Where Did “PinkHairedGirl” Go?

My single greatest takeaway from Echo Conference was Rhett Smith’s breakout on “Not Losing Yourself in Social Media.”

About six months ago I left my old blog (PinkHairedGirl.net) behind to focus solely on Dirty Girls Ministries. But I kept “pinkhairedgirl” on Twitter because it is a name that people knew and I didn’t want to lose that draw. Even at the conference people seemed to know me first as “PinkHairedGirl” before they really knew my name.

The problem with that is I am not PinkHairedGirl. But I had become lost in her. My identity was being found in how others perceived me. I would even purposefully make sure my hair was pink if I was going to meet someone from online. Would I be cool enough or edgy enough or relevant enough with brown hair?

As if that really even mattered.

For 8 years in sexual addiction I pretended to be somebody I wasn’t. And then I immediately became “PinkHairedGirl” after that. And even as I’ve grown up and tried to just be myself (the reality is I haven’t had pink hair in about 2 years), I so desperately wanted to remain “known” that I kept the familiar moniker.

But I am not a moniker.

I am Crystal Renaud.
I am director of Dirty Girls Ministries.
I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a friend. I am a mess.

And most importantly I am a child of God. I don’t have to be someone else in order to be known… because God knows my name.

The Creator of the Universe knows my name.

And you can’t get more famous than that.

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” I Corinthians 13:12

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I’ve been asked why “@pinkhairedgirl” is now “@crystalrenaud” on Twitter. I hope this post serves as that explanation. We’re also closing “@dirtygirlsmin” to help consolidate our online presence. The truth is it is easier to move 500 people than it is to move 1500. So for all DGM updates please follow “@crystalrenaud” on Twitter and we’ll keep you up to date.

By Crystal Renaud

Crystal Renaud is the Founder & Executive Director of WHOLE Women Ministries whose projects include Dirty Girls Ministries and WHOLE Women’s Conference. She is also the author of Dirty Girls Come Clean (Moody Publishers), a speaker and student who lives in the Kansas City area. Follow @crystalrenaud on Twitter and visit her website for info on coaching and speaking at http://crystalrenaud.com.

8 comments

  1. You are also beautiful and amazing! I love you Crystal! No matter what color your hair is or what your issues…

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  2. Nice to meet you Crystal. I was one of those that only knew you as PinkhairedGirl. It was nice to put a name with a face at Echo. Keep up the great work!

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  3. Crystal,

    Thanks for the positive feedback. It’s good to know I’m not alone in the struggle to maintain my identity in an online world.

    It was great meeting you in person, and I look forward to more collaboration in the future.

    Rhett

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  4. Great blog today. He knows you by name. That is so true and so awesome. I love your blog. And your name is as beautiful as your heart for Him.

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  5. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” Heb. 4:12 ….Now that’s “edgy”!!!!!

    You are so awesome…keep it up…this is only the beginning of something good that will keep getting better! Thank you for ‘putting it all out there’ for your sisters in Christ!

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