POUND In the New Year


Can you believe 2018 is almost over? I was just thinking that I started Hello Wellness eight years ago and started my website seven years ago. If you have been with me since then, you might notice that I took down all my old content and don’t post much to this website or Hello Wellness Facebook page any longer. I’m basically keeping this up to promote my POUND classes and provide the occasional bit of inspiration to anyone who keeps up with me. Thanks for everyone who is still reading and liking my posts!

Here’s the bit of inspiration I’d like to share today: This year I decided to be more intentional around how often I use my phone, check social media, mindlessly scroll through things that don’t always make me feel the best, etc. Back in late January I deleted all social media apps from my phone (minus Pages so I could provide POUND updates) and decided that I was not going to install them again until March. Well, March came and I decided I could stay away a little longer. Eventually I put Twitter and Instagram back but I still have not reinstalled Facebook!

If you’ve never taken a social media hiatus I am here to tell you that the first few days are the hardest because, FOMO, obviously, but after that it gets easier. I understand social media is how many people connect and share and promote themselves but outside of POUND there is really no need for me to be doing much on social media, so it was relatively easy. Yes, I missed a few invites here and there because nowadays everyone assumes you are checking Facebook  or whatever it is every 10 minutes, but overall, I think my year was better, not worse, because I disconnected more than I had in past years.

I’m off my soapbox now! Here’s what you need to know about my upcoming POUND classes. Both winter and spring are available for registration. If you want to do both, you need to register for both. 

  • Tuesdays at Edmunds Elementary
  • Class starts at 6 PM (note: this is a NEW time)
  • Cost is $39 for an eight-week session
  • Winter session starts January 8 and runs through February 26
  • Spring session starts March 26 and runs through May 14
  • I provide the Ripstix; you need to bring your own yoga mat (BYOYM!)
  • Click here to register! (You have to click on “Exercise and Fitness” and then “POUND”)


Please consider being part of my POUND Posse! We have so much fun and no experience with POUND is necessary! 

Fall POUND Session!

When dewy and cool August mornings roll in I can’t help but think of  the 1990s when I was heading back to school with new shoes, a new outfit, and if I was lucky, a Yikes! pencil or two.

Fast forward many, many years and the smells and feels of late summer are the same and I’m kind of heading back to elementary school in a few weeks. Okay, not really but it is time to consider signing up for my POUND Rockout Workout session! I’ll be back at Edmunds Elementary in Sherman Hill for another fun eight-week sweat fest! Space is limited and we usually sell out! Here are the details:

When: Tuesdays from 6:30-7:15 PM
Starting: September 18 and going to November 6
Location: Edmunds Elementary – 950 15th Street, DSM, IA*
Cost: $39
What to Bring: A yoga mat and water bottle
Registration: Click here to register on the DMPS Community Ed Website and select “Exercise and Fitness,” then navigate your way to POUND Rockout Workout

POUND is so fun you might not even realize you’re exercising. And by that I mean you might just do 800 squats in one class and not even realize it. Don’t let that number scare you off though – everything can be modified, EVERYTHING!

Please, please, please, join me on September 18! I have since lost the giant bow on my head but my love of neon and bangs still exist!

*You will enter through the gymnasium doors on the west side of Edmunds and park in the lot that faces I-235. 

Hello, It’s Me!


It has been a while since I have posted but never fear, I am back! I have updated my website and plan to post a little more moving forward now that it has a new look!

In the past three years Hello Wellness has taken a step back from what I initially set out to do. I am no longer providing consulting or wellness seminars for organizations. When I left Drake and started my full-time job with EFR, I decided to focus all my energy there for the time being.

What you can expect is  promotion and updates for my POUND classes and other posts where I like to share ideas, thoughts, and motivations on all things related to wellness.

My life was way too busy in the past. I used to have a full-time job and three part-time jobs. I have scaled back to one full-time job outside the home at EFR and still enjoy teaching POUND through Des Moines Public Schools Community Education. This change has given me time to relax and provided a better balance between everything that is important to me.

Stay tuned for more! And, thanks so much for checking in!