Here’s to a Fear-Free New You New Year!

This is my prayer.
I know the holidays are difficult for those with eating disorders. I pray that you worked through it, that you allowed yourself to enjoy time with friends and family rather than having food rule whether it was “good” or “bad.”
This is my prayer.
We have another year ahead of us—and to you, I wish you good luck, and health, and love toward yourself. I wish you more ease and comfort with food. I wish that you find love and joy in the simple beauties of life—including the delectable taste of a fresh new dish. I encourage you, as I encourage myself, to venture out and try new foods. I encourage you to live more this next year.
This is my prayer.
I wish you to feel the exhilaration of life. I wish you to find yourself, to keep digging. I wish you to uncover the darker parts of yourself, because you are worth digging for. I wish you tears and a bit of heartache, because those are the times where we let ourselves become vulnerable, and we learn and grow. Those bad times help us to understand more about who we are as people.
This is my prayer.
I wish you a happy new year. I wish you luck. I wish all of us courage, strength, and bravery as we tackle the new adventures waiting for us.

About Rachael

Rachael Steil is a graduate from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Steil is currently the leader of Rawluck West Michigan and has published articles about running and running with an eating disorder in Michigan Runner magazine, as well as poetry and prose in the Aquinas College literary journal, Sampler. Steil began writing a memoir based on her eating disorder during her time at Aquinas and presented on the subject twice as a student and through the Go Boldly, Love Your Body campaign in Grand Rapids. Steil is a level 1 USA track and field certified coach, an assistant coach at the Grandville high school, and has received sixth place All-American accolades in cross country as well as seventh place in the NAIA track nationals.
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2 Responses to Here’s to a Fear-Free New You New Year!

  1. Florence says:

    So inspirational and beautifully put :) Gotta keep digging! Lovely prayer!

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