A great reminder for the beginning of the week :

Remember: accepting yourself for who you are is a sign of recovery. No one will truly accept or respect you until you accept and respect yourself.

Happy Tuesday everyone!




My favorite analogy used within counseling and recovery is the toolbox analogy. How our self-care strategies and support systems are all tools within our toolbox to be used when needed to promote success.

I hope that this blog has highlighted and provided new tools for everyone in their toolboxes: self-care tips, uncovering shame, learning about our emotions ext.

Some of my favorite tools:

Pedicures, a nap, a bowl of ice cream, a good book, nice hike, supportive people, counselor

What are your favorite or most used tools in your tool box? What are some areas/tools you would like for this blog to contain?

Psychotherapy and Nutrition Counseling

I am curious about my followers, friends, and family out there who have sought help for food, eating, weight issues.

Who was the first professional you confided in IE: counselor, doctor, dietitian?

Did you receive treatment within the context of a treatment team? If so, did you find it beneficial or not and why?

If not, would you have liked to had other professionals involved?

What was most helpful for you (counseling vs. nutrition counseling)?

And anything else you would like to share about the treatment/help you have received on your journey please, leave in my comments or message me!

You are all ROCKSTARS!

Self-Care tip #3

Self-care tip #3

Give yourself Grace: slips don’t have to lead to slides.

If falling into a moment of relapse that you can not prevent give yourself some grace. It is normal to relapse or give into the negative behavior. Did you know that 50% of people with eating disorders that reach partial recovery will relapse. It is OKAY


Remember that just because you did that negative behavior does mean that you are a failure or that you will always fail. It does not mean to are weak or incompetent. It means YOU are NORMAL!


Remember that just because you slipped does not mean you have to slide. You can slip and then get back up again. It’s okay to get back up again. Give yourself permission to do such things. I give you permission to do such a thing. Get back up! Recovery is a process.


I decided to make the most of my new work schedule and winter break to hop on a plane and hit up a vacation. The fun part: only a few people know where I am going.
Never have I ever not shared that information. It is refreshing to not have to check in with 100 people and it is also a bit of a power play because I have a secret no one knows. Yes, this is the first of many spontaneous trips to come. I have a travel bug that just won’t go away! Anyone out there relate?

I find it interesting how my trip, leaving without telling anyone, relates to the same feelings and desires as having an ED does. The since of control, mystery, danger, adventure yet weakness and vulnerability. What if traveling could be another tool to add to the toolbox of ways to avoid a binge or end a fast that you cannot find another way out of. Just food for thought.

I got to see some mountains!



             Hiked some trails



Found a pond.





Human Trafficking



So this blog is not anything like a normal blog of mine, but as you can see, it is national awareness day for human trafficking. This is an issue near and dear to my heart so I wanted to share it with you all.

If you do not know what I am talking about, google it. Get informed!



Visit:  www.exoduscry.com

The Following is a passage from the Exodus Cry page:


Slavery, the barbaric practice of holding people against their will and forcing them to work for little or no money, is an ancient injustice that still exists today. Many people are shocked to learn that despite increased awareness, slavery is still on the rise. Even more shocking is that modern slavery is not limited to developing or war-torn countries; slaves are also found in major cities and towns in the developed world, including America.

People are enslaved for many reasons, but the most common is financial gain for the traffickers. Globalization has flung wide the doors of economic opportunity, but at great cost to the millions of impoverished people around the globe in developing countries. While slavery has been officially banned by many countries, modern slavery continues unofficially beneath other monikers, such as child soldiers, debt bondage, and forced marriage. To make matters worse, many expressions of modern slavery use legal processes such as adoption and legal prostitution as a ruse for bondage. Contemporary slave traders find ways to exploit vulnerable people.

It is important to understand that modern-day slavery stems from a variety of other factors, which, taken together, leave multitudes vulnerable to slavery. Poverty, war, and natural disasters all contribute to conditions that leave literally millions of people susceptible to being enslaved. It takes very little for people in these situations to find themselves abducted and bound to a life of slavery, even though they may be aware of the dangers. Once enslaved, there is little hope of escape, even in America. Captors are usually powerful, intimidating, and capable of brainwashing their captives into a state of “willed” submission, often through repeated rape and physical abuse. Crime networks cross international borders and bribe local police with such ease that their operations are almost invisible. While it is difficult to accurately pinpoint the number of people enslaved today, experts believe that the number is greater than at any other time in human history, and likely exceeds 30 million people.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is the industry that generates commerce by transporting people. While this practice does have legal expressions, the term is mostly used by advocacy groups to describe the nefarious abduction and bondage of people, which goes hand in hand with modern-day slavery. Tens of billions of dollars are generated each year by the illegal transport and sale of human beings, making it the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. And since this industry thrives on the exploitation of impoverished people, and is exacerbated by the growing appetite worldwide for slaves for a variety of purposes, the problem is fundamentally understood as an economic problem.

Though the point of origin of slaves is as diverse as the cities of the world, the grisly practice of abduction is generally uniform. Trafficking victims are usually displaced persons (e.g. refugees), runaways, or the poorest people in a region. Captors sometimes operate in large crime rings but, more often, trafficking is conducted by small, specialized vendors. Prisoners are lured into slavery with false promises of a better life—be it fame as an actor, or economic opportunity abroad—only to be trafficked to another city or even another country. Captors confiscate victims’ passports and identification, making their chance of escaping to their home country very difficult. In addition, being trafficked to another country often creates a language barrier, which also makes escape more difficult.

Some countries are better known as trafficking destinations, while others are merely transit countries. However, nearly every country is involved in human trafficking as an abduction point and a destination, including the United States and other developed countries. Immigrant labor, adoption, and even legalized prostitution often provide a cover for illegal trafficking. While most countries have anti-trafficking laws, poor law enforcement and corrupt police forces offer few obstacles to traffickers. Once abducted, victims find themselves forced into a lifestyle of prostitution, child soldiering, forced labor, or some other form of slavery that is nearly impossible to escape.