melanie kristy · story

My Story Starts Here, Today



It started when I signed up for this WordPress account.

It started every time I joined Weight Watchers.

It started when doctors told me to lose weight.

It started when therapists couldn’t help me help myself.

My story starts over and over again. It starts when I’m harassed by strangers and inspired by different strangers. It starts when on Monday I don’t start my new journey toward health.

My story restarts every day, and I’m in the middle of one right now.

This page is my new story. I hope it can be part of yours, too.

I couldn’t start it without a name. I never can – not even when writing fiction. A name is a driving force. It propels forward. And in this case it represents. I wanted to find inspiration in song lyrics. That’s how I used to constantly be inspired when I was younger. Entire novels burst from me just from the bridge of a song. I wanted that again but I couldn’t force it.

The one night I was at a concert in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Really wondering why? I’ll tell you here.) and a song came on that I wanted this blog to embody. By the time the song was over I had reworked words and typed them into the notepad on my phone.

Story Shaped Girl had a name

& my story began again.



instead of food

Instead of Food

Sometimes I feel like everyone around me is an emotional eater. And then there are times when I feel like I’m the only one. It doesn’t matter what the emotion it is. Food is there. This is a running list of ideas for things to do, inspiration to take you some place else. I know that distractions don’t always work, but sometimes they do. 

So here is the beginning of a running list. Please feel free to offer your own suggestions.

-Write a letter on fancy paper with colored pens and decorate it with stickers
-Clean out or organize one drawer. Make it a distractions drawer complete with stickers, journals, photographs, love letters to yourself, lipstick to wear for kissing mirrors, and something to put your brain to work like….
-Sudoku. Challenge yourself with numbers
– Take some pieces of bread down to a duck pond and feed them instead
– Start a dance party. Turn the music up loud and keep going until you’re out of breath
– Sit and breathe, focus on that breath until it consumes you. Allow your breathe to become steady. Remember that it keeps you alive
– Paint your nails. Be creative. Attach glitter. Draw pictures. Alternate colors. Consider rainbows.
– Donate something you own to a person who needs it more than you do

Selfie sunday

Selfie Sunday


… But first, lemme take a selfie….

My friend Heather had the idea to take selfies on Sunday with the intention of finding confidence in herself. She let me use this idea for you, my lovelies and so here we are.

Be proud of what you look like. Post your selfies shamelessly.
Know you are beautiful.

Feel free to post selfies in the comments