My name is Bella Florence. Welcome to my blog.
I began Destination Recovery in March of 2017 to share my experience, strength, and hope in recovery from anorexia nervosa, which at the time held center stage in my life.
I now use this space to share about my recovery at large, from multiple eating disorders, mental illness, and codependency in relationships.
I write about my treatment (including individual therapy, family therapy, psychiatric therapy, nutritional counseling, residential eating disorder treatment, and 12-step recovery), as well as life as I experience it now.
I write about the transformation of my recovery from mental & physical to emotional & spiritual.
I write about my sexuality, not directly related to my recovery per se, but if I am the product of my recovery, then my recovery includes the whole of my identity.
This blog is a work in progress. As I grow, it grows. As I change, it changes. But in the midst of this evolution, one value remains the same:
My one unconditional standard.
Honesty is my spiritual practice.
I care that my words are truthful.
I care that they come from my heart.
I care that they reflect love for me and for those included in my story.
This practice of honesty connects me with my purpose – to tell stories.
This blog is one of those stories.
It is my own, personal story.
Neil Gaiman says, “You never learn how to write a novel. You only learn to write the novel you’re on.”
I find this to be true of every project I create, whether it be a piece of theatre, an interaction with a friend, or the architecture of this blog. I don’t know what the outcome of this blog will be; I learn as I go.
I strive to share my experience, strength, and hope while keeping the focus on myself.
Only I can speak to my experience.
Only you can speak to yours.
Recovery is personal.
To recover is to come into your own.
With that, I grant you permission to explore.
I’m grateful for your presence, and I wish you all my love.