It’s been a while

So here’s an update.  I was re-inspired to write again today when my beloved co-worker and I were discussing blogs. 


Since the last time I wrote, I’ve been working at an immigration shelter.  Working with kids who come from other countries, that have different lifestyles, and that speak many different languages has really given me perspective.  I have realized how blessed I truly am…how good my life really is.

I moved in with my longtime boyfriend.  We just celebrated our two year anniversary.  We’ve been through many interesting situations and have survived our share of hardships.  Now, we both have great careers, new cars, and we’re moving onward and upward.   All the important things are not man-made.  I would describe our relationship as strong, genuine, fun, innocent, sexy, spontaneous yet planned, and joyful.  There have been a few people who have tried (and tried) to tear us apart, but it didn’t work.  We’re planning for our futures and take care of each other’s hearts in the here-and-now.

I ran a few mud races in 2013.  The Jailbreak, Warrior Dash, and Tough Mudder (number 2), just to name a few.  Training for these obstacle races is really fun.  It’s a great way for me to keep my athleticism going throughout the year and it keeps me on track.

Speaking of tracking, I’ve been tracking my food with a journal.  For about one year now, I’ve been an Online Weight Watchers member.  It’s been the most effective way for me to maintain and lose weight.  It really keeps me accountable and keeps me mindful about what I’m sticking in my osico (Spanish for animal mouth).

My best friends are all still living out of El Paso.  They’ve gone to San Antonio, Arizona, and Guadalajara.  I’ve been trying to be more outgoing to find people who share my interests….who are genuine.  Introvertedness is still a little difficult; mostly because I’m misunderstood.  It may look like bitch face….it may look like I don’t have people skills….but that’s not it.  It just takes a lot of my energy to interact with others.

My new year’s resolutions for 2014 are: To sign up for and complete at least three obstacle races, run a half-marathon, grow my hair out, cut down on my soda intake, be a little more social (it’s good for my sanity), and get into a bikini (before age 30 at least). 

My plan is to save money to sign up for races a few months in advance.  I also plan to have friends join me to keep hotel/car/team registration prices low.  I plan to train one to two months in advance of each race with high intensity.  Throughout the year, I will eat cleanly and maintain my conditioning by going to the gym at least four times per week.  I will not buy soda to keep in my house.  I can make tea or sugar free lemonade.  I will reach out to my family, friends, best friends, workout buddies, and co-workers at least once a week.  Maybe I can have parties at the new apartment at least once or twice a month.  I will take naps and eat well so that I won’t feel grumpy or anxious around people.  And I will work on my HIIT, strength training, and cardio in a pattern that will help me create a bikini-ready body.


Aside from all the vain or external stuff, I am also a few months away from obtaining my full counseling license.  Last time I counted, I was at about 1,248 direct service hours.  I am only about 250 direct hours away from getting my license.  The 1,500 indirect service hours are pretty much done at this point.  I need to wait until March 7, 2014 to apply for my full license.  I’m so glad that I’m almost done with my hours and that I’m soooooo close to having a license.  It’s a little difficult for me to have a separate caseload aside from my full time job. 


I still haven’t taken down my Christmas tree.  I don’t want to.  It’s sad.


Other than that, this is kind of it.  TTYL

Published by ThroughTheEyesOfaTherapist

Mental health clinician, advocate, boxer, drummer, healer. Podcaster, blogger and creative spirit. Cristal Martinez Acosta has been working as a therapist within the border community of El Paso, Texas since 2011. Cristal is a Licensed Professional Counselor Board Approved Supervisor (LPC-S) in the state of Texas and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She graduated with honors from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Then she attended New Mexico State University (CACREP accredited), where she received a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance with a 4.0 GPA. She has experience working with youth and adults who have been affected by traumatic events. Her areas of interest are childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, high-risk youth, depression, Reality Therapy, and immigration issues. She is certified in both Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy and trained in EMDR, EFT, Motivational Interviewing, and ITCT-A.

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