Kendall Freeman, a third-year accounting student, shares her eating disorder journey with transparency. Even though she’s getting a degree, she hopes to instead find a way to make a career out of pursuing her passion of helping people. She hopes to make it easier for those still struggling in recovery by showing the difficulties she faced and how she overcame them. She updates her daily eating habits with 3,500 followers on Instagram and 3,100 followers on TikTok.
Kendall wants others to stop thinking about what people think of them, and instead do what is best for them and their own journey. She wants them all to focus on the process of recovery. Kendall gave a four words formula attributed to her success- empathy, dedication, compassion, and understanding. Having battling an eating disorder herself, she has tremendous empathy for those still struggling. She is dedicated to spreading awareness and pushing others to begin recovery. Finally, her compassion and understanding allow her to advice and words of encouragement.
It is visible from Freeman’s following that she is climbing the ladder to her success. Her TikTok gained a notable audience in four months. She considers her social media and podcasts a great success, and hopes to continue them into a career. However, success comes with barriers, and currently she is working hard to secure partnerships with brands that she admires. It’s proved to be a battle finding those brands that are willing to take a chance that doesn’t have a massive following yet, but isn’t going to quit trying.
Kendall is dedicated to encouraging others to break barriers and make an effort to recover. Her hardworking nature helped her gain a significant number of followers. Her dedication can be seen in her content. According to her, she spends hours creating content after coming back from a busy day at school without getting paid a dime. Even though she hopes to turn this into a career, she is so passionate about helping others then that means she will continue at this even if it’s not financially benefitting her. To Kendall, hearing from someone that she helped them out is just as valuable as currency.
In one of her Instagram posts, she says, “recovery is a lifelong journey.” With that lifelong journey she plans to continue to share her struggles and wins while inspiring others along the way. Her “normal-not-so-fabulous-life” tends to be something people can easily relate to. Unlike other influencers, she thrives on giving the raw image of her struggles. Kendall is bringing her everyday struggles to the table instead of a glamorous rather fake lifestyle.