Authentically You!

What does it mean to be authentically you? Karen Luise knows and she also knows that sometimes to be authentically who you are, you’ve got to break a few rules. Authentic means that you genuinely know who you are, what you want, where you’ve been and what matters to you (as far as values, ideals, and beliefs). To be your authentic self, you might have to step on a few toes and ruffle some feathers … and that is okay. At the end of the day, you’ve gotta be you!

If you’ve ever been told that things would be better if you were just a little more or a little less of something, they your authentic self has been questioned. How you answer that question makes all of the difference. When I was much younger, several guys I was dating, asked me to be a little less goofy and outgoing. Well meaning family members wished I was a little less of a super extrovert. I needed to be quieter and more demure (whatever that means, I still don’t know).

For a while, I tried. I tried to be quiet and demure (?). I worked hard to downplay the goofy. It was hard. I mean, really hard. It was so hard because the real me – the over-the-top, crazy, extroverted loudmouth was relentless in her attempts to get out. Eventually, I stopped. I opened the door to the laughing, boa-and-fake-tiara wearing, speaks her mind chick came strutting out. She made no apologizes.

And, it felt good. Really good. There were a few people who didn’t like it. But for everyone who didn’t there were twice as many who accepted me and there was a new tribe of people who were looking for someone just like me who embraced me just the way I authentically am.

Girls are supposed to be quiet and not silly. I broke that rule wide open, and probably a few more. What rules have you broken to get in touch with your authentic self?


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