Teaming up with Famous Footwear today to share with you how I have most recently taken a #stepforward to champion confidence to be my best self. As a mom-to-be who wears countless hats daily, I find that constantly stepping forward is incredibly important in every aspect of my everyday life.  I sometimes find it really hard to balance everything all at once–my full-time job as an Executive Producer, my love for blogging, art, running–and of course now the fact that on top of all of these things, I’m also preggo with my first baby!  

By the end of every crazy day, I can always choose to come home, relax and watch some T.V. or keep working on my side projects until I fall asleep. It’s a constant struggle to stay ahead of myself and also not beat myself up when I just don’t have any energy left in the tank to continue to check off all of the boxes on my to-do list after a long day.

As women, we often feel the pressure to succeed in every aspect of our lives–at our jobs but also in our personal lives at home. We often wonder if it’s possible to really have it all. In the end, I have come to realize that it’s only after we find what we’re most passionate about in life and have the confidence to live our lives as our “truest selves” that we are able to find our greatest success. I’m constantly striving for this and will continue to do so.

Sharing a pair of Nike’s with you today that I absolutely love because they’re so comfy, go with everything and they help me to get around town and actually check off all of the things on my to-do list. They’re also great for working out. Throughout my pregnancy so far, even though I’ve been really sick, I’ve noticed that I feel best in the mornings thanks to the morning sickness meds I’m on. Likewise, I’ve most recently been “stepping forward” by rolling out of bed and putting on my running shoes on as many days out of the week as I possibly can. Before I was pregnant, I did this for at least ten years as close to 7-days-a-week as possible.  Starting my day with a run cleared my mind, helped me to find my zen and it got to the point where I actually felt “off” if I didn’t run before work. Some may call me crazy but I’m sure other runners can relate.

I’m officially 23 weeks preggo today and I’m still trying to continue to stick to this routine as much as possible. That said, it’s hard not to beat myself up when I wake up and realize I’m feeling too exhausted or nauseous to run but I’m learning how best to balance it all!

Whenever I can’t run, I make sure I continue to “step forward” by putting on my running shoes, headphones and I walk around the neighborhood, stretch or do prenatal yoga before work. Working out helps me so much mentally and I don’t know where I’d be without it–especially during pregnancy.  I recommend all of the above for other preggos out there too.

Finishing off today’s post with a piece of my original artwork inspired by the #StepForward campaign. Enjoy!

 THE LOOK: NikesThankyoux Jacket / PHOTOGRAPHY: ALN Images /