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. 

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