I don’t remember exactly where or when I first discovered the Blue Zones book series, but I was quickly hooked on their concept. To put it simply, researcher Dan Buettner and his team set out to discover why some regions of the world have so many healthy centenarians, and what factors contribute to their fitness and longevity. He calls those regions “blue zones,” and writes books about the many reasons, including environment, diet, social structures and habits, that he believes lead to their extraordinary well-being. So many of these ideas can be implemented here too.
Most of us want to live healthfully into our hundreds too, right? (Or at least remain healthy if we’re fortunate to live that long.) I know I do! So the lessons Buettner offers in his books and his blog posts/newsletter — shared every weekend with his many subscribers — are always must-reads for me. I’ve now had two of my pieces published by Blue Zones, including this past weekend. I’m extremely proud to share it here with my Gold Notes readers. The piece was inspired by my 15 Summer Fitness Goal Tips, and includes some of them. You can click this link to get the rest of the tips.
Adding movement to your WFH area can help you meet your fitness goals.
(Photograph by Ben Sellon for Fully // Wellness by Design (Tiller Press, 2020) © J. Gold)
My latest Forbes.com piece looks at the biggest generation in the country today — millennials — and their interest in wellness design. If your career involves selling new construction or resale homes, you’re going to want to read about their mindset and must-haves. Here’s a link.
Large backyards are high on millennials’ wish lists
(PHOTO: SCG CERAMICS PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED / GEOLUXE® // WELLNESS BY DESIGN (TILLER PRESS, 2020) (C) J. GOLD)
I’m writing this on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. My mother celebrated her 60th birthday 25 years ago today. It was a quiet celebration with my dad and a few close friends. She’d been in the hospital for a liver biopsy and left against her doctor’s recommendation. She wanted to be home, which I can certainly understand. Unfortunately, her doctor was right and she passed away early the next morning. It would be an understatement to say that I miss her tremendously, and that she had an unparalleled influence on who I am today. We sometimes clashed, as mothers and daughters often do, but I realized as an adult that she was someone I could choose to hear as a coach, rather than as a critic. That made a tremendous difference in our relationship, and I treasure the transformation of our relationship that emerged from that realization. The 15 months we had after that were the best I can remember! Miss you, Mom!
Sondra D. Trief
1936 to 1996
The woman who gave me life, who was raised by a single working mom (and largely raised her two younger brothers), who married at 18, then cobbled together a community college education, and later rose to become a top investment advisor at one of the largest banks in the country, provided an extraordinary example of a life well-lived. Sadly, it was cut much too short!
Clubhouse Update — New Recording Link!
If you didn’t catch last week’s tremendous session with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge and Susan Wintersteen, you missed out on a great session on making your home kid-friendly — just in time for back-to-school season. The next best thing is to listen to the recording below.
Next up is a work from home conversation with two pros on creating a healthy home office/workspace. That happens on 8/4 at 4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific. If you click the link below, it will help you join Clubhouse if you’re not already on and add the event to your calendarI
These are all of the past and upcoming Wellness Wednesdays events on the Clubhouse app. All are scheduled for 4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific the first and third week of the month! Hope you’ll join us for one or more. In case you can’t make it, I’ll be sharing links to the recordings afterward, as you’ll see below.
- 6/2 Smart Homes / Healthy Homes — Recording Link!
- 6/16 Home Fitness Spaces — Recording Link!
- 7/7 DIY-Friendly Outdoor Wellness Design — Recording Link!
- 7/21 Healthy Kid Spaces — Recording Link
- 8/4 Healthy Work from Home Spaces — Next Week!
- 8/18 Smart Home CEDIA Expo Preview
- 9/1 Healthy Grilling (in time for Labor Day)
- 9/15 Laundry and Flex Rooms
- 10/6 Coffee Stations
- 10/20 Tea Spaces
- 11/3 Wine Centers
Save the Date!
I’m going to be a presenter at the San Diego Union-Tribune‘s 2021 Festival of Books on Saturday, August 21. I love this event and am excited to be invited to share tips on creating a healthy work from home space! I’ll let you know when my time slot has been confirmed. This event will be virtual again, so you don’t even have to leave your home to participate.
GOLD DUST (NEW!)
I’m a pretty avid reader on wellness-related topics and decided to share some of the riches I’m finding with my Gold Notes readers. Here are a couple of links you might find interesting and helpful.
- Healthy Drinking: Science confirms that coffee can add years to your life (Blue Zones Newsletter)
- Mental Health: We need to honor the fact that Simone Biles is human, despite her superhuman abilities (Upworthy)
- COVID: CDC updates mask guidelines (USA Today)
FREE SUMMER FITNESS TIPS DOWNLOAD
It’s the time of year when we all look to enhance our health with new fitness goals. Especially this year, when so many have spent the last 15 months cooped up. Maybe you’re planning to run your first — or fastest — 5K. Maybe you’re going to bag your highest peak this summer. Whatever you’re planning, your home can support or sabotage your fitness goals. I created this new FREE download to help you get there with some room by room wellness by design tips.