May 24th, 2019

I decided to embark on the long journey of changing my attitude and perspective towards life

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Emma made a conscious decision to live a healthier life

Emma Shafer, 28, United Kingdom

I’m full-time dance major with two part-time jobs. I love the outdoors, learning, and the arts. I have been diagnosed with bipolar type 2 and am in recovery from anorexia.

After I graduated high school, I decided to embark on the long journey of changing my attitude and perspective towards life and part of that journey was joining Fabulous! I had originally joined Fabulous a year or so back, but wasn’t ready to keep up with it. Now I am back and more dedicated than ever!

The most challenging part of the Unexpected journey was definitely working out. While I loved sports, I have always found exercising boring and have especially hated running. However, I was determined to combat this and found that the celebration and mind weeds sections of the journey to be the most helpful to combat my negative feelings (I even like running now, which is something I never thought I would say).

I found that writing down and fully processing my mind weeds to be the biggest influence with how to combat my negative feelings or impulses on a day-to-day basis. My favorite part of the journey is also the most simplest; drinking water every morning. I find it so refreshing, it always makes me smile, and that all makes it easy to face the day with excitement. I can’t imagine how dehydrated I must’ve been before I started the journey.

Now I work out 6-days a week and when I don’t feel like going, I compromise with a shorter/lighter workout rather than skipping it altogether like I would’ve in past. I can finally say that I believe people when they say that working out makes them happier.

Since then, I have completed the Sleep Better journey and am currently working on the Focus and Concentrate More journey.