Brave Voices


We Deserve - Nōn Wels

6/26/2020

I deserve joy. I deserve good things. I deserve to be seen. I deserve to be healed. I deserve connection. I deserve success. I deserve to be nourished. I deserve love. We can rewrite these old stories that limit the love we allow into our hearts. We’re holding a magical permanent-ink-obliterating eraser. We hold the pen that tells our stories.

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A Healing First Step - Ivy W.

5/28/2020

It can feel scary to tell people how you are really feeling. But that is the first step in healing. The first step may seem scary and huge, but once you take that first step, you embark on a journey to keep walking forward, steadfast in your ability to open up a little bit more.

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Parenting During COVID-19 – What I Know in My Heart

5/14/2020

The current global pandemic has changed everyone’s life. When this all began, in about the time frame of just one week, my house became an office, a school, a gym, a yoga studio, a ballet studio, a museum, a zoo, a park, a playground, and a movie theater. 

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COVID and Eating Disorders: A Parent’s Perspective

5/8/2020

As with parental shame, my self-doubt on the power of a story with a loved ones eating disorder is no longer.  I look forward in continuing conversations on the Say it Brave Collective. Who knows, maybe I’ll overcome another area of self-doubt too.

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The Sandwich - Nōn W.

4/23/2020

I’ll tell you this: I know that my heart beats, I know that sandwiches can be freaking amazing with the right kind of spicy mustard, and that the knowing journey is a lifelong one, and it’s one worth seeking with all your feely heart.

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Radical Acceptance in the Era of COVID-19 - Colleen W.

4/16/2020

Anyone who is familiar with DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), is likely very familiar with the concept of radical acceptance. Radical acceptance is accepting reality for what it is, despite how painful, uncomfortable, or disappointing it may be.

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Letting It All Out - Shay A.

4/9/2020

Nausea. Sinus headaches. Stress. Depression. Anxiety. Illness. It was all hitting me at once as I stood in my messy kitchen, dishes strewn about and unorganized. I had software to build, leftover work since I came home a bit early to tutor my son in math.

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Loss and Resiliency During Anxious Times

3/27/2020

To anyone feeling some type of loss right now, I hope you know right now in this moment that how you feel is more than okay. It is okay to feel sad, angry, confused, hope-less or full of fear at this point. The thing about not having control over a situation is that, as humans, we naturally get upset. So with that, you are not alone.

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Becoming a Human Guardrail for Your Child

3/22/2020

As with parental shame, my self-doubt on the power of a story with a loved ones eating disorder is no longer.  I look forward in continuing conversations on the Say it Brave Collective. Who knows, maybe I’ll overcome another area of self-doubt too.

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: I’m a New Mom

3/13/2020

In March of 2016, my husband and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl. She lit up our lives and I was the happiest I have every been. Naturally, my body changed. And at first, I told myself it was normal, but as time passed, I began to struggle.

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Continuing the Conversation About Eating Disorders - David B.

3/6/2020

As with parental shame, my self-doubt on the power of a story with a loved ones eating disorder is no longer.  I look forward in continuing conversations on the Say it Brave Collective. Who knows, maybe I’ll overcome another area of self-doubt too.

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The Real Skinny on Spring Break - McCall

2/28/2020

Spring break is a vacation in the sun with friends. Why would you starve yourself from fun? If you want to wear a bikini, wear it. If you love rocking a one-piece, rock it. If you want to go eat with friends, go eat. Live in the present and dare to love yourself this spring break.

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Healthy Relationships and Perspectives - Sam L.

2/21/2020

Being able to validate someone else’s experience does not necessarily mean that we agree with it. Let me tell you, it takes a lot of mental energy to be able to sit with that fact. When I’m upset with someone, the last thing I want to do is have empathy for what they are going through.

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The Tiny Evolutions in Recovery - Lindsey H.

2/14/2020

I quit drinking recently because I found myself replacing the discomfort of recovery with the comfort of checking out—and how parallel that experience felt with anorexia.  It is trying—sobriety. And it is more trying in some ways than the eating disorder. A confusion between the very stigmatized and whispered "alcoholism" and the very accepted brunch and drinking culture. 

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A Shotgun Shack Week - Shannon K.

2/3/2020

If you are already being treated for depression but this is a shotgun shack kind of week, then keep taking your meds. Keep making your therapy appointments. Keep talking to the people who have earned the right to know your heart. Keep trying to remember: “What matters is not feeling better, but getting better at feeling.” And I can’t emphasize this combination enough: Netflix/Ice cream/Lizzo/Pets.

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Nothing Matters More Than This - Shannon K.

1/20/2020

I know the world is calling to you with a billion seemingly important things—demanding you figure out your career or reorganize your entire apartment or start some new Instagram account. But now is NOT the moment to listen to a world which insists you hustle for your value. Now is the moment to find your patch of sunlight on the carpet and REST.

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For the Recovery Perfectionists - Anna Z.

1/6/2020

The next time that you have one of those days where NOTHING goes according to plan, remember to honor your own recovery. You really do have the ability to handle anything life throws your way.
I’ll be cheering you on!

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Hope for the Holidays - Samantha L.

12/23/2019

The pressure to have a “perfect holiday” with perfect "Instagram-worthy” pictures of families laughing and wearing coordinating outfits is stumbling. My family isn’t perfect, it never has been, and it never will be. I know in my rational mind that what we see on social media is definitely not reality.

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Eating Disorder Recovery and the Holidays - Kara R.W.

12/16/2019

Moving forward, I know that I need to be a gatekeeper for how much we fit in each weekend. That it’s OK to say no. That doing so or passing on an event—even right before—isn’t going to end a friendship. My kids’ holiday experience won’t be ruined if we don’t cram it all in. 

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