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fall 2017 wellness contract

Wellness Contract

With the new school year right around the corner, it’s time for me to take a beat and start thinking more intentionally about my self care. Two years ago, I shared with you my first wellness contract, one that I developed right before starting my first year of teaching. With my third year about to begin, an intern (student teacher) on board, and a seven month old growing like the weeds, it’s time for a wellness refresh!

My previous wellness contract was very specific, with several specifics within several categories. This time around, I really need simplicity, so I’m keeping it to just one mantra for each area of my life.


Personal: Act the Way I Want to Feel–a reminder from Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project that my attitude has a huge influence on my feelings about myself and the outcome of my day.

Professional: Don’t Let the Perfect be the Enemy of the Good–a reminder that most of the time, the things I do in my classroom or make for my classroom are good enough, even if they’re not perfectly organized or perfectly developed. (Another gem from Gretchen.)

Family: The Days are Long But the Years are Short–a reminder that our life is lived in the day-to-day tasks we often find mundane, but that when my family is grown, I’ll look back on this time longingly. (Yep, from The Happiness Project again. Literally my favorite book).

Creative: One Idea in Action is Worth a Hundred on Deck–a reminder from Elise Blaha Cripe to focus one idea, goal, or project at a time.

Fitness: Any Movement is Better than None–a reminder that swimming with Sonja at her swimming lessons, dancing with her before dinner, or taking her on a nightly walk are totally legit forms of exercise.

Friends: Friends Don’t Care…–a reminder that friends don’t care if your house is clean, if your hair is done, or if your baby is still in their pajamas. Just call them…they’ll still hang out with you.

I’m posting this on my bulletin board at work, and on my fridge at home.

What would be on your Wellness Contract for fall?


photo from Death to the Stock Photo

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