Posts tagged Eating Disorder Recovery
Why I Became a Boudoir Photographer and Body Image Coach | Vancouver, Canada

For so long I have shied away from sharing the truth of my soul and the path I have walked. I have muted the calling to be more, do more, give more to the world. I have tried to hide away, to disown, to ignore, and deny parts of myself. 

I love the work I do as a boudoir photographer and body image coach - it sets my soul ablaze.

But the fear in being seen while in my truth is one that runs deep. “What will people say? What if they hate me? What if I offend someone? What if nobody gets it and I’m alone in this world?” The thoughts sting and make me want to retreat into myself and hide away from the light.

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Here's the real love you need in your life | Vancouver Boudoir Photographer + Body Image Coach

Ahh, February 14th.

The day of the year that people shift their focus to love. 

...Queue eye roll.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love love.

The butterflies in your stomach. The rose coloured glasses. The way time slips away when you're spending time with that special someone. The sighs and fluttering eyes.

All those feel good feelings that circulate, keep you awake at night, and get the blood pumping are amazing.

But the fact of the matter is this:

We can only love another to the extent that we love ourselves first.

In order to really love another person, we need to love ourselves first.

How can that be?

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My Responsibility to You from 2018 Onward

With it being the first week of the year, it only feels right to start off with full transparency, and honesty with all of you incredible dames.

A few weeks ago, I was in the swing of things:

- I was creating. 
- I was in the flow.
- I was thriving.

...Things were GOOD.

Fast forward to today, and things feel distinctly different. My heart and head feel messy, fearful and uncertain. It's uncomfortable.

You see, as 2017 faded away I made the commitment to myself that as a multi-faceted woman I am (Read: Body image coach, Vancouver boudoir photographer expert, entrepreneur, wife, sister, artist, fill in the blank with your favourite adjective), I am no longer going to...

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Eating Disorder Recovery Session | Carissa's Testimonial

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of ANY mental illness. In order to help those who are struggling to seek help, we need to lift the stigma that surrounds them.

For myself, it took me years into my own recovery from anorexia to really open up to those around me about my journey. I've made it my mission to help lower the stigma surrounding eating disorders and shift into celebration of the recovery journey instead. Also knowing how much courage it takes to open up about the struggles that go hand in hand with eating disorders and body image issues, I am so moved by Carissa.

Carissa Shaul is a disordered eating coach and yoga instructor who took the time to roadtrip from Olympia, Washington, all the way up here to us in Vancouver, Canada. Her courage, strength and transformation throughout her recovery experience and straight on into her boudoir photoshoot was such a honour to witness and to share with all of you now in this interview!

Can you tell us a bit about your eating disorder (E.D.) history?

"Eating disorders are unique in that they aren’t like a physical ailment where there is an exact onset date. My journey with food and body issues began in 2009 when I...

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Eating Disorder Recovery Photoshoot | Nicole Testimonial

To anybody that has been following my work for any length of time (and to let those who haven't know), my greatest passion lies in working with women who are healing their relationship to their bodies. Those who have recovered from an eating disorder, have struggled with body image issues, or are shifting their relationship to food hold a special place in my heart.

As someone who spent close to a decade in the throws of an eating disorder before choosing recovery, I have so much empathy for these incredibly beautiful women. 

There is such an intense degree of strength, effort, commitment and a thousand other characteristics needed on the path to healthy self image. Being able to reflect that same strength and beauty back to my Recovery Session clients within their photoshoots here at Chelsey Luren Portraits is overwhelming.

My heart nearly bursts when I reflect on all of the women I have had the opportunity to work with.

This next warrior I am excited to feature is such a gem. 

I am so ecstatic to introduce Nicole Calla to all of you. Now add on being able to include her words about her own Recovery Session, and some of the images we created together... there are simply no words to describe it.

So without further ado, here is the Chelsey Luren Portraits interview with Nicole about her glamour session with us...

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Give Yourself Permission to Feel Good

"If it's important, you'll find a way. If it isn't, you find an excuse."

I've found from speaking with so many women - from growing up in a household full of women, from working with them daily, and from being one myself - that more often than not, women feel the need to have an excuse to feel good. Justifications and reasons for doing something...

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How to Realize Your Own Self Worth and Value

“It’s not your job to like me - it’s mine." — Byron Katie

I came across this quote from Byron Katie and it felt so fitting for the entire message I always try to put forward not only as an entrepreneur, but as a woman in this world. 

The honesty of this statement is overwhelming. It can be so easy to put the burden of our self value in the hands...

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Recovery Session Client Testimonial - Sarah

As a women who had eating disorders as a part of my life for over a decade, the Recovery Sessions that I offer are the work that I am most passionate about. Being able to give back and help the women who are where I once stood through my work, is a true privilege and honour.

I am honoured to being to sharing my interview with Sarah with all of you today...

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If You Struggle With Body Image, This is For You

I've been giving a lot of thought to the message I want to put out there to all of my readers on the Chelsey Luren Portraits blog.

"What would my readers like to hear? What do they really care about? What can I give to them?"

It then occurred to me that I had not even properly defined who it was that I wanted to connect with through my blog or through...

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Samantha Skelly Testimonial | Eating Disorder Recovery Photoshoot Review

Samantha Skelly is the owner and founder of Hungry for Happiness, a business that specifically helps women recovering from eating disorders and body image issues. Through her coaching, she is able to help women heal their relationship to food and their bodies. 

The work that she does never ceases to amaze me and I am so honoured to...

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