Are You Being Authentic?

“Authenticity is about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ~Brene Brown

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It can seem ‘easier’ to hide behind ideas of who we think we are or who we think we should be. Yet, it is not easier. It just more comfortable because that is what we are use to doing. It is what is safe. So many of us grow up learning to ‘be good’ ‘be nice’ or just be what the world expects us to be.

When we choose to let that go (and it is a choice), we open ourselves up to our true selves. We open ourselves up to expansion and true freedom.

I remember making this choice. It was scary. It was uncomfortable. Yet, I had reached a point in my life where I was willing to risk being uncomfortable in a new way if it meant giving up the uncomfortableness of living a life that no longer fit me. It was as if I was wearing clothes that were too tight. I felt stifled. My life seemed to ridged and my thoughts seemed too restrictive.

I shook off those tight close – and boy oh boy did I feel vulnerable, revealed and exposed. With the help of a life coach and some amazing friends I stumbled forward and discovered new, sparkly, gorgeous clothes that fit me way better!

“You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.” ~Abraham Maslow.

How often do you feel connected to your Authentic Self? Have you ever felt vulnerable and totally exposed?

If you are stuck, how much longer will you stay in restriction before opting for expansion?

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