I sat at Willamette Park (one of my favorite places to be in the city of Portland) earlier today, reading a book a friend had given me years ago: "I Dare You" by William Danforth. I've felt a little off kilter the past month or two, and decided I needed to commit to setting time aside for reading. As I read the chapter "I Dare You To Be Strong", I thought to myself, "Self, why are you reading this chapter? Shouldn't you be reading chapters about the areas that you're feeling off?" Being stubborn, I just kept reading what I'd started. The author wrote about going to the doctor twice a year to make sure nothing is or will be wrong with his physical health. The first thing I wanted to do was post to my Facebook friends that they should make sure they get an annual wellness exam (in addition to the women's wellness exam) because most people don't know that the exam should be fully covered (read: cost=FREE) by health insurance since the PPACA passed. Then it made me think of the 401(k) advice my friend asked me about last week.
It was that moment I realize that I DO need to start a blog--a blog about wellness in every sense of the word. Physical, mental, social, spiritual, and financial. These are all incredibly important for personal balance and in my opinion, for sheer happiness. I love to write, so why not spend time writing about the things that are truly important to me in order to help people I care about live the most balanced, happiest lives possible? That's where you come in. I've got some topics I'm excited to write about (the first being health insurance--yes, I am lucky to be doing what I love as a career), but I'd love to hear from you about things you want to know more about, or where you might be feeling a little off balance in life. Shoot me a message, and as always, comments, questions, and/or your general two cents are more than welcome.