Being authentic. Being you. Being truly your one-of-a-kind-self.
These are all very strong statements that you would find on some cute Pinterest post that you would add to your quotes board. Paired with the right image, I know I would! I’m a twenty-one-year-old still trying to figure out what this means. I’m still trying to figure out what it is like to live an authentic life. How is It that after 21 years, I still have no clue who my authentic self is? How am I unaware of who I am deep down inside? I cannot be the only one…right?
In this day in age, it is rough to be your own true self. We have so many different media outlets that continually are pressuring us to be more this and less of that. Obviously not taking into consideration the unique situations in life that we encounter. When you are trying to live authentically, this is the worst spot you can put yourself in — surrounded by other opinions. This is exactly what I did until I broke out of my shell and revealed my true self.
2016 was a rough personal journey as I discovered who I am… closer to my authentic self. I believe that when you live an authentic life, you are working towards a life that you live for yourself. It’s not centered around others wants/needs/desires for your life. It’s centered around your hopes, dreams, and visions. When you live an authentic life, you live life to your own standards – not others.
It is the most joyful way to live as you find that joy within yourself and your decisions. You start living with purpose and making intentional decisions. One of my biggest decisions was to open my business despite all the doubt of my success. While it has been a journey and I have learned a lot, I never would have gone through those situations without having taken the leap of faith. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith into unknown and trust yourself.
As you consider 2017, consider these three things:
1). What are your three main goals for 2017?
2). Is one of your goals centered around your own person development?
3). Do your goals help you achieve your “dream life”?
Personally, one of my main goals for 2017 is to be able to grow as an individual through personal development. This month, I want to focus on eating healthier and sticking with an exercise schedule. I want to live a healthier life that is focused on my inside and outside appearance. When you feel confident in your skin, you feel confident in other aspects in your life. In my “dream life”, I wish to focus on being a confident young lady who knows her worth. I want live my life focused around who I am deep down inside. Not based around what others have in mind for me….just what I have in mind for 2017.
Stay encouraged my friend as we start the New Year. Keep your eyes on your goals and focus on what you have ahead. Find your purpose and make intentional goals towards it! You have a bright future ahead –one filled with an authentic raw life experience!