What's All This Hot Pink About?
I'm so excited to officially have a blog up and running.
My name is Mindy. I live in Colorado. I love all things outdoors winter, spring, summer, and fall. My favorite things in life include mountains, sunshine, waterfalls, friends, family, live acoustic music, Jesus, writing, having deep conversations over coffee, adventure, YoungLife, and being a recovery advocate for eating disorders.
My intention is to be authentic, passionate, and real in all my posts. I hope what I write about will spark curiosity. I hope you will reflect and be curious about your own journey, engage in discussions with me or others, and even ask questions.
Early in my recovery, while in treatment, I learned about "black and white" or "all or nothing" thinking. An example of this in my recovery would be something like, "I had a great day and was 100% on my meal plan. I will never struggle again" and then the next day, "I had a slip, I'll never recover". My team challenged me that there are so many other thoughts and options in between the "black and white" thinking. They called it the "gray". Absolutely nothing about "gray" was appealing to me. It seemed so boring and dull.
One day, in 2010, I was sitting in an ANAD ( National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders www.anad.org) meeting at EDCare (www.eatingdisorder.care). I had a hot pink nalgene and a hot pink vest on. Suddenly, it dawned on me. My "gray" will be the "hot pink". Hot pink was exciting, adventurous, and it gave me the motivation to do something different and start living my life in the hot pink.
The hot pink allowed for more options. Instead of my recovery thoughts being, "I will never struggle again" or "I will never recover". They turned to compassionate and gentle options like, "I am proud of myself for the hard work I did today." or "It sucks I slipped. New day. New mercies. I can get back on track right now."
I hope you will come along with me in my journey of life where I'm "Living in the Hot Pink". Feel free to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I'm always open to questions as well or blog ideas you might have about recovery.