One of my all time favorite authors is Glennon Doyle.
I started following her blog ten years ago when my children were babies and I seemed to relate to every insightful word she wrote.
I also fell in love with her TED Talk from 2013 that truly helped me see the world differently.
She helped me through some tough times and I am eternally grateful for her openness, empathy and courage.
Thank you Glennon.
Not only is Glennon passionately real, she’s FUNNY. She can lighten the room with one little quip that has the power to instantly turn a mood around. She’s creative, compassionate, and an extremely talented writer.
I went to see her speak, was able to give her a hug, and devoured her three best-selling books quicker than I expected. She has a powerful gift to put intense emotions into words and to use analogies that instantly make you understand the shared feeling she’s trying to convey.
Glennon helps to connect us through our shared human experiences.
One of my favorite analogies she has used through the years, is the idea that sensitive people are the canaries in a coal mine, vigilantly watching out for danger and ready to alert their people to take cover at a moment’s notice.
“The canary’s body was built to be sensitive to toxins, so the canary became the coal miners’ lifeguard”.
She’s made room for more sensitive humans to feel accepted and to just be. Our world needs these types of people. We can’t all be the canaries; we need a mixture of personalities to make the world go round.
But the sensitive ones can often feel judged, broken and alone.
Glennon helps to loosen these beliefs.
Her most recent book, Untamed, has a new sort of depth I haven’t felt from Glennon before.
She encourages us to focus on our deepest self and prioritize true self-care.
From the Untamed website:
“When women learn how to please,
we forget who we are.
When women lose themselves, the world loses its way.
We do not need any more selfless women.
What we need right now is more women who are full of themselves.
A woman who is full of only herself no longer internalizes the world’s memos and expectations.
A woman who is full of herself knows and trusts herself enough to say and do what must be done, and lets the rest burn.
THIS IS HOW YOU FIND YOURSELF.“
I read this book on the first few days of Quarantine 2020, and it felt like it was written specifically for the times as we all were coping together, but separately. She gave our indescribable pain a name; the Ache.
A descriptive name for the pain and fear we were feeling is exactly what I needed as I grieved the loss of normal life for myself and my children.
The Ache is real, it’s powerful, and it’s necessary. It needs to be felt for healing to occur.
Glennon has these “morning meetings” with her online community regularly where she opens up and encourages others through her own vulnerabilities. It’s rejuvenating, refreshing, honest, raw and absolutely healing.
“Every time we transport ourselves out of the pain, we abandon ourselves. We would never abondon a friend like that, so why ourselves? Never leave yourself.” -Glennon Doyle
Thank you Glennon, for showing up for your community and helping us walk through the Ache, especially during these strange and stressful times!
HAPPY READING and stay mindful friends!
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