I started this blog three years ago as Crystal’s Wellness Quest. During that first year, I wrote a series of posts about Letting Go (Expectations, Anger, Control, Being Right, Suffering, Envy, Fear, Relationships, Blame, Doubt, Regret, Perfection, Depression, and Shame). For the first time in my life, I talked openly about being sexually abused as a child and my adult battles with depression. The years of hard work with my therapist had been paying dividends, and I wanted to share what I had learned with others. I think writing about the hard times helped with my healing. I probably benefited more than any of my readers.
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.
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.
Greetings, readers! The first few weeks of March have been so full of blessings and fun activities that it has been hard to set aside time to post to this blog. I write from Northern California, where I am visiting Stanford University. Tomorrow, I head to Berkeley to visit their campus. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I am relocating to California this summer and beginning doctoral studies in education policy at one of these two wonderful institutions.
Stanford has been a gracious host, and has planned back-to-back activities to introduce me to its programs, professors and my potential peers. But when I woke up this morning, I had no desire to get out of bed. So, after my morning quiet time, I opened my computer and brought it back to bed with me. I am grateful for this time to slow down in the midst of all the wonderful things in my life. Here are the other things I am celebrating:
My friend Beandrea introduced me to Anne Lamott when I was separated from my ex-husband. Fresh from her writing graduate program in California, Bea had discovered yoga out there and began teaching classes in and around Philadelphia, where I lived at the time. I went to a yoga and writing workshop Bea hosted, because I, too, had discovered yoga in the years since we met at Penn. I also had always enjoyed writing, and wanted to support my friend. During the workshop, Bea shared something Anne had written, and it resonated with my soul.
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.