Leslie Shelledy

BALANCE. Ever since having my second child, Collin, I felt I had lost any sense of balance. Getting pneumonia 4 times in a year, feeling disconnected from a job I didn't like (teaching 6th graders), handling what seemed like daily, if not hourly, toddler tantrums, breastfeeding and/or pumping around the clock and slipping farther and farther away from a life that I could proudly say was mine, made me realize I needed a change.

I needed to find balance. What is balance you may ask? I'm not exactly sure. If I were to make a guess it would be a feeling of satisfaction. Satisfaction with being healthy (mind and body), enjoying my career, being present with my children, and excited about my future. With those goals in mind, I have decided to go on a journey to find that balance I so badly need.

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Why 801eats?

I'm no expert. I'm just a busy, working mom who needed and STILL needs to find some sort of normalcy for my mind, body, family, and work. While I do feel like I have some pretty good life hacks that have helped me immensely - hello monthly goals - I'm still and will always be on the journey to find balance.

One of my favorite quotes is "You don't find balance, you create it." That's exactly what 801eats is here to achieve. It's a platform to help busy moms who feel as though their 'it" factor is gone. It's for those who feel their life is no longer recognizable as the enjoyable, relaxing, peaceful life they once had.

Either it's finding the right nutrition - a juicy, meaty bacon cheeseburger that satisfies the lick your fingers, OMG deliciousness you need in your life ASAP or a entree salad that fills the soul with all types of healthy greens and lean - 801eats is here to help. Maybe you need the guidance or push to put YOU first. Or just everyday Real Deal talk from a mom who doesn't beat around the bush. I'll be the first one to tell you that being a mom is hard - really hard.

I'm Here for You

With all that in mind, 801eats is here for you. It's here to give you the tools in life to find the balance needed to make your life yours again.

Keep in mind my advice isn't for everyone. Do I let my kids watch tv while I cook dinner? Heck yes! Do I not brush my kids' teeth some nights because I'm too exhausted to do one more thing? Yes. And I'm not ashamed to admit it. Also keep in mind, I'm not perfect. I'll be sharing what works and what DOESN'T work and how going through the daily grind is a struggle.

As I continue my own journey of finding balance, 801eats is my means of giving you all my life hacks to hopefully keep you afloat in this crazy thing called life.

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Leslie Shelledy

Whether it's through nutrition, mindfulness, spending more time with family, setting monthly goals, or just finding the things that make us happy in life, finding balance is the ultimate goal. Join me as I try and find balance in my own life... Read More

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"The critical part of balance in life is choosing priorities. If you are trying to balance a family and a career, the choices are complex because both are important."

-Byron Pulsifer


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