#MyFabJourney: Valeria

I didn’t have a goal in mind when I downloaded Fabulous.

As a graphic designer, I’m always looking for design inspiration. While I was looking through the play store, I found Fabulous in the list of best apps and it caught my attention. After a quick glance over the great reviews and seeing that it won a Google award, I decided to give it a shot and downloaded it.

The Fabulous Daily Motivator app will assist you during this journey using baby steps and scientific methods.

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Launched in 2014, the app was developed on principals of behavioral economics at Duke University’s Center for Advanced Hindsight, overseen by behavior change scientist and New York Times best-selling author Dan Ariely. It’s presently used by millions of people, with over 175,000 enthusiastic reviews on Apple Store and Google Play.

In fewer than 15 minutes and using the science of behavior change, Fabulous starts small and help you build lasting habits to achieve your goals.

As I was going through the process of using Fabulous, I began finding the concept of habit building really intriguing (I also really loved the letters of encouragement that accompanied each journey). But I never finished any of the journeys I was on.

Fast-forward a year or two later, and I was using another app to exercise and it was going great, but I found myself having a hard time with motivation to jump into my healthy routine after an extended weekend or holiday. So I remembered Fabulous… and downloaded it again!

 

After giving it some thought, I made the decision of paying for the annual subscription, which was a blessing as it forced me to commit to the completing the journeys.

I couldn’t believe how well it was going! I started with the Sphere journeys, and was able to successfully complete the first one. I’m now exercising 6 times a week, and I’m doing it now because I want to keep the commitment to myself. Not because I have to do it.

The 5th letter was really inspiring to me. I’ve always had a hard time with motivation and not falling into excuses when I was tired, busy or, or just didn’t want to do anything. But after making a list of the goals I wanted to achieve and how I was going to accomplish these goals, I started to see a change in my own behavior.

Now, I’m in my second journey and I have a better understanding of the importance of self-discipline, and I’m so grateful for that. The first journey was a huge step for my change. It was what started it all for me! All the frustration I was feeling before using the app was because I was disappointing myself, and not being true to myself nor following my decisions and will.

Today, I can say that I’m a lot more disciplined. For example, I’m not much of a morning person, but after using Fabulous and understanding why mornings are great for a little exercise (among other activities), I decided to give it a try. Now, I exercise every morning unless I get too busy (then I’ll shift it to the afternoon).

By creating these easy routines that I can stick to, I’m also feeling a lot more confident and energized when I wake. I get to start every day with a burst of life!

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