A Joyful Journey...

Join Doris Smeltzer, critically acclaimed author/educator, as she muses on topics from eating disorders to the mysteries of life. Often "Featured" are select, astute observations made by Andrea during her all too brief 19-year life…it is she who taught us: the joy IS in the journey!

Andrea's First Quote for 2015:

Four days before Andrea turned 19 and eight months before her death, she wrote this brief, but insightful observation:

If I can’t love me and my body how can I expect to love anyone else and know I deserve their love? Good question.

Annie 7 yo 2Good question indeed. Especially at the beginning of a new year when queries abound as to what "resolutions" we intend to make.

Two days ago I sat among a group of MFT Interns at the local school district asking them to have the courage to question our culture's faith in "dieting" and its "thin ideal." I asked them to look carefully not only at how they feel about their own bodies, but  how they respond to their client's bodies as well. I encouraged them to read this article: "Beyond Lip Service: Confronting our prejudices against higher-weight clients" by Judith Matz.

Maybe the answer to what we "resolve" is as simple (and as monumental) as implied by Andrea's question: Making a concerted effort to cultivate love for ourselves and our bodies, every single day of the year.

Quote from the book, Andrea's Voice, Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze Books, 2006)

Andrea's Quote:
Andrea's Weekly Quote:
 

Invest in ending eating disorders:

Shop via AmazonSmile or:

Givva
Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Andreas Voice Foundation

Automatically support Andreas Voice Foundation by shopping at Office Depot, Old Navy, and Target.

The book, "Andrea's Voice...

Silenced by Bulimia

 

Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze, 2006). read more...

Gratitude for support from:

mechnaics bank logo

Tag Cloud

eating disorders, body image healing, weight loss personal change Austria bulimia self-love Mothers Day self-hatred self-compassion, Italy Julie Wyman mindfulness, preferred gender pronouns Michelangelo Intuitive Eating Kenya fat friendly doctors, weight stigma high school reunion Lindsey Averill spain body positive Italians Body of Truth Africa American Medical Assn., judgments only you can be you self-forgiveness nature / nurture, wi-fi self-loathing baby steps wedding Internet meme shattered bittersweet health and fitness, Mrs. Obama cellulite bride & groom vulnerability, magical thinking Rumi, body hatred memories crash diets, Passover independence models ritual public ownership, health Cutting, grief breaking down walls Easter Independence Day workplace wellness International No Diet Day New Year body acceptance, social media Alzheimers Resolutions privacy, Spring intersectionality Labor Day recovery 4-wheel drive dysfunctional family, NEDAW fat talk Eating Disorders Awareness Month metaphors, lessons learned queer body love challenges self-acceptance extended family, Renfrew Perspectives mental illness love killer stress, fat people, First Lady anorexia Taryn Brumfitt Sequoia National Forest Health At Every Size® dancing at bus stop Lets Move! white privilege Chimamanda Adichie body Bailey Webber Weight Stigma Awareness Week self-care, Silver Creek Falls Florence competent eating binge Health At Every Size®, weight #Nuerofeedback4EDs Nigerian beauty healing metaphors, black & white thinking Andreas Voice, fat acceptance, non-binary gender shame,

Andrea's Voice...

Silenced by Bulimia

 

Silenced by Bulimia (Gürze, 2006). read more...

Invest in ending eating disorders:

Shop via AmazonSmile or: