Opening Up

Hey, there!

Sorry for being MIA both here and on you guys’ blogs – I just got back from a trip with my best friends. It was incredibly fun, and definitely the highlight of my summer vacation.

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Aren’t they gorgeous? Plus, the boxer’s name is Scooby… From Scooby-Doo!

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Spider Man was there, too

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Let’s just pretend I can play soccer… Hahaha

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We had a trampoline for ourselves! It really couldn’t get any better.

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I also met a few friends of my friend Luiza… They turned out to be great girls 🙂

I had to choose between a trip with my family to attend my cousin’s 10-year-old party (at the beach) or a trip with my best (girl) friends to Luiza’s house, with her family. It was a 5-day-thing, but worth every discussion with Mom and Dad.

They were actually pretty worried because of Teresópolis’s floods (the city we were headed to was near to where the floods took place), but Mom ended up letting me so. Somehow, she and I knew I needed that. You know, a few days of “carefree-ness”, fun with friends, no overthinking… just being myself. And I find it so easy when I’m near these girls.

On our 1st night there, I decided it was time to tell them my “big secret”. They knew I had eating issues, but I never explained myself the right way. So I opened up and told them all about my ED. I told them I started having disordered thoughts since I was 11, that I gained an incredible amount of weight back, and then lost it all again on 2010… I also told them about my blog, what I felt at my darkest days, why they couldn’t find me on lunch breaks… Everything.

They decided to open up, too – so they started telling me about how they felt about it, how much they wanted to grab me, shake me and force me to eat, how worried they were that I would end up in hospital… Basically everything, too.

I knew that they would someday ask about what was going on with me. Sooner or later, they would find out. And the last thing I wanted was them to know it by a “third person”. It had to be me.

It felt so good, it felt to right. Telling them the truth was the best thing I could’ve done. I’m proud of myself, but I’m happy I have such understanding and loving friends. Their reaction could be awful, but they were incredibly supportive. We all cried together, and then all three of them gave me hugs (right after a big group hug), whispering “I’m so proud of you” on my ears.

Seriously, I never felt so blessed and loved. Just remembering that night makes me want to cry – of hapiness. I guess I do have the best friends in the world 🙂

Anyway – I hope you all liked my last post… Posting those pictures was kind of embarring, but really worth it! They made me remember so many different things, memories… It was definitely a fun and positive experience.

Now, onto today’s news: I “won” a giveaway!

I mean, not really. But Sarah from This Lunatic Express decided to send me one of her (incredible) zines for entering her contest. She’s such a sweetheart 🙂

After almost 17 days of (anxious) wait, it’s finally here! I’m SO excited!

She even let me choose my favorite one! “My Baggy Pants” and “By The Skin Of My Teeth – Issue Three” caught my eye. Finally, I decided that “My Baggy Pants” had more to do with me.

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And I was SO right! I felt like I could relate to every single word I read. Sarah’s incredibly talented, and her life story was truly inspiring. I couldn’t stop smiling at the end! She definitely made my day 🙂

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Please contact Sarah if you’re interested on buying one of her brilliant zines. Believe me when I say, they’re hand-made and AMAZING!

Again – thank you, Sarah 🙂

Now, before I leave, here’s another award I won and never posted: the “Creative  Writer Blogger Award”!

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So here are the rules:
1. Thank the person who gave this to you. (I actually don’t remember who gave me this – shame on me! Sorry and thank you, “person”!)
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you.
4. Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth.
5. Nominate seven “Creative Writers” who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies.
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

1) My favourite animals are dogs!

2) I love all kinds of chewing gums.

3) I wanted to become a doctor when I was little.

4) I love roller-coasters!

5) I used to love broccoli as a kid.

6) I have a birthmark on my chest.

7) I have an Oscar on my desk right now

There are two “truths” among this seven items. Let’s see which of you will find them out!

I nominate:

Sarah, from This Lunatic Express

Marina, from Piece of Mind

Rocío, from Apicious’ Apprentice

Nicole, from A Handful Of Oats

Ayla, from High On Healthy

Missy, from Beautiful Struggle

Christine, from The Raw Project

Have fun, girls!

Oh – and don’t forget to vote for your favorite name for my latest recipe! It’s easy, and you can find the poll box on the sidebar on your right, near my “Fro-Yo Lover” header. Vote as much as you want!

See you guys soon.

XOXO

G.

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18 responses to “Opening Up

  1. Great job on opening up to your friends! You are so brave!

  2. That's so brave of you! I bet it felt good to get it off your chest. Nothing like a heart to heart with friends 🙂

  3. Good for you for telling your friends! It's amazing how supportive they can be 🙂 Glad you had a fun trip too!

  4. Liz

    I'm so glad you opened up to your friends! I really need to get over my trust issues and let some of my closest friends know about my ED. Thanks for an inspiring post!

    I'm glad you had a good trip too! =)

  5. I'm also proud of you for opening up to your friends! That takes SO much courage and it really is beneficial beyond belief. 🙂

    I think that #2 and 6 are the truths! It would be awesome if the last one were true.. 😉

    PS. Thank you for nominating me!! ❤

  6. I am so proud of you for opening up! What a huge step in the right direction! xoxo

  7. So awesome and brave that you opened up to your friends, what a great trip. And what great friends you have. I wish I would have opened up to more friends during my ED days.

    Thanks for the nomination, this should be fun! 🙂

  8. I think opening up to your friends is awesome and thank you so much for your lovely words and the award. Don't ever forget how awesome you are 🙂
    *hugs*
    Sarah

  9. Telling your friends is great, they defintley support you in a totally diffrent way than family ever can. And you're so lucky it is summer for you! Hope you enjoy the rest of it!!!

  10. great job being so honest! it can be so hard. but usually, very worth it in the end.

  11. Hey girl! Sorry I've been MIA on your blog lately! I think it's awesome that you opened up to your friends! Sometimes it's just best to be out with it and move on! I'm so glad for you that you have such a supportive group to help lift you up and keep you strong!

  12. Major kudos on opening up to your friends. That was a tough situation for me, too. Ultimately, my friends provided me with a lot of support and compassion — Not judgment.

  13. Aw, that must feel AWESOME to tell your friends everything! Glad they were so accepting and glad you had an awesome time! :]

  14. That's lovely that you've got such brilliant friends 🙂
    And must have felt like such a weight off your mind and theirs to tell them.
    Glad you had fun… and I think the truths are the broccoli and the Oscar…

  15. I know it takes a lot of courage to tell people about an ED. Sometimes, telling the people you care about is even harder than explaining it to people you are not close to. I think it's great that you did it; I'm sure it made both them and you so much more relieved!

  16. lee

    I'm glad you were able to tell your friends. That definitely takes courage.

    I don't know which of yours is a lie but I actually do have a real Emmy on my mantle! (It's my husbands, he works for the news and they won it.)

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