// (vûrv)n.

1. Energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic performance or composition: The revival lacked the verve of the original musical.
2. Vitality; liveliness.

I find myself on a path of learning and growth.  Through reflection, research, study, experience, and conversation I have discovered much about myself and life around me.  I have been empowered and enlightened by much of what I have learned in the last few years.  I have felt a continued need to share and discuss my thoughts and discoveries.  This is where that conversation will take place.

So, why The Verve Path?

Well, I find myself on a path, a continued movement towards a future I am not entirely sure of or familiar with.  I am eager on this path; I am excited about where it is taking me.  I am passionate about all I have learned and how I have changed.  So, this feels very much like a path of excitement and energy that I am attempting to capture through my writing.

So, who am I?

  • My name is Crystal Gold, no not the porn star… yes Crystal Gold is also a porn star.
  • I am a mother to my son, M, who was born June 2006, as well as my two angels, Angel Baby (2005) and Sidney (2009).
  • I am married to an entrepreneur, A, who is one of the most brilliant people I know.
  • I earned my BS and MS in Media Arts and Science and have worked as a Media Manager since 2001.
  • I am an advocate at heart, supporting breastfeeding, attachment parenting, and many other causes that speak to me.
  • I am a strong and opinionated woman.
  • I am a spiritual person and believe in the importance of raising my son to respect the world he lives in.  I have not found a religion that I feel comfortable in, but I think it is important to understand the beliefs of others.
  • I am in a very important and scary point of my life as I decide which direction to head in.  I have learned that I want to be more involved in helping others than my current job allows.
The Golds May 2009

The Golds May 2009

In my life I have been and seen many things.  I have traveled, loved, lost, and learned.  I have been a friend, a wife, a lover, a mother, a daughter.  I have felt the joy of new love and the pain of losing a love I wasn’t ready to let go of.  I have walked away from love because I loved myself more.  I have missed love and hated love, cherished it, and hoped for it.  I have felt fooled by love, been given hope through love.  The love of others has been the support to keep me going, the anchor tying me down, the fear to move forward, the push to move ahead. I have seen parts of the world, but not enough to quench my thirst.

M and Mommy at the Zoo, September 2009

M and Mommy, September 2009

I have said goodbye to friends that harmed me, sought out others that energized me.  I have taught others how to love themselves, how to love me, how to be loved.  I have also learned from them… every single day.  I have memories, thoughts, and ideas that shape every ounce of who I am.  There are parts of my life I wish I could relive, redo, replay.  My past does not haunt me.  More often it comes to me again and teaches me yet another lesson.  I have learned that I only know a single part of any situation.  Most times I later learn what the other person felt, thought, saw, understood, or questioned.  I find life to be an amazing puzzle and my experiences to be gifts.

If you can’t get enough of me, you can email me at crystald.gold [at] gmail [dot] com or catch my moment to moment ramblings at twitter.com/cfoutz and facebook.com/crystal.gold.

View my first blog entry on The Verve Path to see where I have come from.

My Blog with Integrity Pledge [http://www.blogwithintegrity.com/]

  • By displaying the Blog with Integrity badge or signing the pledge, I assert that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is important to me.
  • I treat others respectfully, attacking ideas and not people. I also welcome respectful disagreement with my own ideas.
  • I believe in intellectual property rights, providing links, citing sources, and crediting inspiration where appropriate.
  • I disclose my material relationships, policies and business practices. My readers will know the difference between editorial, advertorial, and advertising, should I choose to have it. If I do sponsored or paid posts, they are clearly marked.
  • When collaborating with marketers and PR professionals, I handle myself professionally and abide by basic journalistic standards.
  • I always present my honest opinions to the best of my ability.
  • I own my words. Even if I occasionally have to eat them.
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