#WellnessWednesday: What Fuels You?

14 Sep

At the beginning of every year, I used to set very elaborate New Year’s Resolutions. Each February however, I found myself no longer going to the gym 5 days a week or stopping to bring my lunch every day, like I promised myself I would.  

This past year, however, I decided to take a different approach. I wanted to be more realistic with my resolution setting. So, I only set one resolution: to read one book a month.  

I was inspired to do this because of Bandwidth’s Whole Person challenges where we dedicate time outside of work to complete a variety of different “tasks” to become a more well-rounded, Whole Person: Mind, Body, Soul. Some of the tasks in the past have been workout components for The Body, reading books or watching TEDtalks for The Mind, and learning about a fallen solider and writing a bio about them for The Spirit.

As I sat down at the beginning of this year to think about a New Year’s Resolution, I thought about Bandwidth’s Whole Person premise. I’ve always been a fairly active individual so I knew a “Body” resolution wasn’t going to be rigorous enough. But where I fall short was dedicating time to refresh my mind and take time for myself. I found myself spending a lot of time binge watching Netflix show, after Netflix show, and I felt my brain becoming Jello. So, I decided to find a Resolution that would merge “Mind” and “Spirit.”

Reading has always been a very peaceful activity for me. I love challenging my mind with different ways of thinking and discovering new perspectives.  And sure, I didn’t think reading a book a month would be too hard.

But as life got in the way these past 9 months, I found it incredibly hard to make time to sit down and read. There have been a few months that I was close to slipping but I’m happy to report, I’m on book #9 this month. I’m currently reading “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson (and highly recommend it). 


Rachel Zarkin
Rachel Zarkin

Rachel has been at Bandwidth for 3 years, starting off as an intern. She works in the Republic Wireless marketing team, and loves it. Rachel is very active with competitive sports at the company. She organizes Bandwidth's annual dodgeball and cornhole tournaments, plays in Bandwidth's kickball and soccer leagues, and has just started getting into running. Most importantly, she is "Bake" in the notorious company duo, Shake n' Bake.

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