I wasn’t planning on making this my first post for the new year. Not at all. But after a lot of reflection, this was the only post I could bring myself to write. It was the only post that flowed naturally. That alone confirmed my decision.

I love CandidBelle. I started this blog right before my daughter was born in 2012, and it’s been a labor of love. I’ve learned so much, and I have met so many amazing women. Thank you for hanging in there with me throughout this journey and for growing with me. It has been my honor to serve you through my content. I truly hope it’s added value to your life.

As I sit here in my bedroom, reflecting on the last four years and thinking about what God has in store for me, I have decided to to take a much-needed break from this blog by pulling back quite a bit. It’s not that I don’t love CandidBelle anymore because I do. But life has presented other opportunities for growth, and I feel compelled to see where they lead. Doing this blog while preparing to be a mom of three AND pursuing other opportunities just isn’t going to work for me.

Honestly, it’s just too much and since I pride myself on telling other women it’s okay to pull back when you are doing too much, I have to do the same. I have to pull it way back.

I vowed to leave #teamtoomuch alone, and I plan to do just that this year. It’s just not worth the stress. Plus what kind of health and wellness coach would I be if I was neglecting my mental and physical health in an attempt to do it all? Not a very good one if you ask me. This decision feels right.

So what will I be working on this year? First, my book. This book has been a work in progress for years and I am so tired of sitting on it. I need to share it with women this year. My plan is to publish the book in Fall 2017, so I need to get to work and finish it up.

I also plan to continue creating content for other digital platforms and pitching more to print publications. My love for writing hasn’t faded one bit but it’s time for me to share more of my work through other platforms. I will continue to post on CandidBelle about 2-4 times a month, so I will stay connected. I don’t feel like it’s time to walk away.

I plan to give birth to a healthy baby in April and then spend the subsequent months adjusting to life as a mom of three. It will be beautiful and exciting but I am no fool–it will also be very hard and tiring. Pray for me, ya’ll.

I plan to nurture my marriage because having three kids is A LOT in our book, and if we don’t take the time to nurture our union, it can easily take a backseat to everything else going on. I’m not having that after all these years. I love what we have and I want it to last.

I want to really focus on my health and fitness after the baby arrives. And in doing so, I want to help more women focus on living well by being a kick-ass health coach and lifestyle consultant. I want to help working moms transform their lives because when moms are at their best, they find happiness and their families thrive.

I plan to hit the stage more and speak to working moms across the country about health, wellness, and happiness.

I also plan to host live events. In October, I will be hosting a wellness symposium in the Baltimore area, followed by a vision party I will host in December. Maybe I will see you at one (or both) of these events. That would be awesome!

So as you can see, I have a very busy year ahead. And I didn’t even mention the blogging class I teach at my local community college and my plans to teach more classes in fall 2017. So yea, I just can’t post on CandidBelle as much as I would like right now. I would be playing myself. I am not in a place to give you my best so I’d rather be upfront and give you less of me. i hope you appreciate and respect that decision.

And this isn’t a decision I made lightly. I thought about it. I talked to close friends about it. I journaled about it. I prayed about it. And finally, after all of that, I realized that this decision is right.

So does saying “I’m pulling back,” mean I plan to come back full force in 2018? I’m not sure. Maybe. I just don’t know what this year will bring. That said, I do plan to remain active on the CandidBelle social media accounts and as I mentioned earlier, I will post from time to time. On social media, I will still share old content as well as the limited new content I post.

And I will keep posting content from other sites that you may find useful. If you don’t already, please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. After all, I am not disappearing. I am just redirecting my energy, pursuing new goals, and maintaining my sanity in the process.

It has been a pleasure and an honor to connect with you on this platform and I hope you continue to allow me into your world–even if I am posting less. In the meantime, let’s stay connected. I am still very committed to helping you thrive because when one woman wins, we all win.

Much Love,