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Balance Fam Feature

BFF #2 - Mandy Bechtold

Balance Fam,

We’re back with another Balance Fam Feature: A blog series highlighting individuals among our incredible Balance community so that we can get to know each other a little bit more.

This week’s BFF is Mandy, an Honest Motherhood Blogger who’s been a part of the Balance Family since July 2019 (thank you, Quartz Collection 😉). Keep reading to learn about & connect with Mandy.

Fall. I’m all about all things cozy. I love the smell of cinnamon. I love the changing leaves.

I would want to time-travel or teleport, to be able to go to any place or time that I wanted. Craving a croissant? Boom, teleport to Paris. Sick of going to your state’s Renaissance Faire? Boom, teleport to the medieval ages instead.

As a working mom, I don’t have a lot of free time in general. So, if I had one more hour in my day, I’d just want to spend it quietly in my room with no demands or noise.

I started seeing some of my favorite people on Instagram sporting the Quartz Collection a little over a year ago and from there, I was hooked.

It’s more than a brand. So much more. I love the true community that Balance has built. I love all of the diverse humans who also love Balance. I love the way that the Balance Fam, despite their different backgrounds and completely different lives, seem to all be grounded in acceptance and making the world better.

Balance is my thing that I do just for myself. As a mother, a wife, a leader at work, I’m often doing things for others. But Balance is my treat. The way it makes me feel when I put it on... there are no words.

When my daughter, Harlow, was born, it was a rough birth. I had a failed induction, spent 4 days being induced, plus 18 hours of active labor. And then I birthed a human. After that, I realized that a lot of the insecurities that I’d had were arbitrary. My body did THAT. And I knew I had to lead by example so that my daughter would also learn to love herself.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so the intention I set at the beginning of the year was to stop being so hard on myself.

As strange and sometimes scary as this year has been, I think it’s forced me to slow down and re-establish my priorities. We’ve all had to learn to adapt and just be ok with how things are. That has been a challenge, but very valuable.

Nobody is looking at you at the beach, just wear the swimsuit.

Learning to love yourself is the most revolutionary thing you can do. Loving yourself allows you to love others better. It mutes the mess of comparison, insecurity and jealousy. It allows you to just be a person, a whole person.


Have someone in mind who should be our next BFF? Send a DM to @balanceathletica. We cannot wait to get to know our Balance Fam better!