Writing tends to fall towards the end of the priority list these days. Considering it is one of my best forms of self-care, I definitely need to be mindful of not forgetting it altogether. What better way than with a blog update! I saw my therapist this week for the first time since she went on maternity leave in the spring. I think we were both a little surprised with how well I have done over the past months. Not to say that she didn’t have confidence in me, I just have a track record of rolling down the mountain into a hole and needing a lot of assistance to climb back out. I started seeing her almost two years ago when I was sick of feeling stuck. I was tired of settling for a life where I continuously lived in a semi-recovered state. Sure I could survive life that way, and I did for several years, but something inside me knew that there was a better way to live. I couldn’t put it into words then, but I knew change needed to happen. Every single day I am grateful that I went back to treatment and fought for this life. A free life. I know I still have work to do. We all do. But this is the first time in a long time where both I and my treatment team have acknowledged that I am not stuck anymore. I am definitely beginning to live a life of full recovery and not settle. Even if you are new to recovery, please never let yourself settle for anything less than complete freedom. And if you consider yourself as recovered as you will ever get, reconsider! There are always ways to continue to move forward and live your best self. I realize that it is therapeutic for me to write, but I also hope to reach others in recovery to continue to show people that it is possible to get your life back and rediscover who you are. No matter if it is eating disorders, substance abuse, mental health disorders, etc – life can always be beautiful.