Good News for Recovery + Life (December 2015) Learning to Be On Your Own Side I am always in awe right around this time of year. This is because I

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Good News for Recovery + Life (December 2015)


Learning to Be On Your Own Side


If I could capture in a single image how it feels to be on my own side, I would use this one of me with my baby tortoise, Malti.

I am always in awe right around this time of year.

This is because I realize: a) a whole year has just gone by, and b) a whole new year is just about to arrive.

Wow. When did all this happen?!

But in recent years my awe has increased as I've realized I am no longer looking to a fresh new year to solve all the issues and problems the tired old year didn't get around to dealing with.

I no longer wake up on January 1st, New Year's Day, hoping and expecting a miracle to have unfolded overnight.

This is because the miracle has already occurred - and it happened a long time ago.

The miracle occurred when I decided that, if I was going to have to spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with myself anyway, I wanted to be someone fun to hang out with!

Then I realized, I also wanted to be someone trustworthy....someone kind....someone supportive....someone mentoring....someone encouraging who continues to see the best in me, even (and especially) on my worst days.

In the very moment I made this decision, it began to happen.

In moments when I needed support, I found myself standing by my own side. In moments when criticism came at me, I was the one helping myself separate out what I needed to learn from the basic essence of who I am.

In moments of loss, I found myself hovering, eager to provide comfort. In moments of joy, I found in myself an equally eager celebrant.

This changed everything. It made life feel like LIFE, not just like existing.

It made being me a gift, a source of gratitude, a continual wonderment, a being I wanted to be.

It can do the same for you. And learning to be on your own side...well, this is the key.

With great respect and love - and Happy New Year!



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About Me & My Sidekicks, Pearl & Malti

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Me. Pearl.

Hi! It is so good to meet you here each month!

To learn more about my recovery story, I invite you to read "Beating Ana: how to outsmart your eating disorder and take your life back." In this book I share all the things I did to recover.

While writing "Beating Ana," I also founded MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders nonprofit mentoring community.

My newest book, "Love & Feathers: what a palm-sized parrot has taught me about life, love, and healthy self-esteem," is co-authored with my parrot, Pearl. The book focuses on the power of animal mentors in our lives.

Malti is my baby red-foot tortoise - she is a born adventurer and grand eater and you can visit her online at her website (below)!

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The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. -E.E. Cummings

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