Hi, my name is Robyn Cruze. Okay, it’s Robyn Cruze-Harrington if I’m going to get technical, much to hubby’s dismay. I chose to have ‘Harrington’ tagged onto my maiden name because it was my way of running from my marriage just in case I needed to. Kind of like packing a parachute for a domestic flight just in case the plane was going down. It’s rare but possible, right?
I’ve been called loving, intense, intuitive, witty and ever-so-funny, and on some days, I’ve been called an asshole (too much?).
During my past life (my twenties) I was a professional TV and film actor. It was my first passion and a craft. I spent as much time perfecting my acting skills as much as I spent time perfecting the behavior of an eating disorder (which was a lot!)
I’ve had many turning points in my life, from recovering from an eating disorder to losing my mum a month before giving birth to my first child, from becoming a mom to giving up booze. But hey, I still have caffeine. All of these turning points have left me with a calling that is getting louder and louder: To own, honor and speak my truth, for “who am I not to?”
I’m an Australian living and working in Denver, Colorado. By day I am an eating disorder and body-image recovery advocate, educator and public speaker. By night I am a mom of two daughters, a wife, a dreamer, and an age-obsessed-freak. Actually, who am I kidding? I’m consumed with being a mom, a dreamer, and an age-obsesser all day and all night.
I’ve written a couple of books: Making Peace with Your Plate (co-authored with the wonderful Espra Andrus) and Lovely Dreams. As a professional I write, speak and educate on co-occurring eating disorder and substance use disorder recovery as well as on building a healthy relationship with your body and the food you put in it. I’m also parenting the “Body Conversation.”
But my latest obsession and fave topic to discuss is aging within an unrealistic body image culture. Here’s the thing: anyone can be in acceptance of their body until their boobs start reaching for their knees and their backside starts doing toe touches. I’ve fought and overcome a negative body image, and now I am going to fight and overcome feeling invisible because I’m aging. My key tool for fighting it is to talk about it.