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Starting out I’m starting over

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Hi there. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I spent weeks trying to come up with the perfect name for a new blog, but I decided to stick around here and clean this place up a bit. I want to write with intention, and live with intention as well, so I want to bring purpose back to this blog. I’ve been meaning to get back into writing again. I’ve been telling myself to start typing and see what happens. I’ve been wanting to tell my stories, but my mind keeps on arguing that I don’t have the stories yet, that I’m still beginning. Everything is muddled.

There is no real beginning, though. I’m in the middle of something, and that’s what’s more important. Life is in the middle of something. I started Story Shaped Girl a few years ago with the intention of creating something, and I kind of allowed it to lose its luster while I attempted to personal blog here. That didn’t work out for me, clearly, as it’s been months since I’ve been here.

I want to explore the relationship between physical and mental health. I want to discover what it means to seek health (and, ultimately, weight loss) while still focusing on healthy body image, self love and all that comes with it. There’s a fine line and it can be a struggle. I get that. I want to find ways to overcome it.

While I am in the middle of a life long battle with my weight and attempting to get my health back to where it should be, I’m also at the beginning of recommitting (though I feel like I’m always recommitting). I want to document it and explore my thoughts and experiences with you. Why? Because we can help each other. We can read each others stories and experiences and learn and grow in ways that aren’t as possible when we are doing things entirely alone.

Because the truth is, it’s not what happens to you that defines who you are. It’s how you tell that story, how you allow your world to be changed by what happens to you. It’s how you decide to handle what you’ve been given, even if it takes ten years to start up, start over. I believe in the power of words. I believe in stories and using them to shape and define who we are so that we can exceed those definitions and become who we want to be (or were meant to be).

 

xo

Melanie

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