Be Better from Phoenix, AZ

Each week, Be Better Movement wants to feature some of our active participants completing the challenges around the country. We all come from different places, different life experiences and different cultures, but have one thing in common. We are committed to turn self improvement into global improvement. We hope that you become inspired by the stories told. 

My name is Secily, and I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I currently live in Phoenix, Arizona, where I am a single mother of two teenage boys. Family is important to me. My parents, my brother's family, and my boys and I get together at least once a month. I like to travel, attend community events, and try new eateries with my boyfriend of seven years, Jon. I have worked in the field of K-12 education for over 20 years. I was a classroom teacher for 10 years, and I now have the privilege to provide professional development to teachers and administrators across the state.

Brace yourself! I am about to tell you a secret. I don't love chocolate! I know, I am not normal. It's not that I don't like chocolate at all; I just prefer to eat it paired with other ingredients such as marshmallows, almonds, pecans, toffee, caramel, and coconut.

I have never challenged myself to eat chocolate before. This #bebetter52 challenge would have been difficult for me a year ago. In my quest to better myself over the last year, I started focusing on my health, and in doing so, I came across research that identified the many health benefits of dark chocolate. I have begun to choose it over milk chocolate.

With it being Valentine's week, candy was everywhere I turned. My favorite part of this #bebetter52 challenge was I remembered to grab for the dark chocolate pieces...in small quantities!

Documenting and sharing this week's #bebetter52 challenge, and every week's challenge, is important to me since it benefits a charity. The Every Mother Counts organization is working hard to ensure women from all over the world experience a safe pregnancy and a safe childbirth. As a mother of two teenage boys, I understand the importance of prenatal care for both the mother and the baby.