Archives for Self Worth

Disordered Eating

Eating Disorder Signs, Support & Recovery: Q&A with Madeleine Wilson

Today, I'm honored to share my interview with Madeleine Wilson, an Eating Recovery Center alum. A senior in high school, Madeleine started struggling with an eating disorder her freshman year. What started as a "healthy" eating plan quickly turned into a full blown eating disorder. Below, Madeleine discusses her treatment and recovery, along with signs to watch out for and how loved ones can help---and...
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Culture

What Brings You the Most Comfort?

There's a great quote in Elizabeth Berg's novel The Year of Pleasures,*: "The things that brought me the most comfort now were too small to list. Raspberries in cream. Sparrows with cocked heads. Shadows of bare limbs making for sidewalk filigrees. Roses past their prime with their petals loose about them. The shouts of children at play in the neighborhood, Ginger Rogers on the black-and-white screen.”

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Culture

Do You Value Your Time?

According to Danielle LaPorte, in this piece, one of the (five) signs that you love yourself is that you mean what you say: "You value your time, you value your word, you Love yourself enough to know that every commitment you make—from the time you say you’ll show up, to lifetime vows—is sacred, because you are a sacred being. You say Yes when you mean Yes, and No when you mean No.”

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Body Image

How to Really See Yourself

We rarely see ourselves. Instead what we see are layers upon layers of criticisms and judgments. We see, Ugghh, I am enormous. I can't believe I actually look like that in my dress! I feel gross. I am gross. I really need a tan. I hate my skin. I look like a sausage in these tights. Why can't I do anything right? 

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Books

What Assumptions Are You Making in Your Life?

When Isaac Lidsky was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that causes vision loss and eventually blindness, he knew it was a death sentence.

As he writes in his inspiring book Eyes Wide Open, "It will end my life as I know it. End independence and confidence. End strength and leadership. End will be helpless, pathetic, weak. I will live trapped in my mind. Blindness will disconnect me from the world."

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Body Image

Celebrating Girls Exactly As They Are—And Celebrating Ourselves

When I found out I was having a girl, I got scared. Because I remember what it's like to be a girl, a teenager, a young woman. I remember vividly the insecurity; the deep desire to look like everyone else but myself; the longing to lose weight, to be pretty, to be popular; the roller-coaster of restricting and bingeing; the pain of rejection; the comparisons and the coming up short. I remember vividly second-guessing everything. I...
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