"The woman who emerged was a trifle thinner, a great deal wiser, an ocean sadder. This one understood the nature of pain, beneath the glory of her features there was a character, and a sure knowledge of suffering. She was [now] the most beautiful women the world had seen in a 100 years."                                        

 - The Princess Bride (pg. 62)

It all started with a photo.

And a simple desire to heal.

After experiencing a stillbirth in 2012, Jessica Spieth was trying to become whole again. An idea came to her - she wanted to see herself as beautiful. Not the kind she was familiar with, but a vulnerable beauty that spoke of the pain she had gone through. She asked her friend MarLyn Hill to take a photo of her. She wiped off her makeup, looked straight at the camera, and cried.

Since then, she has felt that experience has helped her see a deeper beauty than she has ever seen before... her vulnerable beauty.  It has brought to life a desire to share what pain can do for each of us - a desire to take the shame out of pain and create a place where others can heal and see the beauty within themselves.

WillingTruth is an organization that focuses on stories and real photos about real people. It is a project that is dependent on the willingness of others to share - share their pain, share their suffering, share their thoughts, and share their beauty.

Join us in our WillingTruth project.

If you have a story you'd like to share, comments, or any questions about this project, please visit the contact page for more information. Also if you would like to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about a new story please go on our home page and scroll to the bottom of the page to subscribe.


To learn more about where the WillingTruth Project ( in the earlier stages it was called Hozho but has since changed to WillingTruth)  came from listen below to my podcast by Bloom For Women .

Bloom For Women is an organization that offers a place of learning, support , and healing from the real and painful trauma accompanying betrayal.