“I have been absolutely terrified my entire life – and I have never let it stop me from doing a single thing that I have wanted to do.

~ Georgia O’Keeffe


I went to my first football game this year, Ravens vs. the Bengals. It was a totally new experience for me. Upon arriving near and walking to the stadium, I realized that I was in a whole new realm. My first thought was that I couldn’t relate to these folks. Ask anyone who knows me, and they will tell you I don’t watch football. The one exception is the Super Bowl, and that is mostly for the half time show!

Upon arriving at our seats, I observed again how uncomfortable I felt. My shoulders slumped forward and I continued to tell myself that I didn’t fit in here.

Even with these thoughts, I chose to stay present and observe myself and the crowd. There were definitely norms and ways of acting that I wasn’t familiar with.

Yet, as I started to truly listen, I realized I was hearing a group of people who were passionate about their team and this passion was bringing them together to have fun and be entertained. By the end of the game I became one of them. I was up rooting for the Ravens and having an amazing time with all whom where around me.

So, you might be asking yourself, what does this have to do with Awaken Wellness? This experience made me realize that you may feel the same way about Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Yoga.

It may be a whole new realm to you. You may feel like you don’t understand or fit in with the holistic wellness crowd. You might even be asking yourself, “What is this wellness thing anyway, I am well”.

As someone who is engrossed in offering wellness every day, I realized that it may be scary for those who don’t know what Acupuncture, Yoga, Therapeutic Massage and Chinese Herbal Medicine are, much less why you would even want to partake in these services.

The winter is about the unknowing. It is about having the courage to face the cold dark days and trust that there will be light again. Imagine the days when we were all farmers, when there were no super markets. It took courage and trust that you had enough food and that the planting season would come again in the spring.

In these modern times our unknowing and courage shows up in different ways. Often times around new experiences and venturing out in a new realm.

I invite you to be courageous and step out into a new experience by visiting Awaken Wellness during our Winter Week of Freedom and Joy, January 2nd – 7th.

Come see what this wellness stuff is all about!

Until next season, Be Well.

Your Partner in Wellness,

Jennifer Stukey

As owner of Awaken Wellness, Jennifer holds a Master of Acupuncture degree and a 660 hour Chinese Herbal Medicine Certificate from the Tai Sophia Institute. She is a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist and a Registered Yoga Teacher. Jennifer’s Chinese Medical practice focuses on Women’s Health. Her dedication is to helping women live a life of joy and ease.