Operation Beautiful has gained a new Twitter moderator – her name is Julie, and she’s now in charge of the @BeautifulNotes Twitter. Please give Julie a warm welcome; we’re very excited to have her be part of the team! Here’s a bit about Julie:
Hello! My name is Julie, and I am very proud to say that I am the new social media intern for Operation Beautiful! Here is a little bit about myself.
I am a 20 years old college student! I enjoy running, being outside, and adore puppies and dogs. A huge part of who I am comes from my past struggles with an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety.
I have been symptom-free for over a year now. I decided in January to finally go away to college and pursue my dream. Now, after completing my spring semester of 18 credits with a 3.555 GPA, I was accepted into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Penn College. I am also joining the soccer team to find my love of sports again.
I am no longer just surviving; I am actually living a life. I am finally in the process of achieving my dream of receiving a college degree. The most important things that have come out of treatment are more self-awareness, new coping skills, and the drive I have to accomplish my goals. My eating disorder got in the way of attending college the first time, and I will NEVER let that happen again. With all of the professional help, and support I received, I can say this with confidence. Recovering from an eating disorder will be the hardest thing I ever have to do. I will have lapses and I will make mistakes. But most importantly, I will learn from each difficult experience and be able to cope with it, and I come out stronger in the end. I’m working on building my strength emotionally, physically, and spiritually. From the greatest pains come the greatest strengths. I can now say that I believe I am recovered from my eating disorder symptoms and am currently in recovery from my eating disordered and negative thoughts. (To see my full eating disorder story, click here.)
Operation Beautiful has been a very influential part of my recovery, and I cannot wait to help Caitlin and the whole Operation Beautiful community in any way I can. Be sure to follow me on the Operation Beautiful Twitter @BeautifulNotes and say hello!