Why Wellbeing Should Top Your Health Goals

If you think your pant size determines your level of wellbeing, think again. While obesity is a key factor in physical health, it shouldn’t be confused with overall wellbeing. After all, how important is that garment tag if you’re anxious, lonely, and drifting in purposelessness? Perhaps it’s time we stop glamorizing the privileged, crafted version of health and find an equitable way to examine our true state of being.

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Replaying A Moment of Midlife Wellbeing

It’s rare that emotion overwhelms me to the point of tears. I never intended to be so stalwart, but good or bad things happen and I tend to process them without the rawness that crying provides. I’m an expert laugher, which seems to flow naturally for me, but the joy of crying has eluded me for most of my 50+ years.

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Paused and Poised

I hung up my pen a few months ago. 

My thought was, to truly break the crafted cycle of wellness being sold today, I would spend more time practicing it and less time telling you how to be better. Or skinnier. Or faster or smarter or prettier or productive-r. Because I needed a break and thought maybe you did too.

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Lisa Hautly
That's your goal, not mine

Maybe you started too late…

Barring divine intervention, I will never be a great snow skier. Intuitively, I have a disconnect between leaning forward down a steep mountainside over a pair of thin slick rails and the expectation that all will end well. In this, my seventh year, I can finally admit that I’ll never be fast or fearless. 

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Lisa Hautly
Wellbeing: The What, Why, and How of Living Fully

Long before the definition of health began evolving into singularly focused weight loss fanaticism, a more robust concept of wellbeing was developed. It was more of a philosophical construct for many years, rather than a health metric, but it was, and continues to be, an important aspect of a life well lived.

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Lisa Hautly