The following is an essay I wrote about Leah Segedie, the mom behind Bookieboo. I nominated her for Extraordinary Mom with MomFavs. Her story was chosen and we appeared on MomFavs Blog talk radio show. I just thought I’d share my essay with all of you since Leah has a new project launching called MomActive.
“I met Leah in February of 2009 on www.bookieboo.com, a social network for fitness moms. I had been looking for a supportive group of moms after I closed my boutique. Sports has always been a passion of mine… so I thought I’d give Bookieboo a shot. I definitely found what I was looking for and more. Leah was my first friend. She greets everyone who joins the site… because she is it’s creator. I responded to her welcome message and from there on we became fast friends. Now we collaborate on projects, skype for hours, share vlogs and comment on eachother’s blogs, tweet like there’s no tomorrow and really just have a great time.
Being overweight before she became pregnant, Leah lost over 100 pounds after the birth of her first child. She was 253 pounds and using a walking aid to get around. She joined up with Tae Bo and Weight Watchers and worked harder than we can ever imagine. She got down to an athletic 149 pounds.
It’s so inspiring for the members of her site, www.bookieboo.com. She shared the journey of how she did it with her membership. Leah just recently had a second child and her journey begins again. It’s not as drastic as the first time, but just as motivating.
She began a group on www.bookieboo.com called “Losing Weight with Leah”. In it, she shares her ups and downs as she tries to get back into shape. Leah is candid and doesn’t hold back from her readers. She’s encourages them too in comments back.
Leah is always looking for guest writers for her site that have relevant information to help her readers. She works hard to find live guests for her Twitter parties too. These Twitter parties allow moms to interactive with the guests and have been wildly popular. The second week in June, Leah will launch her first radio show, MomActive. It focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and balancing your life.
Even with all of this going on, Leah even lets moms use Bookieboo as a place to grow their own businesses. She offers paid and free advertising on her site. She even allows members to start groups. I started a group for Networking Moms to help share ideas. It’s been fantastic.
Since then, we’ve been collaborating on a number of projects that have not only helped to boost my career, but also my confidence. Leah has a way of doing that.
Even though Leah is extremely busy, she still somehow finds time to take care of her home and her family. Once, she said her house was messy and she showed me the room on her webcam. There were a few toys scattered, but not messy by any means… I showed her mine and she was like… That’s messy! Ha!
Leah has a wonderfully supportive husband and two adorable boys. She often vlogs about their adventures and shares them openly with her audience.
That’s probably what I love most about Leah… her honesty and transparency. She truly is extraordinary.”
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