Connection, Creativity, & Compassion

Fundraiser #2, Facing Food Fears with Connection, Creativity, & Compassion: a change in setup and experience from my first Running in Silence book publishing fundraiser. I learned a lot from having put on that first event at Peaches Cafe in Grand Rapids, so I felt ready and sure of what to do for this one as far as preparation. The event itself, however, had a different vibe.

My friend Jennifer DiGennaro of Nourished Energy offered her place as a venue for this fundraiser, and together we planned an evening of group discussion, raffle prizes, and a book reading–all of which would focus on body image, body acceptance, and vulnerability. The free-flowing evening helped some people who wanted to understand eating disorders more, while it also offered a place for those who struggled with other issues beyond eating disorders to share their connections and insights.


By the end, Jennifer summed it up perfectly–we were there to connect, share our creative thoughts and art (in part thanks to those who contributed fantastic raffle prizes!), and feel and understand what it means to have compassion for those who struggle emotionally every day.


I am so thankful for those of you who came out. It was a lovely evening with great discussion and dialogue. And I appreciate the help everyone has given me so far with this book publishing adventure. As I continue to prepare, set up, and accept invitations to speak at future events, my confidence and experience grows. I hope to start filming YouTube videos for more focused topics about eating disorders, and find ways to continue to spread the message that eating disorders go beyond appearance.

About Rachael

Rachael Steil is a graduate from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts. Steil an author, speaker, and a recipient of the Spirit and Outstanding Runner award for the Aquinas College cross country team and has received 6th place All-American accolades in cross country as well as 7th place in the NAIA track nationals.
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One Response to Connection, Creativity, & Compassion

  1. This looks absolutely wonderful, Rachael. Sounds like a lovely event permeated by just who and what you strive to be–whole, quiet in spirit, of service to others.

    Love ya

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