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Abby Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and New York Times bestselling author. She was named American Football Female Athlete of the Year six times ⏤ the greatest female football player in history ⏤ and received the prestigious 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year award, becoming the second American to receive this title. She is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. In other words, Abby Wambach is a legend.
At the end of 2015, Wambach retired from professional football and devoted the next chapter of his life to activism and other career endeavors, such as writing books. It was at a writer’s launch event for his first memoir, Cheekywhom she met Glennon Doyle, another accomplished and widely known author. Doyle was promoting his second memoir, Love Warriora future New York Times bestseller and an Oprah Book Club Pick that would sway readers nationwide.
Who is Glennon Doyle?
Glennon Doyle is a former kindergarten teacher turned writer and activist who inspired millions of people, mostly women, to break the bonds of societal expectations and march to the beat of their own drum. Long before she became a best-selling author, she was known to millions of readers across the web as the creator of mom’s blog Momastery, which she used to shed light on sensitive topics such as alcohol addiction, food addiction, anxiety, depression, motherhood. , and societal expectations.
She quickly became near-famous, with a cult of female readers tied to her isolation, frustration and boredom resulting from stay-at-home motherhood. She brought to Momastery everything she once brought to A.A. meetings: the truth and nothing but the truth, the kind no one talked about in Sunday church, on the pavement, or at the bus stop. . Not the airbrushed family photos and polite banter, but the honest-to-God ugly truth.
Along with her three children and her former husband, a model and semi-professional soccer player, Doyle became a beacon of hope for suburban Christian women across the country who smiled silently and went about their daily responsibilities. But it was a particular blog post titled Don’t carpe diem that changed Doyle’s life forever. She described the almost daily exchanges she had with other mothers who told her to “enjoy every moment”.
“Obviously Carpe Diem doesn’t work for me,” she wrote. “I can’t even do fifteen minutes straight, so a whole diem is out of the question.”
The blog post went viral, garnering millions of views over its lifespan. Within a week, she was receiving calls from agents in New York and soon after, 10 publishers were vying for the rights to her first memoir, Carry on, warrior. The book thrust her into the limelight, but it was her follow-up memoir, Love Warrior, which catapulted her into mainstream media, catching the attention of the likes of Oprah Winfrey.
Here was a woman who was anything but perfect, but who we couldn’t help but admire because of her honesty about her imperfections. Love Warrior sums it all up. In it, Doyle openly addresses the discovery of her husband’s infidelity and the struggle they faced to fix their marriage and keep their family together.
It was around this time, at a writer’s launch event for Love Warrior, that Doyle met Wambach.
Make way for a new power couple, America
In Doyle’s third and final memoir, Savage ⏤ which was released at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and became a lifeline to many ⏤ she details her public divorce from her husband of 12 years and the heartbreaking realization that she was in love of Wambach, even if until then, she had never kissed a girl. Around this time, Wambach had also just gotten a divorce, with all the signs pointing to the right thing at the wrong time, the two lovebirds threw caution to the wind and started a new relationship, getting married and creating a blended family shortly. . after.
Savage became Doyle’s most successful book to date, selling over 2 million copies since its release and spending months on the New York Times bestseller list. It even captured the attention and admiration of celebrities like Adele, who took to Instagram to say, ‘It’s like I just flew into my body for the very first time’ after reading it. .
Perhaps Doyle’s evolution is shocking to readers who have fallen in love with the Christian mom blogger who previously boasted of the courage to plod through domestic life. They wouldn’t be wrong to notice the difference. Doyle herself has said she doesn’t recognize the Christian language she once used in her blog posts.
Momastery was, after all, Doyle’s way of being honest about the brutality and beauty of life. “Brutal”, as she calls it. Perhaps the trajectory of his life since those early days of Momastery speaks to what happens when you tell the truth long enough.
We can do hard things
Recently, Doyle and Wambach said goodbye to their Flordia home, swapping the beaches of Naples for the shores of California. They can now be found on Instagram, where they regularly share comedic and inspiring insights into what their unfiltered, honest and very public relationship looks like. Lately they joined forces to create the podcast We can do hard things, which debuted at number one and still remains on the charts. The title, while a bit cheesy, has been a Doyle mantra since the early years of his sobriety.
At the height of the pandemic, “we can do the hard things” became a rallying cry for millions, catching the attention of major political players and the news media, further circulating Doyle’s name in streets, bus stops and churches. At this rate, with his honesty, wit and unabashed candor, Glennon Doyle is on his way to becoming a household name.