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What Speaking Your Truth Means To Me – Donna Mazzetelli

Since I was a young girl, I dreamed about being a writer. It always felt like a far-off fantasy—never to be realized. As years passed, I’ve often had comments from friends and family that I should write. I would just smile, laugh a little, and shrug it off as kind words from people who love me.

In the summer of 2009, however, I felt the call to write in a bigger way, so I began my blog, Bellisima Goddess. It’s been a great way to get my thoughts, feelings, and ideas out. I’ve loved the process of blogging about subjects I care about passionately.

Earlier this year, when the possibility of becoming a contributor to Speaking Your Truth became a real opportunity, I didn’t really understand how powerful the process would be. As I let go of all self-criticism and self-doubt, I plunged into writing about an important part of my life’s journey towards the rediscovery of my own voice. Although I found writing about certain life events very emotional, it was also cathartic and empowering as I connected to the transformation that’s begun in my life. I found myself revisiting events, yet–like an owl–I was able to look on them from above—from a different vantage point that allowed me to take in more of what the experiences really meant for me. And I was able to see some of the ways in which I’ve grown in wisdom and self-love.

By the end of the writing and revision process, I felt a deep sense of gratitude. As scary as it was to disclose some of my life experiences and my feelings around those events, I knew I was among other brave women who were also revealing deeper parts of themselves for all to see.

I am honored to stand in this circle of women who have taken steps as authors and as wise and courageous women to speak our truths. My hope is that our stories will touch others in ways that encourage them to speak up and speak out as well.

Donna Mazzitelli is a writer and author of the Bellisima Goddess blog. She enjoys writing articles for magazines and online publications and is currently working on her first book. As an advocate for Mother Earth and her inhabitants, she enjoys teaching workshops and leading green wisdom circles in an exploration of green, healthy living. She shares her passion for creating a green lifestyle with individuals, families and businesses through her company, Bellisima Living, LLC. She loves working with individuals one-on-one to bring a deeper shade of green to their lives. She currently resides in Castle Rock, Colorado with her husband, twin teenage daughters, and loving pets. To learn more, visit her blog at and her website at

“Each of us has a story to tell and there is nothing quite as powerful as the written word – for both the writer and the reader. The wide scope of real life stories shared in this book is a learning journey of how we each have life events to share that create our core being.”   

Cheri Ruskus, Founder of the Victory Circles and Author of Victory One Moment at a Time.


What Speaking Your Truth Means To Me – Judith Wade

I procrastinated at first. Finding all sorts of excuses why I wouldn’t have time to write a story for Speaking Your Truth.  I have classes to promote and my newsletter to get out.  Meetings to attend.  I really should shop around and find better health insurance.  And of course look into all the windows of people by reading the posts on Facebook.  The only excuse that I wasn’t admitting was fear.  I was afraid of being seen not just as a writer but also a human being with idiosyncrasies and perceived imperfections.  A Virgo who puts all her feelings and emotions in these pretty pink and purple containers until she is wound so tight and pops up like a Jack-in-the-Box. 

But at the last minute, I was more afraid of being left behind by my dreams feeling like someone who had overslept and missed the train by mere seconds. I knew there might be another train but I wanted to be on this train. I wanted my journey of authenticity and truth to start now.  And I had to believe that my story and my truth mattered.  Like in the story of “When Horton Hears a Who.”  Everyone in Whoville were banging their drums and singing and shouting so they could be heard but it isn’t until the smallest of Whoville let out a yelp that the community was heard.  It made a difference.

So matter how small you or something may feel, it makes a difference. So let out your yelp!

Judith Wade lives in Colorado. Her business is Kaleidoscope Insights & Healing. Besides being a creative writer, focusing on non-fiction and poetry, Judith is also a professional animal communicator, healer, spiritual teacher, and intuitive. As a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher and Kundalini Reiki Master/Teacher, Judith  teaches healing classes, animal communication and offers animal communication sessions, intuitive energy sessions, readings, and energy drawings.  Judith can be reached at or 720.377.5567

“The book Speaking Your Truth will touch your heart. These diverse women share their personal and profound stories of how by honoring themselves they overcame great adversities.”

Sheri Ruston,

What Speaking My Truth Means To Me – Meenal Kelkar

Speaking my truth is a combined healing and spiritual practice for me. My ability to speak my truth and have it be heard was stolen from me when I was first assaulted thirty years ago and reinforced during a second assault eleven years later. I can see now how both times I swallowed my verbal “No” for fear of escalation, and contracted my muscles, the mechanism for my body language, as my attempts to shield myself were overpowered.

My healing unfolds as I use mindful movement, combined with breath and a curious mind, to unearth those parts locked deep within that continue to drive unconscious habits that I want to change. By using acceptance and compassion to bring those shadow aspects of myself into the light of consciousness, I inhabit more fully the woman I want to be. With each unfolding in my healing practice, I embrace another aspect of my humanness.

Each time I gather the courage to be vulnerable and speak my truth publicly, I reclaim my power, my voice and my Spirit. It is the positive action I take on behalf my younger self to wash away any lingering guilt or shame. So, I find myself constantly surprised, humbled, awed and deeply moved when others respond that my sharing facilitated connection with hidden parts of themselves. Surprised by the validation that my voice is now heard. Humbled by the mystery that my words could support someone else’s healing.  Awed by the reminder that words used in anger can likewise wound someone else. And ultimately, deeply moved because in that cycle of sharing, we each acted from the Divine that I believe exists within each of us.

After 15 years in corporate finance and four years as an entrepreneur and holistic healer, Meenal Kelkar, MBA, CPRYT knows the pitfalls of living a life in a constant state of overwhelm. As a Mind-Body-Spirit Educator, Meenal teaches pragmatic approaches to breaking free of the cycles of stress-burnout and giving-depletion. She helps corporate executives and women entrepreneurs experience more ease, more calm and more balance in everyday life. These tools will soon be available as on-line programs through her website In 2010, in conjunction with her “Say Yes to Me” campaign, Meenal launched, where she will share her new insights and programs as they unfold.


“Speaking Your Truth sizzles with brave energy. These amazing stories are a powerful testimony to the strength of human spirit, and a source of hope to all.”

Sharon Lippincott, Life Writing Coach and author of The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing

What Speaking Your Truth Means To Me – Amy Schulstad

Being a part of the Speaking Your Truth project gave me the opportunity to tap into my creative side. I have always wanted to write a story yet never took the time out of my busy schedule to do so. This book gave me the little push I needed to write.

Putting my story on paper helped me see more clearly how my life’s struggles have actually been blessings. It is true what they say-“what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”- and although  I was a little embarrassed and hesitant for everyone to know about my private life, I am proud of the decisions I have made and of the path I am heading.

This project gave me the opportunity to share a part of me and my life that although was difficult to share, was healing in a way. Being one who keeps a lot of things inside, it was scary and refreshing to share difficult times in my life. Perfection has been a big part of my life and I tend to work on things until I feel there are no errors or mistakes. In sharing my story, I am sharing with the world that I am not perfect and I have and will continue to make mistakes. That was hard, yet eye-opening. As a result, I find that in my daily life I am a little less of a perfectionist and I try more things because I’m not as afraid of failing. I hope that my story will help other women feel inspired and empowered to listen to the little voice inside and make the often more difficult choice to live for themselves and not everyone else.

Dr. Amy Schulstad is a Chiropractor at Awaken Possibility, LLC. She strives to help people improve their health and also motivate and inspire them to live life at a higher level. Learn more at

“In speaking our truth, we may not fully realize how deeply we must delve to reach that truth. Each of these women opened up their hearts from the deepest level to share their truth. The comfort, humor and rest I found in their stories will help me more confidently speak my own truth.”

Connie Pshigoda, Speaker and Author of The Wise Woman’s Almanac,

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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you." Maya Angelou