photogrid_1451665608162.jpegIt is day one of 2016, and I am looking forward to the changes and opportunities to come this year.

Like many of you, I did a lot of reflecting before I brought in the new year. I experienced so much joy in 2015. MiniBoo had some amazing experiences, she was accepted to an amazing school, and I dived further into my passions. Unfortunately, I did experience my first loss with the passing of my grandfather (Love you, Gramps!) and realizing that I don't want my life to become like my grandparents.

I spent most of 2015 promising myself a that I would live a healthier lifestyle and become fitter. That did not happen. My 2015 was spent being overweight and exhausted, and no time in my day to change it. So, you can imagine how hyped I was to be introduced (by my mom) to Bellabeat and I reached out to them about their LEAF. After using the LEAF for several months, it has learned a lot about me and my daily habits, but what have I learned about myself.

I learned that a good dose of daily activity is none existent for me. I have been wearing my LEAF every night and day; at home, at work, and on the go; and as a bracelet, necklace, and a clip. My LEAF has recorded a lot of information about my activity habits, lack of exercise, and my sleep habits. It has helped me to manage my stress and practice my breathing, but it is a shame that I get more steps in during a night outing at the mall than any other day.


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My morning begins at 5:30 AM and ends when I finally knock out, but let me break things down in further detail. I don't get off work until 4:00 PM. Pick up MiniBoo and home by 5:00 PM. I still have to make dinner, clean up, try to spend what little time we can together, get her ready for bed, prepare for the next day, and try to muster some energy to research and write. Now, you can see why I haven't had time to film for the webshow, let alone find time to exercise. In addition, my weekends are spent running errands that I can't finish during the week.

screenshot_2016-01-01-12-06-03-1.pngimg_20151222_130821-1.jpgWhen the holiday season hit, I made sure that I came up with a plan to change my life as I live it. I do not want 2016 to be filled with self-body shaming and isolation. I'm not living just for myself, but for my daughter as well.

I know that my job has me sitting for 95% of the time, but I have to take it upon myself to take my breaks and find ways to be more active during the day. The evaluation of my life in 2015, has led to a complete change for 2016. It's not just exercise and diet, but a complete lifestyle change.

2016-01-01-13.21.07.jpg.jpgA great activity tracker should do that for you. It should not just have you counting calories and steps, but it should lead to study, evaluation, and lifestyle change. It is the best way to help create a beneficial long-term change. That is what the Bellabeat LEAF has done for me!

I don't know what 2016 has in store for me. I don't know if it will even be my best year, but I do know that it will be a life changing year. It will be the year that I thrive in social entrepreneurship, motherhood, and in living a healthier lifestyle, so I can be the mother and woman I want to be.

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