Once truth is tasted, it becomes addictive.
Ronna Detrick is a truth-addict. Her journey, from silenced and stuck to alive and passionate, has lit a fire in her to help other women excavate and strengthen their truth-telling. And if you hang out on her website for awhile, you’ll see in the blog comments that many women are taking her lead very seriously.
I met Ronna at a small gathering and found myself immediately drawn into her orbit. She is wise, warm and electric. She cuts through the fluff by invoking archetypal women warriors and asking hard questions: the type that make us squirm. Hers are renegade conversations. Ronna has started a revolution of truth-telling. I’m in.
Read on to hear what’s unfurling in Ronna, and where it’s taking her.
What is unfurling in you right now?
Ooooh. I love this question. There have been so many places and times in my life when I would have sadly said, “Nothing, really.” But no more! I have been in a place of profound ambivalence the past couple of years – building my business and crafting my life, post-divorce, post-job layoff, single mom, entrepreneur. Much forward movement, to be sure, but a low-grade inability to push through some barriers. So today when you ask me this I have a quick and passionate response. I am unfurling me! I am stepping into a place of writing, speaking, and product development that is aligned with my deepest passion: taking the narratives of women in Scripture and re-writing them in provocative, empowering, and beyond-belief ways. This is my book. This is the stuff of my (soon to arrive) retreats. And this is what is compelling and motivating massive energy in my world. Can you tell I’m excited?!?
Who or what are your allies on this journey?
I am so deeply aware of (and grateful for) amazing women friends – both face-to-face and virtual – who support me, cheer me on, and pick me up when I’m even the slightest bit discouraged. And more, I’m accompanied by the amazing stories of these women about whom I write. They are connected to me at a nearly DNA level, by a thin, red thread. Their journey informs and encourages mine; their story intertwines with mine. And I’m never alone. I’m accompanied by an entire host! How great is this?
How do you stay out of your own way during this unfurling?
Ah, this is harder, isn’t it? I have years and years of conditioning, of behavioral patterns, of nagging voices that tell me that I’m not all that, that I’m too much, that I’m not enough. I have to name them, tell them to get the h*** out of the way, and then step right over the top of their corpses into my truest identity. This is hardly a one-time-done sort of thing. I have to do it over and over and over again. And more, I have to rely on the voices around me – the friends and stories that speak into my life – that are able to keep perspective WAY better than I can. I have to ask for help. I have to acknowledge my fears. And I have to extend myself grace.
If there were a soundtrack accompanying your unfurling, what would be on it?
India Arie, River Run
India Arie, Strength, Courage, and Wisdom
Hollie Smith, Bathe in the River.
Eminem, Till I Collapse
Jill Scott, Golden
The Black Eyes Peas, Boom Boom Pow
I could go on…
Who are you becoming?
I’m becoming Me! Again, I couldn’t have said that with any degree of conviction or passion even a few years ago, but today, I can answer it with not only conviction but deep gratitude and unlimited passion. How great is that?!? And who is she? I’m a woman of wisdom, of truth, of goddess-like presence who invites and compels other women to become the same!
Ronna is the chief provocateur of RENEGADEconversations – the business through which she writes, speaks, and tells the truth. She offers individual coaching, spiritual direction, private retreats, and multiple products that invite you more deeply into your own truth. She has ongoing conversations on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn while simultaneously blogging and working on a book.
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