Everyone invited! Greater Chicago Jewish Festival this Sunday, June 12 2022 11am-6pm music-dance-art-kosher food-family activities, `A Moment for Ukraine` & more —Swipe for more photos-images— On Instagram at ChiJewishFest JewishFestival.org
Two years ago today, I landed in Chicago for a 3 month trip.
The plan was to do IOP eatingrecovery and trauma therapy. And then go back to Israel and resume the life I had built there.
And wow has so much changed. I’m back in school. I have 2 more years sobriety. I haven’t been treatment in almost 2 years. Im still seeing the same therapist.
And slowly but surely, this city has taken over a large piece of my heart. I have built friendships. I have created a chosen family. I have learned my way around. I have my own space to live. (Shoutout to everyone that let me stay on their couch for the first few months 😅😅).
I believed for a very long time that I couldn’t live in America again. That I wouldn’t be able to go back to school. That I wouldn’t be able to stay sober.
But here I am. Living here. And maybe even… thriving.
So. Happy 2 years from the day I recommitted to myself and my recovery. And Happy 2 years Chicago. I guess we can be friends.
(Also enjoy this photo from before it was absolutely freezing)...
There’s a bunch of new people here after thecrankytherapist tagged me in a meme yesterday.
So it seems like a good time for an introduction!
My name is Barbara and I’m a 25 year old living in Chicago. I’m currently studying Secondary education at depaulu after taking time off.
I got sober at 21. Im in ED recovery. And therapy is one of my favorite things.
But more importantly: - I am SO proudly Jewish - I hold Israeli citizenship and love it with my whole heart - I post a lot of awkward selfies - my people are everything to me - I could eat pasta every day and be perfectly content
This account is my home. I’ve built it. And I maintain it.
With that said: - welcome! - you can rest here. - your whole self can breathe here. - but your antisemitism needs to be left at the door....
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