Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Celebrating Progress

 “Every day you may make progress. 
Every step may be fruitful. 
Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, 
ever-ascending, ever-improving path. 
You know you will never get to the end of the journey. 
But this, so far from discouraging, 
only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” 
-Winston Churchill

In two weeks, one year will have gone by since I entered treatment for my eating disorder.

Seven months later, I was discharged, about 50 pounds heavier, and petrified to face the mess of a life I had left behind. Luckily, I have been given the opportunity to begin rebuilding my life and this week I am taking the time to celebrate my progress.

As a way to celebrate I am taking a trip down south to reflect on this past year. Right now only three classes stand between me and my departing flight. Last night my level of excitement kept me from sleeping. Traveling is one of my favorite things in life and I feel very blessed to be healthy enough to start site-seeing again.

Even though this blog is all about progress, I still forget to give myself credit sometimes. I think it is really important for all of us to stop and celebrate an aspect of life that brings us joy, especially after yesterday's events in Boston. Life can be taken from us at any moment - why spend it doing anything BUT celebrating?

I realize that over the past year, the amount of progress I have made will be nearly impossible to repeat, but that doesn't mean my progress is over forever. As the quote above says, I will never reach the end of this journey, but that is one of the reasons life is so wonderful.

I will always have a reason to celebrate.


What are you celebrating today?


  1. Happy 1 year birthday for your recovery :) Thank you so much for sharing your recovery journey so openly. South? To catch sun, warm weather? Enjoy the wonderful feelings that recovery brought to you! I am so happy to follow your blog. xoxo

    1. Thank you so much!! Yes, I am heading to a Florida to start my summer tan. :) I am happy you follow my blog! Xoxo

  2. I am celebrating second chances and making them count. I am celebrating reinvention and renewal. I am celebrating life and imperfection.
    It still takes me aback writing these things; I never knew I would be celebrating these. But I am, and I am embracing it.

    Sarah <3

  3. i am celebrating my own path to recovery. it hasnt quite started in full yet (yes, im still procrastinating and dragging my heels about where and how to start) but i know that i WANT and NEED to get better. that is non-negotiable.
    I am so proud and inspired that you have come so far in this short time... i would love any advice or info you have about when you started recovery (i am unable to go into treatment, but would like to try and recreate it at home - following some guidelines?) So that i too can celebrate taking back my life.
    Have fun in the sun, what a perfect way to welcome in summer!!! xx

  4. You know, this one year marker has been giving me a lot to think about. Seven days after my 16th birthday is my recovery entrance date and I'm incredibly nervous and giddy... But like you said, why am I NOT celebrating?! I made it another whole year, this time without ED screaming down my neck.

    Thanks for these brilliant words Miss Cronkright, you've outdone yourself yet again :)

  5. Yesss! You really should celebrate Kenzie! You have had such an amazing year. Your life has begun thanks to recovery - keep up the good work. You are wonderful! :)