Thanks for stopping by my blog! My name is Michaela. I’m a freshman in college with a passion for healthy living, especially in regards to nutrition and exercise. I’m also interested in other aspects of health that are less tangible: mental, emotional, and spiritual. Health can’t be reduced to numerical standards for nutrient intake or recommended hourly exercise.
When I was sixteen, I was scouted by a modeling agency and told to lose weight. That began a period of my life that was very unhealthy, filled with restriction, deprivation, over-exercise, and a regrettable relationship with my body. Rather than feed it well and appreciate it, I viewed it as an opponent that refused to yield. This corresponded to a time where I was insecure in my friendships and identity and seeking value through what I did, not who I was.
That was also the year I pushed God from my life, in part because I knew if I paid attention to God’s voice I wouldn’t be able to treat myself the way I was and pursue a career in the modeling industry. Part of this spiritual process was constructive: I stepped back from my belief system to try and figure out what I believed about God, and was able to discover God relationally, as friend, parent, giver, and lover.
You can read more about my past in my initial post, Greetings.
Now that I am at college, I’ve taken charge of my well-being and recognized the challenges that come from being a student away at school. This blog details my journey seeking health in its many forms: physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, financially…the list could go on!
I invite you to come along on this pilgrimage with me.