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It is 2020. The last time I made myself a priority, it was 2016. I didn’t lose myself overnight. It was a slow progression. It started when I became a mother to my beautiful daughter, Kalie (pronounced Cali – like California). I felt that I had to devote my entire being to her out of fear that I would not be a great mommy if I did anything else. I didn’t want her to NOT feel loved.

Fast forward to 2018 — I found out I was pregnant with baby number 2. A boy – Kyler. How exciting! I was filled with joy but I really felt like my personal life was definitely over in that moment because I was going to have TWO babies under the age of 2 that needed me.

We welcomed our sweet Kyler Reece into the world on May 23, 2019. I thought to myself, it would be years before I would EVER do anything that I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it because these babies depend on me. And so there I was in the thick of motherhood doing nothing but mommin’ all day, every day.

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I remember sitting down one day and thinking to myself, what are your hobbies? I literally could not think of just one hobby and that is when I realized that I had completely lost myself in motherhood. I was tired. I was depressed. I was bored. I was anxious. I was eating junk. I didn’t work out. I hated my body. This went on for months. Meanwhile, my husband constantly tried to encourage me to do the things that used to make me happy. He knew that I needed me time in order to find myself again but I just couldn’t do it. The guilt and anxiety when I tried was just not worth the hour to myself at that point.

Then came March 2020. I purchased the book, Find your Path by Carrie Underwood. It changed my life. The book had every everything that I needed to change up my lifestyle and live a happy and healthy life. I finished the book in about 2 days because I just couldn’t put it down. Every word. Every sentence. It spoke to me. Over the next few weeks, I started taking time for myself, doing things that I used to love — reading, crafting, taking long bubble baths, cooking and actually enjoying it, connecting with people and so on. I was starting to reconnect with myself. I was finding myself again.

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The book inspired me but I knew that I had to put in the time to get myself back. Not only did I just want myself back, I really wanted to find the true Erika and all that made her happy. I wanted to find my truest self.

The first big change I made was incorporating fitness into my daily routine. I started working out 5 days a week with Carrie Underwood’s Fit52 app because the principle behind it resonated with me so much.

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“I want to be healthy and fit 52 weeks of the year. That doesn’t mean I have to be perfect every day. This philosophy is a year-round commonsense approach to health and fitness that involves doing your best most of the time — and by that I don’t mean being naughty for three days and good for four. I mean doing your absolute best most of the time during every week, 52 weeks of the year”

-Find Your Path by Carrie Underwood

To add to my fitness plan, I took Carrie Underwood’s realistic approach to healthy eating (I refuse to call it a diet) and applied it to my life. I started swapping out the not-so-healthy things I was eating with mySWAPS which were just healthier options of things I already love. It only took a few weeks before I started feeling really good. The best part was that I was having so much fun on this new path that I had created for myself.

Photo created by Erika Walton || @ownyourpath_

As time went on, I wanted to share my path with others. I wanted to connect with women who were on a similar journey with me. That is when I created an Instagram handle, @mypath.fit52.

I was amazed at how quickly I connected with others on Instagram who were doing Fit52 as well. I started meeting so many wonderful ladies who were all in different stages of life but all have one thing in common — to motivate the hell out of each other to #staythepath.

From there, I met ladies from Tone It Up, Beach Body and some other fitness/wellness programs. Some of the most inspiring ladies reached out to me to see if I was a coach. I would respond and say, nope just doing me and loving this community of women building each other up. It was so exciting to me. Then they started asking if I wanted to join their program whether it was Beach Body, Tone It Up, an Active wear line, etc. I was so honored. It was super uplifting. I wanted to join them so bad because they are truly AMAZING women. I would convince myself that I should and then I would talk myself out of it because I was truly happy and loving the path I was on with Fit52.

As the days went on, I was so impressed with the community I was building for myself and I realized, I want to build this up! I want to create something where women support women on their path — whatever that looks like, sounds like, tastes like, or feels like to each individual woman. I realized that I didn’t have to join a prescribed program because the path I was on, was MINE and it was working. That is when #mypathsMINE [MOTIVATE, INSPIRE, NURTURE, EMPOWER] emerged.

As the weeks went on and my motivation, inspiration, nourishment and empowerment was thriving, I continued to connect with people. Like Carrie Underwood’s book and her fitness app, I became obsessed with her active wear line, Calia, which led me to Morgan Raphael, an official partner of the Calia clothing line. Through connecting with Morgan, I soon learned about her passion projects— @bunundone and @selfcaresociety_.

At this point, I was killing the fitness and the healthy eating path I was on but I needed something for my mind and my soul. Coincidently, or maybe not, Morgan launched her Self-Care Society 5 week journal on April 6, 2020. I purchased the journal with the intention that I needed to build my confidence and establish a strong self-love for myself. I was excited to add a deeper element of self-care to my path but when I joined Self-Care Society, I had no idea I would grow as much as I did!

I am a better version of me after completing the 5 week journal with @selfcaresociety_ and the wonderful community of women I met throughout the process. This blog is here because I transformed my idea that I want to do this to I WILL DO THIS AND I WILL BE SUCCESSFUL because #mypathsMINE. And that is how @ownyourpath_ came to be.

I am SO excited that you are here and I hope that you are just as excited to follow along with this blog –whether that excitement is to find, enhance or continue on your path. Please remember — your path is yours. My path’s MINE. OWN YOUR PATH!

Stay Motivated, Inspired, Nurtured & Empowered friends.

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