Thanks to audio books my car has transformed into a pleasant, stimulating environment. I now prefer listening to books since one tap eliminates: lugging around another device or book, scrolling, difficult sunny-day reading, reading the same page over and over, and eye strain to name a few. The more benefits and situations I find for audio books, the more I wonder why newspapers and magazines are not offering it.
Besides eliminating boredom in unreadable situations, audio books add a new element to book selection and enjoyment … the narrator’s performance. I’ve sent books back due to an annoying narrating style. On the flip side, I’ve finished a book because I liked a narrator, and I’ve selected books based solely on a favorite narrator.
I was surprised to find out my local library is on top of this technology and how easy it is to check out books and start listening. Set up involves creating an online account with an active library card and PIN numbers (You will have to head to the library to get a PIN number and/or reactivate your card), download an app called OverDrive, select your books and download them to your device. You are able to put a hold on books, renew them, have them automatically checked out plus a variety of other robust features
For me, audiobooks are the way to go especially during my commute, at least until I have a self-driving car.
In the past, I’d often hear the term Wellness and think “Oh, I know all about wellness. I have it covered since I work out and eat healthy.” It turns out there is a lot more to being healthy—well, seven “a lot mores” to be exact. Seven areas, which for the most part, I haven’t gone out of my way to think about or work on.
What are the seven dimensions of wellness that took me from thinking I have wellness covered all the way to the other end of the spectrum where I learned I’m only measly 1/8th well? Besides Physical Wellness they are: Emotional Wellness, Occupational Wellness, Environmental Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Social Wellness, Financial Wellness, and Spiritual Wellness. The wellness list is overwhelming, but since I want to be well I came up with a plan to get myself up to 8/8 well.
My Plan. Simply, my plan is to pick one dimension a month along with a relative activity and do it. To keep things exciting, the activity must be a new experience for me. After, I will rank the experience on how well I feel. My first month will be my easiest dimension, Physical Wellness. I have not decided on the new activity I will be exploring, but I am excited to get started on this new wellness plan and in eight months I will have worked on all eight dimensions.
Why start now? I want to tackle wellness from all perspectives, while trying out new experiences. I’m hoping it will help me learn what it really means to be “well.”