Every year we whip out our journals or phones and make long lists of all the ways in which we are going to heal, change and become better people when the first of January comes around. These resolutions have become spells that we hope will cast away all the habits and behaviors that are holding us back from becoming the best versions of ourselves. We commit ourselves to yoga challenges, juice cleanses, changing our jobs, giving up meat, saving more money, running a marathon. We fling ourselves onto the January train running at top speed on the fuel of the obsessive transformational energy that seems to pump through all of our veins.

Reflecting on 2017 might have brought to light the fact that it was a difficult year. That you didn’t achieve all t...

Recovering from an eating disorder is an everyday battle. It is waking up and choosing not to hate the skin you are in and realizing that you deserve to nourish your body with food. It is being able to look at exercise as a tool to move your body, get your blood flowing and muscles moving rather than punishment for not looking a certain way or to atone for the foods you ate the day before. Recovering from an eating disorder starts with sifting through the beliefs you have about your body and food while dealing with motivating causes such as the need for control of perfectionism. Once you have healed on a spiritual and emotional level, you can begin to show your body the love it needs and nourish and take care of your physical health.

Learning to...

Steamy hot baths have become a staple in my life. Hot baths have carried me through good days, bad days, days I felt I was coming into my own and nights on which I couldn't tell the difference between my tears and the steam melting away on my cheeks. It seems as though there is nothing better than running yourself a hot bath, leaving everything that troubles you behind the bathroom door and taking some time out for yourself. The healing and cleansing power of water coupled with the warmth and loneliness that envelopes you is powerful enough to help you sort through and come to terms with many things that need healing in yourself, your relationships and your life.

The journey to self love has been a long and difficult one. Rewarding when I find my...

Cranes in the sky is a powerful song which Solange explains; captures feelings of self-doubt, self-pity and a sense of emptiness that most people experience at different stages of their lives. We are taken on a journey of all the things one might do to get rid of these feelings. Things we cut out, habits we start to adopt, all in an attempt to distract ourselves from our pain, but still it lingers on.

“I tried to let go my lover/thought if I was alone then maybe I could recover”

This line from the song sticks out to me because perhaps one of the things we all reach to when we enter a space of healing is to reject love and distance ourselves from relationships. We make ourselves believe that we need to be alone, that healing will only fall into pla...

Birthdays evoke a lot of strong emotions for many people. The passing of time is either exciting as one prepares for the growth and the blessings that come with adding another candle to their cake, but for others it brings great pain or sadness that comes from realizing that they are not yet embracing the person they want to be or leading the lives they desire. Nonetheless, it's an occasion that brings with it great reflection. As my 18th birthday draws near, I have spent many sleepless nights reflecting on the life I have lived thus far. One of those nights ending in me having a little breakdown as I realized that I am not where I had hoped to be. This particular evening of deep reflection prompted me to think about all the ways in which enteri...

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