Hello!

I’ll begin my summer return to blogging with a story

It’s a story that helps me realize how much these four things have been changing me in ways I never thought possible:

I’ll be writing separate posts in detail about each very soon (and will link to them when they’re done)

1) Essential Oils

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2) 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene 

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 3) This book

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4) EFT Tapping (I actually saw a professional!)

All four have been teaching me how to really reduce my anxiety, see the world in a different light and practice mindfulness. You know mindfulness, that thing that basically every health guru/Tara Stiles will say you should do for peace? I’m ACTUALLY getting the hang of it after all this time :o

 

Back to story time!

I got a camp counselor job in Brewster, Cape Cod this summer so I’m staying with my aunt uncle and cousin in their gorgeous house on the Cape this summer :) I’m currently writing from the back deck which overlooks the bay and I’m so excited to be able to do this for the next couple months.

But it took 8 hours for me to get here from New York yesterday…(not normal)

That’s because the bus I was supposed to transfer onto after my train ended up being full and instead of finding a different bus to take us they left the 30-something passengers that wanted to be on the bus with the other 30-something passengers that arrived for the 2:15 bus. The 2:15 came and went after only being able to take 5 passengers.

People were mad. And they should have been. It was ridiculous that there were no workers anywhere to help or give anyone valuable information.

But for some weird reason, I felt totally fine. I wanted to get to the Cape as soon as possible, and of course I thought this system was a mess, but if this had happened to me a year ago I for sure would have been mad as hell and basically screaming in my head. I’ve never actually yelled at an employee but I 100% would be cursing them out in my mind

and cursing at myself too–now I won’t be able to go for a run and all this standing/sitting is going to make me fat and if I get too hungry I’ll eat too much later and this isn’t how I planned today this isn’t how I planned today this isn’t how I planned today

I can’t describe how huge of a change it is that I felt totally fine. I read my book, listened to music, talked to some other people in line….and let whatever happened happen until the 2:45 bus finally took us.

Eckhart Tolle is doin’ crazy stuff to my head, guys.

***** NEXT up in mindfulness: one more quick story! ****

Once I finally got to the house in Brewster, my cousin started talking about dinner plans and said her and a friend were going to make homemade pizzas, to which I said I’d join in on while I smothered ED with a pillow in the background

Pizza has been a challenge I’ve really been doing okay with lately

But then my aunt started reading all the nutrition facts out loud and scoffing at how bad the crust was (side note: it wasn’t that bad anyways) and ED decided to momentarily freak out.

But GUESS WHAT

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I still made the pizza

and it was awesome

because after that brief moment of freak out I remembered that everyone is different and that my aunt reading the nutrition facts was not about me. I think she’s been under some stress lately with her kids and she’s been saying she wants to lose weight. That doesn’t mean I think she should have negativity about it, because nobody should get that caught up in calories, I think. But it she’s on her own journey, and I’m on mine. and mine involves pizza :)

 

My morning looked like this:

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and this afternoon I’m off to learn CPR for my job! WOOOO

Hope you’re all doing well

 

 

Ha, get it?? Like “catch up” but its ketchup?

Nevermind. I hate ketchup.

 

UPDATES!

-Puns have not improved

-I’m back!!

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I hated this hiatus and I want to stop taking them. But life is crazy and tough classes + running a club + keeping a biweekly column + editing a newspaper + work + excuses is whack.

-I’ll keep things short but I missed the bloggin’ life and I’ve got some updates for you guys and some *~life plans~* lined up

 

Expect some posts on:

1. My transformation into a hippie


I’ve been experimenting with essential oils lately after some research and recommendations

I’ve also recently started using apple cider vinegar and just a few days ago started oil pulling! Reviews to come.

Basically, people like Olivia Organic Olivia and Tara at Sustainable Baby Steps are my new idols and I’m loving trying out this new way to care for my body :)

2. Relationships

I recently started a new relationship and it’s had me thinking about a post I’d been wanting to do on this blog for a while: discussing what it was like to be in a relationship during some of the worst periods of my eating disorder and recovery

3. My writing

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Half the reason I haven’t felt able to write as much as I’d like on here is because I’ve been doing a lot of other mental health positive writing, which has been kool (if not super stressful) I’m thinking I might add a link section to my articles in case you guys have nothing better to do and feel like reading some stuff about things written by yours truly

4. FOOD

 

(Of course) I’ve broken some fear foods recently and I’m also really getting into the whole vegan/gluten free/paleo style baking–not for any restriction purposes, but just because its been fun to see what I can make taste good even with those properties! Looking forward to being able to cook/bake more this summer and will definitely share

5. How much I love you

So this will most likely just be frequently added into my posts, but seriously. You are awesome. I have gotten some of the kindest, most genuine and beautiful messages from such strong, amazing people via this blog and its instagram (which is way more up to date because taking a snapshot of a banana is way easier than uploading a post…)

Please remember that you are loved. You are never alone. And any time you want to chat, I’m all ears :)

Thank you for your support

And if you’ve been sticking with me theough the random disappearances, hello again :)


 

First of all yes, I’m alive! AAHHHH

This semester has by far been the busiest and most stressful. I’m keeping afloat trying to balance both work and recovery, but it’s definitely been a bit of a challenge. I’m hoping things will settle down in the next few weeks as I finish up some major projects.

But theres no way I’m going to miss out on NEDAwareness week!

I love love love the theme this year: “I had no idea” –it really sheds light on so many aspects of eating disorders that people don’t know and that’s how stigmas get broken.

Here are the awesome posters/social media images for this year (to share them on your facebook page go to nedawareness.org!)

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I’ll be writing more this week about the theme of “I had no Idea” and some plans that the Active Minds club here at UMass has for the week!

In addition I’m going to be refocusing on my recovery after all this stress lately by doing a daily recovery challenge every day this week! :) I’m excited and terrified and I take that as a good sign. You can follow my challenges by the day on my instagram and I’ll be doing a review at the end of the week! You can also get involved if you want to do a challenge yourself! Just use the hashtag #NEDAwarenessChallenge so I can see! :)

For more info on how to get involved go visit nedawareness.org to get involved!!

Apologies again for being MIA, but I’m back and excited to help raise awareness this week!

Stay strong to all you fighters out there

Love,
Kate

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