Monday, 22 June 2015

Hello once again Blogger.
I’m back.
It was such a shock after working so hard for so long that I found myself back at what seemed like square one of recovery. Relapse/a breakdown of sorts was not on my itinerary – but there I was, having to find everything inch of strength I had to fight…again. I don’t think I will ever question the sheer power of an ED and what it can do if it somehow kicks back in again.  No matter how strong and well I become, triggers are STILL triggers and can cause havoc if you are not mindful of their danger. 
BUT, drumroll please...
I am feeling much better. I have worked hard to find my footing again and I learnt so much. Lessons perhaps I didn’t want to learn but really needed to.
Internally I have processed a great deal and am finding my spirit is evolving back once more.
I am feeling better again and this seems like a victory to be to be able to write those words. 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Learning Opportunities

I didn’t think it was possible for me to relapse until I did just that recently.

I  didn’t realize it was happening until I hit the ground – CRASH! BOOM! BANG!
The overall feeling I had about this was occurrence was shame.
I was so deeply ashamed that I did not have the foresight to not allow myself to be triggered.  

It wasn’t a complete fall back into behaviours such as not eating enough or exercising to excess but rather a gradual internal shut down.  The trigger, a specific person in my case, brought on such profound emptiness and my smile faded all over again. I went from being the most together I have been in years to  a complete mess.

I spoke to a dear friend of mine who encouraged me to see it all as valuable learning experience in taking better care of myself into the future.  The only way for me to stay well and happy is not be around anything that causes me to feel  ill and sad.  
I plan to do just that from now on because I don't ever want to feel like I have over the past 9 months.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Recovery can be painful. It feels as though I’ve woken from being in a coma for the past 10 years. Now I’m here. Stuck in the middle of a life that doesn’t feel like mine, freaking out about everything I missed while I was sleeping.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

I have been so inspired and having oh so much with this little creative hobby of mine!

I feel so rejuvenated and it is truly amazing what people (particularly those whom I follow) create and share on Instagram.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Finally a Butterfly

An eating disorder can be a detachment from your heart, mind and soul - the illness can take you so far away from yourself.
Recovery involves reuniting with all these parts of yourself and most crucially, learning to love them unconditionally.
I got much better and then crashed into an identity crisis before slowly evolving into myself once more.  
It’s been a chaotic yet necessary few years.  
I actually have my life back, with dreams, hobbies and relationships.
I am learning to love who I am.
I am getting there.
#recovery #soblessed

Tuesday, 30 December 2014


It Was a Very Merry Christmas

I’ve been ill with colds for some time before the Christmas break so it was a welcome relief to bounce back to health and enjoy the festive season. My work gave me a few days off so I could head home.
In Australia it is always the middle of summer when December 25th comes around and I love reading about fellow bloggers experiences of winter Christmases.  I would love to experience a white Christmas some day and exchange beaches, ice-cream and barbeques for fireplaces, eggnog and snow! It all looks so amazing! One day, one day!

My Christmas was super lovely spent with my most treasured loved ones and a cute little kitty.
George the cat in his Santa hat
Mum's impressive fish pond Christmas light show (hehe!)
 My gorgeous great Aunty Jude
My mum brought me this ‘France Pig’.  

In 2015 I hope to:

Save more money
Update my employment
Keep creating with flowers – I love floristry so much
Have peace, health, love, joy, freedom 


Friday, 12 December 2014

Inspiration ♥ Queen B

A friend shared the video 'Yours and Mine' with me and it is so inspiring.

Beyoncé is an incredible woman.

Some of her words:
“My Mother always taught me to be strong and to never be a victim. Never make excuses. Never expect anyone else to provide for me things I know I can provide for myself.”
 “I’ve always been specific and choosy – very choosy—about what I do with my body and who I want to share it with.”
“You have to have something that is forever, something that is invisible.”
"It all starts when you can look in the mirror and say, 'I like this person,' you know? If I hadn't gone through some of the painful experiences in my life, I would not be me."
"I have dreams, and I feel like I have a power to actually make those dreams become a reality."
"When you find the person that you trust and you love and that you feel that is going to respect you and take all of the s*** that you have and turn it around and bring out the best in you, it feeds you. It is the most powerful thing you can ever feel in your life."
"When you grow up, when you learn a few things, you're no longer afraid of letting go. You're no longer afraid of the unknown."
“Happiness comes from you. No one else can make you happy. You make you happy.”

All the Good Stuff (Be Gone Cold)

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Go Away Cold!

It is a little tough getting sick with two colds in the space of just a month and a half.
I lose too much weight when I get sick and start looking terrible. 
Yesterday I stayed in my comfy bed all day and could not move.
But I am ready for my cold to leave so I can enjoy Summer a little more.
I also want to keep making pictures with flowers and have started following many inspiring floral artists on Instagram.
In short, I don't have time for a cold...

One of my first attempts of floral art (fun!)

Me, a little worse for wear lately

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Sunday Fangirling

Something that has always been authentically me is my admiration of Mariah Carey and her amazing voice. Music Box was the first album I listened to when I was around 9 years old and I remember sitting on my bed in astonishment at the notes she could reach and from there my love of her music grew and grew.  I remember carrying her Number 1 Hits cassette in my ‘Walkman’ and listening to it at high school – dreaming of another place.  I was not a really sick girl being bullied – I was with Mariah in a field of daisies singing ‘Dreamlover’. Hehe! Music is invaluable in this way – it can soothe and save you in the most unexpected ways and I am so thankful.
Anyway, I do have a point I was getting to... The Elusive Chanteuse Show Tour kicked off in Japan the other night and the set list is a DREAM COME TRUE! ALL THE HITS Y’ALL! Not to mention a gold butterfly microphone stand! Drools on keyboard - just look at this thing...
It has been a long time but I really feel my life changing to a much better place. Where all the things I wanted to be doing when I was really ill are now just starting to transpire – it is so wonderfully beautiful, indescribable  really. 
#Blessed #Recovery

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Interrupt Anxiety with Gratitude

Anxiety. It can present itself every now and again.
I seem to express and manage with this the ‘modern way’ buy changing my photographs on social media in a panicked state.
I remember this feeling of anxiety and I try to reassure myself that I am NOT back there again (sick) but am not always entirely convinced of this in the moment that it occurs.
So I lose myself to dread and terror! Oh the dread! Oh the terror!
I have noticed a pattern whereby every few months I have a day or two of the same alarming emotions.  Where I can go from feeling wonderfully confident and optimistic to soul-crushing self-doubt in just a few minutes flat.
But once the cloud lifts (usually the next day after I have had some sleep and hopefully stayed off social media) I feel stronger than before. I feel anew, almost like my anxiety is one of the last elements of my illness leaving me once and for all.
And this is a good and most welcome thing.

Monday, 8 September 2014

My Heart is Open and I Can Finally Breathe!

It is in entirely different place that I initially planned/expected for myself and my life that I have found myself the most.
Over the past few years I have been in a job that’s not my ideal (and didn’t spend years studying for) and have lived in place so far removed from what I thought I most wanted to be.
I have learned that when you are entirely out of your comfort zone (and disconnect from all the otherwise superficial elements of living) you have only yourself to fall back on upon.  
And it’s in this very dynamic that I have evolved back into my true self – eating disorder less and less included.

Monday, 1 September 2014

She Let Go ( I Adore This Poem)

She let go.

Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments. 
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. 
 She let go of the committee of indecision within her. 
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.
Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice.
She didn’t read a book on how to let go
 She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. 
 She let go of all of the memories that held her back. 
 She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. 
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
 She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
 It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
- Rev. Safire Rose

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

I just found out the very sad news that actress and Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall has passed away.

Through my recovery I drew much strength and inspiration from strong woman like Lauren.  In particular, I think it was her fierceness and bravery that I wished to one day emulate and looked up to her a great deal.
RIP lovely lady, fly ever so high xo

Saturday, 26 July 2014

I become a little reflective around birthdays and always seem to find myself on this blog of mine. This year is no exception to the rule:
I feel worlds away from where I once was and I more myself than I have in years.
It’s an incredible feeling to be in the place I am currently, and admittedly a little daunting, but mostly, the word emancipation comes to mind.
1. The act of freeing or state of being freed; liberation
2. Freedom from inhibition and convention
My eating disorder has been a terrifying struggle, but now what was once my greatest breakdown and despair is now my most profound source of strength and pride because I ultimately won the battle.  I am one strong little cookie – there is no doubt about this.  This strength now serves me in my present life and will do so  well into the future.
The next chapter of my life is here and I have my bags pack, new shoes on and a flower in my hair.
So very blessed! #31

Sunday, 13 July 2014


Winter is well and truly underway where I live.
And it has been so cold lately.
I adore brief moments of sunshine during the wintry months...and pretty flowers!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Rest ♥

Lately, I have been feeling a little under the weather physically.
When I am not working I seem to be sleeping a great deal.
In particular, at 2 in the afternoon I find I need to nap a little.
There are so many other things I'd like to be doing other than being exhausted.
But in the meantime, rest is important.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

"Sometimes, you feel as though you are riding the bicycle backwards. You feel like you are backtracking and heading in the wrong direction, but really what’s happening is contraction and release. The universe is preparing you for something much greater and like a sling shot, it’s going to shoot you forward—you just have to move backwards for a little bit.”

Friday, 9 May 2014

Repeat ♥

Regaining Your Self

This book is extraordinary. The chapters are very relatable and the author gives readers practical exercises to do also.   I had to post it here as I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Mirror Mirror

Please lay your eyes on my gorgeous butterfly mirror! I will have the whole piece covered with these beautiful winged creatures in no time.
It is easy for others whom have experienced an eating disorder to understand the sheer terror that your reflection can evoke. Having said that I made my bedroom mirror so so so lovely that there is no terror, only joy, love, colour and hope - little butterflies.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Letting Go

I could not completely grasp just how weighed down I was by the past until I reached the point of  truly changing and growing.
It is not easy letting it all go. 
But I have to and I really deserve to.
Letting go is a matter of  self-responsibility.
Strength I
need you now.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Let it Be & Watch it Come

My thoughts have been on other things other than recovery at an increasingly fast rate.
I am sure that 'issues' will come up for me from time to time, but right now I am overwhelmed by life and my identity pulsating through me at a million miles an hour.
Its exhilarating and frightening all at the time
So many options, so many aspirations.
So much to do, see and become.
So much more outside the cage.
The cage is behind me.
The cage has no hold on me.
And I have to remind myself to breathe a little.
Take a step back and rest.
Try not to take so many things on immediately to make up for lost time.
Instead of analysing my progress, let it be and watch it come.
Its coming.
I feel it everyday embracing me with all its splendour.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Blessed ♥

An Australian Eating Disorders/Recovery support organisation recently made a heartfelt tribute to a young woman who died from an ED.
To see this reality (and that people do in fact die from such an illness) strangely put me in a degree of shock.
Although I do remember walking that fine line between death and life with my own ED, my path thankfully changed and I recovered.
But sadly and heartbreakingly so, not all of us make to the other side.  
It is a fact that EDs have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and it is therefore important to recognize just what a magnificent feat it is to have made it through even if this means still working through the ever-changing waves of recovery.
I have felt at times rather silly with regards to the things I think, feel and deal with today at this point in my journey to wellness, however recovery in all its ups and downs is a blessing unfortunately not bestowed upon all of us.
In moments of despair, frustration, loneliness etc... its vital to remember just how lucky you are to still be here at all and to be so grateful.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The first step to loving yourself
begins with the words,
‘I matter.’
You deserve to occupy space.
You deserve to stand up for yourself
and claim your right to happiness.
You deserve to be here,
just as much as
anyone else.
—Tina Tran, Self care