Each year, The Center for Eating Disorders sponsors a Fall Outreach Event to help promote messages about eating disorder recovery, awareness and prevention within the community. Last October, we were proud to host best-selling author, advocate and recovery role model, Jenni Schaefer. Jenni spoke about her own experience with an eating disorder and about her latest book Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life. While its been almost eight months since Jenni’s presentation here in Baltimore, we know that the summer season can offer specific challenges related to eating disorder recovery, and so it seemed like a good opportunity for us to share some motivational moments from the presentation. Check out these short, inspirational clips from Jenni’s talk – we hope that watching them might help others to stay focused on saying “Goodbye to Ed” too!
Are you or someone you love working hard on recovery from an eating disorder? Jenni speaks about “mediocre stages of recovery” in this clip and offers a little perspective on why its worth it to keep going.
Have you ever felt that you have to be unhappy or that you were “born to be miserable”? You certainly aren’t alone. In this clip Jenni talks about breaking away from this belief and adding joy back into life.
What is recovery about for you?
For everyone who could use a little ongoing motivation – check out Jenni Schaefer’s Recovery Support Blog as well as her regular blog contributions to The Huffington Post which often span the topics of eating disorders, recovery and dating. And if you’re curious about that guitar she was talking about or the song she sang later in her presentation- check out her website for the lyrics.
Many thanks to Jenni Schaefer for continuing to inspire so many people and for being a role model not just in recovery but in living a balanced and joyful life.
Appointed to the Ambassador Council of the National Eating Disorders Association, Jenni Schaefer is a singer/songwriter, speaker, and author of Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too(McGraw-Hill) and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life(McGraw-Hill 2009). She is a consultant with Center For Change in Orem, Utah. For more information: www.jennischaefer.com