spoon_lu_ #StrongBeautifulMe This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. As a food and health publication led by students for students, there is a need to be open, to share experiences, and to influence and inspire others. One of our writers, @spongebobbit (Maiyah), decided to share her story. Over the last seven and a half years, I’ve struggled with body image and eating. It has been a constant rollercoaster that seemingly never ends. I felt I was free falling into a bottomless pit where there was no hope or joy to be found. Just darkness and emptiness. The fault I had those years before was that I would pray but I didn’t trust God. I didn’t seek help outside of my family, I love helping others but I didn’t want to admit when I needed it. I just bottled it all inside. Faith without works is dead. Fall semester, something changed. I decided to fully trust in God and what He could do. He has done great things in my life over these last few months. My relationship with food has gotten healthier and I am eating more often. I don’t cringe when I go to try on clothes as often as I used to. I try my best to say positive things about myself and not compare to any others. I try to catch myself if I feel guilt over food. I am still working on my fear of the weight scale. Will anything ever be perfect? No. But God has been so faithful and loving in my life over these last few months and before during the darker times. God didn’t make a mistake with me or anyone reading this. He loves us and created us in His own image. How awesome is that? We are imperfect but we are imperfectly ourselves and that’s a wonderful thing.
lcampbell_34 That time me and my bestie went to @beyonce’s house in NOLA. Turns out, she wasn’t home. 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏽♀️ . . . So, just the other day @klenhart12 and I were saying how we need to control ourselves from buying new bathing suits this year because we have so many already (thanks @aerie). BUTTTTT if we both got gift cards, we would have to go get new ones right?! #aerieswim #aeriesweepstakes #aeriesweeps