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Shannon Cutts

Mentoring, Recovery and YOU

Circa 2001: Me with my long-time (and sometimes long-suffering) wonderful mentor to this day, Lynn We are all recovering from something. Life. Love. Lack. Loss. Not to mention all those big and small “oops” moments that linger long after we’ve fled the scene. But through it all – in the midst of it all even - we rarely (and actually never, I suspect) are without help. Better yet, most often it is not even a matter of locating a guide to help us get from Point Then to Point Now and beyond. Rather, it is more simply a matter of becoming aware of the help that is already close at hand so we can then make the choice to accept it. Case in point - right now, stop and think of one situation where, for a time at least, you really, honestly, thoroughly believed, “No way, no how am I going to get through this one.” Then think of one or more of the folks who deserve at least partial credit for leading, guiding, or dragging you successfully and safely from then to now. This is what is called “mentoring”.


Celebrity Mentors

In Mentoring, Relationships Replace Eating Disorders

I so enjoyed a recent chance to share more about my work in mentoring for eating disorders recovery with Ashley Solomon, PsyD, who publishes the wonderful "Nourishing the Soul" blog. I thought I would share our two-part interview with you here as well. Thanks Ashley for such a great resource! Nourishing the Soul, Part I: I’m thrilled to be able to share with all of you today my interview with Shannon Cutts, author of Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Backand creator of MentorCONNECT. If you’re not familiar with Shannon, you are truly missing out! She is a renowned speaker, intuitive writer, and award-winning musician. She is also someone who has struggled herself with eating disorders and has a beautiful message of hope that she shares through various media. In Part I of our interview, Shannon talks about her own recovery journey and why recovery isn’t optional. NTS: You are a person in recovery, a speaker, author, songwriter, and advocate. What was instrumental for you in getting to be the person who you are today? SC:  Well, the first thing I can say is that who I am today continues to be a work-in-progress. When I first started my recovery journey I had no plans to do what I do today in terms of advocacy and outreach work for eating disorders recovery. Since I became ill at age 11 and progressed all the way through recovery before I ever met another person who had struggled with an eating disorder, I had little formal information about my disease and only the support of one person – my mentor – to figure out how to do the hard work of recovery. So I emerged from my recovery journey understanding just how vital, how critical, the presence of even one caring, supportive, encouraging person can be in the life of someone who is struggling to recover. NTS: You say frequently that “relationships replace eating disorders.” Explain what you mean.


Celebrity Mentors

Relationships Replace Eating Disorders Part One

Recently I was invited to share more about my own journey through mentoring, from the time before I met my mentor, to when I became a mentor myself, and all the way through until now, when MentorCONNECT, the global eating disorders mentoring community I run, and Beating Ana, the book I wrote to introduce the community, are both about to turn two years old! I thought I would share the interview with you here as well. It is so important to keep our own timelines in our heads, and as you read, for Today's Takeaway, consider your own recovery timeline and how you might answer some of these questions as they relate to mentoring, recovery, and life. The following interview was originally posted at Nourishing the Soul blog, courtesy of Ashley Solomon, PsyD: I’m thrilled to be able to share with all of you today my interview with Shannon Cutts, author of Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Backand creator of MENTORConnect. If you’re not familiar with Shannon, you are truly missing out! She is a renowned speaker, intuitive writer, and award-winning musician. She is also someone who has struggled herself with eating disorders and has a beautiful message of hope that she shares through various media. In Part I of our interview, Shannon talks about her own recovery journey and why recovery isn’t optional. NTS: You are a person in recovery, a speaker, author, songwriter, and advocate. What was instrumental for you in getting to be the person who you are today? SC:  Well, the first thing I can say is that who I am today continues to be a work-in-progress. When I first started my recovery journey I had no plans to do what I do today in terms of advocacy and outreach work for eating disorders recovery. Since I became ill at age 11 and progressed all the way through recovery before I ever met another person who had struggled with an eating disorder, I had little formal information about my disease and only the support of one person – my mentor – to figure out how to do the hard work of recovery. So I emerged from my recovery journey understanding just how vital, how critical, the presence of even one caring, supportive, encouraging person can be in the life of someone who is struggling to recover. NTS: You say frequently that “relationships replace eating disorders.” Explain what you mean.