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Hard to believe. Time is hurtling by faster than I would like. On Halloween night, as we were tucking our candy-addled girls into bed, I whispered to each of them: Please don't get any bigger. A silly sentiment, but I felt it. I want them to stay small. I want them to need me, but I know better. Moments are slipping, days passing, years piling up. And all of this has led me to the next topic Lindsey and I will focus on for my beloved and quirky HERE Year:


Wellness literally means the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health. I chose this as the topic very purposefully because it's my intention to focus on the positive aspects of health this month - what I'm doing to feel good and strong and happy and present. There will indeed be an optimistic bent because, yes, I think writing positively will help me feel positive.

More on my motivation for this month: I am fully convinced that we lead happier and more fulfilled, present lives if we feel good mentally and physically. And yet. Life is busy, a constant and draining juggling act. Wellness too often gets lost in the shuffle. But not this month. For one month, I will pay fierce attention to nutrition, exercise, mental well-being, and sleep. For one month, I will make it my job to be as physically and mentally healthy as I can be.

For one month... I will weigh myself each morning and write down everything I consume, take vitamins and drink lots and lots of water. Each night by 9pm, I will send a food log to my friend/nutritionist extraordinaire Lauren Slayton as part of her amazing Foodstalking Program.

For one month... I will move my body every single day - whether it's a brisk walk to get my kids at school or a ferocious new fitness class.

For one month... I will meditate every day - for a minimum of 5 minutes and I will also write down a daily account of how I'm feeling (in morning pages, an evening journal or right here on the blog!)

For one month... I will do everything in my power to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

And the fun part is that I will write about it all here and share what I'm learning. I know I'm not the only one who feels a bit stretched and sluggish this time of year. And, again, this is one month. I have zero interest in living my life like this. I like candy and excess like the rest of us, but I know I can do one month. When December rolls around, I have a hunch I will be feeling awesome, but also primed for a wee bit o' Peppermint Bark.

Wish me luck! And leave a comment or reach out to me at aidandonnelleyrowley [at] gmail [dot] com if you have ideas for posts this month, websites or books or meditation or fitness classes I should check out, or if you want to join me in my November Wellness Cleanse!


** Oh and PS: You might notice that I jumped from Month #5 to Month #8. There's a good reason for this... Though I took July and August off from blogging, I learned a ton during those months and was more present in my real life than ever. Those two months were as much a part of the HERE Year as any.**

**PPS** Totally unrelated, but the below pic, which I also shared on Instagram (find me there!), is a Big Girl masterpiece. I can't tell you what joy it brings me to watch my girls stumble brightly into their passions. Art is certainly one of hers. Speaking of Instagram, I will be sharing lots about my exploration of Wellness this month over there... Today, I'm going to see The Dalai Lama speak! Stay tuned for details.



catch up on the here year:

The HERE Year

The HERE Year Month #1: Home

The HERE Year Month #2: Parenthood

The HERE Year Month #3: Marriage

The HERE Year Month #4: Time

The HERE Year Month #5: Friendship

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