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:
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.
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:
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:
I drove 756 miles over the four-day holiday weekend to spend time with my family in North Carolina. First, I headed to my godparents' home in High Point. Then I made the eastward trek across the state to Tarboro, where my aunt and uncle live. These are my father's people, and I spend a lot less time with them than with my mother's relatives. I knew I owed them a visit before I moved to the West Coast. My relatives were very gracious and extended their Southern hospitality. On Monday night, I safely made it back home to DC to continue the transition. Here are the other things I am celebrating:
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.