A Big Heart.
Olivia was the first Soul of the Week submission who was someone that I did not personally know - THAT deserves a big giant beautiful cake shipped right to her in the mail. It's on it's way, miss Olivia!
This girl is wonderful. I can tell where she is, I know where she is. I've been there - in a different way but in an oh so similar way. Olivia shares her own past and current struggles with relationship to food and body. I absolutely admire Olivia for sharing what she has for so many reasons, but here are a few...
Miss Olivia currently lives in Brampton, Ontario (which is just outside of Toronto). She is a full time student, and clearly an old soul with much beautiful-ness to come in her life. Can't wait to see it.
Now from Olivia
What Absolutely Lights Me UP& What I Absolutely Love the Most About Myself:
Helping others create healthy and sustainable lifestyles for themselves. Showing them that you don’t need to restrict eating drastically, kill yourself in the gym or miss out on LIFE to to live healthily and happily.
Veganism is something I am also very passionate about and partaking in activism makes me feel like I belong to something bigger than myself. Honestly all in all, just helping other living things and showing compassion to all
My Biggest Judgement Towards Myself
That I have to work super hard for things or circumstances that just come naturally to others.
Developing binge eating disorder at age 9 and anorexia nervousa at age 12 makes you grow up really quick. My life so far has not been an easy one. For as long as I can remember I’ve lacked self love, self confidence and self respect. I had so many emotions flowing through me constantly and, not knowing how to deal with them, I turned to self destructive coping mechanisms.
First it was food. Food was the only friend I had in my life and numbed everything. It worked for a while until I started looking in the mirror and feeling absolutely disgusted with what was staring back at me. So than I turned to restriction. It, just like food, numbed me and distracted me from what I was feeling and what was going on around me. It challenged me, and I never back down from a challenge. How little I could eat, how long I could go without food, how many ribs I could see protruding from me.
When I finally was found and sent to the hospital, I was told if I were to continue with my habits, I’d be dead in a week. Doctors were surprised I had made it as long as I had. That was a wake up call for me. That night is when's I was officially diagnosed with anorexia nervousa, ortherexia, clinic depression, body dysmorphia, anxiety disorder and later bipolar disorder 1. At first all these names overwhelmed me. I was being controlled by so many things, it practically felt like I wasn’t in charge of my own life.
Only later did I come to realize that those illnesses do not define me. Sure they may be a part of me, but I am in control of THEM. To this day I still struggle with them. Some days are easier than others. But it’s because of what I’ve been through, my experiences and what I’ve learned that I have such a passion for helping others.
I fought so hard to be where I am and if i can show others that they do not need to go down that path be happy, I will. And I am and will continue to do until I take my last breath.
Can we get an amen. Thank you Miss Olivia x 10 for sharing all of that.
Love you love you love you love you.
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