Good morning loves!
How is everyone this fantastic Tuesday? I’m wonderful because today is the first official day of Freedom From Perfection!
If you don’t know about this campaign, its something I’ve started as a way to let go of the shame and guilt that we all carry around. Its a way to shine a light into the dark places that we try to keep hidden from the word and embrace our full selves–flaws and all! Check out my video about it here!
I’m so excited to get this party started! I received so much support for this campaign over the past week, and I can’t wait to share some of the submissions y’all have sent in, as well as get a thing or two off my own chest.
Sam @BetterWithSprinkles tweeted: “After some time calorie counting again, I’m learning that it’s AWFUL for my relationship with food! Never again! “
oh and she HATES kale! Check this post out!
Jessie says: “I haven’t put on any more weight since being diagnosed with hypothalmic amenorrhoea. Because of this I feel hopeless…I want it to happen NOW! That being said, I’ve set a November goal for myself of breaking this fear of adding even more food into my daily diet”
Chelsie @BalanceNotScale said: “chocolate in bed makes my life better!”
and shared this quote that brought me to tears: “I am grateful for my eating disorder for granting me wisdom and teaching me to be appreciative of all life has to offer. For showing me how bad things can be and helping me to appreciate every single moment of good that comes my way. It has given me strength and confidence and lets me display my resilience and tenacity. I have met some of the strongest women I will ever know. For these things and more, I wouldn’t trade a single moment of my illness. “
Courtney tweeted: “I read your blog when I should be doing school”
(thanks Courtney! )
Laura said: “When working on a project I have a hard time letting people help me because I don’t trust them to do it like me or good enough”
Anna Rae sent this message: “”I have this weird ironic mixture of low self-esteem but high self-confidence, meaning that I believe I am of little worth now but, if I put my mind to it, I am capable of being perfect. This keeps me from completely healing because if I don’t meet all my “goals” (which are generally more like rules), I feel like an utter failure– since I believe perfection is attainable for me, my standards are ridiculous. I sound arrogant, but really could not be further from that.”
And a few anonymous submissions:
“I hate the days leading up to my me seeing my parents. I get anxious about how bad I look and that they’re going to tell me about it”
“my biggest fear is that I’ll have some medical issue and collapse/faint in public, and no one will be able to pick me up”
“Definitely guilty about spending money on food during lunch (esp. at Golden Roast) instead of using the groceries I buy”
“I wondered if I should have breakfast after having seconds of my mom’s corn bread and casserole. Dumb! I wasn’t even overfull after seconds!”
And now for mine. I posted another vlog because I have this weird thing now where I really like to do them. Its pretty scary, and something I’m definitely going to address in a full writing post (probably tomorrow) because it deserves a lot of attention and reflection. Today though,I just need to get this secret off my chest so that its not weighing me down anymore!
So…here goes nothing!
And I just thought of this one too…I didn’t eat any Halloween candy. And I wish I could have.
Thanks so much for your submittals! I hope that those of you who sent things in are starting to feel the freedom that comes with sharing. I am so proud of all the bravery that this post contains. Shining a light on our secrets is an extremely vulnerable but amazingly beautiful and transformative experience. You are all so strong and I am incredibly inspired by the honesty. I wish I could snuggle the crap out of everyone!
I can’t wait to read your posts! Link up below, and don’t forget to paste the button on your page!
Set yourselves free! You DO have that power!