The Bravest Truthteller: A Conversation with Glennon Doyle Melton
I can’t even tell you how excited I am to bring you this Featured Truthteller interview with my new favorite person, author Glennon Doyle Melton.
Glennon’s brave experiences with bulimia, alcoholism, and infidelity are chronicled with gut-wrenching honesty and moving detail in her two New York Times–bestselling memoirs Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior. Glennon is also the founder of Momastery, an online community for “truth tellers” and “hope spreaders.” As the founder and president of Together Rising, a nonprofit organization that raises money for women and children through its Love Flash Mobs, Glennon is an incredible example of someone who continues to show up for her life in huge ways.
You can probably already guess why her message is so close to my own heart, right?
I haven’t been this excited about a conversation with a truthteller in years–and Glennon is truly the raw, real, honest voice of a new generation of truthtellers. When I read Love Warrior, I literally couldn’t put it down—and I’m still carrying my dog-eared copy around and absorbing its many gorgeous messages around truth, addiction, parenting, marriage, sex, infidelity, empowerment, and finding your wholeness.
With so many themes that hit me straight in the heart, I had to ask, “Where have you been all my life, Glennon?” (And I’m not the only one taking note. Glennon was featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday on September 11!)
In our illuminating conversation, Glennon and I talk about experiences we’ve each felt that are so difficult to name and openly discuss, from body shame, to navigating the ongoing difficulties of marriage, to defining faith and spirituality on our own terms as women.
1:00 “Where have you been all my life, Glennon?”: The new face of truthtelling
4:00 The theme of truthtelling and authentic sharing in Glennon’s work
7:48 Coming to terms with shame
12:30 The only thing you really need to know (that you’ll probably end up having to learn over and over again)
16:51 The body/mind/spirit connection—and we learn to disconnect from our whole selves
19:05 The journey of trust in partnership
20:00 The importance of speaking your truth in the moment you feel it
21:42 What the word “warrior” means to Glennon
28:00 It’s not your job as a parent to protect your kids from pain—but to help them walk through it
33:45 Glennon’s advice for women struggling to share their truth and live life on their own terms
35:20 How to live an authentic life
37:10 What it means to remember who you are and to identify as a soul rather than a role