My health journey began long before I started focusing on my physical health. It started with a commitment to learning what self-love is.

My health journey began long before I started focusing on my physical health. It started with a commitment to learning what self-love is.

I began:
  • Learning that love = respect (and that includes how I treat myself–not just others)
  • Refusing to exercise if I was feeling angry at myself for being overweight or ugly, etc. I decided that the only movement I’d ever only engage in again is LOVING movement. I.e. when I feel like I want to do something kind and loving for my body. If I catch myself trying to exercise from self-hatred, I stop straight away, and check in with myself about what it is I really need
  • Practicing how to say yes when I meant yes, and no when I meant no. Boundaries = less stress
  • Working with a life coach
  • A deep journey of healing my feminine energy–so much fear has resided in my body due to past sexual abuse and violence. Giving my body the gift of gentleness, safety, material stability, processing sexual trauma, and purging my life of unsafe relationships in exchange for safe, healthy ones has helped me to be more present within it
And as I’ve engaged in all these foundational, loving activities, the physical changes have followed naturally:
  • About 10 months ago, I began doing Yin Yoga so I could exercise in a way that felt slow, gentle, and loving. And that enabled me to lean into the way my body and mind interact
  • I have started seeing a psychologist who is taking me through an eating disorder program
  • I’ve thrown out the majority of my toxic beauty and hygiene products and replaced them with natural ones
  • I got rid of all my pesticide-laden supermarket teas and replaced them with organic ones (there are organic ones at the supermarket btw, just nowhere near as many as there are ones filled with dangerous chemicals)

The last year and a half have shown me that health is a WHOLE PERSON operation. It involves a holistic approach aimed at integrating the mind, heart, and body.

So the lesson in all this? Let it begin and end with LOVE 💖💖💖

Carrie x


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Carrie Maya

Carrie Maya

Carrie Maya is an Australian memoirist, blogger, poetry slam champion, and editor. She has a background in journalism, manuscript development, and activism against religious abuse. Her work as a non-fiction writer has been praised by international, best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. In 2012, she released Charcoal and Red Lipstick--a collection of poems about the way femininity emerges from brutality. This was followed by the 2015 release of Chase Down Your Freedom--a memoir which documents her time in a Victorian-based cult, the aftermath of leaving, and the steps she took to get her life back. It has been well-received and has been the catalyst for people in religious sects to have the courage to leave. Currently, Carrie is studying her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology at Federation University, Australia.

My health journey began long before I started focusing on my physical health. It started with a commitment to learning what self-love is.


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