Welcome to the JAKWellness12: A Year Long Wellness Challenge

Happy New Year and welcome to the #JAKWellness12. If we’re being honest I’m a bit nervous about launching this. When I looked back on my goals from 2017 the other day, I realized how many of them I just completely abandoned. I’m pretty sure we all do this to an extent. January is THE month of making changes, setting goals and setting out to make the year “the best year yet.” Here’s the thing, I don’t really like how we do that. Personally, I think every year has highs and lows and starting out with the idea that this one is going to be the BEST EVER is sort of setting ourselves up for disappointment. Nothing is ever perfect, and life isn’t easy, so my goal for this 12 month challenge is not to have the best year ever (of course I want it to be a good year) but instead, to focus on being a better version of myself and to create new habits that are realistic and contribute to living and leading a better life. Here’s how the challenge works:

Every month we’ll focus on a different dimension of wellness. I researched this A TON. Depending on where you look there are anywhere from 5-9 dimensions. I am settling on eight (some months we will repeat a dimension we’ve already done earlier in the year). Throughout the year we will cover: BODY (physical), MIND (intellectual), SPIRIT (spiritual), EARTH (environmental), EMOTIONS (emotional), FRIENDS (social), CAREER (occupational) and MONEY (financial). This month we’re focusing on physical, mainly health, exercise and nutrition. Every month we will build upon the practices and achievements of the one before so instead of abandoning new routines we create habits out of them.

Throughout each month I’ll share a new weekly challenge every Monday here on the blog. That’s 53 Mondays all year and 53 new challenges. Every month we’ll also get advice and inspiration from different leaders, experts and influencers in the different dimensions of wellness and I’ll give you the opportunity to submit questions ahead of time (stay tuned for this month’s expert). There will be some fun giveaways and exclusive discounts along the way too.


January Wellness Dimension: Physical

This week’s challenge: Set goals and intentions for 2018

Honestly, I haven’t really thought about my goals for 2018 at all. Last year I was clearly pretty motivated because I posted them on January 3! So this week is all about taking time to sit down and think about goals and intentions for 2018. I think one of the biggest things I learned about setting yourself up for success when setting goals (thanks to my good ol 9-5) is to make sure you ask yourself the right questions and come up with an action plan in the process. I wrote a post about this (read it here) which will hopefully be helpful for you as you set your goals for this year. In next week’s post I’ll share my goals for 2018 and a new weekly challenge. So how do you participate? I would love for you to comment every Monday as we go through each week and share your progress (and I will be doing the same -the good and the bad). I am hoping we can hold each other accountable throughout the year. I’ll be posting about new challenges, updates and progress on Instagram and using the hashtag #JAKWellness12. I’ve also started a Pinterest board you can follow here which will have everything from recipes I’m trying to fitness ideas to quotes that inspire me.

I am SO excited to embark on this wellness journey over the next 12 months with all of you.

We Got This

xx Jess

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  1. Melissa wrote:

    Love it! And I also love that I have a whole week to think about and set goals. I want to be thoughtful about them and only spending a few hours or a day thinking about them isn’t long enough. Great idea 🙂

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  2. LuchiAlli wrote:

    What a great idea! I love the categories you chose and tackling one thing at a time. Your idea is great to not get overwhelmed by doing everything at the same time. Looking forward to more of your content in 2018! So glad I found your instagram on 2017!

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  3. Jess wrote:

    Such a great idea! Definitely here for it! 🙂

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  4. Jherell wrote:

    Love this idea! I’m in!

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  5. Bree wrote:

    Love this! I’m taking this week to set my goals and intentions for 2017, I’m a firm believer of avoiding “resolutions” because I always tend to abandon them, so the last few years I’ve been picking a theme or a word. So 2018 is the year of transformation. I’m so excited to follow along for this!!

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  6. Megan @ Pink O'Clock wrote:

    So excited for this!

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  7. Kayla wrote:

    I’m so excited to follow you on this journey & participate with you! Cheers to a New Year- I told myself this year was all about me, myself & I. Focusing on becoming a better version of myself and being a little selfish. Can’t wait to join you on this wellness challenge!

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  8. Gia wrote:

    Count me in!

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  9. Mary wrote:

    So fun and exciting! I can’t wait to partake!!!

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  10. Vanessa wrote:

    What a marvelous idea! I’m definitely going to be participating in this year-long challenge!

    One of the biggest goals I’ve made for myself this year is to stop buying physical books. I am a massive book nerd and reader, and I’ve always bought loads of books and let them pile up on my bookshelves. In 2018, I hope to curb my book spending habits because I’m a true minimalist at heart and I hate seeing the clutter that books make in my home. I’m going to be sticking to reading ebooks from now on (my sister was kind enough to buy me a Kindle for Christmas).

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  11. Monica wrote:

    Love the idea…count me in!

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  12. Arielle wrote:

    I am of the same mindset this year. Looking forward too seeing how you out it into action. I love the idea of focusing on a different area each month!

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  13. Laura wrote:

    I just bought a STARTPlanner to help me with my goals and organizing. I cannot wait to get it. I already have an Erin Condren but I think I will use them both different ways.

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  14. Verónica Jones wrote:

    I’m a bit late. But I’m really excited for this. I never know how to get started. I have a pretty irregular schedule, and it’s really hard to stay on top of things. I’m so so excited for this. Thanks!

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  15. Emilie Ogburn wrote:

    A little late to the game but I wanna make sure I *actually* commit to every post! I’m so excited for this challenge. I’ve always been a person to make new years resolutions and set goals for myself (and often never follow through with most) but I like to think of this as a lifestyle change instead! So awesome that its broken down by categories because its so easy to feel overwhelmed by it all at once. I know you put your intentions and word in your other post but my word for this year is definitely gonna be consistency. Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and its important to remind myself that doing things regularly over a longer period of time is SO much more rewarding/beneficial than just little bursts of action here and there. Whether its in for the benefit of my health, career, or finances, I’m going to be more consistent in 2018. 🙂

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  16. Lina wrote:

    ❤️ the idea of this being a yearlong challenge

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  17. Carla wrote:

    This year my main intention is to be PRESENT in everything I do!
    Xx Carla

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