July Good News: You Can Become the Person You Want to Be The other day I caught myself saying these words out loud: Today, I am so much closer than

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July Good News: You Can Become the Person You Want to Be


This includes us - you and me. We need (and deserve!) our own kindness too.

The other day I caught myself saying these words out loud:

Today, I am so much closer than I ever have been before to becoming the person I want to be.


I seriously impressed myself.

Not just for having the guts and the honesty to state my truth, but also for recognizing that this IS the truth, and for being able to look at the past-present picture of me and predict such a positive future for myself.

I was all kinds of proud of myself for that. :-)

But the real truth is, I can still remember a time in my life - many years in fact - when I honestly hated who I was.

I didn't think I would ever turn out to be anybody worth being.

I looked for ways to help others to justify the space I took up....somehow assuming that if I didn't "pay rent" on my life, it would be taken away and given to someone much more deserving.

Today I know that the real me - the me I thought I would never be able to be - has been inside me all along.

I wish I had known that earlier.

I wish I had known I would someday be proud to be who I am becoming.

I wish I had known I have had it in me all along.

So I am telling you now, here, just in case you don't know this yet either.

You totally CAN be the you that you want to be.

That person is inside you RIGHT NOW.

You are already that person - even as you strive and struggle and grow and fall and get up again and doubt and hope and try again.....

You are the amazing person you can only dream of being one day.

And I am so glad to know you!!

With great respect and love,



This month in Good News:

Support Emi Berger's Campaign to Raise Funds for Recovery!
Inspiration for Beating Ana (and Mia, and Ed)
Invite Me to Speak to Your Group!
RSVP now for a FREE teleconference with Becca Shrier
Love & Feathers: "Tail in the Air Dining"
Mentoring & Recovery Blog: "When Your Body Feels Like a Costume You Didn't Choose"
Participate in Vital Eating Disorders Research
Take Good News & Pass it On


LAST CHANCE - Emi Rides July 27th!!


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Support Emi Berger's Indiegogo Campaign!

On July 27, 2014, eating disorder survivor and MentorCONNECT board member Emi Berger will ride, run, and swim in Lake Placid Ironman.

Her goal in attempting this amazing dream event?

She wants to raise funds for MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders nonprofit mentoring organization.

YOU can help to support Emi's amazing Ironman event - and also help her to support those who are recovering from eating disorders.

==> Click HERE to read Emi's personal story

==> Click HERE to learn more and give!

Watch Emi's "Ironwoman Dreamer" video!


Watch Emi's inspirational video and meet a woman who RECOVERED!


Inspiration for Beating Ana (and Mia and Ed)

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I too can live an amazing life. I too can be my own best friend.

I too can have the adventure of a lifetime at my own side.

QUOTE from Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back


Invite Me to Speak to Your Group!

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"Beauty Undressed" is not your ordinary eating disorders event.

In fact, it is not really about eating disorders at all, but about how we as individuals and as a culture view and express beauty in the course of our everyday lives.

Eating disorders are serious bio-psycho-social illnesses that are estimated to affect up to 10% of the population. However, nearly 100% of the population (that is, us) struggles with unhealthy eating habits, body shame, and insecurity whenever we look in a mirror.

This is why "Beauty Undressed" is a program for all of us.

With "Beauty Undressed", teens and adults, women and men, students and staff come together around one of the centralizing issues of our culture today:

Beauty. What is it? Who has it? Who decides?

To learn more about "Beauty Undressed" and Shannon's other campus programs, click HERE


RSVP Now for MentorCONNECT's* "Eating Disorder Recovery Based on Truth-Telling “Aha” Moments:" A Teleconference with Becca Shrier"


Becca Shrier

Date: Wed, August 13, 2014
Event: MentorCONNECT Teleconference
Open to: all - general audience
Cost: free*
Presenter: Becca Shrier
Time: 8-9pm central time

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Becca Shrier’s amazing narrative began four years ago when she was in a chaotic living arrangement and working at a job that was more of a nightmare than a dream. Excessive work hours were constant. Bills were piling up. Roommate issues caused sleepless nights and required her to lock up her personal belongings. During that time Becca did all she could to “manage” the eating disorder thoughts and behaviors she had already worked hard to overcome. Little did she know these home and work roadblocks were the very things that kept her from the kind of full-fledged recovery she had long desired.

Then, in a window of just six months, the whispers of truth Becca needed to hear got louder and louder until she finally found the courage to step up and make two profoundly difficult yet important decisions: she moved out and she found a new job. Today she is confident these are the specific milestone decisions that served as her springboard from a partial recovery to a full recovery.

During this hour-long FREE Teleconference, Becca will share with listeners why she believes the challenging situations she once faced were clear demonstrations of two key truths: she wanted more for herself and she deserved more for herself. Today, she refuses to be a victim of circumstance ever again.

If you or someone you love is stuck in the struggle of an eating disorder, feeling unheard, unimportant, or a victim of circumstance, this teleconference is especially for you.

PRESENTER BIO: Becca Shrier is the IT Director for MentorCONNECT. As a versatile writer, web designer, and digital media expert, Becca has provided technical support for individuals, small businesses, and corporations since 2003. With her passion for service, Becca uses her technical know-how, customer service skills, and empathy to provide a premium level of support, allowing her clients to focus on the work they do without being bogged down by technical difficulties. She channels her energy into creative pursuits, primarily writing, music, and art. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her two cats, Hayley and Comet.


*MentorCONNECT is a non-profit organization and all programs and services are offered on a no-fee basis. To make a tax-deductible donation to support great free events like these, click HERE

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Wow! I can already tell this dish is going to be good by the lovely presentation.

Tail in the Air Dining

In France, it is not considered at all unseemly to show your appreciation for fine cuisine with a robust post-meal belch.

But if you are lucky enough to have feathers, you know the belch is for beginners.

Why disturb your delicate digestion when a much simpler (and undeniably more elegant) signal will do?

This is called “Tail in the Air Dining.”

Here, simply sticking your tail straight up in the air is like holding up the perfect “10″ card at the culinary Olympics.

With this system, the farther up in the air the tail extends, the higher the score.

==> To read the full post click HERE

==> To follow Love & Feathers click HERE


I love this quote. It reminds me that what I see - in others, in me - is always just a part of the whole story.

When Your Body Feels Like a Costume You Didn't Choose

This month has been a month of interesting contemplations …. specifically, about the costumes we wear and how we relate to ourselves and others when those costumes look different.

For instance, my brother and his wife recently added a new little one to our all-Caucasian family – a sweet, brave, chubby Chinese infant who just set foot on American soil for the first time last month.

In the same month, one of my dearest friends has returned home to Houston to build a counseling practice supporting LGBT kids, teens, and young adults.

And my personal dreams lately have been full of memories of my long journey away from anorexia and bulimia and towards fully recovered life….a journey I consider to be still “in progress.”

So when I happened across a recent article in Time that focused on the plight of transgendered persons in America, it hit me right in the heart.

As I read about how transgender, transvestite, and transsexual individuals have been mis-addressed and mis-labeled through the DSM (the Diagnostic Standards Manual – a worldwide “bible” of sorts for diagnosing and treating mental illness) it reminded me of my own struggles with how eating disorders in the DSM have been repeatedly re-labeled and often mis-labeled, and how that has affected my experience of seeking support, treatment, and recovery over the years.

One line in the Time article especially caught my attention – a comment by women’s and gender studies professor Elizabeth Reis (University of Oregon):

Most people are happy in the gender that they’re raised. They don’t wake up every day questioning if they are male or female.

The article continues with author Katy Steinmetz commenting:

For many trans people, the body they were born in is a suffocating costume they are unable to take off.”

Over the years I have talked with and met so many folks who can relate – but not because they are “trans” in some way that is specific to body parts or gender.

Some of the people I’ve met who feel trapped in a costume they didn’t order and so they want a smaller costume. Others want a larger costume. Some people want a costume that is shaped differently. Still others want a younger or older costume, or a costume that comes with a different story, life, partner, or family attached to it.

In some way, we all feel “different” – oh so very different – inside our “costumes.”

==> To read the full blog post, click HERE

==> To follow Mentoring & Recovery click HERE

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Help Others Heal by Participating in Life Saving Eating Disorders Research!

MentorCONNECT is proud to be collaborating with one of the world's pre-eminent eating disorder researchers, Dr. Walter Kaye, and his research team at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD).

Dr. Kaye and his team are interested in studying the positive traits of eating disorder recovery and learning from recovered persons how eating disorders develop and what recovering people need in order to heal!

Do You Want to Help Others Heal? Then Read This!

p.s. all expenses are paid and additional compensation is provided for accepted research participants


Take Good News & Pass It On!

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About Me

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Me. Pearl.

Hi! Thanks for reading "Good News" - I hope you enjoyed this month's edition. :-)

If you want to learn more about my story of recovery, I invite you to check out "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 from my eating disorder.

As part of writing "Beating Ana," I also founded MentorCONNECT, the first global eating disorders nonprofit mentoring community. MentorCONNECT exists to give others the experience of mentoring that saved my life.

==> To connect with me: www.shannoncutts.com

==> To connect with my beautiful and loud sidekick, Pearl: loveandfeathers.com

See you next month with more Good News!

With all my best,


p.s. Remember, there is always a reason to have hope! If I could beat my eating disorder, then YOU CAN TOO.


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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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