Use your voice

May 15, 2017 in Recovery

If you follow me on Instagram (@blissful_lyss29), you might notice that you’re seeing a bit more of my face on there. A bit more yoga flows, some quotes… basically less food. I will still post my beautiful oats and smoothies of course, but there’s been a shift in my heart with what I want to use that platform form.

I don’t have tens of thousands of Instagram followers, but I do have enough where I feel like I am able to impact people’s lives in some way, shape, or form. And I do feel that we are all given a voice, so we should use it in the way that makes our heart the most full. For me, that is sharing what I am passionate about. Sharing my experiences, how I’ve grown,  and how I am changing and evolving each and every day. I feel that people can connect with that more sometimes than a beautifully set up picture of peanut butter banana toast.

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There’s an unfollow button for a reason, and you shouldn’t be afraid to use it. So if this post offends some, feel free to hit that button! There’s some things I need to address per usual b/c I always have a lot of thoughts flowing through my mind. Honestly, I strongly believe there are a great deal of people on Instagram who are suffering from orthorexia. Having a passion for health is great and all, but what if you don’t have a passion for anything else? What if your healthiness becomes who you are, what if it consumes you?? There are a great deal of people on Instagram who thrive off of building muscle, counting macros or making “gains.” A large majority of these people who have had an eating disorder in the past. But what if you are using fitness as another obsessive outlet as you did when you were sick with your eating disorder? And what if fitness becomes all consuming and takes over your happiness? Please realize that the majority of “healthy” people you see on Instagram are probably not actually healthy. Because if you’re considering a “dessert” vegan cacao banana nice cream with coco nibs and grain free granola, you might want to revaluate and go get yourself a friggin ice cream cone. And if you become so obsessed with achieving a six pack that you skip out on a fun night out with your friends, that really is not normal!! I’m a deep thinker. I have a lot of thoughts, and I’m thankful to have a platform to share them on. If you don’t like em, bye. Now go take a nap or get yourself some good eats. I’ll be back to blogging once finals are over too!! Love y’all! #beateatingdisorders #recoveryisworthit #bopo #loveyourbody #loveyourselfmore #nourishyoursoul #nourishtoflourish #anorexiarecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #recoveryisworthit

 

^ This kind of caption is what I mean by using your voice. I think having an opinion is a beautiful thing, and I also think being able to respect one another’s opinion is even more beautiful. For a long long time, I was too shy to use my voice. Too afraid of what other’s would think of me, too nervous to speak up in situations. But I think having the confidence TO speak up and use our voice is one thing we should all work at.

What are you passionate about? What do you want to use your voice for? What sets your soul on fire? 

Lately, I’ve been more passionate about nature. More interested about human rights, ending racism and the injustices around the world. More passionate about being in touch with my mind, body, AND soul- and more determined to share that message with others.

“I wish you would stop apologizing for having a heart that feels everything so deeply. It’s a gift, wear it proudly.”

Something I have accepted is that I feel deeply. Instead of shoving my feelings aside, I use my voice to express them. And I encourage you all to do the same.

Speak out about what you are passionate about. Do not sit in silence. Do not be afraid to use your words. Our words have the capacity to move SO many. To start a movement, to ignite change.

Do not become silent about the things that matter to you the most. 

I always remind myself this- whether it’s before posting an Instagram, in a conversation with someone, in a class discussion… do NOT become silent about the things that you hold dear to your heart. YOUR VOICE matters- and it deserves to be heard.

Would love to hear your thought about this and some highlights from your weekend. 🙂

Hope you guys have a great day!

Sending my love as always.

Xoxo

Lyss<3

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16 Comments

  • Reply Emily May 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    YES YES YES! Each person has a voice, a unique story they’ve been given, and I’m thankful to read people’s different stories and thoughts and passions and rants and raves on Instagram, on Facebook, and most of all, it’s wonderful when we get together (on a phone call), in person ,or ____ (fill in the blank) and I get to hear what they’re passionate about. . . I’m learning to be more interested in other people and their voices and express the voice God has given me too; it’s a balance, but I’m thankful you reminded me of the importance of each unique voice.
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    • Reply Alyssa May 22, 2017 at 1:33 am

      I think it is so amazing that each person has a unique voice- that’s what makes this world so awesome and diverse!

  • Reply Katrina May 15, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU <3

  • Reply Steph May 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I love your voice and all you have to say!! Always have and always will😍

    • Reply Alyssa May 22, 2017 at 1:35 am

      love you momma!!

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot May 15, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I absolutely agree! I think if you have a platform and people looking at you, you’ve got to stand for what you believe in. I always enjoy your honesty and encouragement!
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    • Reply Alyssa May 22, 2017 at 1:36 am

      thank you Heather, that means a lot!

  • Reply kat May 15, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Honestly girl, if you had even ONE follower you would have the ability to change and influence someone! But I’m glad that you are beginning to use your voice and speak out and speak up. Everyone has a unique story to tell – but not everyone is brave enough to do so. Thank YOU for being brave <3
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    • Reply Alyssa May 22, 2017 at 1:36 am

      that means so so so much- so blessed with your kindness. thank you Kat <3

  • Reply Julia @ Drops of Jules May 16, 2017 at 3:53 am

    LOVE YOU and love this. My oh my, you truly have grown so much. I’m so proud of you. Keep sharing your words and spread your voice. You have a lot of insight to share.
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    • Reply Alyssa May 22, 2017 at 1:38 am

      love you girl!! that means so so much to me- thank you for that. You have grown so much and I am thankful to have witnessed it <3

  • Reply Allie M. May 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    GIRL, this post speaks to me SO much. Honestly, my mentality over the past 8ish months has changed so much. When I relapsed and started treatment again last October, I realized that instagram was hurting me more than helping me. I had the huge realization that food is not what truly connects people and it’s not what anyone’s life should revolve around. I totally agree that so many people on insta are obsessed with food/fitness and that is not healthy in my opinion. It wasn’t until the past few months that I had that “aha” moment and realized that I had been so oblivious to all of this for years. After spending more time away from insta, I honestly realized that it was helping me so much, and whenever I logged on it was just negatively affecting me and my own recovery. My past posts on insta honestly became toxic to me and it was like I was holding on to negative memories from my ED from the past 4 years. So, i made the hard decision to completely delete my entire insta, and to be honest it was a HUGE relief and although I miss some of the people, I have already made lasting friendships from it. Lyss, I just want to applaud you for your honesty! You are wise beyond your years and you are gonna do great things! 🙂 I am always here if you want to chat (just message me on fb if ya want), even tho I am no longer on insta. So just know that I’m still around! Hope you are doing well girlie and hope your summer is off to a great start!!! 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa May 22, 2017 at 1:39 am

      aw girl this just makes my heart so happy. I am glad you got rid of Instagram as it was no longer serving you- huge step in the right direction there. Let’s definitely catch up- message me whenever love!! Miss hearing from you <3

  • Reply Elizabeth May 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    This is SO inspiring to me, to speak up and follow your passion and beliefs instead of doing what everyone else expects you to do. You do you girl!!!! I swear your confidence and passion is contagious.

    • Reply Alyssa May 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      you inspire me so so much. I love and adore you tons- thank yoU!!

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