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Friday / June 16 / 2017

Deep dark truths

not hiding anymore. shine, baby, shine
not hiding anymore. shine, baby, shine

Whew….. I’ll admit it took a lot of courage for me to create this video. For years, I lived with a darkness inside, suffering, refusing to reach out to share my truth with those who love and cherish me most.

I didn’t like the way I looked or felt, on the outside OR the inside. I wanted a solution and I found one. This is my no holds barred story; my personal story of transformation to hope, health, and wellbeing. I will be sharing more, I assure you. I am hiding no longer. It’s time for me to embrace my own You Evolution and be the best ME I was designed to be. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. It matters.

48 responses to “Deep dark truths”

  1. Gordon Woodworth says:

    Bravo, dear Donna. Bravo. Shed the burdens, embrace the new you. Love you.

  2. Jeremy says:

    There are so many levels of awesomeness to this video. But the #1 hat jumps out above all is you are BEAMING!!!!! And I now 100% believe it isn’t a facade you’re hiding behind. You’re a true authentic HOPE GIVER. The gift of YOU is magical. And I am blessed to call you friend

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      oh…. that is SO refreshing to hear, Jeremy! Thank you! It’s been a long, hard road and I’m so glad to be on this side, reveling in all that God has for me and for me to share with others. Thank you for being a friend every step of the way. It matters.

      Love, Donna

  3. annie says:

    Love you sis! Thanks for sharing

  4. Lori Jenkins says:

    Donna this is so beautiful! I didn’t know the old you, I met you as you were just embarking on this journey and I love seeing where you have come! I look at you and always say the same thing you said to your friend: “I want that!”. You are such an inspiration! I hope to someday achieve a happiness like you hold! Keep climbing and grasping those stars my friend❣️

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Sweet Lori, thank you so much. It has been an honor getting to know you. The future for BOTH of us is BRIGHT and excites me. You are amazing.

      Love, Donna

  5. Patti S says:

    Donna – what a brave post. Thank you for sharing. You are inspiring. I feel guilt because I have not been as successful in the keep it off phase. But, God bless you for your strength and courage.
    You look and sound wonderful.
    Miss you,
    Patti

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thank you, Patti!! Whew…. it’s not “easy”, is it, my friend? What I have found is that indeed it is worth it. It’s not about “all at once” but rather, “one step at a time.” I don’t care if they’re teensy steps or bold moves, progress COUNTS. Keep moving forward and if you slip and fall, take my hand. I’m right here to support you! Love and miss you!

      Love, Donna

  6. Rachel Reiss says:

    It is so great to see you truly shine from the inside out. You have such a pure heart to serve and I personally know all the adversity you have overcome to get to this point. You are amazing. Keep up the GREAT work.

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      It means the world to read your comments, Rach. Thank you!! It is such an honor to share life and heath with you!!

      Love, Donna

  7. Darlene Hayes says:

    I’ve always known you’re wonderful! Glad you can find that inside too!!❤️

  8. Julie says:

    I love seeing and hearing the real, real you again! I love you so much precious friend!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      TY, Jules, my forever friend! So good to be seen again!!! You’ve known me since Day One and your words mean the world. Love you, too!!! <3

      Love, Donna

  9. Melody Archambault says:

    Donna I am always impressed by your energy and positive attitude! I have been since I met you!

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      You are so kind, Mel and I miss you (and our wine chats and dates!!) TY for reading and commenting!!!

      Love, Donna

  10. Patti Polunci says:

    Thank you for sharing your most positive message with all. You are a true inspiration.

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      I apppreciate you so much, Mrs. Polunci. You and your husband always had a positive, loving effect on my life and I am grateful. What a legacy he left that you are carrying on!!

      Love, Donna

  11. Donna, you are a beacon of encouragement to so many. Our vulnerability lights the way for those we lead and opens our hearts and our minds to the incredible possibilities life has in store for us. I love you friend! Shine on!

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Dear Kathy, you warm my heart and ignite my soul as you always have. I miss you and love you!

      Love, Donna

  12. Brandi says:

    Always loved that smile! It captured my attention tonight and I watched your empowerment story. I am thrilled to hear you are on a path of joy, hope and healing. Many blessings to you!

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      You are so kind, Brandi. I miss you and your smile! Thank your for your words of love and encouragement. They matter.

      Love, Donna

  13. Cassandra Palmer says:

    You are so amazing!!! Your encouragement, love and support have helped me find MY LiFE again!!! Thank you for being you!!! Love you bunches!!

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thank you for sharing that with me, Cassandra. You are truly an inspiration and it’s been such a delight sharing life, love, and health with you! Love you bunches back!

      Love, Donna

      • Kathy Whalen says:

        You are a Beautiful person both inside and out. I love your positive attitude.
        And love that beaming smile

        • Donna Smaldone says:

          Thank you, Kathy! You are beautiful inside and out, too! I’m excited for the adventures that lie in wait for you and Jim in South Carolina. Thank you for reading.

          Love, Donna

  14. Robbi Philips says:

    I’m glad that you have peace with who you are now. I am on a journey now to better health and weight loss. It is a challenge every day. I am so thankful for my supportive husband and the God I serve who gives me strength every day.

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thank you, Robbi. Journeys were not meant to be taken alone. You have the best of the best with an amazing God and incredible Hubs by your side. I am so proud of you for taking back the health you desire and deserve. I am 100% in your corner to help in any way I can, beautiful friend.

      Love, Donna

  15. Stephanie Cuva says:

    You my friend amaze me and have inspired me to look at some truths in myself that frankly I’d rather not. Your courage has given me courage. Thank you for all you do.

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      oooh…. that’s the tough stuff, right, Steph? As we’ve learned, facing our truths opens the door to really, really GOOD stuff. It’s been such a delight to know you. I can’t wait to see what’s through that next door for you, sweetness. Open it!

      Love, Donna

  16. Gail says:

    Donna I admire your courage, your strength and I applaud your transparency to share your story. Bravo my friend!!

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thank you, Gail! I applaud you for sharing your own story of hope and health to the masses that need to hear it. We are so much better together.

      Love, Donna

  17. David Philips says:

    You’ve always been beautiful on the inside and the outside to me Donna. Ever since those days back on Park and Links Ave. I am so happy for you. Thanks for sharing and for helping all those people that you do. 🙂

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      My cherished childhood bestie, your words mean so much. Thank you. You’ve been in my corner since Day One (…well, actually Day 8 since that’s when you were born lol). I will forever cherish our friendship. Love and hugs to you and Robbi.

      Love, Donna

  18. Andrea Doria says:

    Your beauty and light are shining bright!!! Thanks for sharing- this is so inspiring. XOXO

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thank you, Andrea. I’m glad it inspired you, as you –and Mama Maria!– inspire so many!

      Love, Donna

  19. Etai Beck says:

    That’s absolutely inspiring Donna! Very happy for you!

  20. Carrie Boyd says:

    Dear Donna:

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. Everyone deserves to be happy, and although it has taken both you and I many years to achieve, I am so thankful that we have. I know the Lord has been a big part in both of our stories. Continued blessings and happiness to you, Donna.
    With love,
    Carrie

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      Thank you for reading, Carrie and for sharing your heart. Indeed, everyone deserves hope, health, and happiness and to be doted on by such a loving God. I’m glad you’ve been able to embrace your true happiness. Blessings back to you, my friend.

      Love, Donna

  21. MaryEllen says:

    Just saw your post. You continue to inspire. You’re beautiful, inside and out! I’m so sorry about your divorce. Mine is almost final and it’s just a better place. Everything happens for a reason in its right time!! Sending you everything happy and sparkly!

    • Donna Smaldone says:

      MaryEllen, oh how I miss you and so appreciate you! You are right… It all happens for a reason and all the broken pieces that make up our lives equate to the sum total of who we are. Without them, frankly, we be someone else and that’s not who we were designed to be. And you know what? I think you’re pretty awesome.

      Love, Donna

  22. Amanda Brazel says:

    Bravo Donna! I am so proud of you. Big hugs and love sent your way.

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