By Leigh Ann Kelley, the winner of the “8 Weeks to Your Awesome Self” Giveaway
Wow, I can’t believe that I have finished the 8 weeks to an awesome you contest. It has been a fun and rewarding experience. I’ll admit, at first I was terrified and wondered what I had gotten myself into. Right before each new thing I tried I would be nervous about it, but they all ended up being enjoyable. As women, and especially mothers, we don’t usually take time for ourselves. We tend to get wrapped up in the needs of our family but it’s important to take a step back and make sure we are doing some things for ourselves also.
I will admit the eight weeks were not always easy. Sometimes “mommy guilt” would creep in; whether I was finding time to work out, cooking food that I knew no one else in my family would eat, and even taking time for a haircut and pictures. There were lots of other things I could be doing during that time but in the long run it felt nice and rewarding taking time for my health. This eight weeks has provided me with the motivation to continue with exercising and healthier eating. I enjoyed being able to sit back and relax while getting my hair done at Salon 8. Then it was fun to have Brooke take some pictures, I can’t tell you the last time I had a picture with just me in it! It’s not often that we, as women take the opportunity to hang out and act silly (you should see some of my pics!) together, which is just what we did.
I would like to thank Susan, Adri and Brooke who took the time to help a stranger feel “awesome” about herself and provided me with the opportunity to be able to step back see the benefit in taking a little time for myself. I encourage all of you to make an effort to take care of yourself and be awesome!