Over the last month, I sold my furniture, donated household goods, moved into a new house, ended a three-year consulting contract, started a new position, began a 10-week data analysis course, hosted a weekly writing group, and drove over 2,000 miles to visit family in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. It was a busy time to say the least. Even though I didn’t have much capacity for blogging, I was cataloguing all the blessings that showed up along the way. So, here is an extra special, (much longer) month-long edition of all the things I am celebrating:
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:
It has been almost eight years since I moved to Washington, DC. I came because I was tired of the crowdedness that is New York City, and wanted to live somewhere more spacious. I also knew I was ready to own a home, and real estate prices in the Tri-State Area were far beyond my budget. Finally, I was looking to satisfy a dream to live in the Nation’s Capital that I had been harboring since I visited my dad as a 13-year-old teen. Inspired by attending President Obama’s Inauguration in the frigid cold, I decided that 2009 was the time to make the move.
Last week, I joined with thousands of Americans in offering my thanks to outgoing President Barack Obama. Our nation was privileged to have a leader full of goodness, discernment, conviction, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and commitment to equal rights for all. As we enter a new era of federal leadership, I will continue my gratitude practice, finding ways each day to be thankful. Here are some of the things I am celebrating from last week:
I saw an interesting article on Inc.com a few weeks ago. The author claimed that successful people, like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Oprah Winfrey, all employ a simple technique that contributes to their winning ways. They spend at least one hour a day learning something new. At the end of the typical workweek they have spent five hours reading about a new topic, reflecting on life’s recent events, or experimenting with a new idea. Together, these three things helps them to improve at their craft.
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.