How Can I Be More Authentic?

I was reading this morning about authenticity and how it is something we must practice each and every day and it is a collection of choices we make through our day. “Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; it is exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle…” This continues on.

We are all made of strength and struggle.

We are all capable of mistakes, of hurt, of anger, of love, and of courage.

So I asked myself, how can I be more authentic? What choices can I make to allow space to be ME?

I think for me, it’s saying no to new opportunities and to helping others when I’m just not up for it. I want to give, and often end up feeling as though I’ve given too much.

Being authentic is allowing my high energy, excited, passionate, and sometimes a little too loud self exist without feeling bad, or feeling like I need to “control” myself.

It’s recognizing that I’m an emotional person and the way I deal with my emotions is to cry, that’s just a fact. I don’t get angry. I don’t shut down. I don’t lash out. I cry. And that’s okay. It doesn’t mean I’m unstable, crazy, or overly emotional. It’s just how I process.

How else can you be more authentic?

What parts of yourself do you hide or dislike and how can you create space for them?

How can you change your perspective on yourself?

Also, if you’ve never read a book by @brenebrown then you need to.