Hi, I’m Brynn. Early in my life, I came across a quote from Harriet Beecher Stowe: “a woman’s health is her capital.” The clarity of this simple statement stopped me in my tracks, and even as a little girl, I felt empowered to know that my “capital” was something I had a lot of control over. From that moment on, I saw wellbeing as a critical foundation for myself, for all women, and for all people — a launchpad to learning more, doing more, experiencing things fully, 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. Physical health has been a steady thread, but as I’ve gotten older and life has gotten richer and more complex, I’ve realized the importance of mental health, spiritual health, a sense of purpose, and being in community with other people. And I’ve learned that when faced with constant choices and hard tradeoffs, wellbeing doesn’t happen without intention and clear guideposts to keep me honest about whether I’m living the way I want to be living.
So on my 35th birthday, the auspicious day of 12.12.12, I gave these guideposts a name and this home: Wellfesto. My wellness manifesto. This site is a place where I share thoughts, experiments, tensions and failures in living well. I write about things I’m learning, wondering about, working on, and concerned about….things that are working beautifully and things that are failing miserably. As a working mom of three, I’m focused specifically on exploring 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. I write for myself, but share my thoughts here in case they spark an idea or an action for someone else. Because I still believe our health is our greatest capital. Thanks for dropping by.
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’m still trying to figure how to make that a reality. Living in California really helps. I came to California thinking I’d stay for two years and have been here for 16.
- I grew up in Wisconsin where I spent summers with no hot water, no TV, and an outhouse. As kids, we bathed in the lake, caught and released fireflies, and learned to love the simple things. I love California, but will always be a little bit homesick for Wisconsin.
- My husband and I ran around the world with a team of 20 international runners in the Blue Planet Run. We learned firsthand that Siberia is vast, yak butter tea tastes horrible, a misty sunrise over Japanese rice paddies is spectacular, America needs more sidewalks and bike lanes, and our bodies are strong and resilient.
- I’m irrationally terrified of animals. Big ones and small ones. As an avid trail runner, this is challenging.
- My go-to meals are oatmeal made with almond milk, berries and nuts and avocado toast with a poached egg. But I also have a penchant for a good IPA.
- I have no rhythm, but love to dance, mostly in the comfort of my own living room with my better-dancing husband and three forgiving children.
- I love being a mom. I live with my kids, but not for my kids. I want us all to have our own identities — and also a magical shared one we create together.
- I love making things — greeting cards, art projects, photo albums, and hot breakfasts.
- I once rollerbladed to a job interview. I didn’t get the job.
- I now work on the People team at Meta (formerly Facebook) and have evolved from being unsure of my non-linear career path to proud of it. I’m inspired that the future of work is now — and where, when and how we work is changing for the better.
- I want to be a writer. So I’m getting started by…writing. I’ve learned that the way you get over the fear of putting yourself out there is simply, putting yourself out there.