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.
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 feel at peace. I am content with my lot in life. I feel hopeful about my country. In the midst of all the turmoil that surrounds Washington, DC, I am on an island of calm. This amazes--and encourages--me. It is more evidence of the internal transformations that have been taking place. I haven't been rocked by anxiety, but instead keep moving through life with a deep sense of knowing and trusting. I also am able to give thanks for all the blessings in my life, including:
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.
Eight years ago when I was living in Jersey City, I attended a half-day New Year’s yoga retreat. The facilitator asked the group to identify three people we admired. Then she asked us to consider three traits they had in common. All the people I selected were having a great deal of impact in the education world at the time. I noticed that they all were visionaries, dogged, and risk takers. Of these three characteristics, I knew I needed courage the most. If I were gong to make any of my dreams come true, I had to become a risk taker. This would not be easy.
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.