Harper Stories

February 14, 2020

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Spiritual wellness refers to our ability to develop congruence between our own values and actions. Moreover, this wellness dimensions allows individuals to define purpose in their lives and make meaning of certain life events Spiritual Wellness is about exploring and establishing our own personal morals, ethics and what we stand for as individuals in the world.

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The coronavirus may be making scary national headlines at the moment, but we should all be thinking about ways to protect ourselves from the flu as well. Those that have been affected by the coronavirus thus far have traveled to the region of China where the virus first appeared. The flu, on the other hand, is very active in the US right now. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 15 million people have fallen ill from the flu.

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Own your awesome by checking in with yourself every once in a while and taking some time out to remind yourself of all the things you’ve accomplished as it’s easy to overlook the day-in and day-out progress you’ve made along the way or the successes that have occurred.

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There are plenty of wellness-based mobile apps out there to go around, some more helpful than others. While this is not a complete list, here are a few of my favorites that have helped me with my wellness habits.

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Whether you’re at work or home, ensure that you have some of the essentials on hand at home or at work. Almonds, quinoa, chickpeas, frozen edamame, dried fruit, black beans, almond milk and frozen fruit are some of the items I usually have on hand at home or work as they are easy snacking foods.

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There are plenty of wellness products out there in the world, some of them probably worth your money more than others. While you don’t necessarily need products or things to boost your wellness, here are a few of my favorite things that have been worth the investment...

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Social media is full of people and companies trying to sell you on their latest powder, piece of gym equipment or diet that they guarantee will help you lose weight quickly or provide dramatic results in a short amount of time. The fact of the matter is that anything worth doing will take time and effort.

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Whether you care about winning or not, signing up for some sort of wellness challenge, race or event can help keep you motivated and on track. Try something new, even if there is the possibility that you might fail.

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While no one can accomplish your goals for you, find some inspiration to keep the needle moving.

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Your interests, body, and priorities are most likely going to change as time goes on but this doesn’t give you an automatic out to stop taking care of yourself. Every wellness dimension will not be perfectly balanced so it’s important to focus on finding a harmony that works best for you.

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If you’re struggling to find motivation for yourself when it comes to exercise, consider joining a group exercise class as classes can help provide accountability, variety and you don’t have to think about what you’re going to do for your workout.

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While there is no perfect solution, recipe or magic pill for helping a person achieve their wellness goals, here are a few suggestions on how you might jump start some of those habits, and ultimately, improve your overall well-being.

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A career in personal training offers flexibility and good money. But for Oscar Tapia, becoming a personal trainer is a labor of love.

Celeste Tomaz and her family

Four years ago, Celeste, her second husband and their two children moved to the United States hoping for a better life. Neither she nor her husband had graduated high school. They are doing their best to support their family, but it is a struggle.


Nicole Berthold looks back on the memories in the graphic arts program that prepared her for her career.


The graphic arts program is the reason Michael Curiel is where he is today, and he couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone aspiring to have a career in the graphic arts industry.


The graphic arts facility helped Julie DeMarco find an internship, which led to her being hired full time as a graphic designer.


As a graduate of the graphic arts program, Julia Franiak uses the skills and industry knowledge that was learned daily in her current position as an art director.


Alec Majerchin left Harper College with much more confidence in himself and his abilities to begin his career.