Wednesday, August 31, 2011

At Sea Soundtrack, Session #11

I've been hearing this song on the radio a lot lately, but I love this recording of it the best.


Why are sad songs so irresistible? Especially the honest-feeling ones?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Soundtrack #10

If I could create a photo montage of my life the past several years and set it to music, this might be the song I'd put it to.

HUMBLE ME -Norah Jones

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Eating Disorder Recovery

I know there was a time when I didn’t care about my weight or what size I wore—but I just can’t remember back that far. I have five nieces, ages ten to less than two months, and they are each completely beautiful to me. I hate to think that any of them would ever look in the mirror and feel disgusted or ashamed of what they see—but that’s a pretty common experience for women and girls (and it’s becoming less than rare among men and boys too).

The facility I work at is called Center for Change and they specialize in treating eating disorders. Maybe you have an eating disorder, maybe you don’t, but I’m pretty sure you know someone who does. Bulimia, anorexia, and compulsive overeating (or binge eating) are words we hear all the time and they are serious illnesses. But they can be treated. You can get better. You could eat without hating yourself or wanting to purge afterwards. You could be at peace with your body.

I wanted to share some resources for eating disorder treatment in case you or someone you know could use some help.

If you want to know about the Center for Change specifically, take a look at our website. There are numerous resources, tips about how to help someone close to you, and a virtual tour of our facility.

If you think you may have an eating disorder, but you’re not sure, taking this survey can help you get a better idea whether you do or not. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

At the Center for Change we teach intuitive eating, which focuses on listening to your body and learning to feel and respond to hunger and fullness cues. You can purchase the book we use here.

If you’d like to set up an appointment for outpatient therapy or are interested in one of our more intensive programs, call (801) 224-8255

We offer group therapy Monday-Wednesday. To learn about the different groups, go here.

If you don’t live in Utah, but would like information about eating disorder treatment closer to where you live, take a look at this website.

I am not a clinician. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section and I’ll get back to you. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, send me an email at

The ED programs at CFC are for females only, but males are welcome to come to group and individual therapy. If you would like referrals for facilities that offer higher levels of care for males, just ask.

**I’m not an official spokesperson for CFC and the decision to share this information was my own.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

All the pretty people

I'd like to borrow some of their stylin':

Zooey Deschanel (a fav)

MIA (just gorg)

Leigh Lezark (I like this pic because she's actually smiling)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Good things {August 16, 2011}

1. Running in shorts that I pulled out of the DI bin at my dorm... seven years ago

2. Fruit snacks

3. Sweet, chubby baby nieces

4. No tendinitis in my knees!

5. The crack on my windshield not getting any bigger

6. Cinnamon toothpaste

7. Green grapes

8. Lucky freckles

9. Spanish

10. Remembering to take my multi-vitamin

11. Driving behind someone whose license plate said "YES WAY." I laughed out loud.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I know this one...

So I posted this video on my old blog, but it is so awesome that I'm posting it again here.

And then tonight I found this, Choreo Cookie's performance this year at Urban Paradise:

So awesome. So good.

*I suggest enlarging the videos because you'll want to see this stuff up close.

Sountrack Session #7: Baby's mojo

The summer of 2008 found me partially unemployed and my sister completely pregnant with my nephew, Sam. I was living at her house and every evening we would commiserate:

Me: Still haven’t had the baby yet, huh?
Sister: Nope. Still haven’t found another job yet, huh?
Me: Nope.

One afternoon, several weeks after Sam had indeed been born, I snatched him and took him to my room for a photo shoot. I am that aunt. I consider it a small miracle that my eldest nephew, Mark (now twelve) didn’t suffer semi-blindness from all the photos I took of him as a baby. I could probably dedicate an entire album to just photos of him in his car seat.

Anyway. With Sam being very cooperative (read: not crying or needing a diaper change) for his paparazzi (me), I decided to put on some music. I alternated multiple times between these two pieces:



The first made Sam cry; the second calmed him down. Isn’t there some study about how babies are sensitive to dissonance in music? Little kids pick up on tension between people, so it makes sense that they would pick up on tension in music too.

See this picture of little Samuel? Cute, no?