Introducing Pavlok User Bud Hennekes— Pavlok’s Newest Creator and Curator of Content
Today we’re super excited to announce that Bud Hennekes, one of Pavlok’s first ever beta users, has joined Pavlok as a curator and creator of content. He’ll be helping the Pavlok team produce content to help you get more out of your habits as well as highlight the success stories of the 1000’s of Pavlok users around the world.
I first connected with Bud through social media 6 years ago and we’ve since become good friends. Bud first reached out in 2014 wanting to join the Pavlok beta program to help him kick the smoking habit he picked up while living in NYC and his results were nothing short of amazing.
Since first using Pavlok in 2014, he’s participated in a University of Massachusetts study on Pavlok’s ability to help quit smoking, been quoted in the New York Times and has used Pavlok to be both more productive and present. He’s currently using Pavlok to cut back on drinking ‘Monster.’
What I’ve enjoyed most about Bud’s journey is even through the ups and downs of habit change, he’s committed to continuing to improve and build habits that will help him live a happy and healthy life for decades to come.
Take it away Bud.
Hey fellow Pavlokians,
I’m thrilled to be here and a part of the Pavlok community. I’m fired up to share and create content to help take your habits and life to the next level, as well as share some of the awesome stories of our Pavlok community.
But first.. a little bit about me.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by self improvement and getting the ‘most out of life.’ And of course, a large part of getting the most out of life involves having good habits and avoiding the ones that hold you back.
Unfortunately, even with the best intentions, bad habits can derail those plans. Maybe you know the feeling. I know I do.
In 2013, I was struggling to jumpstart my career in NYC. I was down on myself feeling anxious and depressed, and on top of that I had started smoking… up to two packs a day.
As you can imagine, that’s hardly “getting the most out of life.”
But no matter what I did, I couldn’t stop. I “wanted to..” of course, but the addiction was in full control.
I continued to smoke nearly two packs a day all throughout 2013 and early 2014 during my time in NYC.
In mid 2014 I started taking a hard look at where I was at in life and I knew I wasn’t happy with the path I was on.
I was miserable both personally and professionally, and needed something to change. So after relocating from NYC back home, I knew my first step would be to quit smoking.
It was perfect timing.
Pavlok had just launched their beta program and I applied and decided to give it a go. Fortunately, I was accepted because that changed the course of my life forever.
In a period of just a few weeks my smoking consumption virtually disappeared. I no longer had the urge to smoke. I went months without cigarettes even crossing my mind.
I felt good about myself for the first time in a long time.
Through that one change, I started thinking about other habits in my life in an entirely different way. And the snowball effect was born.
And almost out of nowhere…
I started meditating, going on daily walks, drinking more water and taking habit change seriously.
And not surprisingly, my life then started to get exponentially better. I felt unstoppable.
Now, several years later, I’ve replaced “being a smoker” with “being a student of habit change” and I couldn’t be happier with the track I’m on.
By one simple decision, I’ve been able to make incredible strides and improvements in my life and I’m certain that started with me using Pavlok.
Now don’t get me wrong, even with Pavlok, habit change is a life long journey. You’re going to mess up, you’re not always going to get it right.
I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t slipped up and had a drag of a cigarette or two after a night out drinking with friends on occasion. But I’m no longer a slave to my addiction.
I no longer believe I’m ‘powerless’ change my habits. I know with the right tools, mindset, and support I can change any habit I want, and that’s one of the most empowering feelings in the world.
I know what it’s like to be stuck. I know what it’s like to feel like you can’t change. I know what it’s like to feel frustrated, down, and defeated.
But I’m living proof that things can get better. You can take control of your habits and your life with the right approach.
Again, it won’t always be easy. But if you put in the work and stick with it, you can truly transform your life.
I may be biased, but if you’re looking to change your habits, I highly recommend you give Pavlok a try.
It just might change your life. It surely changed mine.
This is easily one of my favorite “Motivational Monday’s” in a long time. Hearing stories like this is what makes the long hours and hard work here at Pavlok worth it.
We mean it when we say we want to change the way the world views habit change.
And with that…
We have some great news.
After we briefly ran out of stock in April… Pavlok is back in stock for a limited time.
We’re not joking when we say we don’t know how long this will last.
So if you’ve considered getting a Pavlok to help you change your habits for life, now is the time to do so.
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