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Happy New Year, Trench Dwellers!

A new year, 2017, is here and brings with it the season of new beginnings. Winter in the Midwest can be depressing with the bitter cold, cloudy skies, and the sun setting way too early. But the new year offers hope. Hope of the possibilities of a better year. Hope for dreams to come to fruition. Hope for positive change from positive actions. We are starting a new series this week, and the common theme among these stories is hope. The women sharing these stories don't have it all together. They haven't figured out the secrets of life, but they have a shining hope that has helped them move through their trenches.

Our first week of the Do You? series begins with the topic of food addiction and struggling with weight. My friend, Melissa, and I share our life-long struggles with food, weight scales, and shame. We have spent many New Year's Eves stating our resolution to finally get healthy, to finally get off the food addiction roller coaster. We would make plans, start off strong, and then at some point get thwarted; those strong plans would not only go out the window but lead us right back to the very place of shame and depression that we vowed against. Melissa and I have taken different approaches to tackle this food addiction beast once and for all, and we will be sharing the paths we have chosen.

We are looking for women to submit their brave trench stories for the Do You? series. Watch the video Britni and I made introducing the series, designed around writing prompts:

  • Do you feel the weight of loss and grief?
  • Do you call yourself a survivor of abuse?
  • Do you know the battle of addiction?
  • Do you wake up every morning in physical pain?
  • Do you struggle with anxiety and panic attacks?

If you relate to any of those questions, please know that you are not alone. Share your spark. Share your story. Get started by telling us about yourself and your trench: storiesfromthetrenches.org/stories

Jen G.
Founder, Stories from the Trenches

Jen's Journal

During Christmas Break, we took our girls to see the movie Sing. The story is about an almost washed-up theater owner who decides to host a singing competition to help bring in revenue to save this theater. I absolutely love the underlying themes of this movie: Believe in yourself. Dream big. You CAN do it. Take chances. These are themes I hope I can live out in 2017, that I want to remember in those moments when I feel stuck or fearful. I should probably stick this movie quote up on my (fictional) office wall for the coming year: "Don't let fear stop you from doing the thing you love."

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Video: Do You? Series Introduction