I got married 14 years ago on June 28, 2003. It has been so long, and my life has changed so much, that it is hard sometimes to believe that my wedding day actually happened. A few wedding photos remain, as well as my new last name, as evidence that I did in fact say, “I do.” That moment marked the beginning of my transformation journey.
It has been three weeks since I last posted to this blog—almost a month since I had an hour’s time to reflect on life and the lessons it has been offering me, and share them with the rest of you. It isn’t that I haven’t been getting my lessons. Trust me, they have been coming. I just have been so swamped with life and doing my best to keep my head above water in the process of living that there wasn’t much time to compose my reflections and put them online. Albeit, a bit belated, here is what I have learned in the last month or so:
It's crunch time. I need to have most of the furniture and personal belongings out of my house by the end of the week. Next week is reserved for getting some minor repairs done around the house. Then I'll have a photographer come out to take pictures, so that my house can be listed for rent. Looking around at all the stuff I have accumulated over the years, and thinking about getting it all out of here in the next week or so, has me utterly overwhelmed! Despite the stress of moving, I am still feeling very grateful.
My current contract with the DC State Superintendent ends on May 31. I plan to spend the month of June visiting with family and friends up and down the East Coast. Then, in early July, I am moving to Northern California. I will be working in the Bay Area over the summer, and in the fall, I will be enrolling in graduate school full-time to study education policy. I am 42 years old. If I am able to complete my studies in the expected five years, I will be 47 when I am finished. By the time I get tenure at a research university, I’ll be in my mid-50s. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams.
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.
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.