At first glance it might seem that I am just a happy, normal girl who loves to bake and walk her dog. However, I have suffered with an eating disorder since I was 13. It was only in May 2014 when I realised that this Voice in my head was slowly but surely trying to kill me. And so began the long, hard, and painful journey which is recovery...

I want My Cocoa Stained Apron to be a special place...a place for reflection, memories, shared stories...and of course a little bit of cocoa-staining ;) Recovery might be the hardest thing you ever choose to do in this life. But it is also the bravest and best decision you will ever make.:)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

You ARE beautiful :)

You ARE beautiful. Don't ever let the Voice convince you otherwise. You are beautiful, unique, you are worth so, so much more than you will ever believe. You are an amazing, one-of-a-kind, precious human being, and you deserve the very best that life can offer you. You deserve to live the life you Love. You deserve to do the things that make you happy.

Why do you need to look like someone else? When you look at a magazine and see a stick-thin model there with scrawny arms and a tiny waist and gaunt face...ask yourself...why do you want your body to be like...that? When I see those pictures now, wave after wave of sadness pass over me, as I know that to be such an unnaturally slender frame and body shape, there is, more than likely, restriction or overexercising or something involved. It is not natural, not healthy, for the human body to be that thin. All it might take is one fall, one slip, one trip, one moment, one heartbeat...for everything to be changed, so horribly, in front of your very eyes.

Everyone is different, unique, beautiful. That is just one of the most amazing ever things about being human...between each and every one of us, there are so many, many differences. Not one of us is the same. every one of us is so uniquely and strikingly different, in ways which may be explicit, or small and bbarely noticeable. Not one of us is identical. No one has a smile like your own. no one has the same hair as you, the same eye shape and eye colour, the same fingertips, the same skin colour, the same shape, the same face.

There is only one of YOU...and that you is so, so beautiful, so extraordinarily beautiful. So take care of your body, as it is the only one you will ever have, and it deserves to be treated with optimum care and respect. Love and take care of your body, and it will take care of you in return.

And don't ever forget...inner beauty, the kindness and goodness and love which you carry deep inside you. That beauty will always shine forth from your heart, as bright and as beautiful as the summer sun, or those lovely, radiant, golden daffodils that now adorn the woodlands and roadsides of Eire. :) <3 xxxx

The wild flower girl!! ;)

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