Wellness Defined, Part 2

Welcome back! Here in part two of the “Let’s Define Wellness” series, I’ll be taking a look at the second part of the dictionary definition of wellness to garner a starting point for your journey.

part 2 of dictionary.com definition:

Wellness: 2) an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.

This one presents some sticky points in our discussion. For example, preventing illness. This sounds like an admirable goal and there are indeed many illnesses that have proven to be preventable with intervention. What if you’re one of the millions who is already living with one of these illnesses? Is it too late for you to find wellness?

Absolutely not.

While it may be too late to prevent a disease*, it is never too late to learn how to live well with your illness*. The trick is in realizing that your definition of wellness has changed with time and diagnosis. Even if you aren’t living with a specific illness, you may simply be feeling the effects of the passing years – feeling down about the fact that your runs have been getting shorter, that you’re feeling out of breath playing with your kids/grandkids, or that you’ve started noticing it takes more trips to get the groceries in from the car.

The common denominator here is time and shifting definitions. In all of the above cases, there are things you can be doing, right now, to improve your situation and your well-being – things that may very well keep you from developing a disease.

Any of us can benefit from many of the same behavior changes and from developing some of the same habits. The trick is to be willing to try new things, to experiment, and to NOT be disappointed when something doesn’t work out. When a new behavior doesn’t accomplish what you want it to, that’s a cue to try something else. Maybe the second, third, or even fourth thing you try will prove to be the right one for you.

Sounds kind of like what I said about paths in the last post, huh?

These changes range from the simple and easy to institute, to major life alterations. These changes involve diet, activity level, job situation, family dynamics, or sleep patterns. One thing all of these potential changes have in common is that you, the changer, need to have the willpower and tenacity to stick with a change long enough to know whether it’s going to help, hurt, or be neutral.

This takes accountability. It takes a deep understanding of how to tap into your store of willpower. It takes time.

* In Part 3 I’ll look at a more concrete definition of the terms Disease and Illness, and we’ll see how they’re often conflated yet actually refer to divergent aspects of related situations. I’ll also look at a different way of looking at them in your life, one that I hope will bring some perspective to your search for wellness.

Wellness Defined, Part 1

Wellness is one of those topics – everyone has an opinion, yet nobody can make sense of it. Let’s change that.

This is the first in what will be a series of posts covering wellness and what it means for different people. Part of the problem is that wellness will mean something different to each individual. It can even mean something different to the same person at different times, which serves only to further complicate the matter. (that was a lot of ‘different’s, huh? Appropriate, as you’ll see shortly)

Let’s start with a definition:

Wellness: 1) the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort. 2) an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases. (Dictionary.com)

Today I’m focusing on number 1 – “The quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.” (emphasis added)

I wonder if they’re being intentionally vague? I mean, what does “healthy in body and mind” mean, anyway? That’s my point. What it means will be different for you, that guy over there, your next door neighbor – and me. For example, I was in a car wreck a while back. For the most part, I was fine – however, I did have some back issues. So for several months of, I was not “healthy in body.”

On the other hand, meditation was going well and I was in a good place mentally, so I could tick the box next to “healthy in mind.” Combine these two, and I considered myself to be well. With my good head-space, I was able to navigate around the back issues just fine and get on with my day-to-day life – including walking and riding my bike. This outlook also allowed me to begin strengthening work as soon as my back was ready, without any feelings of inadequacy or guilt about NOT working out at the time.

So how does this apply to you, the wellness seeker? It means that before you can find well-being, you’ll have to pick a path to try. Then you may have to try another path. And possibly another. This seeking and experimenting is part of the journey to wellness. This falls under the “deliberate effort” part of the definition. In my example above, meditation is a path I tried that turned out to work quite well – for ME. Don’t be afraid of self-experimentation. This is the best way I know of to narrow down the options and find the path that works, for YOU.

One of the things I harp on is this, YOU are the expert on YOU. Not me. Not your GP. Not even your therapist (there is NO shame in seeing a therapist, as a side note). YOU. Every path you try will deepen your understanding and knowledge base of yourself. Every bad habit you break, and every good one you successfully start does the same.

Paths that don’t work out are not failures. They’re simply paths that didn’t work out, you learn from them and then you move on to the next one.

To bring this post to a close – since every definition of wellness will be different, There can be no one right path to well-being. Finding wellness is a matter of trial and error, and patience. Next time we’ll look at part 2 of the dictionary definition of wellness and see how even that doesn’t have one straightforward answer. From there we’ll dive into some of the myriad paths that exist for a person starting out on their journey to well-being.

Tinkering, theoretically

In my post about Complex Systems, I got sidetracked (shocking, I know) and ended up talking about something I referred to as Theoretical Tinkering. I wanted to expand on that a bit.

I have a nasty habit of getting myself injured at the most inopportune times. I’ve been dragged down a flight of cement stairs while working on a remodel project (torn rotator cuff, still dealing with this one nearly 10 years later). I’ve torn 3 out of 4 ligaments in my left knee in a wide variety of ski crashes. I’ve torn a ligament in my lower back carrying a steamer trunk (that one led to a bulging disc and years of discomfort and/or pain). I’ve slammed my thumb with a framing hammer so hard it…well…it sort of popped (no further detail required, right?). I’ve had a 2′ square of plywood sheathing shoot off a table saw and hit me in the inner thigh. And most recently I cut off the very tip of my left ring finger making lunch, leading to what is likely permanent nerve damage in that finger.

I go into this history to highlight why I say that I can’t really indulge in my tinkering tendencies as much as I would like without risking serious injury. In fact, my family has requested specifically that I NOT indulge, certainly not without adult supervision. At my last job, my co-workers took to hiding our box cutters and not letting me help unload deliveries. Not that I minded that last one, not really. When you combine this stifling of my natural tinkering tendencies with the rich inner life (meaning I live in my own head a lot) stemming from my intensely strong Introvert side – I had to find a workaround.

Allow me to explain the Introvert comment. You know those personality assessments you often have to take during an interview? The most famous is probably the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Well, among other things these rank you on an Introvert-Extrovert spectrum. Well, I generally come out in the 85-90% Introvert range.

To clear up a couple of common misconceptions about Introversion: No, I’m not a hermit, I don’t hate all people all the time, and I’m not in any way shy. These are all completely different aspects of a person’s personality, they often happen to correlate to one’s place on this Introversion/Extroversion spectrum – though not always.

What that ranking means to my daily life – I prefer to focus on making deeper connections with a small number of people over superficial social interaction. This means I would rather sit and chat with one person for an hour than meet-and-greet everyone in the room. It also means that being in intensely social settings, like after work cocktail hours, weekend music festivals, or even dinner at a crowded restaurant – leaves me more drained than energized. It can take a weekend for me to recover from a Friday social hour, and over that weekend I’m likely to stay in my apartment and read, maybe heading out for a long walk by myself.

Along with these facts, I also tend to have a rich inner life, meaning a lot more goes on in my head than I let on with what I might say out loud. For every sentence I utter, there are anywhere from 12-99 that I don’t. These other sentences run through my head all the time. Especially when I’m trying to get to sleep, or during a meeting when it’s particularly important that I pay attention.

So knowing that I’m prone to tinker and that I have this rich inner monologue going on – what’s a guy to do? Enter Theoretical Tinkering. Basically, I take what’s going on around me, all the things I’m NOT commenting on out loud – and I comment on them. To myself. Often in writing, because I find it useful to see some of this written out, it’s easier to rearrange the moving parts and make them work better together when you can actually see them interacting on the page.

Right now I’m reading through these amazingly concise summaries of the works of some of history’s great Philosophers by Alain De Botton. It’s fascinating to me to see the similarities between what some of these folks have been able to articulate to what I’ve had running through my brain for years without being able to.

There you go. I get to tinker and there’s little risk of nerve damage in fingers or of not being able to walk for several weeks. Now as for why I felt the need to name this habit, that’s another matter altogether.

It’s complicated

“inherent in the nature of a complex system is that it’s always a little broken. Complex systems only work to the extent that we are always fixing them.”

– Cory Doctorow, quoted in Vintage Tomorrows p60

I can’t decide if I like this quote because it summarized all I love about complex systems – or all I love about Simplicity. See, at heart, I’m a tinkerer. Always have been. I love working with my hands and I love knowing how things work. I haven’t always been able to indulge this love, and I’m certainly not claiming to always end up with a working specimen when I’m done with the teardown…

More recently I’ve come to the realization that perhaps I do better tinkering in a more theoretical arena. By that I mean, I tend to hurt myself when tools are involved. That or I put unseemly holes in the drywall. This has led to me spending even more time reading – and thinking about what I read. A potentially dangerous situation, I know. Between reading about the lives of some of the great philosophers, of history as well as contemporary, social commentary, simplicity, local economies, behavioral economics, and some mythology – my thoughts can certainly go in interesting directions.

200 words to find the point – things aren’t looking so good right now, and yet there are many signs of hope.

Looking at that last line, something isn’t right. It’s not the sentiment, that’s exactly what I was trying to say. It’s the wording. “signs of hope,” it just sounds so…glass half empty. So, if things in general aren’t looking so hot, yet they aren’t to that “where are we going and why am I in this handbasket” stage – where does that leave us and how to describe it?

Are good things happening despite all that’s going on? Or because of all that’s going on? Can’t it be some of both? I see the situation with climate change, skyrocketing obesity levels, heck even global inequality – all are acting as a catalyst for some truly amazing actions and reactions. The kind of change that is sustainable (in the true meaning of the word), that starts at the bottom and makes it’s way as far up as is necessary.* The exceedingly complex system we live in, call it what you will – Western Civilization, Consumer Culture, whatever – is broken and in need of some serious tinkering in order to fix it.

Movements like Transition Towns, 350.org, SmartTowns, OccupyDebt, Slow Money, Voluntary Simplicity, and the many others I don’t know about yet are making more of a concrete difference than their small sizes would seem to indicate is possible. They work because for every single person who gets involved there are at least 10 who are made aware of the issues at hand. And for every 10 there is at least one who will get involved at a substantive level and in turn influence 10 more, etc, etc. These groups are doing the Tinkering that highlights what a complex system we live in.

This falls somewhere between the kind of change Quinn (if you haven’t read Daniel Quinn, you need to. Now.) advocates in his writings and what the more mainstream groups are all about (that is advocating for change starting at the highest level they can reach). All are valid routes to action, and it will ultimately take people tinkering at every level to affect the kind of change that’s needed. There are several fundamental misunderstandings that will need to be fixed before these sort of changes can become more mainstream. First on that list for me is that Tinkering necessarily means breaking things, and that that’s necessarily a bad thing. It’s not. We learn from our mistakes, do some more tinkering and try again. More on that later, for now, the punchline is this: I for one see the more grassroots – yet highly visible and impactful – route as our best chance to effect real, substantial change. One person at a time.

* Not all change has to make it to the top. Who’s to say where that is anyway? The groups listed here see systemic change as their goal, who’s to say that can’t happen DESPITE those in power rather than BECAUSE of them?

You are not your story

Western culture has a bad habit. Well, several actually, but that’s the subject of another blog. Or a Masters level seminar. Anyway, the habit I want to talk about here is our felt need to have a backstory for…well, everything. This often extends to ourselves and how we view ourselves in the context of our daily lives.

We listen to what others say about us, combine that with what we think we want our lives to look like, or what we think we stand for, and voila – we end up with a narrative, often with a side order of low self-esteem and unreasonable expectations for good measure.

And that’s where I want to pick up the story (pun fully intended) – after we’ve built this narrative around these externally derived concepts of ourselves. First, you need to understand that these stories often serve a valid purpose. They can give us the motivation we need to keep going when things get difficult. They can smooth the bumps in life.

However, these narratives can also lead us astray – to a false sense of self that’s based on the story and not on who we truly are.

The tricky part is recognizing when you start telling yourself such a story, then being able to separate your actual, present self from the version in the narrative. Start by realizing that you’re constructing the story around past events. Because that’s all you have to build them around, events you remember and can put yourself back into in order to sort out what’s happening now. You’re telling yourself, “something like this happened once, and here’s how I handled it.” This is often followed by a critical assessment of how you handled it and how your past self failed in some way. Here comes the self-doubt.

Now step back from the story you’ve constructed and realize that this is not who you are. This is an event from your past. Your present self has learned from that past event and is attempting to translate what happened and make it relevant to the present.

Let go of the story and allow yourself to live now.

“Nothing happens for a reason, but everything that happens has purpose.”

– Megan Hollingsworth

Saying that an event happened for a reason shifts accountability (blame) to something that happened before that event – and since that precipitating event is in the past, there’s nothing that can be done. This conveniently shifts any impetus to take action off your present self, since all you can affect is now.

However, saying that “everything that happens has purpose,” now that’s a different story (I know, I know, again with the puns). Now you’re saying that the event happened in order to affect something that hasn’t happened yet. Now the focus is on the future, something that your actions in the present can certainly impact.

Suddenly, your future is firmly in your hands and rests on what you do now, in the present – in reaction to the event in question.

“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

– Epictetus

This follows from the first quote, and Epictetus’ words ring true today – two thousand years after he said them. Granted, he was a Stoic philosopher who believed that all external events happen as a result of fate and should be accepted without fuss. I’m not advocating that extreme a view, I just want to take it far enough to adopt an outsider’s view of events in order to learn from them and carry that lesson forward.

If you can make this perspective shift, even if only when you remember this article, imagine the changes you can affect. Instead of saying, “why did that happen to me?” What you’re saying is, “what can I do with this right now to affect my future positively?”

You’ve just taken the negative experience of dwelling on the past why and turned it into the positive experience of figuring out the future how.

Let me tell you about Frank

It may be a stretch to call him a friend, I mean, I haven’t actually seen the guy in 20 years. But back in the day, we were tight. I taught skiing with Frank (do I have to tell you that’s not his real name?). We also lived in close quarters with ~40 of our closest friends in 3-high bunks at the school’s lodge all weekend for 13 weeks a year. So, we got to know one another. This is the story that sticks out in my mind, even after 20 years. Keep in mind, this story relates to Frank, there were others present who will have parts to play in later stories. Today is all about Frank.

Several of us were up early one Saturday morning, and since the morning meeting wasn’t until 10:00, we decided we had time to take a couple of runs, there was fresh snow out there calling to us. On with the gear, grab the skis, chug some horrible coffee, and we’re off. Runs 1 and 2 go smoothly, nice fresh snow, make some turns, hit the lift line, repeat. Then run 3 begins. Everything is fine until Frank utters the words I had come to fear when they come out of his mouth, “watch this.”

Not as bad, nor bone-chilling, nor, if I’m honest, funny – as when preceded with “hold my beer…” but still.

He proceeds to huck himself off the edge of the trail we’re on, landing somewhere ~30 feet into the woods below – which may as well have been somewhere over the rainbow given the ease with which you can find someone buried in snow deeper than they are tall. I skied over to the brink and yelled “Frank?!?! Dude?!?!” approximately 47 times before I heard a faint “ooooooover heeeeeeeere” and saw the very tip of a ski pole waving back and forth.

In I wade, muttering things like “…moron…what a dipshit…who does that…?!?!” as I shuffled. Arriving at the edge of a crater roughly 10’ across, I looked down to see partially buried goggles and a gloved hand waving said pole. He put the pole down long enough to wipe off his face, exposing an ear to ear grin.

Dipshit.

“Little help here?” He says all nonchalant and stuff. “Sigh,” is my reply. I then commence beating on the snow around the edge of the crater. It’s sorta like a dowsing rod, except I’m looking for the rest of a dipshit, not water.

~79 swings later I make contact. With his shinbone. Just above the edge of his ski boot. Whoops. That ear-to-ear grin? Yeah, that left. Replacing it was a grimace spewing a string of expletives I’m glad his class of 10-year-olds wasn’t around to hear, combined with a handful of choice curses relating to my mother and all potential future generations of my family. Have I mentioned that Frank is a fundamentalist Christian? Because he is.

At this point we’re nearly late for lessons, never mind the meeting we missed by a good margin. I had sent the rest of the group ahead to let folks know what was going on, leading to one of the managers actually coming by us on the hill to see if we needed help/ski patrol/an exorcist (he arrived just about halfway through the expletive string, just in time to hear the curses). The two of us worked together to hoist Frank out of the snow and be sure nothing was broken.

Once we had verified that, Mr. Manager suggested that I might want to remove myself to my class meeting point. I started to say that my assistant could greet our class when he suggested that the issue wasn’t me greeting my class right now, rather he was concerned about Frank causing permanent bodily harm to my person, leading to me not being able to greet my class anymore that season.

Right. That.

I dug myself out post haste and hit the trail.

There is a happy ending to this introduction to the wonder of Frank – he was able to laugh about it over beers at the end of the day.

So there’s that.

Wellness, it’s about how you show up

I’d like to dive right in with a topic several people have brought up with me recently. Just what do I mean when I say “wellness?”

“Wellness is about how you show up, it’s about how you allow yourself to BE.”

That’s paraphrased from an episode of The Living Experiment podcast. I’d like to go into a bit more detail on this, and along the way, I’ll explain how this comes into play in my coaching. The speaker went on to say that what wellness isn’t about is how much you can lift. It isn’t about what your abs look like. These are just two external factors, strength & appearance – that join with other external, as well as many internal, factors to make up whole body well-being. Let’s look at one example of this interplay of factors – weight loss.

Have you noticed that when you put on a few pounds, you feel…off? It’s almost like your overall health and well-being and your weight are connected, right? There are two ways to approach this situation. You can go on a diet to lose weight and hopefully feel better and attain better overall health and well-being. OR, you can work on your overall health and well-being, and watch as your weight slowly but surely comes into alignment with those goals.

Can you spot the difference?

In the first option, you’re addressing the weight loss as though it was the root cause. In the second, you’re treating your weight as a symptom, and addressing your overall health as the root cause. Which sounds like the more sustainable, and effective, method?

Now, how to address something as broad as “overall health and well-being?” By looking at the separate pieces that make up the whole of course. What are the aspects of BE-ing that lead to that elusive whole body well-being?

For the sake of brevity, these are my top 3:

 

  • Mindfulness
  • Being fully present
  • Treating your body right

 

These are still REALLY broad categories, and there is a staggering amount of interplay between them, so I’m not going to attempt to cover them in depth here. This post is a summary, stay tuned for future posts going into more detail in the coming weeks, months, etc.

Mindfulness

I once heard Mindfulness described as “paying attention, on purpose.” That sums it up so well, I can’t add anything useful. Mindfulness is the overarching idea, the one that encompasses the other two in this article. Think about it for a minute, what better way to monitor how you’re showing up than paying attention, on purpose?

Before entering a room, be it for a meeting or otherwise, where you want to be sure of your presentation – stop and take a deep, intentional breath. Then as you enter, you’ll be more present and more tuned into how the others in the room are reacting. You will, in turn, be better able to fine-tune how you’re presenting yourself in real time. Eliminating the after-meeting hair-tearing-out where you get all over yourself for that thing you said that you KNEW you shouldn’t have…etc.

Being Fully Present

This one piggybacks on Mindfulness. In fact, it’s really just another way of saying “stay mindful.” When you’re confronted with that jar of candy on your boss’s desk, do you mindlessly take one? Or 5? What if you took a moment before you walked into their office, took a deep breath, and primed yourself on your reasons for going in there in the first place? Not only does this narrow your focus to the task at hand, it can also quell the inherent dis-ease many feel when talking to The Boss – that lead to the candy looking so irresistible. Now you’re set to enter, ask your question, make your pitch, etc…and you won’t even notice the jar.

Treat Your Body Right

What the heck am I talking about here? Simply this – don’t do things that you know cause your body harm or discomfort. Sounds easy, right? Yeah…well…this is one we all have trouble with, therefore it will be the topic of several further posts. The takeaway for today is this – if you know you have a presentation tomorrow morning, and you know that you’re a big hairy mess when you don’t get enough sleep…maybe think about NOT staying up until 2 binge-watching Netflix. If you know caffeine makes you blarghy and causes your brain to vibrate in your skull (personal experience here) – maybe it’s time to wean off coffee.

Your homework this week is to assess your behaviors and look for opportunities to make minor tweaks in just two areas – tweaks that you think just may improve how you show up.

Intro Time

New blog, new audience (fingers crossed…) – so it seemed appropriate to start off with a little background information. Hopefully, you checked out the About Me page and at least glanced at my first post. If not, go ahead, I’ll wait.

Good, now for that background, I’d like to briefly touch on 3 things today:  who the heck I am, what I’m doing here, and how I got here. Oh, and maybe a little on just where here is.

I’m Jesse. I’m a Personal Development & Wellness Coach in Seattle. Well, that’s currently relegated to the status of ‘side gig’ for the time being. The job that pays the bills is Operations Manager for a small IT service provider. I know, right? Does that count as irony? Or just annoying?

I’ve been in the IT support world for something like 16 years now, working my way up from customer service, through the ranks of support analyst, to team lead, and finally to management. However, at the same time, my interests outside of work have always strongly favored people over machines. My BA is in Anthropology. ‘Nuff said.

Through a series of discoveries about myself (to be chronicled in a post series down the road a bit), I have come to understand some important aspects of my personality. This ultimately culminated in my Graduate Certificate in Health & Wellness Coaching and the founding of JK Wellness Coaching. I describe my coaching as Personal Development & Wellness because I discovered folks have similar stumbling blocks affecting multiple aspects of their lives – health issues, diet-style issues, coworker/boss troubles and even toxic interpersonal relationships. It mostly comes down to feeling stuck and not being able to see a way around the roadblock. My coaching consists of a lot of deep listening, then gently guiding folks through whatever is tripping them up and seeing their way clear to make the changes they need to make.

So, why am I starting a new blog? Well, I realized that trying to maintain 2 separate online identities was part of why neither one was flourishing. I’m not a fan of multitasking in any situation, it’s not something I recommend, so why was I doing it in my personal life? By combining everything under one heading, I get to talk about all the things that interest me and don’t need to remember where I said what or worry about repeating myself.

I’m also not a fan of, nor do I feel the need for, anonymity online. I don’t say things I’m ashamed of or worry about being attributed to me. In that vein, I’m going to try leaving comments open, only your first comment will be moderated. Please respect each other and hopefully, I’ll be able to leave it that way. I’d love to see a community be created here.

The rest of the ‘here’ stuff I mentioned wanting to touch on is Seattle. As in, that’s where I live and where I have lived, with limited stints in other locales, for 35+ years. Specifically, I live in a neighborhood called Ballard, which used to be a separate city back in the day. That is what led to one of the area’s main draws for me, walkability. My apartment is ⅓ of a mile from the library, grocery stores (yes, plural), great coffee/tea shops, restaurants, and useful shops (like my local bike shop and an outdoor reseller). If you read the Welcome page, you’ll know that urbanism and alternative transportation are high on my interest list, so my living in a neighborhood like this isn’t really surprising.

I’ll sign off with that, I like keeping most of my posts at just about the 600-word length. I find much longer and folks lose interest. If something I post is going to stretch much past that point, I’ll let you know in the opener. Thanks for joining me, I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us!

Hey There!

Welcome to JesseKelber.com, my newly consolidated home on the internet. Let me explain, I’m not exactly new to this having started – and gradually abandoned – several sites in the past. And my with my day job being in IT, well we’ll just leave it at I’m no stranger to the interwebs or computers.

That said, I’m doing something a little different this time around in that I’m combining my presences. This site will serve as homepage and blog for me personally, as well as a homepage for my coaching business (coming soon, for now, hit this link here, or the one in the menu to be taken to my existing coaching site). Since I’m combining presences, the blog entries will cover…well pretty much everything that interests me. There will be posts on topics coaching clients have told me help them, and then there will be posts about other things that interest me.

An example of some of the ideas holding my interest right now (subject to change as I am constantly reading and tend to be distracted by shiny objects):

  • Voluntary Simplicity
  • Personality – Intuition/Introversion/HSPs (Highly Sensitive People, of which I am one)
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Human Powered Transportation
  • Alternative Building Techniques (cob, strawbale, etc)
  • Conscious Community
  • Analog Technology (like pens and paper for example)
  • The Lifestyle Thou Shalt Not Call Paleo (that’ll make sense eventually, promise)

Since I mentioned that there have been other blogs/sites in my past, I should say here that I will be borrowing from these sites heavily. What I mean is that I’ll basically be plagiarizing myself and re-using some of the posts I wrote over there, over here.

Am I planning on monetizing the cheez whiz out of this one and going pro?

Uh, no.

Might I try for a larger audience than my previous attempts?

Well yeah, I might.

We’ll just have to see where the path leads won’t we?

As I mentioned above, along with that list of possible topics I’ll be talking a fair bit about coaching and coaching related things. A partial list of these subjects might look like this:

  • Just what does ‘Wellness’ mean, anyway?
  • Self-care breaks
  • Anger, and how to exist with it
  • Emotions, and how to exist with them
  • Willpower, what it is and what it isn’t
  • Toxic relationships and ways to avoid them
  • You are the expert on you

OK, I’m going to leave you with that, Don’t want to give away too much on the intro page do I?* I’m excited to start this little adventure and am already hard at work editing some of my existing pieces, getting them ready to post in the coming days/weeks (I’m not going to publicly declare a posting schedule – I’ve made that mistake before).

Join me, won’t you?

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