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.
October is over. Family visited. I traveled east and west. Planned a trip to New Orleans over Christmas. I applied to probably 100 jobs. I revised a good chunk of my dissertation. I scheduled my defense date for January. Thought/fretted a good bit about what next year might bring. And, then I woke up today, on November … Continue reading taking a breath.
Hi lovely readers xx I will be taking a break from blogging for the month of October, as I will be doing a lot of travelling, revising my dissertation (as my defense date has moved up 3 months), and applying to jobs as all of my job applications are due at the end of the … Continue reading a break.
I'm working my way through I Corinthians right now, and I love how God's word speaks to me differently each time I read it -- meeting me where I am it. Last week I re-read I Corinthians 1: 18-31, and I found much-needed comfort in a spell of self-doubt: For the message of the cross … Continue reading boast in the cross.
This past week I had someone ask me about how to be a good, supportive friend to someone with an eating disorder. Although she did tell him that she has an ED, he mentioned that he notices worrying behavior, and he doesn't know how to respond to it. He felt like he could ask me … Continue reading asking for a friend.
I love it when I hear a sermon that makes me think about a passage of Scripture differently. That happened to me two Sundays ago with a sermon on 1 John 1:5-10. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we … Continue reading walking in the light.