Authentic Living, Awareness, Choices, Growth, Lifestyle Transformation, Personal Resonsibility, Positive Living

Seeking Authenticity

Awareness. Observation. Assessment. Thought patterns. Self-Talk. Habits.

These are crucial elements on a journey of authenticity to connect with what feels right for us and helps us live to our maximum potential.

It’s easy to fall into what society says is right and dictates what we should do and say and be until the day it doesn’t feel right! It’s when we’re finally exhausted keeping up with what’s happening “out there”, to feel happiness “in here”, that we start breaking down the social constructs that imprison us. Because most times when we’re chasing happiness out there we disconnect from our inner nature which instinctively knows how to be happy. We need to slow down and connect to our truth. It’s there. It’s only been forgotten or covered over by the trials of life.

The tiny seed knew in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light.

Sandra Kring

We need to reconnect with our essence. It’s our guide towards a more fulfilling life. We need to ask “What moments do I feel like the “real me”, content, satisfied, and a sense of peace? What am I doing in these moments? Who am I with? Where am I at?” The more specific our observations, the more helpful, because they are the insight for living more authentically.

The answers to these questions give us access to what feels right in our life and gives us a starting point to figure out how we can contribute to this world. That which gives us purpose. That which helps us bloom.  

When I answered these questions, I felt relief. “Whew, I don’t have to try to be anything other than what I am and be the best at that!” I felt lighter and hopeful because sure, I could focus on being the best me possible. I had the inside info on my strengths and weaknesses to prioritize the steps I needed to perform better in whatever I decided to engage in, both personally and professionally.

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.

Brené Brown

The initial challenge for me living authentically was feeling exposed because when we choose to honor our true nature and stop blindly following the crowd, it does tend to leave us standing on our own at times. Extremely alone at other times. It’s tempting to abandon ship and blend in with the crowd but we all know that once we become aware of something, we can’t un-see it or pretend that we don’t know the difference of what’s now, and what’s possible.

The key to living peacefully and honoring our authenticity is to respect our path as our truth, and not necessarily the path for others. That means drop the expectations, refrain from judgment, and practice patience and respect that others will disagree with our choices. Let them! We are walking our path and it’s not our right or job to force them to walk with us. It’s their choice! Lead by example, and the ones who are ready will eventually join us.

Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy and gratitude into our lives

Brené Brown

Living authentically, typically, isn’t popular, usually isn’t easy, but will always align us with our true self, and that feels good. For me, the choice to live authentically has presented many challenges and emotions, but never one of regret! ❤

Keep it Simple,

Just Teri


13 thoughts on “Seeking Authenticity”

  1. True words. We often get lost in the trials of life, struggling to conform to society and following set standards blindly loosing our selves in the process. I noticed the same; asking the right questions, meditating and being true to oneself leads to a more fulfilled path of joy and contentment.

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  2. So Beautiful Teri. Another beautifully written post on a great topic. Authenticity So important. When we are being our true inner self it is so liberating. But, what I have found personally, is when I am me, minding my own business, not interfering with anyone just being me, some people have issues with it, (extended family). It doesn’t bother me anymore, cause it is not my issue. The point is, in being us, we will get some stick even when we are doing nothing to others, and we have to be strong for that. We have to be strong to go against societal worldly materialistic ways and be true to ourselves and have the courage or just be plain blind and deaf to the noise of extended family. If this makes sense. Lol.

    Happy valentines day, hope you are being spoiled.

    ps.. see your email.

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    1. Another powerful comment full of insight❣️ So very true how being authentic makes other people uncomfortable, like we’re judging them when we’re just being us❣️🤗

      I love this particular comment “be true to ourselves and have the courage” and sometimes “just be plain blind and deaf to the noise”. Oh YES❣️❣️❣️

      This is where I love connecting with people through blogs- let’s be brave together ❤️🤗😃

      Ps. I’ll check my email 😂 Thanks

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  3. So glad you are a fellow traveler on the path. I’ve found the more I disconnect myself from society and it’s ideals, the easier it is for me to connect with my authentic self. It’s a much more rewarding life! 💕

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    1. Agree❤️🥰

      It IS comforting to connect with fellow travelers because the journey is up and down and everything in between. 😂

      I know you commit yourself to living authentically every day and sharing your journey with others. It’s beautiful❣️

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