January 11, 2017

New goals, fresh beginnings

Today I’m focusing on goals for 2017, or rather fresh beginnings (because remember in my recent post {here} I shared about my views on “resolutions”).

So yes, let me share with you my new goals that have evolved to priority most recently. Now since I have a passion for health and wellness, these goals have evolved to encompass the most common pillars of wellness.

1.Write consistently on this site and continue to further strengthening my writing abilities and connect with women. {intellectual wellness, and social wellness}

Why? I’m excited about this new chapter of BeWellWellness and consistency is key. My goal is to post 3-4 times per week. I also want to connect with women more. I’m such an extrovert and interacting with others-in person or online- makes me so happy. And I want more of that since I’m still adjusting to making some more new friends since our move last year.

2. Do a handstand for 10 seconds and walk on my hands. {physical wellness}

Why? While I have other goals related to my physical wellness, listing handstands as a goal is quirky and I like quirky. I like the nontraditional approach and different. But really, I just think it’d be fun to do. I can do a hand stand right now but not for very long. So by listing this as my goal, there are subsequently other areas of body strength I need to improve (therefore this goal was strategic). Note: I first listed 15 seconds as my goal but then changed it because, well, um, let’s be a little more realistic- 15 seconds is a long time.

3. Take a family vacation and a couple-only anniversary vacation. {emotional wellness, social wellness}

Taking vacations has a whole new role in our family lately because training {link} isn’t a factor anymore for anything- timing, length of stay, location, etc. So this is a whole new ball game! The purpose of these vacations will just be to connect more with each other without the normal routines of daily life. We’ve got little ones and I want to create memories with vacations related (even including road trips- because vacations need not be expensive). But also- we have a ten year wedding anniversary approaching this year so a couples-only vacation would be perfect.

4. Read the whole bible {intellectual wellness, spiritual wellness}

I have attempted this last year and I didn’t get through the whole thing. But a friend recently shared with me the app of ReadScripture, which is free, and it organizes your one year reading goal into a manageable calendar with notification prompts. It’s easy to follow because it’ll include chapters from various books of the bible in one reading, as opposed to reading the book from front cover to back cover. While I have my personal hardcover bible and trusty daily devotional, my goal is to read the bible this year.

5. Read 1-2 books per month {emotional wellness}

This is for personal growth. And I listed this because I truly enjoy reading. And I read a lot online- websites, articles, other blogs, etc, but I want to be intentional in reading books too. I read quite a few books last year so I want to maintain my consistency- whether e-books or hardcover books, it doesn’t matter.


So that’s it! I kept it to five realistic goals. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead for this year- I’m curious and hopeful.

Let me ask you- do you have certain priority goals? Any goals that are similar to mine above?

Have a great Wednesday!

January 10, 2017

The Evolution of ‘BeWellWellness’ and What to Expect

Hello Tuesday! Today I wanted to share with you the purpose of BeWellWellness in a little more detail, but with bullet points (because who doesn’t love bullet points).

First let me give you a little background. It’ll help.

Before this health/wellness site came into existence, I started a personal blog over six years ago. It was a way to document family and personal things with out-of-town family and friends. Blogging was new and foreign to me, but yet I kinda got a thrill being out of my comfort zone so I kept blogging.

Then a few years ago I started a health/wellness blog. It originated out of passion and desire to talk about all things related to health and wellness, because I wanted another outlet to talk about such things- in addition to my day job which was teaching health and wellness in higher ed. Thus, a blog. But at the time, I wanted it separate from my personal blog.

So for YEARS I have been writing on both my personal and my health/wellness blog separately.

Oy vey.

But, as health and wellness goes, it’s personal. At times it was hard to separate the content on the personal blog from the straight health/wellness content on the other blog, because it’s all connected. Plus I wanted to streamline my efforts in one place as well as connect with other women in community.

Therefore while this health/wellness blog (now BeWellWellness) is taking the lead in spearheading this fresh start, as the two blogs are rather (eventually) morphing together. Because the way to gain greater strides in health and wellness is with solid, trusted information/knowledge along with a community of support and encouragement. And that’s what this is.


See, it has evolved.

And I’m so excited.

So let’s get to some bullet points…

Who will benefit most from BeWellWellness?

  • Those who are health-inspired (or want to be).
  • The busy parent who wants to have an easy and healthy meal on the table for their family.
  • Those who desire to regain clarity in their health and want to feel better about themselves.
  • Busy women and moms who want to form community and connect with others with encouragement, support and authenticity.

What will you find here?

  • You will learn and be inspired to discover ways to enhance all aspects of your personal wellness- body, mind and spirit, and to be well according to your values and priorities.
  • Community and support
  • Easy, healthy recipes and ways to move more despite a busy schedule.
  • Encouragement to be brave, authentic and you in order to overcome fear and persevere towards your goals.

What makes BeWellWellness different?

  • My background, experience, and education (undergraduate and graduate) is all in health promotion, wellness, public speaking, teaching, and people. Yes, my background is people. I’ve worked and taught in higher ed, worked in public health, consulting, k-12 schools, and the community.  #yadayada
  • I’m married to a guy who has earned a spot on Team USA Olympic Team three times- 2004, 2008, 2012. So this brings a unique perspective to the table. We met at the very start of his training so I have been through the entire training and Olympic Games experience(s) as his supporter from the start. He has recently retired as an athlete and we are exploring a very new way of life (without training as an aspect) and last year we moved to a new community 1,000 miles away from where we lived for 13 years (and I’m still adjusting).
  • I’m a mom to two little ones and it’s one of my greatest joys.
  • I know what it’s like to juggle multiple things- being a parent and spouse, working outside the home (full time or part time), while still giving attention to you (self).

So stick around! Visit often! Get new posts sent to your inbox (click in top right corner).

Come back tomorrow for something new!

Thanks for stopping by!

January 9, 2017

New Site Design!

Ta-da!! A new site design!

New year, same me, but new design and more plans for creativity and connectedness with you! For some reason the new year prompted me to freshin’ up things on here and start cranking out my goals that I’ve been planning.

The funny thing is that it may seem like I’m a week late to this whole ‘new year’s fresh start.’

“Uh, the new year started about 1 1/2 weeks ago.” Yeah, I know. But here’s the deal- spring semester officially starts today with teaching my classes (and since my life’s personal calendar has been based off of a fall semester/spring semester/school schedule for 30 years), today starts my “fresh start.” I’m not necessarily into ‘new years resolutions’ but I do like the idea of fresh beginnings. For some reason it feels more encouraging rather than commercial. And when the spring semester begins for me, not new years day necessarily, it’s when routines are back in place and we are ‘back at it.’

So welcome to the new site design. Everything health and wellness is here and actually this is just the beginning. Right now you can search by topic, get new posts sent to your email in the top right corner (do that), find resources, search recipes and more. You also may notice that I changed the title and website domain to www.BeWellWellness.com. My social media handles/names are still wellfithappy, but BeWellWellness will encompass many more things.

Because it’s not just about the new site design.

Coming soon there will be even more recipes, a marketplace area, videos, and more. This is just the beginning, we are just getting started. Even though I have been an author, writer, and personal website developer for almost 10 years now (wow!), I have evolved over the years and this upcoming year will be one of my best yet in this capacity- because the goals I have are outside my comfort zone.  I’m excited and confident, and nervous too (read: butterflies).

(I believe the excited + nervous  + butterfly feelings prove to me that I’m growing and getting out of my comfort zone, which- as we know- is typically where “the magic” happens… whatever that magic is). Even after so many years of teaching, I still get butterflies on the first day (so please be thinking of me later today).

As much as new designs, new goals, and fresh ideas are exciting- fresh starts can be daunting. Believe me, I know. Sometimes I feel like I need to have everything in place before I choose to begin something but we all know that those are just excuses.

“I need to have “x” in place before I can do “y.”

“I need to wait until my kids are older until I start focusing more on me.” 

“I need to save up “x” amount of money before I join the gym to get healthy.”

“I need to get a different job before I can focus on my finances.” 

All just excuses. So just begin. Just start. Whatever it is. Whatever you’ve been thinking about and mulling over. “The beginning” may be a different beginning that you expect, but just begin. And keep moving, even if it’s just small steps.

I have goals in my head, these same goals that I’ve written down and that I’ve told people. But I don’t have every.single.thing worked out. And I likely won’t until it happens. But that doesn’t mean I stop and wait until everything is in place (aka perfect) before starting or beginning. Because we all know that nothing gets done when we wait for perfect to arrive. Perfect doesn’t exist.

So today starts a renewed beginning here at BeWellWellness which will evolve, and I’m excited for that. I want to thank you for reading as this serves as a place where people can get ideas, learn, laugh, reflect and discover, and build community with others on their personal journey’s towards health- body, mind, spirit- whatever and however that may look. Yet this is also my square on the internet to be me and only me. I’m not perfect whatsoever and it’s likely that you aren’t either (gasp!), BUT we can still support each other and encourage each other amidst bravery, vulnerability, and authenticity in our personal journey’s.

Again, welcome!


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