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How a Brooklyn-Based Designer Spent $1,000 on Wellness

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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.)

In this diary, we have community-selected winner and Brooklyn-based designer, Jenny F. She spent her money on a Theragun Mini, ceramics classes, roller skates (and wrist guards!), a supplement to aid in the egg freezing process, and more.

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Meet Jenny F.

Her favorite wellness ritual is daily journaling and going for sunset jogs along the waterfront, probably listening to the latest earworm song on repeat.

Her charity of choice: Leftover funds were donated to Stop AAPI Hate.

Jenny’s Diary

$159 Massage Gun

Product Image: Therabody Theragun Mini in Desert Rose taken from Therabody website

Therabody Theragun Mini

I started actively exercising more in my twenties when I had more time and control over my life schedule. But I never realized how much time I’d need to devote to recovery: post-run stretching, off days from the gym, and just getting that extra massage when you need it. I’ve wanted a massage gun for a while, but it always felt like an extra pamper item that I couldn’t quite justify until now.

$70 Online Dance Classes

Product Image: STEEZY online dance class

STEEZY One-Year Membership

I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance and be less embarrassing on the dance floor. Turns out my ability to feel embarrassed as an adult expired before my desire to learn how to dance did! Walk-in dance classes felt a little fast-paced for me, so I wanted to try to start over at the beginning and give online dance tutorial platform STEEZY a try! After doing over a year of Peloton yoga classes, I’ve started to actually enjoy the flexibility of on-demand classes.

$400 Ceramics Classes

Stock photo of woman spinning clay

Clayworks on Columbia Ten-Week Ceramics Class

During a time when I was feeling really anxious, I started ceramics classes—and it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done for my mental health. Working with my hands (especially with something so tactile as earthenwares and clay!), blocking off the hours in the studio instead of FOMO-ing over trying to go out and drink and over-extending my social schedule, and having the space to develop an artistic practice were all such soothing ways to really value my own time. I’m excited to keep it going!

$45.99 Roller Derby Skates

Product Image: Unisex Indoor and Outdoor Roller Skates Classic High-top for Adult Skating Four-Wheel Roller Skates in "white flash wheel" color, taken from the Silvertree Store on Amazon

Classic High-Top Roller Skates

Roller skating is one of those things from the ‘90s that came back in recent years. There’s something undeniably fun and delightful about a pair of colorful flashing skates at a roller disco. My toxic trait is that I’ll watch a couple videos of extremely talented skaters and think I can do what they’re doing. But I have been going to summer roller disco nights at one of the parks in Brooklyn and there truly are so few things that inspire so much joy. These skates will bring another pop of color to the event!

$29.99 Wrist Guards

Product Image: Derby Wrist Guard taken from 187 Killer Pads website

187 Killer Pads Derby Wrist Guard

I’m still a novice skater and I work on computers for a living, so I need to make sure my wrists continue to work. 🥲 Safety first!

$27.99(x3) Protein Powder for Boba Lovers

Product Image: Milk Tea Protein Powder - 15 Pack in Taro taken from KENKOU website

KENKOU Milk Tea Protein Powder – 15 Pack in Classic, Jasmine, and Taro

I drink way too much boba and hate the generic, chalky taste of most protein powders, so I had a shower thought once to combine the two. It turned out someone had beaten me to the punch by making bubble tea-inspired protein powder flavors, so I’ve been wanting to try this brand! (Also, why is protein powder so expensive?)

$112 Bike Lock

Product Image: Kryptonite New York Standard Heavy Duty Bicycle U Lock Bike Lock taken from Amazon website

Kryptonite New York Lock

I bought a bike last year and have been taking it out for more and more long-distance rides. I’d like to use it more for running errands and commuting, but the perennial urban bike theft problem is quite daunting. Investing in a nice lock that costs almost as much as my used bike was a hard mental block to overcome, but now I hope I’ll feel more empowered to take my bike out regularly.

$14.99 Bike Bottle + Mount

Product Image: Schwinn Bike Bottle Holder with Water Bottle, BPA Free Squeeze Sport Bottle and Durable Cage, Easy to Mount Cycling Accessory. Taken from Amazon website.

Schwinn Bike Bottle Holder with Water Bottle

As part of the long rides, I wanted to outfit my bike with better gear, like a water bottle holder that actually fits on my bike.

$24.99 Bike Basket

Product Image: Apollo Steel Bike Basket in Silver. Taken from Retrospec website.

Retrospec Apollo Steel Bike Basket

More in the spirit of outfitting my bike, I really wanted to try to take some longer rides to the beach this summer. It would be great to be able to transport more items with this basket.

$11.39 Melatonin

Product Image: Melatonin Fast Dissolve Strawberry Tablets - 10mg. Taken from Natrol website.

Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve Strawberry Tablets – 5mg*

It always feels like sleep is the first thing to suffer when things aren’t going smoothly. I never realized how common this was until conversations about sleep hygiene started coming up regularly with friends. I haven’t tried melatonin before—I thought I’d give it a shot to see if it helps me fall asleep faster.

*Jenny selected the 5mg dose. We recommend starting with the lowest dose possible if you haven’t taken melatonin before.

$33.96 CoQ10

Product Image: Doctor's Best High Absorption CoQ10 with BioPerine, Gluten Free, Naturally Fermented, Heart Health, Energy Production, 100 mg, 120 Count. Taken from Amazon website.

Doctor’s Best High Absorption CoQ10 with BioPerine – 100mg*

I’ve started the egg freezing process and discovered I have low AMH (anti-Müllerian hormone) levels for my age, which affects fertility outcomes. This caught me by surprise because nothing else in my health history would’ve suggested this, and I honestly wasn’t thinking much about fertility before. There’s some evidence that co-enzyme Q10 can improve egg quality icon-trusted-source PubMed Central “Does coenzyme Q10 supplementation improve fertility outcomes in women undergoing assisted reproductive technology procedures? A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials” View Source  and therefore fertility chances (though it’s not guaranteed), so I’ve been taking it in advance of egg retrieval.

*A note to speak with your physician about taking Co-Enzyme, as it could have adverse effects and interact with other medications.

Jenny’s Total: $986.28

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