2016 was a long and emotional ride. Thank you to my readers for supporting me every step of the way. Here are the top posts (100+ views) of 2016, from least to greatest. Click the titles to read them and enjoy. Thank you again!
I wrote myself a love letter.
“Because you exist. Because you are a home to a life. Because your body is your flower garden, and you must tend to it with care. Your body is the vessel for your radiant soul. It is your place, the one constant and unfailing supporter of all the things that you are.”
Commentary about the toxic culture bred in the comment section of Instagram.
“If you’re using the image of others as a source of inspiration, you might want to check that it’s not coming from a place of inadequacy, or the assumption that it is possible to be exactly like someone else. People aren’t goals. When you comment “Ugh I want your body” or “I wish I looked like you” on an image, you are reducing that human being to nothing more than the physical structure of an organism. And they are so much more than that. You are so much more.”
My first try at a recipe in this well-known cookbook.
“The cookbook said this recipe would serve 4-6 people. I followed the recipe to to a T, but I ended up with enough Pad Thai to serve my entire neighborhood! I got sick of the taste pretty quickly, so I suggest using half a package of rice noodles, or to prepare yourself for stir-fry overload!”
A re-cap of the Columbus Coffee Festival
“This brand new festival gave coffee lovers and caffeine addicts alike an opportunity to engage with local coffee pros and sample their pours.”
My road to body acceptance after eating disorder treatment.
“My body is real. It moves. It bends. It squishes. It rolls. It has muscles. It has fat. FAT! The “horrible F word” that so many of us are afraid of. But why? Does my fat make me less of a human being? Any less beautiful? Any less worthy of respect? Of love, from myself or others? NO.”
Me and my best friend’s road trip to New England
“Before this summer ended, I chased that great affair and set out for the horizon. My best friend Jasmine and I teared up some open road and traveled along the New England coast. For anyone yet to depart on a roadside adventure, here’s a quick guide to budgeting for a road trip.”
How a single shopping trip improved my confidence post-weight gain.
“I gained LIFE when I gained 40 pounds. I gained pizza nights with friends and glasses of wine with dinner and an extra serving of my mom’s amazing cake. I gained nights at home with my roommate instead of slaving away at the gym. I gained spontaneous ice cream outings with my boyfriend and surprise dinners with old acquaintances.”
and the winner with 552 views!!!!!
My struggle with weight gain during eating disorder recovery and how I learned to cope.
“I may not always be comfortable but I will always be grateful for a body that works to keep me alive. The rolls on my stomach are perfect, the softness of its touch is sensational. The bits and bumps and all the squish I loathed so much are now the things I love most about me. Because I choose to love them.”