Friday, February 26, 2021

Jessa Olson Wellness

 What is Wellness? 

When I was relaunching my blog, I wanted it to be something fitness related but I didn't want to use the word fitness because I'll write about much more than that. When I think of fitness, I think most of workouts and working out. When I work with people, I want to be part of their whole life not only their "healthy" part. If you really think about it, most of our fitness goals have something to do with our everyday life. 

When I think of wellness, I think of the whole body. I think of everything in our life goes into the overall wellness of our life. According to Pfizer definition, wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so instead of just surviving, you're thriving. My personal definition, is your body. As cheesy as it sounds: Mind, Body, and Soul. Wellness is everything we do that makes us happy and most importantly us. 

I was thinking about changing the name of this blog because I got inside my own head that I couldn't write about everything. There is so much more to me than being a trainer, and I want to showcase that here. Then I went back to what is wellness to me. It's everything I do! I am going to show you everything I do on how I take care of myself. Hopefully some of it works for you. If not, you can find what makes you be in a better space. 

I think so many times we let things from the outside take too much of ourselves. I tried to fit myself into this little box of only writing about fitness and wellness. I overthought it and paralyzed myself into not writing because it wasn't about this one topic. It's so frustrating because I overthought it for so long until it just made sense to me. I think about it all the time too when I am working with clients, and I see them get in their own head to go back to their why/motivation/purpose, etc. Yet it took me so long to go back to why wellness. What does wellness mean to me?

I also get in my own head about blogging. I have been blogging/writing for a while. I usually stop when move to a new job. My planning for this space takes a back seat when we are planning moves. Our moves have usually been cross country. I take too much advice from other bloggers that I have to x,y,z done before I should be writing. NO! I love to write, and I want to get my thoughts out there. It's the perfectionist in me that usually stops me before I get started. 

I am so excited that I broke through these barriers, and got outside of myself. I have let myself get in the way for a really long time. I have let having all the answers to any possible questions prevent me from getting started. I'm sharing this because I hope you can relate in some way, and you can acknowledge the whatever is getting in your way. 

Wellness is so much bigger of a word than we give it credit for. Right now in the fitness industry, wellness is buzz word but we can make it so much more. Wellness is giving us the power and control to take back our lives to achieve our goals. Create the life that we are meant to create.

While I was searching definitions of wellness, I came across the article about the 7 different areas of wellness. Physical. Emotional. Intellectual. Social. Spiritual. Environmental. Occupational. IF that alone doesn't show you that wellness is everything we do. I don't know what to do tell ya. It's encompasses everything that we do.

I would love to know what your definition of wellness is by leaving me a comment below. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Life Lately

 I haven't posted here in while which really stinks because I love writing, but I haven't made the time for it. I really haven't made time for much of anything. I haven't been in the mood to do anything besides work and sleep. It's frustrating how much the mind has over the rest of my body in terms of my depression and anxiety. 

I love writing, and I wish I would do more it. It also tough because when I sit down to write with an empty screen my mind goes blank. Driving to and from work I have some of the best ideas but then when I get in front of the camera or computer screen I freeze. I have nothing to say which is COMPLETELY false. 

I have also been debating on my blog name because I want to write about so much more than fitness and wellness. I want to share my other side hustles, and I think having just my name paralyzes me to only write about that. I don't know if I am overthinking it or what. I want a place where I can come and just write about whatever is on my mind. 

This is where I hate where new blogging is. I wish old blogging would come back. It was so simpler. People would just write to write about their lives. I feel like there was so much more connection and community. I didn't' feel the stress that I feel now. I feel like now you have to have a niche and that's the only thing that you can write about. You have to have this ideal person/avatar in mind. I also feel like now it's so much salesy. Trying to get everyone to purchase something. While I am selling a product I don't want to be known for only selling. I really hope this all makes sense. 

I started a new job since all the gyms in California are closed right now. It's the best job but at least it's helping paying our bills. I was working at a few gyms but the hours just got to be so inconsistent along with the travel it didn't make sense. Also some of the places were bad environments which sucks because I was really looking forward to working at some of these places. They said all the right things but the follow through wasn't there. 

By leaving those places, I took a step back to decide if coaching was really for me. Some of the stuff said and done to me by these places really took a toll on me especially being HSP and empath. I really had to sort through what was said and if that was really a truth. I am glad to come out the other side and excited to get back to working out and helping others. I'm excited for these next couple of months. 

I was super productive during quarantine, but now that I am getting back to work things are not getting done that I want to do. I had everything planned out in my ideal day, but with work and my depression I'm not getting the work done. Then I wonder why I am not reaching my goals. Endless cycle. 

I am excited that during quarantine I got back into crocheting. I reopened my old Etsy shop, Pearls & Stitches Co. I am making some accessories like scarves, headbands, scrunchies, etc. I am also working on custom orders. I tried to knit again, but realized I don't like it as much. I am hoping that I can learn more stitches soon. I see so many cute stitches on instagram, and they look so amazing in finish products. 

I have loved taking pictures for as long as I remember, and started an IG page of all my photos. I am wanting to sell them in the future. I am also looking into getting an actaul camera in the future. If you recommend any camera, let me know. I will take all recommendations. My goal is to get one by the end of this year. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

4 Things - November 2020

On the 4th Tuesday of each month, I'm here to tell you 4 NEW things about myself. Lots of 4s because that's my favorite number. 

This month is a lot of shamless plugs. I have kept alot of these ideas to myself, and not talked about it until I was 100% perfect ready. Well, 1-It's never going to be perfect. and 2-I'll never be 100% ready. I finished the book High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. I'll probably read this book again very soon, but there is a part of the book where he asked one of his clients. When did you feel like you were the most successful? They responded with when I told people about my goals. Yeah, every village has the idiots who are going to tell you it sucks. But there will be enough village leaders who want you to succeed. 

This also goes along with my thought process of There is enough room for everyone at the table. Come have a sit. Let's talk and grow for each other. I'm sure there are ways to we can even collaborate with each other. I have been in enough situations the competition of putting each other down is exhausting. It also just puts me in a horrible headspace which isn't my best or authentic self. 

Jessa Olson Training

I am FINALLY branching out and taking clients. I do personal training - both online and in person if you are local. I do small group training - you and 3 of your friends. I teach group fitness class at various places around the Modesto area. Message me and I'll give you all the deets. 

Virtually I use the app WeStrive to write your workouts and communication. The way that I train is through a whole health mentality. We focus on the fitness aspect, but also nutrition and mindset. I help take what you are doing now, and make minor changes to where you want to go. My favorite tool is the 5 minute habit. pick one habit and do that for 2 weeks. 

Jessa Olson Wellness/Freelance

This is my blog and freelance writing. I have always been a writer. I grew up with so many journals. Growing up, I though about doing Photojournalism as a major. I wanted to write and take pictures for nature and architecture. I was meant to be a travel writer. 

The plan for my website is to be a place for fitness, wellness, and lifestyle. I want to write about fitness workouts, reviews, and educational pieces. For wellness I want to cover mindset to holistic treatments. Lifestyle is anything not in those topics. 

My big goal for freelance is to one day write for Popsugar or Self. I want to write for those exercising. Not other fitness professionals. I wouldn't turn anything down, but I want to stay in with helping people reach their lifestyle goals. 

Jessa Olson Photography

Right now, it's an instagram page. I'm posting pictures I have taken from my Iphone and past Iphones. I don't have a camera yet, but it is one of my goals in the next few years. 

Long term I am really interested in turning it into a travel blog. I'm taking day by day for the moment. Photography has always been a passion of mine. I still remember my first camera. It was a little pink camera you dropped the film in and had to push until it stopped. I remember making my family pose while I take their picture. 

I looking at adding my pictures into stock picture places, and a few places to sell my pictures. 

Pearls and Stitches Co

I actually started this one 7 years when we were living in Arizona. A blogger friend mentioned that I should start my own shop. I decided to sell elastic hairties and crocheted products. I only did it for a short time then shut down the shop. I really miss that shop and sad that I didn't have a real plan behind it. I think I could have done a lot of good with that. 

I also think that I would have elevated my knitting and crocheting game up. I really love to crochet, but don't make the time for it. It's always the first thing that is pushed to the side. I'm really excited to relaunch this shop. 

Friday, November 6, 2020

November Goals

October was a good month. I really feel like things are getting back to as normal as possible. I am really looking forward to a day when things go back to normal. I need to keep a better journal of what is going on because I can't really remember much of October. I know I worked and picked up the house, but that's all I can remember. 

In October I want to accomplish: 

  • Workout: Strength Training 3x/week and Cardio 3x/week with Saturday as a active recovery day. Cardio is going to be Couch to 5K.
    • FAILED!! Most of my workouts have been classes that I teach. I really need to get in a better workout routine for myself. 
  • Financial Budget: More in control of finances by checking it our money weekly. 
    • DONE!! I have been much more conscience of what I spend my money on. I have been meal planning and prepping the night before on days I work early. 
  • Blog 12x this month: Monday is Wellness, Wednesday is Workout, and Friday is Lifestyle. 
    • FAILED!! I want to write and blog, but every time I sit down I get either so overwhelmed or don't know what to write about.
  • Powersheets: Fill every line with something to accomplish and at the end of the month it filled out whether or not I complete it. 
    • FAILED!! I have given up on powersheets again. I don't know why, but I don't make the time to sit down and write everything out. I love the concept and really want to be able to stick with it, but I don't! 
  • Everything be launched: Everything in the “secret project” I talked about on Instagram be launched and done. (Not perfect but done)
    • DONE!! Everything is launched! Not in the way I wanted, but I'm glad that it's out there more than anything else. 
In November I want to accomplish:
  • Meal Plan and Prep Every Sunday
  • Financial Budget
  • Get Organized with systems in place
  • Close all my rings on my apple watch 5 days a week
I really feel like life is passing me by. I don't feel like I am living my life. I enjoy all the things that I am doing, but sometimes I just feel blah. I don't really know how to explain it. This year has not been the year that I was hoping or expected to be, but I don't think anyone could have predicted this. I'm trying to finish strong! 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

4 Things - October 2020

 Each month I am going to share with you 4 things about myself. It's on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Why 4? It's my favorite number. 

My goal is that this become something that we can share and learn about each other. When I started blogging, I was a lot easier than it is now. I felt like it was more community and getting to know people. Sometimes I feel blogging now is all promotion. Don't get me wrong I'll be promoting stuff on here too much I want it to be bigger than that. 

I want to get to know you. Not just the big stuff but the little stuff too. 

I have had a blog since 2009. 

My blog/website/space (whatever you want to call it) has been named so many different things over the past 11 years. Some years I didn't write, some years I was super consistent. Do regret not being consistent, but baseball moves took over my life. It was first more of a Christian blog. I came back to the church after many years away. I was in a really dark spot in my life. So it was a way to journal through it. I actually never intended for people to see it. 

Then it became what a lifestyle blog (before blogs were put into categories). I had just gotten engaged, and we have family all over the US. So we wanted to use it as a space to share our lives. Then I went to my name. When I changed it to my name I didn't write very much. That was probably the least favorite. I didn't have any goals or direction.

Next was The Fitness Gypsy. I wanted it to be a travel fitness blog. I miss this the most. I should have been more committed to the name. I LOVE the name, but I was so WORRIED about offending people with the name gyspy. Now I am at Jessa Olson Wellness. Everything fitness, wellness, and lifestyle

Extremely Organized. 

Everything has to have it's perfect spot in my bag, car, desk, etc. I can not work in clutter. Which has been a struggle since I do work from home a few days a week. I am having to learn how to turn my back and focus on the space I am in. 

My planner HAS TO BE color coded or else all the black or blue overwhelms me. I know it can drive my husband crazy, because we have so many pens around the house. 

Heisman Barkley Olson

He is our half Dachshund and half Jack Russell. We got him our first Christmas together. He is seriously the best pup ever. My biggest regret with him is not introducing him to more dogs when he was a pup. He does not like other dogs, but people he loves. 

He is named after the Heisman Trophy. Matt Barkley when he was playing at USC. During the fall, we obviously watch college football. When the announcers make a comment that he is a Heisman candidate he'll look to the TV. It's super funny and cute. 

I love to crochet. 

This is a hobby that I wish I am more consistent at doing. I learned to crochet maybe 10 years ago. I only crochet things without a pattern because I am so sporadic. My favorite is earwarmers or headbands. 

I attempted to have an Etsy store about 7 years ago. I was encouraged by another blogger I was friends with at the time, I actually really loved it. I didn't have a plan for it. During quarantine I decided to relaunch the business. I'll be sharing more about that later. 

Friday, October 2, 2020

October Goals

 Seriously, how it already October. September seems like a blur. I worked hard to create solid rituals and routines this summer. Then this past month I did absolutely nothing. All of my goals, routines didn’t matter and I watched a ridiculous amount of TV. I got sluggish and my brain and body went back into the easy habits. 

The beginning of September I was in a really dark place with my anxiety. I put so much pressure on myself for a certain situation because I wanted out of another situation. I know it’s super cryptic but not ready to give full details yet. But I realized during that time I had been focusing so much on my professional life and not enough in my personal. A goal for the future is working on separation between personal and professional life. Not being in the professional or business mindset ALL THE TIME. Which is really hard because I am launching 2 more business in October. 

It’s crazy that we are in the LAST 3 months of 2020. I feel so lost and confused on my goals. It’s mostly because I haven’t spend time defining my goals. It’s easy to write the goals down but I failed to create a plan to accomplish those the goals. I’m debating on purchasing power sheets this year and digging deep into that but I also feel guilty spending money on paper things. I go back and forth between doing everything electronic or paper based. (Not sure why I feel it has to be 100% one or the other, but I expect a blog post to come from this debate.)

In September I wanted to accomplish:

  • Finish watching Dave Ramsey Videos -  DONE!! Gary and I were out for dinner and I brought this up to him. He said we finished them a few months ago.
  • Workout: Strength Training 3x/week and Cardio 4x/week - FAIL!! I mostly did cardio because I wanted to prep for RowHouse. We are finally open, and I wanted to be amazing for that! I have the workout written.
  • Read: At least 1 hour - FAIL!! I also realized that I need to do this daily. Part of August and September I felt stagnant and it didn’t feel good. Reading is huge for me. Even if I am learning it’s still a self care for me. My brain needs to have that! 
  • Create a Financial Budget: KINDA!! We need to sit down and discuss things more but we have a good foundation. The major win for this month was putting everything into mint and seeing it from there. Not to go too personal, but Gary and I have different ways to learning and doing the budget. I love mint because I can sort into categories and see where our money is going. He likes the pen and paper way. He also does it in a way that makes ZERO sense to me. We have had several disagreements, but we have learned that we both get to the same number and that’s what really matters! 
  • Blog 10x in September: FAIL!! I only blogged twice, which is a major fail! I have sat down and created a editorial calendar for the rest of the year. Now I just need to write them out. This is also where I need to get organized with everything! 
  • Get Email Set up: KINDA!! I have my email marketing company picked out and I have worked on a few emails. Now I just need to send them out. 
  • Complete Powersheets: FAIL! I filled out every line in my powersheets which was really empowering for August, but then my anxiety happened. There was a whole week in September I was in a horrible headspace, and couldn’t recover. 
Recap of September: 
Looking at everything on paper it looks like September was a fail, but I actually learned so much about myself. Which makes it a win for me! September was a month that I learned more about myself as a person and how to move forward.

In October I want to accomplish: 
  • Workout: Strength Training 3x/week and Cardio 3x/week with Saturday as a active recovery day. Cardio is going to be Couch to 5K.
  • Financial Budget: More in control of finances by checking it our money weekly. 
  • Blog 12x this month: Monday is Wellness, Wednesday is Workout, and Friday is Lifestyle. 
  • Powersheets: Fill every line with something to accomplish and at the end of the month it filled out whether or not I complete it. 
  • Everything be launched: Everything in the “secret project” I talked about on Instagram be launched and done. (Not perfect but done)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

4 Things - September 2020

 Each month I am going to share with you 4 things about myself. It will be on the 4 Tuesday of every month! What's with all the 4s? It's my favorite number. 

I've been married 9 years. 

My husband and I have been married for 9 years. We got married in April 2011. The same weekend as the Prince William and Dutchess Kate. It's was also the same weekend as the NFL Draft. We have wedding photos of the girls watching the Royal Wedding, and the guys watching the Draft. 

I wanted to be a music teacher. Music was my first major in college.

In high school, I loved music. I wanted to be a music teacher, because I had the BEST music teachers. I wanted to be just like them. I went to a college in Arkansas that the best music program in the state. I hated it. I wanted to experience everything college, and the music department wanted to me be all music all the time. Because I wanted to socialize with other groups, they made my life miserable. The best thing that happened before I left we had audition for concert band. I got really high and beat out a bunch of people that were rude to me. It was great, but I left before the spring semester. 

I'm a personal trainer.

I got certified as a personal trainer 4 years ago. I have been taking clients by word of mouth, but I am now spreading out and ACTUALLY promoting myself. I also teach group fitness in different areas around the Valley. Despite not being into fitness most of my life, I am really enjoying it. I love talking to people, and helping them reach their fitness goals. 

I'm fiercely loyal. 

I am loyal to a fault. Sometimes too loyal that I need to stand up for myself or cut ties with people. But I can't. I want to see the good in people, and they had a bad day or something else. 

I want to know something about you. Leave it in the comments. 
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