Wellness

Sup Muses!

Let’s talk about wellness, because, ultimately that is the focus of museologie, not just fitness.

My first year in grad school I had a mandatory Intro to Public Health course and on day one (9/3/13- I found my notebook!) we talked about wellness and health. It was that day that I learned the official definition.

Health : "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (WHO)

Wellness is multidimensional and it integrates physical, spiritual, emotional health and many other aspects. Read more about it here. It’s most use model encompasses 6-8 dimensions:

  • Occupational

  • Spiritual

  • Intellectual

  • Physical

  • Social

  • Emotional

  • Environmental

museologie’s focus is on wellness rather than just fitness or the physical aspect and I do this because someone could be extremely fit and in great physical condition , but their overall well-being isn’t balanced and happiness doesn’t truly exist because other dimensions haven’t been explored or aren’t at levels that are healthy. For years I'd focus on fitness for not only myself but for my clients also. Something always seemed to be missing and I realized it was two pieces: 1. these aspects of wellness, 2. community.

Wellness addresses and explores health in a more holistic sense. It takes into account these various “dimensions” that are integral to our respective lives. The dimensions are malleable, and I’ve changed mine to include both a creative/cultural dimension and as well as a financial dimension. The dimensions are connected and in life, you can see how one aspect influences and impacts the other(s.)

Over the next month, I’ll be writing about self care, the myths and non- negotiable, my struggle in the occupational dimension and releasing my very first interview on this very topic!

So muses, talk to me. Were you aware of wellness and its complexities? What dimension(s) are you doing well in and where are you struggling?

Wellness, from Boston University.

Wellness, from Boston University.

Self Retreat

Corporations and boards have retreats ALL THE TIME.

  • Retreats to reset.

  • Retreats to look back on the previous year and look forward.

  • Retreats to analyze what’s going right and wrong and how to redirect.

  • Retreats are nothing new.

BUT what about a retreat for yourself when you need to reorganize priorities, think about where you are going and how to get there, and spend some QT with yourself? It’s self care, but it’s kinda not. I didn’t give myself a new nail color, I didn’t take a bubble bath…I went to work. I usually go out to cafés to get stuff done, but I stayed in my apartment and was able to dive into my very first “self” retreat.

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Week 1: Mind Work

Muses..hey!

A small group will be going to Vitality Meditation this week. It’s a Black -owned Yoga and Meditation studio in Philly. You want in? We’re going Thursday at 6:30pm. Check out the events page!

YPFit Week 1 has begun and this week it’s all about yoga and meditation. I first tried yoga as an undergraduate at Rutgers and I did fitness yoga. It was terribly challenging which led me to hate yoga for many years. I eventually tried it again after RU (on and off) and practiced regularly while in grad school , which is when I really started enjoying it and could actually see the benefits of yoga in my body. I go to yoga once a week and I know it helps with my flexibility and it’s a HUGE complement to my other workouts. Without yoga, I feel unbalance and when I can’t go for a few weeks, I can tell. Yoga can be challenging, but if you have a great instructor who walks you through what you are doing, why and how to properly do the moves, you might reconsider your harsh feelings. Trust me!

Benefits:

  • enhances overall fitness- not just flexibility, but strength, cardio/aerobic capacities, balance and more.

  • helps you become more mindful

  • yoga is super beneficial for folks new to working out or seasoned athletes.

Meditation. I’m about one year into meditation and I use the app Headspace. I’m still learning the different techniques. and benefits, and although it’s preferred to have a daily practice, if I can do 4 days a week- that’s good. Headspace is a great resource so definitely check out that link above. Some benefits of being mindful include reducing stress, improving relationships, better sleep and many more.

I know we (the world) talk about fitness & eating healthy, but a HUGE and often forgotten aspect of health (especially in the Black community) is how stress impacts our health. Yoga + meditation are ways to to intentionally about being in moment and reduce the stress in your life. Take control of this too!

-JM

This Past Year, A Recap.

29th Birthday Dinner.

29th Birthday Dinner.

On December 28th, I turned 29, and I wrote a pretty lengthy blog post that IG refused to post. Bummer 🤷🏽‍♀️. But wait a minute, it could be my first ever blog post on museologie!! So it is. The IG post was a recap and quick reflection of my 28th year. I share quite a bit on social media (usually health related, me cooking or goofing around) and at the same time, I don’t much share much as it pertains to my private life. A big part of this happy + healthy (museologie) journey has happened in my private life & I’d like to share some of what that looked/looks like.

2018/28 was a good year, but at the same time, there were lots of changes.

  1. My guy proposed in Marseille and now I’m a fiancé. We have a fun & interesting 10+ year journey that maybe one day I’ll share. Right now, we’re planning our wedding, but most importantly, our marriage.

  2. Speaking of Marseille , I did hella traveling. It was a goal of mines and I, for sure, crushed it. I traveled to several cities in the South of France, went to Barcelona, Paris, Iceland and Jamaica. Iceland and Barcelona were the highlights and my favs- I’d go back in a second and of course I’d go to any francophone country parce que je parle français…vraiment, j’apprends tous les jours.

  3. I started attending Epiphany Fellowship after “church dating” for a while and I truly like the community there. Although I haven’t joined, it’s my home church now. I hope to join this year.

  4. Speaking of church, my relationship with God has gotten better/deeper. I have been working on improving that. I make time to go to the gym, watch all my comic shows (shout-out to the CW, Hulu & Netflix) and do all my extracurriculars , but I couldn’t find time to do my daily devotional. Something was wrong with my priorities, so I had to reshuffle and reset. In Touch, Rick Warren and the Bible App are my go to’s for devotionals. I also read Spiritual Discipleship with the women’s ministry and I definitely recommend it for a group. Long story short, I’m happy with where I’m at and looking forward to progressing. As my friends & I continue to grow in Christ, it’s been rewarding to fellowship with them..usually through text, but hey, it works!

  5. BOC (Brothers of Climbing) now has two ambassadors in Philly, so in December, I started climbing again. For my birthday, my mother bought me climbing shoes and I cannot wait to be more active in the Philly climbing community. Yall, come join me!

  6. In November, I started therapy again. I went in grad school and this year has been…. a lot and I started having a feeling I didn’t like towards the end of summer. I couldn’t shake that feeling for months and, in the spirit of putting myself first no matter what, I started. Now that I’m a few months in- many tears have been shed, I’ve had several epiphanies, numerous discussions about what’s going on + why and it was, by far, the best decision I could have made for myself in 2018. Highly recommend therapy to all persons out there in the world.

  7. In 2017 I read the book: Boundaries In Dating. The main take away for me was that I needed to set boundaries in my everyday life- so I did. And last year I started speaking up when people overstepped. Now I’m not conflict avoidant, but I am not sure of anyone who wants to speak to their friends, partner, supervisors or family when they’ve done something that you feel is out of line. I’ve had to do that more than once and I’m appreciative to myself for setting & keeping boundaries. Listen, I gotta stand for my values-that’s most important.

  8. I dabbled with museologie: started, then fizzled. I had a few group fitness classes this summer, collected contact info for the newsletter… started a bunch of things, but never fully completed anything. This year, I’m ready and museologie will be launched.

  9. My Little and I have now been matched for almost 3 years!!

  10. I became president of the Black Bigs Affinity Group for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region and a board member for Young Involved Philadelphia. Both happened in Sept. I’m excited about these respective roles for different reasons. The Affinity Group focuses on recruiting Black folks to serve as Bigs and supporting current Black Bigs. For YIP, I feel (and was very honest during the interview and application process) that YIP doesn’t represent Philadelphians who have lived here their entire lives AND it definitely doesn’t represent the city’s diverse residents, especially Black and Brown folks who are active in Philly. And that’s not cool, so what’s up? Put me on the board let’s change it. Now I’m here. #hi.

  11. Lastly, my girl friends...I have so many all over and I hold each one close. They inspire, uplift and encourage me. They are everything. A blog post will be dedicated to them in the future. But for now, 143. ‘Tis all. ❣️

More to come.
My only wish is that you strive to be happy & healthy as often as you can. I’m out. -JM