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There She Is: Why Glennon Doyle Gives Me Hope

I can’t begin to explain how excited I’ve been to write this article! Glennon Doyle is one of my favorite human beings. She is a fierce advocate and activist for so many different important causes. She is completely, unapologetically herself, and she’s a huge role model of mine. There are so many different reasons why I follow Glennon, and I thought I’d share just a few reasons why she gives me hope.

LGBTQ Advocate

Glennon Doyle’s memoir, Untamed, is about her experience leaving her marriage with a man, falling in love with a woman, marrying said woman, and raising her children in a beautiful blended family. Doyle and her wife, Abby Wambach, are fierce advocates for the LGBTQ community. They both offer an important look into the discovery of identity within one’s faith.

If you haven’t read Untamed, you need to… Glennon and Abby’s love story just makes me smile. I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s a reminder to everyone that you deserve to truly love and to be loved. 

A Gifted Writer

Doyle is a gifted writer and has published three memoirs. There are a few *very* special people out there who just know exactly how to say everything you’ve always felt but just didn’t know how to explain… and Doyle is one of them. Reading Untamed, I felt like I was reading (a much more eloquent version of) every journal I’ve ever written, compiled together. 

Human Rights Activist

In 2012 Doyle founded Together Rising, an organization dedicated to providing support to people around the world who need it most.

This organization runs with the sole purpose of making the world a better, more loving place. Its mission statement says, “Together Rising transforms collective heartbreak into effective action.” Since 2012, Together Rising has fought hard to provide money to everyday people struggling to make ends meet, to send supplies to schools and hospitals that need resources, and to reunite families who have been separated at the border. Doyle posts regularly on her Instagram about the incredible things the organization is doing every day, and ways you can become involved with Together Rising. 

Political Activist

Over the past several weeks leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election, Doyle has been posting daily updates, answering questions, and inviting experts to join and educate her mass following about all things politics. Being able to watch her short videos each day has let me learn so many new things about the election process, and has made me a more informed voter. 

Mental Health Advocate

Doyle began writing as a way to maintain her sobriety. She is incredibly open about her past struggles with addiction, and her current struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as an eating disorder. Doyle fearlessly advocates for the destigmatization of mental health issues, such as medication for anxiety and depression. 

Doyle does not sugarcoat things. She is honest about the hard parts of life. She reminds her readers that our struggles are real. Her saying, “we can do hard things”, is something I always keep in mind. 

During the beginning of the pandemic, I downloaded Untamed on audible. I often listen to it during long drives or while I am lying in bed at the end of the day. Doyle’s words give me hope, and I hope they can do the same for you. 

Sarah Dwyer

U Mass Amherst '21

Sarah is a psychology and English double major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is hoping to become an English teacher. Sarah is a writer, a runner, and a registered yoga teacher. On campus Sarah is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, a member of the UMass chapter of CHAARG, writes articles for the UMass chapter of Hercampus, and teaches yoga classes at the campus recreation center. Look out for Sarah’s posts on mental health, fitness, study abroad, and all things wellness.
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