I only started following Glennon Doyle Melton and her website, Momastery, within the past year, but every couple of months she writes something where I just sit back in my chair, mouth agape, and think, “Wow! She totally nailed it.”
I think of Glennon as the child in the story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The emperor is swindled into buying a “magic” outfit that is invisible to those who are stupid or unfit to hold their jobs. Of course there is no outfit, but everyone is afraid to say that the emperor is prancing about in his birthday suit because then everyone will think they’re stupid. So everyone oohs and aahs over the non-existent outfit while inside they’re all freaking out that they’re too stupid to actually see it. Until, that is, a small child points at the naked emperor and shouts out the blaringly obvious truth, “The emperor has no clothes!”
That’s Glennon. While the rest of us are all frantically running around trying to keep up appearances in the hopes that nobody realizes we’re actually barely keeping our shit together, Glennon steps up and says, “Look. I don’t have my shit together.” And now literally hundreds of thousands of other women have said, “Oh, thank God somebody else said it because I don’t have my shit together either.”Both via her blog and her book, Carry On, Warrior, Glennon puts it all out there. Her past with drugs and alcohol, the struggles in her marriage, and the fact that she’ll go to great lengths to avoid vacuuming. Reading her work is like a huge sigh of relief that you’re not the only one who struggles with this whole day-to-day life thing.
Glennon also writes openly about her faith. She comes from a very Christian perspective and can quote the Bible like a boss, but her faith is also very progressive. She’s very supportive of the LGBT community, to the point that it was essential to her in finding a church that it be open and affirming. She also does an amazing job putting her faith into action through charitable work, most recently focusing on a collaborative effort with Brene Brown and few others to raise money for Syrian refugees. Even though I don’t consider myself a strict Christian by any means, I find her expressions of faith to be very inclusive and comforting.
I highly encourage you to check out Glennon, either via her website, Facebook page, or book. She also does live events around the country. I respect her a lot as a fellow sister who is trying to bring women together, and I hope to cultivate a similar sense of vulnerable, let-your-guard-down realness here at Everyday Sisterhood. Life is way too short to keep up appearances when what we’re really looking for is authentic connection.