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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:

Honesty.

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.

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