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Your Paintbrush

I did something vulnerable today and posted the full-body photo of myself above on Instagram. If I’m honest, I shy away from photos that show my frame. I am the heaviest weight I’ve ever been in my life but I’m on a journey of freedom. There was something liberating in posting this photo, something healing. I’m choosing love. I’m choosing freedom, and I’m choosing health.

I recently stumbled across a beautiful analogy by Glennon Doyle Melton in her article titled “Your Body is Not Your Masterpiece, Your Life Is.” It has a similar message as the article I wrote for the first issue of Darling Magazine titled “Your Personal Body Project” in which I share an excerpt here. In her article/blog post Glennon says:

Your body is not your masterpiece. It is the paintbrush you use to create your masterpiece each day.

Your body is not your masterpiece – your life is.

So often we go on comparing our paintbrushes to other people’s paintbrushes. We wish we had a different paintbrush. We miss the point and the point is our masterpiece – loving and serving others. As I’ve said before and as I’m trying to remember each day:

“Our body is not broken. It’s not a project that needs fixing – it’s a marvelously made vehicle for living.”

I believe health is of vital importance, I’m not overlooking that. We just can’t shame ourselves into a place of health and freedom. In closing, I want to share this verse which continually inspires me on my HEAL Journey to create a beautiful masterpiece that glorifies God:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

How are you doing on your journey? Please feel free to share.


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    This struck a major chord for me. I have always been very thin, and I struggled with physical health problems that keep my appetite down and keep me from gaining. But I also always been far more obsessed with my weight than I should be, and it definitely goes along with mood changes. The more manic I am the more I feel I need to control my weight, and mania also makes me more inclined to use hard drugs and alcohol, which make me physically sicker and reduce my appetite more. Depressive episodes also often result in weight loss, because I just can force myself to eat, and expending less energy just sitting around being depressed makes it easier to eat less as well. I have a very high metabolism and I need to eat quite a bit just to stay alive, so I always think I eating enough. I just notice that in times of stress or any kind of bipolar episode I tend to go from just skinny to downright gaunt.overview for scentedsharpie
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