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We all have things as need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

I have written about finding and keeping that even keel. As a recovering anorexic, I have read A LOT on the subject and it is such a complex disease; linked very closely with depression, anxiety and the latest is that it has been linked in certain types of autistic expression. It really is fascinating and it gives me a lot of insight into myself and the triggers that led me to develop this often debilitating and insidious challenge.

Luckily for me, I have found many outlets that today give me the even keel that I have always needed and searched for; writing is such an anchor and stabilizing influence on my life. I look forward every day to share my thoughts with you, even when I have “nothing” to say. Putting thoughts on paper gets them out of my head and leaves my mind less cluttered, always a good thing, getting the excess whirling, churning noise out of your mind and finding calm.

The baking, the cooking and the gardening that I love doing, are equally important tools in my repertoire when it comes to keeping me happy and fulfilled. These activities may make me exhausted and nowadays I take care not to over do it, but they are so important to me. They serve as creative outlets and reflect another side of me that doesn’t come through in other ways.

I am so very lucky that I was given a second chance almost six years ago when I was in the hospital, to come back and find all of these ways to live my life in a better, more fulfilling way, a much more expressive way and a way that is full of promise and life.