Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I don't do that whole normal thing

So I'm not really sure why I wanted to start a blog, but here I am. I've read some food blogs in the past and I always loved reading about the bloggers' lives as well as their food. So I decided I would share my journey with you. I'm and 18 year old American, but I have lived in Hong Kong for most of my life. I'm currently finishing up a gap year before I go to College in the US next year, where I plan to study Chemistry. I love hiking, playing sports, cooking, and, well, Science (Yes, I'm a nerd).

I suspect that a central theme will be my struggles with an Eating Disorder. In Febuary I pleaded with my parents to let me go to residential treatment in the US. I did and it was the best experience I've ever had. 5 weeks later, I was back at home and now, 5 months after I started my journey towards recovery, I'm going strong.

As for the title of the blog, let me explain. When I was in treatment everyone talked about how "normal" people did things. How would a normal person react? How does a normal person eat? When I got home I quickly realized that I am NOT normal, nor do I want to be! I set my own standards for what is normal for ME. Now, of course, for my eating and exercise habits, I do want to adhere to a more publically accepted standard for normal. But in the rest of my life, I want to feel free to break norms. Not because I want to be different, but because I want to be ME. And I feel better when I am. So join me on my journey to discovery who I am and who I want to be.


  1. hey Ellie!
    thank you so much for your comment on my blog today -- i really appreciate you reading :)!

    Welcome to blog world and I can't wait to learn more about you!

    lots of love,
    Jenny :)

  2. Ellie, I love the name of your blog. I heard in a treatment center once, "normal is only a setting on a washing machine." :)

    I've just started a blog too, if you want to check it out.

  3. Just curious, where did you go to treatment?