We had the good fortune of connecting with Blake Freedom and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Blake, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I’m an Eating Disorder Recovery Coach and “The Queen of EFT,” having taught tens of thousands of women how to heal their relationship with food and their body over the past decade through online summits, speaking engagements and with private clients.

I started my business to help other women who have struggled to fully recover from their eating disorder, as I have almost 11 years of full recovery. Almost half the women who get treatment do not experience full recovery and continue to struggle.

As someone who has been through multiple in-patient treatment centers, I have taken the tools I’ve learned through my own experience and personal development journey, and have created a method that is holistic, dealing with the core issues that cause the coping mechanism (the eating disorder and addiction).

As I continue this journey of helping women, I see myself creating traveling healing festivals, taking my method and team from city to city across the country and then across the globe to give women an in-person experience of what it means to live fully free. I then see myself creating an online membership program to continue the journey of healing in community.

As a singer-songwriter and speaker, I see myself performing on-stage, inviting other inspirational and recovery speakers, co-writing music and recording live performances and releasing albums of inspiration. I will have several books published with stories, inspirations and how-to tips.

My partner and I will teach our audience how to eat vegan in a healthy way and change their relationship with food. We will have dance parties and sessions that honor the body and the goddess within.

I don’t see my career ever ending, but more of a growth and evolution where my purpose continues to be to help people as long as I’m alive. I see my community continuing to grow as we spread a new message that full recovery is possible and real, increasing the percentage of women who are completely released from their eating disorder. We will transform the current ideas around recovery and bring our method to recovery centers around the world while creating our own centers and retreats as well.

What should our readers know about your business?
I help women break free from eating disorders and bring their dreams to life. I started this journey a few years after my graduation from an in-patient treatment center for my own anorexia and suicidality. I found myself doing better than many women I had been in the center with, and knowing the success rate was less than 50%, I felt like I had some sort of answer that others hadn’t figured out yet. I wanted to share my story, my tools and my process with others. I created a program and was successful helping several women in my private coaching. I began speaking and teaching to large audiences and my career began taking off.

Back then – before Instagram – there were about four of us online coaching in eating disorder recovery, myself included. There were no Instagram brands, influencers, “positive body image movement,” conversations about different body types or awareness around mental health. I was one of the few actually having the conversation publicly aimed at helping other women heal their eating disorders.

I was active on my YouTube channel, creating videos with a combination of EFT Tapping and body image breakthroughs. My specialization was eating disorder healing through EFT Tapping. I was the only one who was doing the two together. There were EFT Tapping teachers that focused on other areas of life, but none that specially helped eating disorders.

I posted a video I was quite proud of – talking about pleasure and how we cannot experience it unless we are grounded in our body which is crucial to recovery. I experienced my first troll who commented: “you are disgusting, no one would want you, you should just go jump off a cliff and k-ll yourself.” I was devastated. It triggered something in me. I had been bullied badly all my life up until college, to the point where I had switched schools several times and even had plastic surgery hoping people would stop making fun of my ‘big nose’ (which they did not, I instead became known as ‘the girl who had a nose job’.) I thought I had finally escaped the bullies. I felt incredibly confident in my body and life, but the YouTube troll took me back to that teenage girl who felt out of place, wanting to be invisible.

I deleted the comment, but they came back posting more mean things. I finally disabled comments on the video, but the internal damage had been done.

After that, I stopped making videos. I stopped marketing my business, I fell into a hole of depression. My long-term relationship ended, I lost everything and had to move back in with family across the country. Here I was, living in my favorite part of the country (San Diego), living near the beach, building my dream business, surrounded by friends and a wonderful community, to losing it all and moving to a town I didn’t want to be in (Marietta, GA), numb from culture shock.

I had to completely start over, reinvent myself and get back to the core of who I was. Thankfully my tools in my recovery remained strong, but I still struggled with internal demons and began smoking cannabis more, wanting a relief from the stress of life and my job.

Years went by, and deep down I wanted to return to my coaching practice – but I felt stuck. I was making progress in my happiness, but slowly. I was offered a job to move to my home state of Colorado and after much consideration, I took it. I started over in a role I had never done before, which was exciting while also monotonous. I moved into my own apartment, living alone for the first time in a decade.

Still taking steps forward, I began taking private clients, excited at helping them grow. Things changed with my job and I found myself working at a restaurant. I was still smoking cannabis and wanted to stop, but truly struggled with the addiction. As a taboo subject, I didn’t want to speak openly about my struggle. Most people don’t believe you can be addicted to cannabis (you can). So I began an EFT Tapping challenge and did an IG Live every day, tapping on a different topic each day for 30 days. It changed my life, and changed the lives of people who attended. People were watching my videos, tapping on themselves and then teaching others how to tap to receive anxiety.

I knew it was a new beginning for me and that I was finally getting my sparkle back.

Then COVID happened. I was laid off, the economy changed and I found myself in shock, like everyone else.

A gift came through this pandemic for me, and I re-started a relationship with family that I hadn’t been in touch with for almost a decade. We slowly began healing the wounded parts of our relationship and became closer than ever before. I shifted my mindset, I began to live with intention again, I chose to see things differently. I upgraded my apartment, I finally came out to myself and my family as a Lesbian. I felt like I was finally able to let go of the chains holding me back and come back into myself.

I began participating in online programs again, building a community of other entrepreneurs. I shared my story and I began being asked to interviews and podcasts to share what I had been through and how others could find the healing path that I did.

Finally, I opened my coaching practice again. I have experienced more growth in the past year than I have in the past ten. The parts of me that were fragmented have healed and come together. I opened up about depression I experienced in January and how prescribed therapeutic IV Ketamine treatments changed my life. I started connecting with women who have still struggled in their eating disorder and found I am needed now, more than ever. My fear that I had missed out on a decade of growth in my business dissolved. I realized I am exactly where I need to be.

Though it has been awful for so many people, and I have had my own challenges, I am grateful for the pandemic and the push it gave me to step more fully into myself. It was a pressure that I now see I needed to become a diamond.

Today I have proudly lived 2.5 years without cannabis. I have been Vegan for almost 2 years. I don’t struggle with addiction anymore, and I am able to speak openly about my story and receive interview requests as a result.

I am reaching more women (and people) than I ever have before and am so grateful to be on this journey that lights up my soul and spreads a fire of hope across the lives of those who are struggling.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here in Denver I would take them to Capitol Hill and my favorite vegan restaurant Watercourse Foods. It is so delicious you would never know it was vegan food. We would walk the park and explore the boutique shops, old school bookstores and New Age stores.

Then we would head to Voodoo Donuts on Colfax for some dessert. They have a large selection of vegan donuts – my favorite is the vegan Voodoo doll (filled with raspberry jam!).

Another day we would get up early for a sunrise yoga class on the steps of Red Rocks Amphitheater. We would visit the coffee shop nearby for coffee and breakfast. A nice shower and some relaxing quality time playing a card game or puzzle while I make a delicious vegan dinner.

Then after a good night’s sleep we would head to one of the lakes nearby and kayak, go for a swim and enjoy the water, weather permitting. In Autumn, we’d head into the mountains for a beautiful long hike, taking our time and enjoying the nature around us, taking photos, acting silly. In Winter, we would drive up to Snowmass for some easy snowboarding and hot cocoa.

Another day we would leave early to make the 4 hour drive to Glenwood Springs to soak in one of 12 hot springs along the Colorado river. We’d stop for lunch on the way and spend the night up there, exploring their small shops the next day as we head back on the beautiful drive.

Finally I would bring my family and friends together for a lovely dinner and game night. We would laugh, joke around and get competitive with our card games like Exploding Kittens. Some rest and recuperation before the trip back home.

If we were in San Diego, I would first take them to Ocean Beach where we would walk down Mainstreet, stop for a burrito and walk the beach barefoot, taking in the water, birds and people. We would find a good spot to sit and people watch while feeling the cool mist in our face.

We would visit my favorite sushi and tapas bar, or maybe the Pho place down the street for dinner and head home to wash up before heading downtown for a walk and some exploration.

I would look into what music and comedy was happening and put that on our schedule.

We would of course make beach time a priority a few days, I would take them to a few secret beach spots I know of in Ocean or Mission Beach.

We might even make a drive up to Los Angeles to see some friends and family and walk the Venice Beach boardwalk (depending on traffic of course).

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank Dr. Joe Vitale (also known as “Mr. Fire”) for introducing me to EFT Tapping through his Miracles Coaching Program. This tool truly transformed my life and was a big part of why I was able to fully recover from my eating disorder and carry the teachings forward for over a decade.

I want to thank Rhonda Byrne for creating the film “The Secret” and bringing together amazing teachers and speakers from around the world. I believe this was when I had my Spiritual Awakening that sent me on a path of healing, even though I had many obstacles to overcome to get to true freedom and healing.

I couldn’t have fully recovered without the Mirasol Treatment Center in Tucson, Arizona. They gave me a safe space to feel and process my trauma, taught me how to get back into my body and accept myself, and gave me tools that I was able to apply to my life and recovery that I still use today. I also want to recognize the incredible women I was there with, that helped me see my shadow self and were brave enough to show their own pain so that I could move through mine too. That center and group was invaluable and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.

I also want to thank every person out there who is coaching and helping people build businesses and transform lives. I have spent five figures on my personal development and business education – and everything I’ve learned in each training, course and talk has helped me build a life of transformation. The options we now have to learn outside of traditional schooling is such a gift, and every person doing this work in a genuine way is truly making the world a better place to live in.

A big thank you to my close friends and family who believed in me when I wasn’t able to. The support we have in our direct circle is what drives us forward and I couldn’t have done it without the people closest to me.

Finally, I want to thank Coco Cabrel for introducing me to you and giving me the opportunity to share my story!

Website: https://www.blakefreedom.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/blakefreedom

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyY2Y5RGGj50WtCMF_d0DOg

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