1. August 2013 by swissfitchick
There is no Healthy Living Blogger community in Switzerland. Maybe 2-3 HLB’s are out there somewhere, but overall, I am pretty lonely here.
Blogging is pretty new here, though it gets more and more popular. Fashion Bloggers and Travel Bloggers already have a really good status here. When I meet people, the question is: ‘What is this ‘BLOG’? Why do you do this? Aren’t you afraid that someone is judging you? What, if your boss finds out? I could never tell the whole world about my life and my struggles. ‘ They are irritated, because it is unknown and because it has this touch of exhibitionism. The Swiss mentality is friendly and nice, but also shy, reserved and distanced. Someone like me, who yells out loud about a taboo topic like an Eating Disorder is weird.
I get it. All of it. And I’ve been in a place in the beginning of my blogging story when I was TERRIFIED to push the publish button. Still am sometimes today, it depends what I write about. I thought no one would EVER read my articles and people would give a sh*** about my story or my workouts or my Food. Which is probably true, but obviously I DO reach a range of people who like to read what I have to say and it makes me so happy and I feel so honored.
I know I get judged by people out there (though no one attacked me personally so far) and I know it can be tricky to be this open. The point is, that I don’t write my posts for people who want to judge me, or who don’t like me. I am open for constructive criticism though.
BUT I write for ME and I write it for my readers and followers, for people out there who can relate, who seek inspiration, who struggle with the same fears and bumps like me, who want a good laugh, a recipe or just some easy talk. Those who love foodpictures (and WIAW-Stalking 🙂 ), fun weekend recaps, new workout ideas and the truth about my Eating Disorder. I try to be as honest, true and authentic as possible, because I want to present myself the way I AM and not a fake copy of Lucie. Who would want to read about a made up person, if not in a book?
I have no reasons to hide anything. Because being open and honest helped me TONS in my recovery. I can not even begin to tell you how MUCH I made progress in my healing journey with the support of my readers, my friends, the daily writing, reflecting, photographing and reading other blogs. I stopped my therapy because I was on a good track – and here, with Blogging I found a new one. I LOVE to put my thoughts into writing and pictures. I love to interact with my readers and friends and I love to read other blogs and being part of this community. It truly is AMAZING and I met so MANY beautiful, strong and inspiring women on this path.
My goal is to fully recover. And to write about it even more. My goal is also to reach people out there and show them that recovery from an Eating Disorder IS possible no matter what the statistics say. It is possible to come back to a happy and healthy life, if you really want it. If I can only inspire one person, then this blog is worth it.
Regarding the thing at work – if my boss (I am so LUCKY with my Boss cause he really is the coolest guy ever) would fire me or NOT hire me because I am in recovery of an Eating Disorder, then, believe me – why would I want this Job?? I am a social worker and I know how difficult it can be if you are sick or used to be and want to find a job. People can be so judgmental. This is my story and it is a part of me. I stand for it because I am proud of what I achieved and where I am today. Hiding is shame and I am not ashamed.
This is why I blog. Thank you so much for stopping by daily and supporting me so much in what I do! All this wouldn’t have been possible without you, my faithful readers and friends, you ROCK!!