Archive for February 15, 2018

The canvas and the painter

By Liz Parroquin

"Know your worth. Then add tax."


We invest billions into a message telling us we are not good enough.

We diet to lose weight

because we are told to look a certain way. Did you know?

Dieting is the behavior that most often leads to an eating disorder.

Feed your body what it needs and wants,

not a culture selling you an industry to profit from your pain.

Why lose yourself to look like not yourself; tell me, what do you gain

In allowing yourself to be painted by the eyes of another

Who claims to know art?

To my fellow human beings, women, men, trans, and the indefinable…

You are enough.

You set the stakes.

You choose how to look, what to wear, how to be.

You make yourself according to your standards.

If the world is too small to see your beauty,

the world does not deserve you at your natural.

You are simultaneously the canvas and the painter.

The world can provide the paint, but

they cannot tell us how to stroke the brush.



This week’s blog posts are sponsored by our 2018 unmaskED Gala sponsors Polaris, Frank & Janelle Schlick, and Greene Espel PLLP.  

The Deep Sea

By Nicole Kemmet

Lost in the deep.
Lost in the sea.
Lost in the fear of my reality.
Where do I go?
Am I beginning to grow?
I have not seen clearly since I left my home.
What is home?
Is home a true statement?
Am I really in a home?
Going nowhere fast
and still feel like my treading lacks.
Roll back.
There is more to life than the anemone.
Roll back.
When you love for free you receive.
You must listen and you must dream.
For if you don’t you will be lost at sea.
It’s only as scary as you make it seem.
Take a risk.
Take a dive.
Time to go back in time.
Roll back.
Life is only as scary as you make it seem.



This week’s blog posts are sponsored by our 2018 unmaskED Gala sponsors The Excelsior Group, Riverbridge Partners, Nyne Partners LP.



Molly’s Self-Care Tips

This week’s blog post is sponsored by our 2018 unmaskED Gala sponsors Dirk Miller & Jennifer Cramer-Miller, Premier; 292 Design Group, Platinum; Stinson Leonard Street, Gold.

Hello! I’m Molly. I’m a 20-year old college student, and I’m a new volunteer blog writer here at The Emily Program Foundation. Throughout my own personal journey towards recovery, I’ve come to realize how truly important it is to take time for self-care. This has the ability to greatly improve your mental health, and take you even further on your own journey to recovery. Today, I’d like to share a few tips on how to take better care of your body, mind, and soul, so that you too can steadily and successfully recover.


In my own experience, journaling is a wonderful way to begin practicing self-care, specifically for the mind. You can start by going out and getting yourself a journal, or even a notepad/book (it doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive) grab a pen, and open up to the first page. When you have an extra minute to take out of your day, or feel as if you need some sort of escape from your daily stressors, open the journal and write. The wonderful thing about journaling, is that it is 100% up to you what it contains. Write about what you did each day; write about your moods and how they influenced your day; keep track of the dreams you have and how they make you feel; write about what you’re grateful for; write about what makes you happy or sad; write about absolutely anything! Physically seeing the things in your head being put on paper, can be incredibly calming. You’re able to close the journal and stow it away, knowing it is kept safe. This helps especially when you need to journal your negative thoughts. I personally filled up an entire journal over the course of about a year, from when I was first seeking help for my eating disorder, to when I finally felt as if my journey came to a close. I was able to look back on how far I had come, and how strong I was at that point in time! Give journaling a try, and see if it’s able to help you too.

(Guided) Meditation

My former therapist had introduced meditation to me, and at first, I was way too antsy to sit still and focus. However, once I got the hang of it, it became such an amazing activity to use for self-care. Free guided meditation audio recordings can be found all over the internet, and a lot of them are made specifically for things like anxiety, self-love, gratitude, and even sleep. If you have maybe 10 minutes to spare in your day, simply find a comfortable spot to sit in a chair or even a place to lay on the floor, close your eyes, and begin. Meditation easily allows you to clear your head, and focus solely on inhaling and exhaling. It truly brings you to a peaceful state-of-mind, where you’re able to escape from reality, for just a small amount of time. Adding this to your daily routine, can most definitely benefit you, your friends and/or your family who may be recovering as well.

Treat Yourself!

Every once in a while, it feels really great, even empowering to treat yourself. That applies to a variety of things as well. Treating yourself could mean spending a night in with yourself or with a loved one, splurging on a nice manicure/pedicure, taking a bath with some epsom salts or a bath bomb, or even taking time out of your day to rest/nap! Remember that it IS okay to put yourself first. It’s okay to make yourself feel good. It’s okay to take the time out of your day to check-in with yourself and make sure you’re doing alright. I said it once, and I will say it again: self-care is so important. It’s very important to practice on your journey to recovery. I hope the tips I shared with you today helped shed some light on how to take better care of your mind and body, and hopefully you’re able to incorporate them into your day-to-day!


Much love,