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3 “P's” for Recovery: Passion, Power and Purpose

By Robyn Cruze
In eating disorder recovery it is essential to focus on the three P's: Passion, Power and Purpose. Here's how you can identify your three P's in life.
Find your passion

Lately I have been reflecting on my own recovery journey and on what has kept me inspired to recover for all these years.

Nothing could prepare me for the gifts that recovery and utilizing the three “P’s” would give me.

“What are the three ‘P’s’?” you ask.

The three “P’s” are my personal keys to finding joy, my friends. Take a look.

  1. Passion — Underneath the eating disorder illness is a great deal of stagnant passion. Find your passion and play. (Ooh, look, there's another “P”!)
  2. Power — I understand now that I gave my own power to my eating disorder and to alcoholism. That means that now, in my recovery, I have taken all of that power back. This power gives me the emotional strength to achieve all of the things I couldn't achieve during my illness. Recovery is powerful, my friends.
  3. Purpose — It is common to not know our purpose as we enter recovery. Early recovery is a time for exploring. For example, when I got into recovery, I was a performer. I decided that I wanted to try new things, so I tried being a film researcher for writers. I tried designing my own clothing for pregnant women. I tried writing a children's affirmation book, and then I tried writing a non-fiction book. And then, something lovely happened; I began to mold all of those things into creating a career — a career that I now love. Finding our purpose is a process, one of discovery and enjoyment.

We will inevitably experience a lot of hurdles early on in the recovery process. Being inspired in what we do — beyond recovery — is very important.

What makes your recovery inspiring?
 

Robyn Cruze, MA is National Recovery Advocate and the online community manager for Eating Recovery Center.

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Internationally-recognized author and speaker, Robyn Cruze published Making Peace with Your Plate (Central Recovery Press) with Espra Andrus, LCSW, which will enter its second edition in February 2020. Her work has been featured internationally in media outlets including ABC, Sky News (Aust.), CBS, The Mighty, The Temper and Refinery 29. Robyn is the cofounder of a family mental health awareness initiative, Wide Wonder, that aims to make mental health and addiction recovery an everyday conversation. She also serves as a Director of Advocacy consultant at Eating Recovery Center.

A background in TV, film and theatre acting, and a master’s degree in performing arts, Robyn is a sought-after keynote speaker. She educates and brings to light such topics as the co-occurrence of eating and alcohol disorders, The Body Conversation—how to have a relationship with your body and the food you put in it, and all things mental wellness.

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