Inspiration: Make Under My Life
I have a complicated relationship with the internets (as I’m sure most of us do) where sometimes I just feel like I’m wasting endless amounts of time reading worthless information but sometimes I find a true gem that shines light into this world. And recently, I discovered Make Under My Life and it is truly a jewel in this endlessly chaotic world. Here’s the mission:
…one day I heard a quote about Michelangelo regarding the David statue. He was asked how he designed such a phenomenal statue out of a piece of stone. Michelangelo said it was easy to carve the statue because he saw the potential within the stone and he simply needed to remove the layers hiding the beauty. Hearing that, my life clicked instantly.
In January of 2009 I started Makeunder My Life (MML) as a place to share my journey towards the simplified and intentional life. My goal for the future is to share the MML mission worldwide through web, books, video, you name it! Though I started the blog focusing on “exfoliating” unnecessary clutter, I now write about my journey to design my life, career, business, and thoughts with intention.
I discovered this fabulous blog through a link on another blog (one of the magical aspects of the internet) and found a post that really inspired me. It’s called The “Abs” Situation and it really blew me away with how honest and real it is. Basically, Jess, the founder of MML, had posted a picture of her in a bikini looking absolutely fantastic and realized that many people seemed to be beating themselves up for not looking at her and she thus explained that the picture was the best one of many that were taken and posted another photo to contrast how we represent ourselves. But it is her words that are the most powerful:
Though both images are me, one just looks better. And the problem is if we all think that everyone looks like their best picture we see online, it’s easy to think we don’t measure up.
The truth is everyone is just trying to accept themselves - flaws and all.
TRUTH! Wonderful, beautiful, real. And, even better, she goes on to describe
in an unbelievably candid way that I’m sure will profoundly affect many.
I am thrilled to say I have made remarkable headway in understanding my obsession with eating and weight. And I know I am meant to share this story because I am sure there are many, many women out there, just like me. Hopefully others will be able to relate to what I’m about to share. And more importantly, anyone else struggling with this obsession right now can know that if I’m able to shake this habit; given time, reflection, and patience they can as well.
Looking back on this time in my life, I realize that I never intentionally decided to become obsessed about my weight. However I did eventually start monitoring my food intake in order to avoid dealing with difficult situations in my life. Rather than face difficulties head on, I unconsciously decided to think about something I could control: what went in my mouth.
I have spent the last nine years of my life thinking about my weight and food more than anything else. I split the time almost equally going in both extremes of eating too little and too much. What was once a restrictive diet evolved into a emotional eating habit. Both were terrible in different ways, but at the same time, each led to the same result: I was miserable, and I was trying to escape bigger issues in my life by focusing on something more manageable. I distracted myself from heartbreaking events by creating a “designated problem” – my weight. Luckily, I have gradually taken steps to get myself out of this mess I made for myself. None of these realizations came easily. And every step was necessary for me to finally reach the point I’m at currently: free from the bondage of weight.
Wow. There is so much beauty and wisdom in each of her two part posts and I highly recommend you take the time to read them. She has amazing insights from her process and leaves us with the ever important sentiment “It’s time for me to be free and move on with my life.” Thank you, thank you for sharing this with us and continuing to inspire with your journey.
(Image courtesy of MakeUnderMyLife)