To be me or not to be me?
I must attribute this next entry to a colleague, Mark T., who said at the conclusion of a project management course, “My goal this year is just to become more authentic.” It really stuck with me because that is exactly where I am in life, four years later.
To offer up a little background, I have “self-started” online a few times under a couple different personal brands with the hope I would find a reason to write. I first started off as a young careerist at a time when I was on the Purdue Alumni Club of Phoenix board and the board for Business and Professional Women. I signed up on Blogger and made one post in 2011 where I shared the PACP newsletter and the BPW brochure that I had designed. That went nowhere.
In 2015, I sparked up an Instagram account as the life of a law firm marketer, business development coach for attorneys, and new mom sharing a compilation of trends, all things retail, and positive energy. I made 30 posts.
In 2016, I discovered a newfound love for cooking and started a Facebook page, FoodCred, where I shared achievable weeknight recipes. That lasted 6 months. As part of lightening my load while in therapy, I haven’t been cooking much lately but plan to slowly pick it back up again and maybe even revive FoodCred as a vegan recipe page.
In 2018, I started a writing project called the I.T. Guy’s Wife, which I haven’t completely abandoned because this is just another side of my life that is fun to share when the time is right! Sometimes my energy doesn’t vibe with technology (working on that!), so I am extra grateful that I married an I.T. guy!! Maybe this will make it into my memoir one day.
So, what’s my point? Here I am, a year later knowing that all these “false starts” in putting myself out there have led me to finding my true self and what it is I want to offer the world. I have evolved tremendously over the past two years and planted my vision board in my bedroom to keep my eye on my priorities and values, which include my physical and mental health, chakra alignment, the practice of Taoism, my spouse and child, minimalism (major purge #2 was an estate sale of 85% of our belongings), a pura vida y manana attitude (don’t sweat the small stuff) while also living intentionally with purpose. So, we will be doing just that and gradually unsubscribing to the things that keep us from living our lives to the fullest.
2020 brings the new me, the authentic me who I always was deep down inside…a Glow Coach. I am here to help people shine in every direction, although I can’t publicly broadcast too many details just yet! DM me on social or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite to my private Facebook group where I will be sharing more information LIVE, this Friday, October 16 at 4:30PM PST.
Please give yourself a chance to meander, search within, and question everything...even if what you uncover makes you feel vulnerable. It is then will you begin to discover who you are, what matters most to you, and what it means to live authentically. And, who cares what you’ve been taught by your parents or how you’ve been conditioned by the society around you! That doesn’t mean it’s the right way for you. Be you. THAT is the answer. As the lovely Joan Baez once said, “As long as one keeps searching, the answers will come.”
Check out social to see the writing of Heidi Priebe where she describes what it means to love someone as they evolve. It reminded me of my journey and just how fortunate my spouse and I are to have found each other and route each other on as we become our authentic selves.
Facebook: @GreaterLoveofWomen and @dynawrites
YouTube: The GLoW Project
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That is my 2021 and beyond goal, too - to be more authentic and vulnerable. Funny thing about vulnerability. I can truly attest to the fact that it is painful to be vulnerable and painful to not be vulnerable, but I can be my authentic self when I choose vulnerability, no matter how much risk it poses to my tender heart. Thanks for sharing, GS, and best to you on your journey. -RKReplyDelete
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