There's a lot to celebrate. It's been a year since our lives have been changed in ways we never thought possible.
News that I can hang with friends who have had the vaccine, unmasked, gives me hope for laughter I can see, hugs I can feel, and food we can share.
There's a lot we took for granted before, and it is not something I will forget. I honestly did not think I could get through an entire year like this, but day by day we all pushed through and now (a few more grey hairs later) the light shines on the horizon.
I'm so grateful for the relationships I have that got me through this past year. I'm also grateful for the insane polarization that we have seen this past year. Weird I know. It has forced us to see how far we have come, and how much work there is left to do.
If there's anything we can glean from the past year, it's the importance of friendship, candid conversation, and compassion.
I never stopped doing the work of amplifying voices, even when I was confined to my home. I will never stop. And while I get a lot of "Krystle you are such a good person", the truth is, I'm a bit selfish. I do this work for myself and the people I love. The more I help folks see that their voice matters the better the world will be for me and the people in my circle. This selfishness is ok. How can you be selfish to make your life better for you and yours?
What is that thing that you want to see change?
The work isn't this buildup to one pivotal moment, I honestly thought that it would be once my TEDx Talk came out. The reality was a rude awakening. It's more of a slow burn. The change happens when you wake up in the morning and you put one foot in front of the other and you make decisions that are based in truth and compassion... the small moments.
Day by day you can make small choices that positively impact your life and the life of those around you. That means that sometimes that choice is binge watching a series on Netflix to give your brain space to function later, or going for a walk around your neighborhood and having an honest conversation with a stranger.
I was recently called an expert in helping girls find their confidence. All I do is show up, listen, and encourage. That's it. You can be an expert in amplifying voices too if you do those 3 things.
I hope you get to go outside and enjoy the sunshine today. Take a breath and know that you are exactly where you need to be. After sitting in that, take a little step forward.