I was raised in a single, female-headed household. My mom worked hard to provide everything my older sister and I needed. She ensured that we got the best educations she could afford, and there was always enough money for a few books to add to my ever-growing collection. I had new school clothes each fall and plenty to eat for each meal. My clothes weren’t fancy, and my sister and I shared a bedroom in the Bronx. So I was far from spoiled, but I never went without.
I leave for California in one week. I've booked a number of different places to stay, and reserved a rental car for the trip. I have arranged for a trusted friend to house-sit, and connected with a few folks who I want to visit while I'm there. At this point, the only things left to do are pack, withdraw some cash, and hop on my flight. I can't wait! Here are the other things I am celebrating this week:
Here are the things I am celebrating as the month of October draws to a close:
It's midway through the month of October, and my mood hasn't begun to deteriorate into its usual fall doldrums. I'm hoping some of the credit goes to my sunlamp, which I have been using faithfully since the fall equinox a few weeks ago. I'm also hoping out of bed, and heading straight to my yoga mat for a short and simple practice that energizes. I'm feeling really good. Dare I hope that this year will be different from the rest? No matter what, I am grateful for my good mood, as well as these other things this week:
I boarded a bus in DC headed to Philadelphia at 7:15 this morning. I had plans to meet my senior thesis advisor from my undergrad days 20 years ago. After falling out of touch, we reconnected in 2008, when I randomly ran into him on the street in front of the New Orleans hotel where we were both staying. He was there with a group of Penn students doing Alternative Spring Break (read: community service trip) in the Lower Ninth Ward following Katrina. I was there attending the annual ASCD conference for teachers and teacher leaders. In the ensuing years, I have reached out to him every year or so to check in, get career advice, and make sure he is taking good care of himself. This week, his assistant emailed me to ask what type of salad I wanted for lunch. We would be ordering from healthy eatery SweetGreen—a sure sign he is holding up his end of the bargain. Spending quality time talking about my plans for the future with this influential man is just one of the many things I am celebrating this week:
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.