours for a week, so I could see where it was going. Well, I finally completed my assignment during a four-week beach vacation and was astounded by the results.
I don't think my heart could be any more of joy or gratitude than it is right now. Here are some reasons I am celebrating:
There's tons more reasons, but I gotta get back to my thesis writing!
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.