Defining Happiness

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
I've only ever shared this story with a few close friends. It's something that means a lot to me and took courage to write. Come share the journey with me -- my journey to define happiness

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The Perfect Body

Submitted: December 27, 2006

I've only ever shared this story with a few close friends. It's something that means a lot to me and took courage to write. Come share the journey with me -- my journey to define happiness Read Chapter

Submitted: December 28, 2006

I once sang in a choir, an excellent one in fact; it was reputed to be one of the best in the entire city where I lived. One day I was in... Read Chapter

A New Life

Submitted: December 30, 2006

The month was August of 2004. Home schooling was finished and I entered a whole new world - high school. Along with new surroundings, new... Read Chapter

A Good Friend

Submitted: January 01, 2007

The first day I had ever come to public school was scary. I had no idea what it would be like, who to sit with at lunch, who to walk with... Read Chapter

A Healthy Plan

Submitted: January 03, 2007

Whitney's plan was simple. All it required was eating healthy foods, like vegetables, fruits, or maybe something organic, plus five minut... Read Chapter

Gym Class

Submitted: January 04, 2007

Despite my slight changes in weight through Whitney’s plan, I noticed myself growing. Perhaps it was just happening because I was getti... Read Chapter

Skipping Meals

Submitted: January 09, 2007

Once I realized how much I wanted to lose weight and didn't care if I was only gaining it because I was growing, I decided to try my last... Read Chapter


Submitted: January 13, 2007

About a month or two before the end of my freshman year, after trying Whitney's diet, my extreme diet, and hoping that friends would help... Read Chapter

My Secret

Submitted: January 14, 2007

Once Bobbi had helped me get through my period of depression, I started to feel better. Even though my body wasn't cooperating the way I ... Read Chapter

Temporary Success

Submitted: January 18, 2007

My freshman year was finally over. The summer was just beginning and I had just arrived at the orthodontist for my appointment. As I walk... Read Chapter

Summer of Books

Submitted: February 07, 2007

A small chapter of enormous proportions. Read Chapter

Summer Camp

Submitted: April 02, 2007

Towards the end of my freshman summer, in the month of July, I went to college camp again. It was my third year there and I had picked ou... Read Chapter

Spilling the Beans

Submitted: August 02, 2007

When the school year began - my sophomore year - I was pretty hopeful. It was a chance to start things over again, to try new things and ... Read Chapter

New Confidantes

Submitted: August 22, 2007

In my sophomore English class, my favorite class that year, our teacher Ms. Kendrick had a system where she would put us into groups of 4... Read Chapter

Debate Girl

Submitted: August 22, 2007

Last year, for the first time, I decided to join the debate team. In 9th grade, my friend Elizabeth Puckett, a girl who used to ride my b... Read Chapter

Tackling the Giant

Submitted: August 23, 2007

One of the seemingly impossible obstacles in my life has always been something mst girls love: clothes. Not that I have bad fashion (at l... Read Chapter

Three Friends

Submitted: August 23, 2007

That same year, I'd become friends with several girls in my band class: Danielle, Lindsay and Adriana. Danielle was the gorgeous one, the... Read Chapter

The Beauty Pageant

Submitted: August 25, 2007

I was watching the school announcements one day - cheesy as they are - and there was one thing that caught my attention: a beauty pagea... Read Chapter


Submitted: December 28, 2007

The summer following my sophomore year, I had a lot of plans. I wanted to change my life for the better - apparently that was the recurri... Read Chapter

Step by Step

Submitted: December 28, 2007

I used to think I needed to heal at a specific time. I kept waiting for that one perfect experience, that one moment where my past would ... Read Chapter

Swallowing the Monster Whole

Submitted: December 29, 2007

I really thought I had tackled the issue of clothes back in tenth grade.I couldn’t have been more wrong.I hadn’t factored in Danielle... Read Chapter

The Reason Why

Submitted: December 29, 2007

Over time as I began to obsess over my body more and more, I couldn’t avoid asking myself the one question I really didn’t want to an... Read Chapter

The Nudge

Submitted: December 29, 2007

New friends pop up when you least expect them, but when you need them most.At least, that was how it worked for me.Raina was a girl I bar... Read Chapter