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Spring, 2020

I’ve never been much of a health and wellness person. I’m more of a “little sleep, and lots of stress, wine, and carbs” kind of guy. I quite begrudgingly attended a CPG weekend wellness training in my diocese a while ago, and I was ready to be bored.

I’m not sure that the information was new or revolutionary, but it was the first time I’d ever heard a financial wellness talk right alongside a physical wellness talk. I had kept these two parts of my life pretty separate, but I was intrigued by the way that those topics were woven together.

The weekend got me thinking. It paved the way for several good conversations with my husband about where we are in our finances and our retirement planning. I heard the invitation to call CPG with any questions, and I have taken them up on it. It’s a wonderful resource.

And, finally, I did start taking some pretty reasonable steps (literally!) at a gym down the street. I’ve been getting my 10,000 steps daily, working with a trainer to lift weights, and eating a bit better. I’ve dropped some pounds and generally feel better. The training felt like a wonderful opportunity to take some time and evaluate the different areas of my health. It gave me the boost I needed to make some small but impactful changes.

I’m not sure I’ll ever be a health nut, but my finances and my body are in better shape than they were a year ago, and for that I’m quite grateful. Small changes over time do make an enormous difference in positive outcomes. Thanks to CPG for taking the time to help out clergy and our families.

The Rev. Ian Burch
Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
Milwaukee, WI