A few weeks ago, I heard about an event coming to DC hosted by CNN commentator and former Obama White House staffer Van Jones. The event was part of a nationwide tour Jones was hosting around the country, hitting cities from New York to Los Angeles to Miami. I won four free tickets to the WE RISE DC tour stop, and brought along three friends. Even though I wasn't really sure what to expect, I showed up hoping for something good. At first, it seemed as if we were attending a concert with a DJ playing upbeat hip-hop music. But shortly after 8pm, the program began. Van Jones came to the stage and invited two guests to join him in conversation. The topic was unity and resistance--how people of different backgrounds and viewpoints can come together to fight against policies that are counterproductive to our country's best interests. I walked away feeling inspired and wondering what I would do in California to be a part of the movement our country so desperately needs. Here are some of the other things I am celebrating this week:
After months of delay and procrastination, I started taking care of all the little things I need to enroll at Stanford this fall. I uploaded my medical history and immunization records. I booked the transport company that will take my car to California, and arranged to have most of my boxes shipped. I started the mandatory Title IX training, and selected my courses for the fall. With each item checked off my To Do list, I feel a little less overwhelmed--and excited about all that this phase of my life is going to bring. Here are the other things I am celebrating this week:
It was yet another hot and humid week in the Nation's capital. But on Friday afternoon, strong, summer thunderstorms ushered in cooler weather for the weekend. I lingered among the produce stalls at Eastern Market. Instead of getting on Metro, I rode a bike downtown to go to the movies. I even got in an early morning 3-mile run. As I walked home late Sunday evening, there was a nip in the air--a sure shine that summer is beginning to wane. I am so grateful for the cooler temps, along with these things:
It has been a hot and humid July in the Nation's capital, and we just had a weeklong heat wave. It was 90 degrees (and above) with 90% humidity every day for over a week. Although the air conditioning is working again in my apartment, I have been miserable. It's so hot and sticky when you walk outside, that you feel like you're in a shower. I decided I needed a break, and convinced a friend to head with me to the ocean. I am so grateful for the wonderful Sunday afternoon that I spent in Ocean City, MD. Here are the other blessings I am celebrating this week:
Earlier this week, I saw a Facebook post from one of my favorite authors. She talked about the fact that she hasn't been in much of a writing mood. She has been on tour with her latest book, moving in with her boyfriend, renovating an old house, and taking care of her family. Life has filled her time so much that there hasn't been much space for writing. So, she is taking a break and will come back when she's ready. I can relate to her feelings, except I have much more self-doubt: What if I never come back to my writing? What if I never again feel settled? What if my new grad student life crowds out all the creative space?
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.