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Wellness Wednesday : A Fresh Start

I’m 3 weeks late for this one, but better late than never, right?

I enjoyed this series last year, even if I fizzled out during the last part of the year, so I’m glad to have a fresh start and a chance to do better this year!

Wellness Wednesday, 2019: A Fresh Start

Before I chose my goals for this year, I decided to look back at my original goals from last January and see what they were and how well I did in accomplishing them. The results were…not great. I think part of it was because I didn’t keep them in a place where I could look at them daily and be reminded of what I was working towards. I think the other part of it was that we had a stressful year last year, so self-care and thinking about wellness were some of the first things I let slide. Either way, it’s 2019 now and time for a fresh start (let’s see how many times I can work that phrase into this post!).

My wellness goals this year are slightly different than last year. I’m focusing on 8 different areas of wellness, thanks to Dani’s Wellness Wednesday post. The areas she found after doing some research on the topic of wellness are :

  1. Emotional Wellness – Understanding your feelings and coping effectively with stress
  2. Environmental Wellness – Promotes interaction with nature and your personal environment
  3. Financial Wellness – Process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses
  4. Intellectual Wellness – Having an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continuing to expand your knowledge
  5. Occupational Wellness – Enjoying your occupational endeavors and appreciating your contributions
  6. Physical Wellness – Maintaining a healthy body and seeking care when needed
  7. Social Wellness – Developing encouraging relationships with peers and relationships with romantic partners (just one romantic partner for this girl though!)
  8. Spiritual Wellness – Allows you to develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose

All of the definitions are from the site linked above. It’s worth a read if you want a little expanded information on each topic!

Here are my goals for each area :

Emotional Wellness

  • Spend 30 minutes alone each week to reset myself.
  • Avoid bottling up feelings and seek help/counsel from family/friends when I find myself in a downward spiral.
  • Write in Sentence a Day journal to clear my mind and vent about things in a healthy way.

Environmental Wellness

  • Spend 30 minutes outside at least once a week, preferably during my lunch hour at work to escape my office, get fresh air, and look at something other than a screen for a while!
  • Make an effort to begin recycling more regularly by taking paper to work and recyclable items to the local drop off area that’s located about 10 minutes from our house.
  • Declutter our home and keep it cleaner for a healthier living environment.

Financial Wellness

  • Continue our debt free journey and pay off our two most ridiculous (because of the interest rates) loans this year.
  • Re-establish our $1,000 beginner emergency fund.
  • Create and follow a weekly budget that gives every single penny a purpose.

Intellectual Wellness

  • Complete (or exceed!) my 2019 Goodreads challenge of reading 100 books this year.
  • Start learning basic, conversational Spanish (and bonus – do it with Charlotte since she’s a sponge!).
  • Go through a beginner programming or coding course (I know this one is vague, but I’ll clarify it as I look into what I actually want to learn/achieve).

Occupational Wellness

  • Attend 2-3 in-person or online conferences this year.
  • Take all of the freelance writing and blogging courses that I’ve purchased…I’m a bit of a course buying fanatic!
  • Create a gratitude list of things that I like/enjoy about my job to keep handy on those days when I feel like I regret all of my life choices!

Physical Wellness

  • Complete a 5K – doesn’t matter if I run it, walk it, or some combination of those!
  • Get at least halfway to my overall weight loss goal. I don’t feel comfortable sharing the number at the moment, but perhaps I will as I make progress!
  • Eat clean 6 days a week and have a little wiggle room on Saturdays (family day!)

Social Wellness

  • Meet up with a friend once a month and do something fun (and cheap!).
  • Go to as many planner group meetups as I can and try to talk to someone new at each one.
  • Have more dates with that guy I’m married to, even if the dates just involve watching a funny show on TV and drinking a coffee drink that he creates.

Spiritual Wellness 

  • Use meditation apps on phone at least twice a week.
  • Create a list of core values and how I can make sure I’m sticking to those in my daily life.
  • Finish vision board.

I’m looking forward to seeing how working on goals in all of these areas will impact my life. Do you make wellness a priority in your life? If so, share some tips!

Also, if you would like to join in on the Wellness Wednesday fun (even if it’s several weeks after the rest of the group posts their updates…), then here are the optional prompts for the rest of 2019!

  • January 9: A Fresh Start
  • February 13: Healthy Heart
  • March 13: Indoor or Outdoor Fitness
  • April 10: Healthy Mind
  • May 8: The B.E.S.T. Care (BEST is for Breasts, Eyes, Skin and Teeth)
  • June 12: Mid-Year Review – How Am I Doing?
  • July 10: Family
  • August 14: Friends
  • September 11: Sleep Hygiene
  • October 9: Gratitude
  • November 13: Healthy Holidays
  • December 11: Year-End Review – What Went Well?

Too late to link up but thanks to Natalie and Leslie for hosting!

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  1. I’m excited – I just bought a new journal that is a 5 year journal with one area a day … I’m excited to clear my mind in that baby

  2. I love every one of these goals! We also need to re-establish a new emergency fund, nearly from scratch, after depleting it during my maternity leave. I used to be an avid runner and racer, but haven’t been for years, so running a 5K is one of my goals this year too! It’ll be my first race in YEARS!

    GOOD LUCK!

  3. Lofty goals but you can do it! My wellness goals are pretty lofty, too. So maybe we can encourage one another. Glad to have you joining us.

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