moving into 2018.

This year Moving Wright Along was viewed in 68 countries!

Whether you’re a long time follower or a new friend, thank you for your support in 2017.

I want to wish you a blessed holiday season wherever you reside in the world!

Subscribe and follow for more stories in 2018 as I wrap up the final six months of my Peace Corps service and prepare for my reintegration home.

❤ Krystal

choosing grace.

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I’ll be the first to admit. I’m critical. Of myself. And of others. I judge myself based on my intentions and others on their actions.

I preface most of my criticism with, “I know I’m not perfect but [insert hateful remark to crush anyone in the path of this message].” (I think I say something similar to this on the daily.)

I want grace from others but, I’m selective in giving it.

I drown out grace in gossip, temper tantrums, and sometimes swearing silently in my head.

Yeah, I’m a punk sometimes. I know I’m supposed to love people, but how can I when I don’t like them?

I was challenged today to choose grace. For myself, and especially towards others. I am selfish, broken, prideful, grieving, shameful, and most of all human. This makes it so hard to choose grace.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.”

I think this is exactly right.

With the new year only days away, my challenge for myself and all of my friends is to choose grace.

I choose grace because I don’t know the struggles you’ve faced.

I choose grace because you don’t know your battles ahead.

I choose grace because I don’t know how far your road is ahead of you.

I choose grace because I don’t know how far you’ve already traveled.

I am not perfect, and I don’t claim to be. But, I can choose to forgive and merciful. I hope you can do the same.

Happy New Year.

❤ Krystal

 

good things happening in november: nothing.

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Lauren and CJ’s Wedding, May 17, 2014.

To put it lightly, November turned my world upside down. 17 days ago, I received the worse message I could ever imagine. My friend, Lauren, and her husband, CJ, were involved in a terrible accident. Neither of them survived.

Up until then, I can’t say I have ever experienced heartache to this capacity. Still in the days following, I’m trying to make any type of sense from these broken pieces.

I’ve sat and asked God in hundreds of ways, “How can this be happening to ME?”

I’ve struggled with selfish thoughts of, “Why couldn’t this be anyone else?”

This year, I have made an effort to jot down Good Things that have happened to me this year in the back of my daily planner. This month was no exception. Although, after the accident, I found myself writing the word “nothing,” for the month of November. How could anything good come from this awful event in MY life?

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Dinner with Lauren and CJ at Blue Sushi. I introduced them to this restaurant and they were both hooked. Lauren decided to have her birthday dinner at Blue a few weeks later.

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Lauren and I had been planning dinner for weeks. In between my internship and her softball schedule, we finally had a chance to enjoy dinner with Bella. CJ was so sweet to make dinner for us before he had to go to class.

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Today, I don’t know why this happened. I can guarantee you that I won’t know the answer to this tomorrow, nor the next day.

Many times I have said, “my comfort comes from knowing they are with my Savior.” I believe with all my heart this is true. This eases some of the pain. Some of it, for now that is.

After losing a friend, some of the thoughts of I “Shoulda, woulda, coulda” begin to flood your mind. To the point that many waking moments are filled with them. It’s so difficult when there seems to be no answer.

The church was packed at the memorial service for Lauren and CJ. People gathered from far and wide (as far as Chile), to pay their respects to my friends.

I was overwhelmed with tears seeing how many people they touched in the short amount of time we had with them on Earth.

One pastor spoke about how fragile life is and how it can be gone like a vapor in the wind.

Seeing what Lauren and CJ accomplished as far as leading people to Christ through their actions and relationships, the pastor said something that will forever change me- “If you don’t like the way you’re living, you can change it, today.”

You have one life, are you living it well?

Lauren and CJ radiated love in everything that they did. It’s difficult for me to even think back of my friendship with Lauren before CJ, even though I’ve known Lauren and her family for many years.

As of now, all I have left are memories of Lauren and CJ. Times we laughed until our stomachs hurt, prayed together, and sometimes even cried together. Heart to heart discussions about life and living. Conversations about plans for the future, and the paths to get there.

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Until we meet again.

Please keep the Davis and Benthall Family in your prayers.

Be kind, be gentle.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”  Revelation 21:4

❤ Krystal

dietetic technician program

I am going to be short and sweet, because I am studying for a test and just finished a case study.

It occurred to me that I never post about projects, reports, or case studies I have worked on or completed in my Dietetics program. This is such a disservice. When making the decision to return to school, I followed tons of RDs, DTRs and dietetic student bloggers, which helped tremendously in deciding to return to school.

I decided that I would create a new tab on my page dedicated to some of my case studies and projects I’ve completed during my program. It won’t be for everyone, but for those that may be considering going to school for Nutrition or Dietetics.

Hope this can shed some light and guidance for those pursuing this career.

❤ Krystal

product review: bulu box

I always say that being a Sweat Pink Ambassador has its perks. I never thought that being accepted to the community would teach me so much about myself and others, in just two short years. Enough of the sap.

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Bulu Box. Is the jam. Really it is. I first heard about Bulu Box two years ago when I first became an ambassador. I love the idea of this company. How often to you go into a store and buy a product a friend or blogger has been raving about, and once you commit to purchasing a giant tub of product, it get home to find out you don’t like it? Bulu Box is your solution.

Each month you receive a box of sample products in the mail. A try before you buy deal. Who doesn’t love that?

Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that’s $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at BuluBox.com! Here you’ll also get expert tips, tricks and a supportive community of Bulugans! Join the discovery and find a healthier you!

Each Bulu Box is unique. Here’s what I got in my box.

Quest Protein- Peanut Butter
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This was what I was the most excited to try. I’ve put off buying an entire container due to the commitment issue thing. I hit the jackpot with this one. Blended it up with some milk, a little chocolate powder and ice. Score.

MovIt Energy Gummies
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Just what you’d expect. I’m not in training for anything now (or probably ever again.) But, for what it is, these little gummies pack a punch. Easy to chew and flavorful.

Mediterra Nutritional Bars
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I can’t even. Like really, I can’t. From the birdseed appearance of it, I didn’t think I was going to be a fan. Then, it touch my tastebuds. If you like birdseed, you’ll love it. If you like birdseed, that taste like Olive Garden. This snack is for you. I for one, will pass.

Earth’s Care Anti-Itch Cream
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This cream is a lifesaver. I live in the South and being in the South we have mosquitoes. This cream provided the most relief to itchy mosquitoes bites. Thank you Bulu!

Yerba Prima Daily Fiber Formula Orange Flavor
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I can’t say I didn’t try. I couldn’t do this either. Something with flavored fiber makes it difficult to mix into smoothies or other foods that should not taste like orange. I tried, but I can’t. Gritty, orangey. I rather consumer fiber from fruits and vegetables.

Now the fun part for you:

Use the code SWEATPINK for 50% off a 3-month subscription to BuluBox.

❤ Krystal

not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

When I’m driving, it’s fun to look over and see couples arguing. Okay, maybe it’s not so much fun, but entertaining to say the least. I can only imagine how heated a conversation can get from the time people get in the car to their destinations, what has called so much turmoil to cause these “carguments.” Back seat drivers? Hard breakers? Who knows? It’s entertaining to watch. And this is why I drive alone.

This past week, I’ve been studying my booty off for A&P. Quite frankly, it’s easier the second time around. I found myself studying one afternoon at Starbucks when an elderly lady sat next to me. She noticed the huge book on my table and began asking me questions about school. She introduced herself as Dr. Harriette O’Connor, and boy has she overcome some adversity to call herself a doctor.

When she completed her undergraduate studies, over 50 years ago, she applied to 7 medical schools and was turned down from EVERY ONE strictly because she was a female. After choosing to take to broader route, she found herself married with children. Never losing sight of one day becoming a doctor, at the prime age of 40 she decided to go back to school after encouragement from a close family friend. And that’s what she did. She was the oldest one in her class, and admits to not being the “brightest bulb in the chandelier,” but she worked hard. She asked questions. She did the work. She showed up.

There’s my encouragement for you today. SHOW UP! DO WORK! ASK QUESTIONS! Maybe, not necessarily in that order. But, really, what’s your excuse at this point?

I also attended my 10 year high school reunion and had a blast. I’m amazed of what my former classmates have accomplished in the last 10 years. Some have proudly served in our military, others are starting charities, and others own businesses. It’s nice to get pretty for one day and pretend like “I woke up like this.

Photos Courtesy of Lance Adams, Fort Worth, Texas

Have a fantastic week.

❤ Krystal

you’re not boring, you’re bored. is that right?

Recently, I heard a fellow blogger mention that they have nothing to write about anymore, so they quit blogging. I’m sure many bloggers or writers, for that matter, fall into the whole writer’s block dilemma at some point or another. A lot of the time I have so many things to write about, but it’s difficult to put my words into posts that are concise and to the point. I ramble. I’d admit that proudly.

I love reading blogs. I’m sorry, but even if you are the most boring person in the world, you are interesting (to someone). I say this while knowing there are dozens of YouTube channels dedicated to watching people play video games. Let that soak in. You can type in “people playing video games” and watch, for hours, if you can tolerate, someone playing a video game. Why? I don’t know why. But, you can. To me, that is boring. But, someone else is willing to sit there and watch. I won’t even get into the Vlogger (Mom, that means video + blogger) that plays with kids toys, that’s just creepy.

My point is, you’re not boring. Just write, I mean it you want to. Write about your husband (to remind me not to get one, I kid) or about your dogs (to remind me not to get one). Write about a new recipe you nailed or failed. Write about your interaction with a stranger or how you learned to take awesome pictures without a photographer. See!

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Write about how to organize your dresser. Believe me, I would read that, and that’s one of the reasons my socks are folded like little sushi rolls, and they seem to be happy now.

And then there was Priscilla, from one of my favorite blogs, Priscilla Loves to Run. Because dang it, she really does love to run. She’s definitely not boring (yeah, I need to work on my blog titles). She loves to run and swim and bike to point that, like me, she pushes past limits and no matter what a doctor says sometimes, she does what shes loves to do. But, that’s besides that point.

Priscilla and I have an interesting connection. She graduated from the same DTR program in Texas that I am currently enrolled in. We were both in the Student Dietetic Organization (at different times) and have had most of the same classmates and instructors. I literally just missed formally meeting Priscilla by a semester. It wasn’t until recently we both kept seeing each others names on Fit Approach sites and #Sweatpink that we realized how small our worlds really are. How crazy is that? Priscilla is an ace. For her recent birthday, her only request was for everyone to do a random act of kindness in her honor. How awesome is that? 

So, besides the plug for you to check out >>> Priscilla Loves to Run <<<, Priscilla has also challenged me and a few other pink sweating ladies, because everyone knows ladies only sweat pink and sometimes glitter along with left over Bath & Body Works body mist, to join in on #1MillionMInutes.

“The whole Sweat Pink community is coming together to achieve one million minutes of activity this summer! As always, our goal is to inspire and encourage everyone to get moving so help us in getting your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone in between working with us this summer to achieve one million minutes of movement!”

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So, all my wonderful readers I challenge you to join in. Send me your minutes. Our goal is one million minutes of moving your body. From anything to Zumba to Crossfit to running to lifting. I need you (well, your minutes)! Message me, tweet me, any way you can reach me. We are running this until August 21, so you gots time, but don’t wait until the end. That, my friend, would be brutal.

❤ Krystal