How a Teacher From Hawai’i Spent $1,000 On Wellness

Featured Image

Everything featured on The Nessie is independently selected and rigorously tested. We may receive a small commission on purchases made from some of our links. Also, The Nessie is part of the Ness Card ecosystem. (The Ness Card is issued by The Bank of Missouri, pursuant to a license from Mastercard, and serviced by Ness Well Financial, LLC.) If you’ve found us here, you’d probably be into it.

Wellness Diaries Logo/Masthead

What if you had $1,000 to spend on your health?

Welcome to Wellness Diaries. In this series, we send readers $1,000 to splurge on any product, service, or experience—as long as it’s something that can enhance health. Any leftover cash is donated to a charity of the diarist’s choice.

This time, we’ve got Kimi N., a teacher in Hawai’i. She spent her $1,000 on a TheraFace PRO, a Casper sunrise alarm clock, and a Lululemon yoga mat.

kimi n. hawaii teacher educator headshot
Kimi N.

Meet Kimi!

She’s an educator in Hawai’i! With such a demanding job, she takes her personal wellness and well-being seriously. By keeping her cup full, she can continue to pour into others.

Kimi’s Diary

$489 Facial Massaging Device


Therabody TheraFace PRO with Hot/Cold Rings

“I love all things skincare (facials, serums, moisturizers—you name it). I’ve enjoyed researching and experimenting with new products for as long as I can remember. One of my favorite ways to relax after a long day is by doing my nightly skincare routine at my vanity. I am so stoked to have an all-in-one product that will allow me to bring a facial spa experience to my home.”

$129 Sunrise Alarm Clock


Casper Glow Light

“I’ve always been an “If the sun isn’t up then neither am I” kinda gal, so I’m excited to try out this sunset/sunrise lamp. I usually begin my day super early so that I can get to school with enough time to prepare for my day. This light seems like it’ll be a lifesaver for those winter mornings when it’s still dark out.”

$229 Massage

Indulge LLC

Indulge LLC Membership

“I love teaching, but it can be very stressful. I would love a quality massage, because it’s a luxury that usually doesn’t fall within my budget. It seems like the perfect way to reset, refocus, and relax.”

$94 Yoga Mat


lululemon The Mat 5mm (Silver Blue/Tidewater Teal)

“I wouldn’t describe myself as athletic, so finding enjoyable ways to keep my body moving has always been a challenge for me. I discovered yoga about two years ago, and it’s been true love ever since. Yoga has grounded me throughout challenging seasons of my life, and has really helped me feel good in my own skin. Having a mat with great grip will definitely enhance my practice.”

$20 Athletic Socks

product image, person wearing white athletic socks with white sneakers and leggings tucked in
The ‘IWA Athletic Company

The ‘IWA Athletic Company Unisex Crew Socks (White, 3-Pack)

“There is truly nothing like becoming an adult and finally recognizing the importance of a great pair of socks! I’m excited to give these a try on my next hike or walk around the block.”

$39.99 Smart Home Device


Amazon Echo Dot (Glacier White)

“I love Echo Dot’s versatility. Getting a device to play music, set timers, answer quick questions, and more (all hands-free) sounds fantastic. I can already anticipate that it’ll be helpful during my morning and evening routines, since I won’t need to touch my phone, but can call out to Alexa instead.”

Total: $1,000.99

Stay tuned for details on our next Wellness Diaries by subscribing to Nessie Sightings! (That’s our newsletter.)

Exploring the health and wellness world is better with a friend.

Wellness recommendations you’ll want—delivered to your inbox twice a week. Subscribe to our (free) newsletter and join our growing community!


"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Join Our Newsletter

Get our weekly email and join our growing community!

In this article
Articles you might like

Want more?

Subscribe to Nessie Sightings. Wellness recommendations you’ll want—delivered to your inbox twice a week. Subscribe to our (free) newsletter and join our growing community!

The emails are free, the finds are priceless.

Sign up for twice weekly emails discovering the best in health.
Research Based

This article was rigorously researched and fact checked. We use peer-reviewed journals and reputable medical sources (think: CDC, WHO, NIH, and the like) to back up every claim we make, and also reach out to experts in the field to ensure we’re covering things the right way. We apply these principles to everything we cover—including brands we partner with—and we’ll always disclose sponsorships, ads, and any kind of financial relationship with anything featured on The Nessie. You deserve the best, most straightforward information on health and wellness, and we think this is the right way to do it. You can read more about our testing and review process here.

If something doesn’t seem quite right, let us know at [email protected].