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Hi, I’m Brynn.  Early in my life (middle school-ish), I came across a quote from Harriet Beecher Stowe: “a woman’s health is her capital.”  I was in awe of the simplicity of her statement, and I felt empowered to know that my “capital” was something actually I had a lot of control over.  From that moment on, I saw well-being as a foundation for all of us — a launchpad to learning more, doing more, and making an impact on the people and world around us.

My idea of what it means and what it takes to be well has evolved through the years, but it’s always been really important for me to have a few guideposts to keep me honest about whether I’m living the way I want to be living.  These guideposts make up what I like to call my wellfesto (wellness manifesto), and I started this site on a special birthday (12/12/12) to share my wellfesto and blog about my daily experiments in living well.  I’m using it to write about things I’m working on, things I care about, things that have helped me live a healthier life, and things I’m struggling with.  A working parent with two young kids, I’m focused specifically on thinking through how parents can take better care of themselves, their bodies, their spirits, and their dreams….so they can take better care of the people they love.

Here are a few more facts about me…

  • My parents tell me that as a kid, I wanted to be outside all the time.
  • I feel the same way as an adult.
  • I am still trying to figure how to make that a reality.
  • Living in California helps.
  • I grew up in Wisconsin where I spent summers with no hot water and an outhouse.
  • I ran around the world with a team of 20 international runners in the Blue Planet Run.
  • I’m irrationally terrified of animals.
  • My go-to meal is oatmeal made with almond milk, berries and nuts.
  • I have no rhythm, but love to dance.
  • I work in the People group at Facebook.
  • I am a proud mom and proud wife.
  • I am a terrible, but aspiring gardener.
  • I like making homemade greeting cards.
  • I once rollerbladed to a job interview.
  • Ich spreche Deutsch.
  • I’d love to learn more about you.
  • I love all of these things…

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22 Comments Post a comment
  1. You have inspired me to write more… Thank you.

    December 3, 2013
    • Wow, that made my day. It is a joy to have something just for yourself and to make something new every time you write. Be well…

      December 3, 2013
  2. Just discovered your blog via Freshly Pressed, although I had seen that post in my Facebook feed last week. I couldn’t agree more with you, on that particular post and on your outlook in general. I’m looking forward to reading more.

    December 4, 2013
  3. Thank you for including me on your blogroll! Love the love ❤

    December 4, 2013
  4. I have just started blogging after moving from the UK to Norway. One of my goals is to become healthy (physically and emotionally), fitter and spend more time outdoors in this beautiful country I live in. I think I might just find your blog handy!!

    December 5, 2013
  5. Nice Mont Blanc photo

    December 9, 2013
  6. I love your word print — it is so cool!

    February 6, 2014
    • It’s just black paint on canvas. Was a fun project to work on while I was on maternity leave. 🙂 Super easy to do!

      February 18, 2014
  7. I love your blog. There is so much on here that I can relate to. Thank you!

    It inspired me to share this to my friends…

    “Last year, I was inspired by the minimalists . I took away a lot of things, made decent strides into decluttering some of those boxes that I’d carried around for years and not even opened.

    This year has been loosely about integrating the active and outdoor life of the West Coast. In that journey, I’ve come across Brynn’s blog that I’ve found to be pretty interesting.

    All this is not to say that I’m making any drastic changes. This is more of a loose direction, a philosophy that makes sense to me. Perhaps, he words might resound with some of you as well, so I thought I’d share.

    https://wellfesto.com/

    August 7, 2014
    • Thanks so much for this comment! I love your thinking about making loose changes…pointing in the right direction. Be well!

      August 8, 2014
  8. Thank you for following The Office Blend Brynn. (I’ve just followed you.)

    August 31, 2014
  9. Just read “Ten Things I Want to Tell Daughter About Working Out” via Arman’s reblog. You are right on! Although I do not have daughters, I can totally relate as a female athlete. The messages are different for women it seems. For me, it is all about feeling good. Looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    September 5, 2014
  10. Today, I logged into Facebook and it reminded me that I posted one of your posts (10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out) 1 year ago today. I posted it, then forgot about it. However, two days after posting your article, I found out I was pregnant! Lo and behold, it ended up being a girl! So this morning, I was reminded of that article, and it speaks even more truth to me now than it did then. So, thank you for writing and keep up the wonderful work!

    P.S. We have quite a bit in common! I lived in California for a stint, and absolutely loved the emphasis on health (hiking, hiking, hiking). I also love to make homemade greeting cards – I’ve been doing it since middle school. Funny things!

    Looking forward to following your blog and reading more! 🙂

    August 5, 2015
    • Thanks for such a thoughtful comment, Kelsie! Congrats on the arrival of your little girl! I look forward to being in touch and thank you for following along. Be well!

      August 6, 2015
  11. Shauna OBrien #

    I absolutely LOVE this! I am also a working mom with two young kids and I strongly believe you have to be a living example of what wellness means everyday for them and for you to be at your best. I have been through periods of imbalance where I was 100% focused on my husband and children forgetting to take care of myself- and I have learned you cannot be any good to anyone (work, home, or otherwise) if you aren’t making sure you are healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually. My boys (9&10) read nutrition labels to evaluate protein and sugar content before they will buy something- they exercise on their own and they know exactly what each type of food does for their bodies. As a former health teacher I have made it my goal to ensure they understand what it means to eat and live well, and I’m hoping their future wives will benefit from it! Thank you for your work- it is vital and exciting!

    February 28, 2016
    • Thanks for your comment! Yes, we need to put on our oxygen masks first! I really appreciate your story about your boys — they should wise beyond their years!

      March 1, 2016

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