“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
If you’re unfamiliar with Brene Brown, I need you need to stop what you’re doing and check her out now. She is most famous for her talks on vulnerability, courage, authenticity and shame. Ok, now come back. Your life is changed, right?? Brene’s teachings are everything and more. Put her, Elizabeth Gilbert and Oprah Winfrey together, and they are my Holy Trinity on all things authentic.
What Brene understands is that to be shamelessly authentic, we must choose it. She says, “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”
Authenticity demands wholehearted living and loving – even when it’s hard, even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough, and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it. Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives. – The Gifts of Imperfection, p. 50
Being shamelessly authentic involves a lot of introspective evaluation. With all that that said, I want to share with you five ways you can be shamelessly authentic right now.
I waited until the week before Christmas to book my trip to LA. I wouldn’t recommend that to anyone, but I’m glad I booked it. What better way to end the year than in sunny Los Angeles!
Despite not having consistent employment in 2015, I got to visit more places in a year than I’ve ever before. Once I got a full-time job, I committed to traveling somewhere once a month. Since July, I’ve been to New Orleans, Chicago, Nashville, and New York. Tomorrow, I leave for Los Angeles and I’m GEEKED.
You don’t have to make a ton of money to travel (please, take that from this unemployed girl). All you have to do is be smart about your decisions and PLAN. From planning out where you’re going to planning what to pack, be strategic. In this post, I will focus solely on showing you how to pack like a pro for the holidays.
Oprah isn’t the only one with a favorite things list. Albeit, her favorite things list on Amazon is pretty awesome. Last year, I created a holiday gift guide for bloggers. This year, I want to focus on you ladies who want to be awesome, too. And to be awesome, you need some tools. Here are some inspiring holiday gifts for any gal, that will inevitably make you crush 2016.
Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” Robert J. Sawyer
Last week, I decided to give social media a break. This isn’t new for me. Working in media, I choose to disconnect quite often. I even gave up Facebook, once. This time, I needed to focus, in preparation for 2016. Although I’ve made verbal plans and created vision boards, they never stuck with me because I didn’t get detailed enough about my goals. They were very general in concept. And so, the most logical thing for me to do was to remove my most obvious distractions: social media.
A while ago, a friend of mine reminded me to be specific when I prayed. I was used to praying general prayers. “God, help me get a job to pay my bills. Help me to pay for my travels.” But prayers that are not specific are not only useless, they are directionless. After reading my good friend Krystal’s blog post about praying for yourself and being specific about those prayers, I knew I had to step my game up if I wanted to receive my blessings.
This morning, I desperately wanted a burger. Then I remembered that I no longer eat red meat. And then I wanted to cry. I was vegan for six days before becoming pescatarian. It really was and is one of the best decisions I’ve made in life. But when you are seeking a healthy lifestyle change, your habits have to change as well. Because my habits didn’t match the lifestyle, I felt like a juice cleanse was necessary. Enter Vitamin G2 Vitality.
“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
A few weeks ago, I was in New York for a job interview. That’s not information I’m willing to divulge because, what if. What if I start telling everyone who asks about the position and then I don’t get it? Did I jinx myself by speaking too soon? Although I do believe in keeping some things to yourself, other times, sharing the journey can make the desired outcome more real. I mean, the only real reason I didn’t want to discuss it is because of uncertainty. But as I’m reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, I’m realizing how much fear of the unknown is just an excuse not to live our best lives.
It’s my absolute FAVORITE time of the year again. Woven sweaters, crisp weather, and most importantly, bold lips. I’m not much of a full-faced gal but I’ve gotta have an attention-grabbing lipstick to make my face complete. See what lipsticks are all the rave below!
On a whim, I decided to drive to Nashville. From Atlanta, it’s only a three and a half hour commute. We took the scenic route through Chattanooga and it was a sight to see. I’ve always wanted to visit Nashville and it was worth the trip.