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What Speaking Your Truth Means to Me – Denye Robbins

Truth to me has much to do with our natural state of BE-ing.  We are the Truth.  The IS-ness and Such-ness of life itself.  For so long the truth has been shadowed.  For women, truth has mostly  been denied and shut down.  The reemergence of the Divine Feminine/Goddess energy has provided an outlet for the ultimate truth to once again be revealed.  The goddess is everywhere, present at this time and for what it’s worth, now she is safe to express the truth.  Truth revealed in ways that has not always been comfortable to a patriarchal society.  For the first time in thousands of years she is being heard, noticed, counted, and seen.  Her contributions to the collective are vast.  This time she is not being boiled, baked, beheaded and burned at the stake for voicing the truth.

 Truth used to get us in big trouble (the daughters of Eve have carried the burden of the lie of humanities fallen nature for eons).  The Truth of our healing abilities, our insights, our intuitiveness, our connection to the earth, our sensual natures, our compassionate hearts, our nurturing ways got us declared witches, heretics, and ex-communicated because these “gifts” were misunderstood, and mostly a threat to those in power at the time.  No longer is it necessary to shield and protect our truth for fear of oppression, tyranny and control. 

 Some of the women leaders of the free world are now holding the space, prayers,  and expectation for these new energies of truth to trickle down to the third world nations where our sisters will soon be able to speak, do and BE the truth once again.  The truth that we are not fallen in our nature or separated from God at all.  We never have been.  The Myths of Eve having eaten us all out of house and home are to be revealed as untruths.  The truth of our perfection, wholeness and healed image and likeness take their place instead.

The world watches and waits as the new paradigm continues to unfold – where the truth of whom we are, and our enlightened /self realized nature can shine like the sun beaming authenticity to all corners of the planet.

  I AM THAT, I AM.  This is the truth.  Willing to forgive and forget the oppression, control and tyranny of the good old boys world that is soon to be balanced by the compassionate love and light, by the heart of a Goddess and her sisters. Yes… we can, in Truth, which is Love.

Denye Robbins is the co-creator of: Journeys for Conscious Living Center in Arvada, CO,  Bridge2Bliss, Conscious Conversations & Contemplations Group,  Higher Ground Coaching and R*eVe*olution !  Denye is highly active in the conscious communities, motivated in seeing all beings Self Actualized, and making a huge contribution to the planet. She can be contacted at  or (303) 680-1379

Speaking Your Truth is like a bowl of grandma’s soup on a cold day. These wonderful, inspiring stories feel like a long-lost friend who cares about your success and well-being. The voices of these women will be with me every twist and turn and sometimes every dead-end of my journey.” 

Sara Ortiz, Authentic Coach and CEO of Sara Ortiz Workshops

What Speaking Your Truth Means To Me – Molly Hall

Many have a deep soulful need to unearth their passion and purpose. But rare is the woman who will actually pull it off, particularly when it is foreign and fearful. It is practically impossible to face your fate head on regardless of the fear unless you have surrounded yourself with people that are on a similar path, to growth and greatness. And that’s what speaking your truth is for me, Community. Without community this book project, Speaking Your Truth, wouldn’t even be a possibility in my world.

It’s one thing to have people who support you – it’s a wholly different to have community of people that recognize your passion, even when you don’t. And that is the world Andrea Constantine opened up for me; a community that understands my purpose and they expect nothing less from me than to achieve it. They push me forward, even when life throws obstacles and hardships in the way. On days I doubt myself, they never do. They refuse to let me talk myself out of the future I can indeed have. They refuse to let me be a victim of circumstance and call me to rise up and be significant.  Just as important, they celebrate my victories, no matter how small or large. They teach me celebration has no place for analyzing failures. They recognize the path I am on and how each feat, is moving me forward and making a contribution to something much bigger than myself. They serve as a built in accountability system. They will be the first to push back when I want to give up, the first to make me stop and reassess when I am off course and make certain I always keep my word.

There are days when my path to speaking my truth tries to breathe fear into my very being and it is always at that moment my community arrives to remind me of my purpose. Speaking your truth? In summation, Marianne Williamson quote; written for Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of the God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Molly Hall is the co-owner of The Ultimate Smart Solution™ a National Training company designed to help business owners and the team that supports them to powerfully connect and grow their business in a way that produces results where everyone wins. The Ultimate Smart Solution™ is the only training company in the country for employees and business owners alike to create an understanding of how to run a successful business in a way where everyone wins.  


“A lovely collection of heartfelt stories to inspire and empower everyone!”
                                                                                                                                                                Sharon Good, Good Life Coaching, Author, The Tortoise Workbook: Strategies for Getting Ahead at Your Own Pace

What Speaking Your Truth Means To Me – Kelly Collins

     I have arrived at a moment of pause in my life.  Perhaps it is just aging; perhaps it is an awakening of my soul.  Either way, it started as a discomfort.  I could feel an itch, but, could not discern the location to scratch it.  The discomfort grew.  It agitated in the middle of the night it called to me in my journal.  Eventually, ‘it’ had to be addressed.

     The discomfort came from my soul.  It let me know that I was living a life that contained inauthentic actions and words.  As little as ‘white lies’ about why I was late to full blown excuses about why I couldn’t meet my plans and obligations.  I knew it was my ‘Truth’ and authenticity I was dealing with, because The Universe sent me some wonderful loving souls to remind me that I wasn’t being wholly authentic.   When I heard the words “Be Yourself Everywhere,” the tears flooded my eyes.  As I was told to ask myself, “‘Who is the liar, the cheater, the alcoholic that wants to hold you back from your Greatness,” I knew that Spirit was no longer going to allow me to carry on with the masquerade ball I had created.    I am alive today because I sought out my truth and although the exposure of my authenticity is uncomfortable, it is not as painful as the itch!

Kelly Collins has been a Licensed Mortgage Broker for the past 27 years.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies and an emphasis on Religious Studies from the University of Denver. Kelly is a certified Zumba® fitness instructor and is also in pursuit of becoming a practitioner with Mile Hi Church of Religious Science.  She lives with her family in Lakewood, CO and can be reached via e-mail at


“Speaking Your Truth will uplift you to envision the next best stage of your precious life!  Each woman’s story is an authentic inspiration for real change and meaning!”

Bernadette Hunter, LPC, P.C., owner, Powerful Performance

What Speaking My Truth Means To Me – Ginny Martin Fleming

Growing up female in the 1960’s and ‘70’s in the South, I was taught to smile and answer “fine” to any inquiry as to how I was, even if I was upset or hurting, scared or lonely, or just not “fine.”  I grew up watching women in the South, and on TV, cater to their men, greeting them at the end of the day in fresh clothes with a hot meal of a meat and two vegetables and dessert and the expectation of quiet, well-behaved children.  Good grades were shown to Daddy.  Not-so-good grades were saved “for the right time.”  Even in my own (first) marriage, I knew to put away new clothes in closets until “the right time.”

            I was an exceptionally good Southern girl.  I hid my flaws well, shyly acknowledging my successes, but often downplaying them, since I knew they were only part of the picture of who I was.  I did not dare risk the truth getting out of who I really was.  Oh no!  I thought anything less than perfection might disgrace the family or, even worse, render me unlovable to my parents.  I internalized this sense of “not good enough.”  I mastered the art of hiding my true feelings.

            Childhood imprints can be hard to overcome.  Decades later, I am still trying to “get it” that I am good enough.  Intellectually I can accept this; but internalizing it so that I make appropriate choices and responses, set suitable boundaries for healthy relationships, and live a life of integrity where my truth is readily apparent is still sometimes a challenge for me.  I have gradually peeled away the layers, one by one, daring to reveal the real me to a select few at first.  Over time strong supportive friendships and a loving second husband have reassured me it is safe to be me.  I can now speak my truth.  I really am “fine” just as I am.

Prior to having children, Ginny was an Account Executive for a high tech advertising agency.  Before getting sick in 1990, she had her own free lance marketing and public relations business.  Today, Ginny’s passion is empowering other women through private healing sessions, rich friendships, and teaching kundalini yoga and meditation.  She is also a writer and lover of books.  When not escaping to their little beach house, Ginny lives in Wake Forest, NC with her husband, Michael, and her sweet 15-year old golden/border collie, Bailey.  Contact Ginny at

“We can see a little piece of ourselves in every story as we share the heartache but also the joy of remembering who we really are.  Bravo to all these brave and beautiful women!”

Sherrie Scott, Singer/Songwriter, Filmmaker

What Speaking My Truth Means To Me – Ana-Christina Wadle


I was NOT very happy when Lisa (very politely) told me that I’d written a good story, but that she was rather hoping that I would tell a different one for her book.

One that she’d heard a snippet of during a workshop that I presented at one of her Women, Wine, and Wellness events.

I really did NOT want to write it.  I was done with it.  It was history.  I am tired of having it sap me of energy when I think of it (i.e. – there’s still a root of something unhealthy there, huh?)

I tucked it away for about a week, ruminated on it, and finally sat down to write. 

I immediately became sick to my stomach and left the project for another time.  I false-started two more times.  I realized that God was giving me another opportunity to heal a hidden root of pain that I’d been overlooking.  Once I understood and accepted it, I began again. 

I wept a little, still felt terribly nauseated, and got it done.  I slept on it, re-read it and then went to my parent’s home, where my husband was working, and read it to the three of them.  It was impactful and powerful to surface emotions that I thought were long healed. 

Ah, but there’s a huge difference

between healed and buried, is there not?

Writing this chapter created a space for me.  A space to take time to open up an area in my heart.  And re-opening and old, poorly healed wound can be very painful.  And then be willing to clean it out?!  And, of course, it takes additional steps to close and give it time to heal – this time cleanly.

God is so gracious, and keeps giving me these amazing opportunities to forgive, and forgive again.  Not only others.  It was amazing to finally forgive myself.  It was last year.  I was 42.   

In this healing, I have found my gifts, my passions, and my path. 

I am doing what I was meant to do. 

Speaking my truth means that I am willing to look at the whole story, and see how even the bad parts helped me become who I am today. 

Speaking my truth means that I will share, even though I’m nervous about it.

Speaking my truth means saying what I need to say, knowing that it will inspire and encourage others, and create another level of healing for me.

Build the life you REALLY want.

Ana-Christina Wadle (“Wad-lee”) is an inspirational trainer and speaker, Legacy Coach, and author. She presents her Tools of Hope Workshops not only as a trainer and coach, but as a keynote speaker for a wide variety of companies and organizations. She was a single mom for ten years to her three boys, Colin, Nick, and Chris. She met and married her gift (and partner in constant-home-remodel!), Jerry Wadle in 2007. Her twin passions are helping survivors of any kind to learn to thrive, and helping the helpers. With her motivating and insightful trainings, she has worked with distinct groups such as victim’s advocates, clinical staff, counselors, accountants, construction superintendents, police officers, SWAT officers, nurses, and sales professionals. Learn more at:  www.TOOLSOFHOPE.COM or, Email:, Call:  303.751.6813


“The women in this book bravely offer stories of lives lived with passion, mindfulness, and perseverance. Their strength is humbling, and uplifting. Their stories are stimulating and inspiring, and they prove that we alone define ourselves and our place in this world.”

Rachel Thompson, DVM Associate Veterinarian Minnesota Zoological Garden

What Speaking My Truth Means To Me – Linda Anderson

Being part of the “Speaking Your Truth” project has been an amazing opportunity for me. I have always wanted to be a writer and to now have the chance to not only be published but to tell my own story! There is certainly a freedom in expressing my life lessons and to be able to share them with others so that they will not feel alone and be able to overcome their own obstacles. Even if the people reading my story do not have the same issues in their life, it will help them understand what goes on for others and help them to be grateful for what they do have.

I plan to write more in the future and with being a part of this book I have more confidence in my writing and my ability to fulfill my dream of being a published author.  This is a kick-start to that dream that I never imagined would come to me in this form. The more I realize that just by letting things happen naturally, the most amazing gifts can land right on your doorstep and this project is that manifested for me. 

I am extremely grateful to both Lisa Shultz and Andrea Costantine in creating this venue for me and everyone else who have participated in this book.

Linda Anderson lives by the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Lakewood, Colorado with her loving boyfriend, his daughter and her two sons. She has a personal assisting business, which is growing steadily, and she is enjoying running her own business. She loves to travel and is always looking for more ways to grow together and individually. She reads and plays the violin in her spare time. She looks forward to the rest of her life with hope and optimism. She desires to help society understand what domestic violence is and put an end to it.  She can be reached at


“Read one of these stories and you’ll keep turning the pages for more. Speaking Your Truth taps into a range of life experiences as women share their deepest hurts, triumphs and growth that once seemed unlikely or impossible.”

Susan K. Elliott, entrepreneur and author of Start Your Own Home-Based Summer Camp,

What Speaking My Truth Means To Me – Marie Gallagher

When I first heard about this project, I thought I didn’t have a story to tell.  If I did have a story perhaps it would not be something someone would want to read so I initially did not want to share.  I started thinking about my story and speaking my truth and realized, that hey, this story might resonate with someone else.  If someone else could read the words I’d written and see themselves in the story and see that there was a very large light at the end of the tunnel, then perhaps I could help someone else realize that the path to love is open, if you are open. 

Speaking my truth in my story has been a soul opening experience for me.  I was scared, but I am no longer afraid.  I felt lonely at times in the past, but now realize I will never be lonely because I am surrounded by loving people, pets and circumstances.  I know I wanted to completely forget about the past, yet it is because of the past that I am who I am today.   The past is over, I could never rewrite it or relive it any other way and that is just fine by me.  I don’t live in the past, and I don’t sweat the future – I live in the present and my oh my, what a delightful gift it is.   I am happy and grateful to have been a part of this writing project because I did have a story to tell and I know the writing of it will help others.

Marie Gallagher is happy to report that she has been blissfully wed for 23 years now.  She counts her spouse and daughter as the centerpieces of her life.  She loves her work as a certified massage therapist specializing in pain relief for chronic stress, pain, injuries and  trauma.  She found that being present in life and showing up for what is – has made  the profound difference.   You can reach Marie at (303) 748-9130 to schedule bodywork.  You can also reach her at: -or- at the website:


“This inspirational book reveals the sisterhood that women share on journeys to healing, choice, change, and self realization. The stories will touch your soul.”

Shelly Moorman, Parent Educator, Coach, and Speaker, Head & Heart Parent

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