Hello from Utah!
Yep! Right now I’m at my parents’ house with seven of my friends…for my BIRTHDAY! Yep, tomorrow is my special day!
Since we’re all able to work from home, we decided, why not work from Utah!
We’re escaping the city, escaping the heat, and spending time in the great outdoors!
So far, we’ve gone hiking, explored Main Street, did some cowboy hat shopping, gotten kicked out of a private VIP-only Bike Expo, and eaten at some absolutely delicious restaurants — everything from a gorgeous Italian restaurant in a historic building (that used to be a brothel during the mining town days!), to a hole-in-the-wall felafel place that serves feWAFFLES!
I’ve been documenting like crazy, so I’ll share all the yummy eats with you soon!
But sitting here, overlooking the mountains on the eve of my birthday, I can’t help but think about how incredibly blessed I am to have these friends. Back in high school and entering into college, when I was in the throes of a terrible eating disorder, I pushed away all the relationships in my life. That one thing people don’t tell you about anorexia — yes it destroys your body, but another devastating effect of the disease — in addition to mental and spiritual turmoil — is how it annihilates your relationships.
My friends, seeing me wasting away, were obviously concerned, and would call and call, but I didn’t return a phone call or text for two years.
I wanted to just be alone with my anorexia. I didn’t want anyone to see how sick I really was, and I certainly didn’t want to have to be accountable to anyone.
So I isolated myself completely. It was the loneliest season of my life. And most of those relationships never recovered.
So now, to be sitting here today, fully recovered: mind, body and spirit, I feel so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by friends. Good people I love and who love me!
I truly feel as though my life has come full circle. That the terrible season of my life when I was enslaved to my anorexia some 13 years ago, has finally been fully and completely resolved.
It is something I thank God for every single day.
There is nothing He can’t do. Nothing He can’t make new. And nothing He wants more than for His children to have a full life of abundance, in every sense of the word. And these beautiful friendships are definitely a part of that.
So, as I head into this next trip around the sun, I’m going to really appreciate that full circle trip He’s brought me on, and with an immense gratitude for the blessing of friendship He’s provided.
Have a wonderful weekends, friends, and I’ll see you on Monday!
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