I’m not a planner. Ask my team. It can drive them nuts; I tend to spring things on people as ideas come to mind.

I’m trying to take a different, more thoughtful approach in 2021. Especially as it comes to my emotional health.

Like so many people in the U.S., the events of the past week weigh heavy on my heart and have instilled an anger that I can't shake. Plus my physical and emotional health have changed in the past 3 months. Perimenopause mental health and physical changes are no joke.

I eat pretty well – veggies, protein, and wine; run and walk most every day, and I’m expanding my movement to include yoga and a standing desk to help with achy hips and hamstrings.


But (gulp), it’s been five years since my last pap exam or mammogram. And now that I’m 47 and have a history of colorectal issues in my family, it’s the year of my first colonoscopy.

I audited my supplements – I take Gennev Vitality in the morning (I recommend taking it in the morning due to the high levels of B vitamins for energy) and the Multi-Tasker Magnesium before bed to help with sleep and anxiety. I also take Sleep CBD Tincture at bedtime to help me relax and fall asleep. It’s magical.

That’s my check-in. I hope you check in too.

Here’s my 2021 “take control of my health” plan:

Use my FSA funds. If I didn't have the access to health coaches like I do being the Gennev CEO, I would spend on that service. I need an accountability partner to help with mindfulness and being more creative with my diet. Instead, I'll spend it on an osteopath that helps with my aches and pains.

Yoga two times per week. I subscribed to the Peloton app, and I am committed to classes, even if I only have time for the 20-minute classes.

Pap exam and mammogram appointments are scheduled for February. I’m still working up the courage for the colonoscopy.

Dry January. I’m 10 days in and while I miss a glass of wine with dinner (and perhaps more), I feel clean without all the sugar.

Add Omega-3 and Vitamin D to my supplement routine. After speaking with Stasi Kasianchuk, Gennev’s Director of Health Coaching and my eye doctor, I’m adding Omega-3 for dry eye and Vitamin D for my bones. Bonus, it helps your immune system.

Protein! Amanda Thebe got me on to protein powder. I sprinkle it on my morning oatmeal.

In the past week, we’ve seen the volume of appointments with our doctors and health coaches spike. It's apparent that many of you are starting 2021 with a focus on your health too. What's most important is getting healthy and comfortable in the body that you have. Acceptance is medicine.

Do you have a “take control of my health” plan for 2021? If you do and you're proud of it, send it to me. I'll keep you accountable and will ask you to do the same for me.

And if you need help building your plan, set aside $45 and book an appointment with a coach. If you’re ready to take action, we’re here to help keep you accountable.

Here's to a better week than the last,


Co-founder and CEO, Gennev


Shannon Perry

January 11, 2021
Director of Programming & Media

Medically Reviewed By

Dr. Rebecca Dunsmoor-Su

Chief Medical Officer

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