Exploring Recovery through Self-Expression with Colleen Mann


Any form of art is a great outlet to help you through recovery.

For Colleen Mann, it’s photography.

Having always been interested in the world of photography, she uses this form of art to freely express herself and her identity. Her journey towards discovering herself has inspired many of her projects and exhibits, including the Imagined Reality and I Have a Different Heart projects.

In this show, she explains how photography has helped her through recovery, and how it (or any creative art form) can help you as well.

Tune in to listen to her story as she unravels her exploration of acceptance, identity, beauty, and art.

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What You’ll Learn

  • What drew Colleen into the world of photography
  • How photography has helped Colleen understand herself better
  • How any art form, including photography, can help you through recovery
  • Why self-expression is a very important part in recovery
  • Exercises that can help you process and understand your feelings in a deeper level


Favorite Quote

I spin and weave and knit my words and visions until a life starts to take shape. There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore. – Laurie Halse Anderson


Pulchra est Fortitudo (Beauty is Strength; Strength is Beauty)

Favorite Recovery Resource:

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


Advice to Former Self

I would give her a big hug! I would tell her that you have so much to give and that you don’t have to suffer.

Definition of Recovery

Breathing life in and out; Feeling every part of it; Living authentically without apologizing.


For Your Journey



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