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Share Your Story, Be in Volume Two of Speaking Your Truth!

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

Sharing my story (Lisa Shultz) was a positive and pivotal event in my life. Last year I told my story in Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women.  I had women contact me letting me know that my story was similar to theirs and helped them along their journey. I even had a man from New Jersey contact me that he read my story and was inspired with hope, and he was the “narcissist” (like my ex husband) in the story. I never expected that one!

Most recently, I shared my story again in Lisa Nichol’s book Living Proof. In both cases, it was a healing journey for me to share that part of my life, and I have touched others by allowing that aspect of my life not be a secret.

Now my business partner and I, Andrea Costantine are putting together Volume Two of Speaking Your Truth. We would love to have your story help others as it gives you freedom and healing. Your story does not have to be dramatic or sad. It could be a happy love story or a career or spiritual journey.

Your story does not have to be perfect when submitted. We will work with you on editing and polishing! It can be a big step for some to muster the courage to put yourself out there. We are here to support you and guide you!

So, remember there is a submission deadline of February 15, 2011 to send us your draft. Submission guidelines are on the website. We do have a low cost investment to be in the book, and that is explained in our Speaking Your Truth blog posted on December 21, 2010.

To put that investment in perspective, I paid $5000 to be in Living Proof. Gulp! And there were additional fees on top of that! Andrea and I are committed to keeping the investment into Speaking Your Truth reasonable and with no hidden extra fees coming later!

The community of contributors for Speaking Your Truth is special and growing. Will you be a part of it? I hope so!

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 – 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 My Truth Means To Me – Suzanne B Simpson

I felt propelled to write my story because it helped me put onto paper more understanding of myself and the valuable lessons and growth I have learned through the years.  I have always known that there is something really healing about getting your secrets out in the open. By simply disclosing I felt there would be an inner force that would set me free.

I also believe it’s from my own struggles that my life message and work can develop.  I got more clarity about my desire to inspire others and help them along their path in the way I had grown.

I felt very hesitant to put these words down knowing that people whom I had never shared them with would now know a part of my life that I wasn’t proud of.  My pride and perfectionism kicked in and I felt I am not a good enough writer.

I decided to not go with the resistance, but rather immerse myself in sharing these less appealing parts of my life knowing that with it would come the freedom to be more truly authentic.  I believe that has been the result and l look forward to sharing my message with other women who may be experiencing similar struggles.

It gave me great joy to let out these private parts of my life in hopes of other’s gleaning some insight into their own life.  If our world is going to evolve into a more healed and healthy place to live, people need to see role models of those who have endured their own life’s journeys and have come out better and stronger as a result. Too many of us want to stay stuck in our own stories about what has happened to us and not see that their experiences can be the greatest gift.  The courage of my sharing my truth I believe will give other’s greater courage to follow my footsteps.

Suzanne Simpson, M.Ed, LPC, is owner of Inner-Connected Health, an integrative practice with expertise in women’s wellness issues through mid-life.  She is a Licensed Psychotherapist, Connection Coach, Author, and Workshop Facilitator helping those connect to their heart energy that has been locked up and blocking their success in relationships, career, and health.  She provides life coaching, and emotional clearing tools, techniques and strategies through one-on-one or group teleclasses and workshops. She can be visited at  Email: (720) 981-0713.


“What I believe that you will get from reading the incredible stories in this book, is a sense of the power of doing just what the title of this beautiful book suggests – Speaking Your Truth. This is because being aware of what is really true for you and being able to speak it out is a profound way for you to come into alignment with the unique possibilities that are waiting to be actualized in your own life. Perhaps you will find the courage to step into a life of even more full expression of who you really are from reading these inspiring stories. “

Tom Stone – CEO of Great Life Technologies and author of Vaporize Your Anxiety without Drugs or Therapy and The Power of How.

What Speaking Your Truth Means To Me – Susan Reardon

Over one’s lifetime many opportunities arise, some are taken and some for whatever reason fall by the wayside.  Being involved in this project, Speaking Your Truth has been one of those opportunities that from the moment I heard about it, I was excited about and wanted to be involved in, a project that I wanted to take, head on.  Speaking Your Truth is something I believe in and feel committed to.  I feel committed to it because I know through my own experience that stories of triumph and empowerment always rise up out of Truth.  I also appreciate the power of women coming together for a common cause.  Uniting with others in community and with a common goal helps a cause exponentially.  When I think of this project and the powerful group of women assembled here, I cannot help but reflect on the words, “Whenever two or more of you are gathered in his name…”  This project has felt purposeful and for each of us in our own way, a labor of Love.  Being involved in something that spreads such a positive message makes me feel like I am living on purpose for that I am grateful.  It is my hope and my prayer that this book supports others in finding their voice and their power so that they too, can speak their truth.

Susan Reardon, M.A. is an innovator, educator, and transformational guide in the field of health, fitness, and natural healing. She works as a Licensed Minister in the State of New York. Also trained as an Exercise Physiologist, Reiki Master/Teacher and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, she considers herself a Spirit Guide in human form with the mission to expand the Circle of Grace one soul at a time.  Utilizing her Higher Guidance, Spiritual Principles/Wisdom and Yoga Therapy/Breathing Techniques, she supports her client’s spiritual growth. She creates a safe space for individuals to experience themselves, shifting from fear, anger, and despair into acknowledgement, acceptance, and integration. .  Visit her website at and learn about the 501(c)3 “…Be The Example” by visiting:


Speaking Your Truth” does just that.  It captures the essence of the power, connection and healing that comes from us all sharing our truths, our pains, our loves, our struggles and our successes. It opens the door and gives us permission to speak our own truth and share our own story.  I felt uniquely connected to each woman as they shared their deeply personal life experiences. They each became friends as I got to know the underlying story that made them distinctively who they are. This book is truly a gift and an inspiration.  Thank you!”

Karen Sherwood, Founder of The Women’s Small Biz Network

What Speaking Your Truth Means To Me – Marjorie Webb

I am excited about this inspiring book, Speaking your Truth, because it includes so many voices of women speaking out to share and help others.  I believe in the healing power of writing.  Whether we keep a daily journal, or are merely working on something to leave for our grandchildren, or hoping to have our writing published one day, writing about our experiences helps us to not only get in touch with our feelings, but in the process helps us to grow and learn.  Getting in touch with our feelings returns us to ourselves helping us to become whole.

 I would like to acknowledge with thanks not only Andrea and Lisa for making this project possible, but also all the women who have bravely shared their own personal story.  There are so many women who have joined in this project, and I feel inspired by and connected to them even though I have met only a very few personally. 

These honest, heartfelt contributions serve as a reminder to us that even though we are each on our own personal journey with perhaps different obstacles, choices to make, or lessons to learn, we are united together by our desire to reach out to others sharing our triumphs as well as our painful moments in hopes that we may be able to help someone else going through a similar situation.

Marjorie is thoroughly enjoying retirement. She lives with her husband in a rural area about 45 miles south of Denver, Colorado.  They enjoy travelling all over the world and scuba diving together.  She has been blessed with two daughters and eight beautiful grandchildren and is happy they all live near her. Marjorie has always enjoyed writing and finds it helps her work through anything. She believes the process of writing brings healing. At the time she lost her mother in April, 2005, she felt she would never get through the grief.  Writing about it helped her accept the loss and learn from her mother’s death.  Marjorie can be reached at


“In these many stories of encountering and surviving life’s difficult moments, one reads of courage accompanied by fear, of determination followed by doubt, of hope aligning with despair. These are stories of doing what one must do, what the situation calls for.  In Marjorie Webb’s story, “Role Reversal,” for instance, we live with her the stunning experience of entering her elderly mother’s apartment and finding it in disarray and filthy. The initial tears are wiped away and are replaced with a resolve to do what needs to be done. Marjorie cares for her mother—and in the process gives us the courage to face what we must face in our own lives. These stories point out once again that “life is not for sissies” and that only courage, determination, and hope will carry the day.”

Denis Ledoux author of Turning Memories Into Memoirs, A Handbook for Writing Lifestories


“I would like to thank all of these brave women. It takes a special kind of courage to share such personal stories with the world. Thank you for motivating me to try to better my own life. In particular I would like to thank Marjorie Webb for saving her mother. Her life was pretty darn good after Marjorie reversed rolls. Those last years with her daughter, son in law, grandchildren and great grandchildren were special. How do I know this? Because my darling Aunty Gwen told me so herself. Emails and phone calls from Marjorie kept me up to date as I couldn’t be there in person to help. Thanks again, Margie.”

Sandy Balanecki, Sydney Australia

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

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