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Reflecting on 2010 January 3, 2011

Filed under: Miscellaneous — aprasek @ 12:23 pm

Happy new year everyone!

I’m not big on new year’s resolutions. They’re often unrealistic and at the same time self-deprecating. Further, self-care, introspection and transformation is an everyday commitment– not simply a Jan 1 activity. Nonetheless, I do like to reflect on the past year and this time around I’m tempted to set a goal (not a resolution!) for 2011. This last year has been especially challenging for me– good challenges, but also ones that I have allowed to overwhelm me and sideline more important priorities. Too many times, my self-care (and sanity) were put aside to finish projects, pick up shifts, volunteer for work activities, and of course, amidst all the craziness that I created, equal time was spent overanalyzing my stress and feeling sorry for myself. What a mess…

So, my goal for 2011 is to do less. Yup, do less. But more than that, I want to be more aware of doing less. What’s happening when I do less? What do I notice? What do I see? How do I feel? Present moment awareness while doing less will likely provide far more nourishment for my body, mind and soul than an overly full calendar.  

I’ve started this goal by taking two less classes for this semester and working 5 fewer hours per week. Money will be even tighter, so the hubs and I moved to a smaller (and cheaper!) apartment, but a space that is far more ‘homey’. I’m looking forward to more time and energy to dive into the things I love or have always wanted to do: writing (finally back to blogging!), cooking, gardening and more yoga.

How about you? What were some of the lessons 2010 offered you? What are you going to create for 2011?


Wishing you much love & blessings in 2011!!


I Have a Favor to Ask… May 17, 2010

After finishing my academic *stuff* on Wednesday, I was left with a strange void and question in my mind… “What now?!” The feeling was too much for me 🙂

So, I went back to my second home (my MAC) and stumbled across a contest for the OWN Network. I was stoked to see what the contest was for– the chance to win your own show! Having a show focused on complementary health and preventative health has always been my dream. It has been the goal that has guided me through my last 10 years of education and experiences. So, amidst my finals hangover, I applied for the show and threw together an audition video.

To my surprise, I’ve actually received some votes! But, I’ll need a lot more to move onto the second round. The five people with the most votes on July 3 will go on. So, I’ll need a group of people who are willing to vote 100+ times per day until July 3. I’m hoping our WG community can help do that 🙂

It only takes about 2 minutes to vote 100 times. People have told me that they just click on the vote button and hold down the enter key! It’s like rapid fire from then on!

If you believe in spreading the message of integrative health, then I would LOVE it if you’d vote for me and help to make this happen. Let’s create something awesome together!

Click here to watch the video and vote as much as you can.

And please send this on to your contacts and post on your social media sites!

Much love and many, many thanks guys 🙂


Whoa. I’m back!

Filed under: Miscellaneous — aprasek @ 10:42 am

Thanks for all the emails of concern guys! Not to worry, I’m still here- just had to take a month off to finish my thesis. It was a rough couple months…

But, now I’m back and more refreshed than ever! Let’s get this gossip started 🙂


Wellness Gossip future… February 11, 2010

Filed under: Miscellaneous — aprasek @ 11:33 pm

Hey friends,

It has been a wild couple of months for me and I’ve definitely been MIA on the blog lately. Lots of changes and shifts in my world. On a good note, I was accepted into the PhD program that I had my heart set on. So, 90% of the time I’m really ecstatic about this and the other 10% I switch back between exhaustion and disbelief (seriously, 4 more years of school?).

I have found that the perfect academic respite for me is maintaining this blog (even if I’m just talking to myself). It keeps me sane as I vent my frustrations and passions for everything health. So, looks like 4 more years of WG! And hopefully more frequent updates 🙂

And for those of you reading this, thanks for reading this far down. I want to send my most sincere thanks to you. It’s so fun to have comments and discussions with so many amazing people. Thanks for reading, contributing and sharing your wisdom.

On a completely unrelated note, I saw Avatar today and was blown away. The movie is amazing. The integration of Gaia theory was brilliantly communicated. And the social metaphors are so relevant and powerfully depicted. Props to Cameron for his film genius. Anybody else seen the film? Thoughts on it?

Official Avatar Movie


Changes Ahead! September 11, 2009

Filed under: Miscellaneous — aprasek @ 12:46 am


Ahhh… yet another “first week of school.” 

After so many of these, I still get my first day jitters. I spend way too much time the night before organizing my highlighters, pens, textbooks and notebooks. Sometimes, I even purchase new folders (back in the day my folders featured Lisa Frank animations, then I graduated to athletes and TV shows, now it’s peace signs and pictures of fruits and vegetables). And yeah, I still pick out my first day outfit.

Classes have been good– so far– it looks like I’ll be graduating in May! However, I am working on my application for a PhD program. So, if they accept me, I’ll be in for another four years or so. Send me some good vibes for acceptance… I’ll need it! I get nervous that the application committee will visit Wellness Gossip and think, “Yikes. This girl looks like trouble.” I’ll find out in spring if they are ready for me… 

Speaking of Wellness Gossip: I anticipate getting back to posting as much as I can. I love the opportunity to share my thoughts and have others contribute through comments and emails. I am passionate about exploring wellness through many different perspectives and philosophies. Which is why I appreciate the wisdom that so many of you bring! We are all experts of our own wellness and can share amazing experiences and opinions. So, don’t be shy, comment more!

In a few months, I will be adding many features to WG. Podcasts and video posts will be two of these changes. So, here is my question: 

What do you want to gossip about? 

If you have questions about different integrative treatment options (e.g., “What is Auricular therapy?”), suggestions for post topics or other wellness questions, I encourage you to email me at: aimee@wellnessgossip.com. Additionally, if you have any suggestions for changes to WG (format, features, whatev) please let me know.

 And truly, thanks so much for visiting the site. It’s nice to know that I’m not always talking to myself. 🙂


Much love to you,



Finals Week Procrastination May 4, 2009

Filed under: Miscellaneous — aprasek @ 9:41 am

Amidst my frenzied effort to get my work done for yet another finals week, I realized that I haven’t posted in a while.

I also haven’t worked out since Saturday morning (and I didn’t have a drop of sweat during that workout)… I’ve had little sleep the last few nights (and anticipate less in the nights to come)… I only had the equivalent of 2 servings of veggies this entire weekend (3 if you count the french fries)… and last night I had a nightmare that I drank 7 shots of espresso to stay awake (this was a definite nightmare, being that my body handles caffeine like it’s cocaine). 

This is so annoyingly humorous to me. I can hold my sanity and health through most of what life throws at me, but finals week is a monster I can’t seem to tackle.

I’ve counted up all the weeks of finals in my collegiate career and this will be final week number 16. And, after 15 weeks of practice up to this point, I can honestly say that nothing has changed. I still procrastinate like I did when I was 18, my self-care sucks for the entire week and I like to complain to everyone I know about how much it sucks. Yup. Check, check and check.

Oh well. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for week 17. However for this week, any words of wisdom for sanity during finals time/stressful times would be much appreciated!

On a very different note, I came across an interesting report at HealthReform.gov about health care in rural America (yes, I found this while surfing the web when I should have been writing a paper). The report discusses lack of insurance, high costs and health disparities. Check it out here.


Plug for Public Health April 9, 2009

Filed under: Miscellaneous — aprasek @ 4:49 pm

Though I don’t completely agree with all the points in this video (i.e. the milk, fluoridated water), there’s no question that public health programs have been vital to our health. With continued support for these programs, we’lll see even bigger positive health impacts. Check out the plug: