Ten years ago I left a college in Florida that I had attended for three semesters. I returned home to Virginia to start school at George Mason University in January of 2009. I was a nervous wreck. I constantly questioned why I had been brought back home, whether Mason was the right place for me, … Continue reading control.
It's fairly custom to use the New Year holiday to reflect and set goals for the following year -- with most of the goals revolving around the purpose of becoming a better person. For me this type of reflection occurs everyday, multiple times a day in fact, and not in the most self-loving way. I … Continue reading resolutions.
This week I have been reading through Ephesians, and I was struck anew about how wonderful this passage of scripture is: Ephesians 3:14-21 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every familya]">[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name.16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your … Continue reading love that surpasses knowledge.
Merry Christmas! It's been a little over a year since I started the blog, and I have met so many wonderful people through it, in addition to getting to know more about my friends and family through their own mental illness experiences. If anything, I have learned that there are so many of us out … Continue reading merry christmas.
Last Saturday I had plans to join in a D&D [Dungeons and Dragons] one-shot with friends. It was Christmas themed. I had designed my favorite character yet and really invested in her backstory and skills. I had a Christmas sweater, a festive hat, and I had planned a bunch of holiday treats to bring. I … Continue reading a not so welcome surprise.
Six years ago Michael and I celebrated our first Christmas together as a married couple. Growing up in a big but very close family, it was weird to let go of the holiday traditions I'd grown up doing, and work to figure out what would become mine and Michael's own traditions. Not that we didn't … Continue reading holiday traditions.
If you have an eating disorder, you know that recovery is not a one-and-done thing. I'm not talking about a treatment center or recovery program -- those can certainly be one-time things. I'm talking about the everyday, 24-7, constant reality of living with an eating disorder. There are moments when ED is quiet, but he … Continue reading thankful body.
Everyone can agree that the holidays are both wonderful and stressful. But not everyone realizes that people with eating disorders are under extra pressure during the October to January months. I hosted a Friendsgiving party this past week, and while I love planning events, I hate the mental preparation that goes into actual hosting them. … Continue reading holiday mindfulness.
This past week I found myself regularly needing to do a good old lion's breath: Lion's breath is the breathing technique, or pranayama, which goes with simhasana, or lion pose. It is a powerful breathing method that includes a forceful exhalation. The name refers to the fierce lion-like expression of the yogi's face and the roaring sound of the breath … Continue reading lion’s breath.
Lately, I have felt like I have been in a rut. After a month of travelling and busyness, it was hard to adjust back to my pre-October schedule. What had been working well the past few months just wasn't working anymore, and I had to do that scary changing-up-my-routine thing. I thrive on having my … Continue reading reroute.