Living an Authentic Life
Are you living an authentic life? Do you know what it means to live your authentic life?
Living authentically means being at peace with who you are and living life to the fullest. An alarming number of people struggle with being who they are. They are living life on autopilot, numb to what makes them happy.
The Struggle to be Content
Struggle and content are two words that have no business being in the same sentence, yet most people have been experiencing that for months, years and lifetimes. You’ll never be content until you make peace with who you are. Bit of a sting to it, isn’t there?
The good news is that you already have everything within you to create the change you’re seeking. You have the wisdom, strength and awareness of what your soul needs. You just need a little help reconnecting to those hidden gems and finding the way back home to yourself. You’ve wandered off the path but your north star never stopped shining for you.
The Longing for an Authentic Life
You’re tired of the struggle of trying to fit in, find your place and be happy. I know the struggle because I’ve been there, in fact, I spent most of my life there. You long to be at peace with who you are and where you’re at but there’s something that’s still not right. The harder you try to make it work, the worse it gets. It feels like you’ve been fighting a never ending battle and you’re waving the white flag of surrender.
Take comfort in the knowing that it really is going to be ok. It’s darkest before the dawn and your sun is starting to rise.
Being content by making peace with who you are and living an authentic life is closer than you think.
Making Peace and Finding Your Authentic Self
How do you make peace with who you are? Afterall, isn’t that what you’ve been trying to do all along?
No one sets out to ruin their own day, or to make their lives more difficult with the choices they make. No one likes to be in a crappy mood.
The problem is that we’re making choices based on old programming. Programming so ingrained that its become habit and we don’t realize we’re our own worst enemy. Peace comes when you begin questioning this default thinking one negative thought at a time.
Denying the Dream Inside
We all have a deeply personal dream inside of us that we’re longing for. The conflict arises when we deny ourselves that dream and live according to the expectations of others.
We stop listening to the guiding voice within that directs us forward along our own path and default to the opinions of others, whether it’s spouses, parents, siblings, friends, society. In many cases it’s our own internal dialogue based on those limiting beliefs (which were actually the voices of others that we internalized at a young age and mistook for our own).
Living An Authentic Life
If you’ve had enough of the struggle and are ready for change, you are in the absolute best time and place in your life right now to make it happen.
I’ve morphed from an anxiety-ridden, overly-reactive person who was rarely ever comfortable in my own skin and had self doubt so pervasive that I second guessed everything, to a woman who knows her worth and loves herself so deeply that I don’t second guess ANYTHING.
I don’t know everything or have all the answers, but I do know myself well enough that I have absolute faith in all that I do and every decision I make and that is some POWERFUL shit.
It’s a total game changer when you connect to that level of trust in yourself.
It’s the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
– Rebecca West
My # 1 Tip for Reconnecting to My Authentic Self
One of my best secrets (it’s not really a secret, but that sounded super savvy when I first wrote it lol) for reconnecting with my authentic self is through a favourite book. I get all tingly excited when I buy a book I’ve been dying to read, and all warm and fuzzy when I re-read an old fav.
Here’s some recommendations. I have a ton of books and these are among the best when you’re taking your first steps at trying to figure out who you are and what you’ve forgotten.
Simple Abundance is a cherished one I first read 20 years ago and I am loving the gifts it’s bringing forth in me again. If you’re a woman my age…ahem….47…this book will resonate with you.
Sarah Ban Breathnach speaks to the very soul of frazzled modern women who suffer from a lethal surge of impossible expectations USA TODAY
For the younger members of this tribe, I suggest anything by Rachel Hollis if you’re looking for a kick-in-the-ass, light-your-soul-on-fire kinda read. I literally got up and washed my face AND stopped apologizing after reading her work.
And for the fellas out there, this one’s for you.
And if you’re yet to pick yourself up off the floor because you’re going through some heavy shit, I recommend anything by this woman…
I’ve got your back when it comes to living an authentic life.