I was on the phone with my dear friend Trista this past July when a thought occurred to me. Why is there not a recovery box for individuals and their support systems walking through eating disorder recovery? Like any best friend would do, Trista went with it. Two hours flew by and I had an outline of what I envisioned for what would become The Recovery Box.
When I get an idea that webs itself through the intricacy of my thought process, there’s no letting go of it until it comes to life. Be it a blessing or a curse, much of the good that has come in my life is because I hear a voice whisper, “there’s something here worth fighting for.” My company, Sage Nutrition, The Recovery Box, co-founding the Nebraska Eating Disorders Network, and projects in development are a few of the things that I’ve heard through that sweet voice are worth fighting for. Oh, how true it is! Something beautiful is emerging from the brokenness. Through the development of The Recovery Box, new resources, and this blog, I am looking forward to sharing more about what I have learned through the recovery process as a survivor, encourager, and professional in the field.
I’m grateful for this opportunity to begin sharing pieces of my story in a new way. This opportunity to connect with other survivors, encouragers, and professionals that have committed themselves to eating disorder recovery. In each of these positions I have found something new to fight for and I have grown all the more because of it.
What do you fight for? Recovery is a journey for which every step matters. It doesn’t matter if it’s a step forward or backward – it matters. Your story matters. As I begin to share pieces of my story, will you consider sharing your story with me? If your story is selected to be highlighted in our monthly newsletter, you will receive a free box from The Recovery Box. Visit this page to share your story.
Stay tuned for the launch and expanse of The Recovery Box!
Emily Estes lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with her Goldendoodle pup, Miss Adley Mae. Recovery from her own struggle with an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression has led Emily to create community and resources to empower others on the journey. Emily owns Sage Nutrition, LLC where she serves as a Registered Dietitian. Her work revolves around her motto that "food is meant to nourish our bodies, not nurture us."