Tuesday, November 5, 2019

When Wellness Runs Dry - Your Return to Self-Care Begins Here by Ashley Jelks-Fragier

Wow! After spending days in sickness, I am finally feeling better. I still have a nasty cough and rough voice, but at least I feel like eating. Thank you, everyone, for the well-wishes and get well memes. They each brought a smile to my face. I guess there is a truth that laughter is the best medicine. This brings me a new book, When Wellness Runs Dry - Your Return to Self-Care Begins Here by Ashley Jelks-Fragier. How appropriate a book comes my way just as I need it -- my wellness was running dry. Please enjoy reading about the book and the author and show her some love.


Embarking on a wellness journey is a process of searching for the appropriate "tools" to make you a healthier and happier person, plus discovering your own effective methods to use these "tools" for continued growth and development. Wellness is the cornerstone for our quality of life. It determines how we ultimately look, feel, interact with others, and thrive in life and work.
Ashley Jelks-Fragier brings us back to wellness basics with simple tips and exercises that ensure the reader has an enjoyable and renewed sense of encouragement to return to self-care.  
When Wellness Runs Dry is the ultimate self-help book for people that are looking to restart their self-wellness routine and get back to basics. This book will:  
  • Introduce the Self-Care Burnout™ and why it is hindering your progress.
Provide an overview of all eight areas of wellness.

    Challenge the belief that "we must be kind to live happily." 
    Help you begin your wellness journey today in five minutes.

Ashley Jelks-Fragier

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

Hailing from the Land of Lincoln, I grew up in Springfield, Illinois. There was not a day that went by without Abraham Lincoln being apart of my life in some way. After high school, I attended McKendree University, where I received a dual Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Sociology with a Criminal Justice Emphasis. After this, I attended the University of the Rockies, where I graduated with my Master of Arts in Psychology. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Psychology with a Trauma Services Concentration. I now live in Colorado Springs, CO where I serve as the Managing Member/CEO of Koalatative Guided Solutions, LLC. Coming from Illinois to Colorado has been an adjustment. I have spent more money on lotions, oils, water, and creams to hydrate than anything else within my budget - well besides rent.

What inspired you to author this book?

Honestly, I have personal experience with attempting to engage in self-care and failing so many times. I realized that I was suffering from burnout in a different way. I could not believe I had become stressed out and overwhelmed while "doing" self-care. It was then that I had an "ah-ha" moment - I had hit Self-Care Burnout. The rest is history.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

The book cover encompasses the feeling of being lost while yet having the tools to find your way again. The man at the well is sitting with a map figuring out where to go. Perfect.

Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

Personally, I would have to say my grandmother and my mother due to their love of reading and writing. They always were there to encourage me by expressing my feelings on paper. My father as well. He always just had a way with words that I try to capture every time I talk to him. My friend, Daniel has been a huge influence on me as a writer. He always seemed to be the critical element that I needed to continue to improve.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

During the time this book was being written, my personal life was going through an evolutionary period. There were major life-changing events happening in every area of wellness. From deaths within the family to social interactions changing, I had to use my own learned coping strategies I had developed to handle this period.

Tell your readers about your book.

In When Wellness Runs Dry- Your Return to Self-Care Begins Here the reader is introduced to The Self-Care Burnout phenomenon, which has been increasing in presence over time. It goes over the eight areas of wellness and provides exercises on how to start and develop your own self-wellness routine as you read the book. This book is about starting your self-wellness routine from scratch.

Who is your target audience, and why?

This book is for adults looking to either begin or restart their self-care habits to develop their own self-wellness routine. There have been several times where I was approached by members in my community asking about self-development and self-care strategies. When they would ask about this, it usually led to something along the lines of "how do I start?"

What do you consider your greatest success in life?

Being able to impact someone's life in a positive way without having to personally know or be physically present to witness it. I receive little presents like this often, and it feels amazing to know that someone has benefited from something I had done at some point in my life. I am grateful.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I am not perfect and have no intention of trying to be. I wrote this book as a partnership and guide for the reader as I have also been going through the process. Self-wellness is not a sprint - it is a life long journey. I do not present a quick fix to begin self-care, I present the honest reality of self-care and the potential negative effect it can have on your life if you engage too aggressively in it. This is what I believe sets me apart from other writers.