Guest Post: Being You While Doing You





You were made to be an individual. You were made to be you. It’s so much harder to try to fill someone else’s shoes than it is to walk in yours. How often have you found yourself trying to fit in and then ask yourself, “Who is that girl?”

These are tried and true methods for staying true to you in a world full of wannabes:

1.   Spit it out (tastefully).
Are you too afraid to speak up?  Have you found yourself stumbling because you are too embarrassed to tell the truth?  That's a clear sign you are not being true to yourself (or to those around you).  Identify at least one situation in which you have not said what you need to say.  Then, schedule a definitive time to address the issue or the person tastefully. Do not waste anyone’s time or energy pretending everything is A-OK when it is just the opposite.

2.  Express your style in your personal appearance.
It may seem vain, but coming from the right “place,” it is not.  Clothing is a language all its own.  What does your current style say about you?  Is that message being communicated to those in which you interact?  As I transition from one stage of life to another, I am redefining my personal style.  Out with the trendy college wear and in with a more office chic look.  Be creative enough to dress in a way that makes you feel good, even when your choices are restricted for professional reasons (i.e., office environment, uniform).

3.  Do the right thing.
There is nothing more authentic than walking out your morals and values for the world to see.  When your actions do not line up with your walk, then it is no surprise that your conscience kicks in waving a red flag.  Practice integrity and truth and you will have a sense of peace about your decisions and actions.

4.  It is okay to still be growing.
Most of the time, when we are uncomfortable in our own skin, it is because we are having growing pains gains. When you go with the flow and stop fighting growth then you will enjoy the process so much more.  

Think:
When are you most likely to not be yourself?  Are there consistent things you do that do not reflect your true self?  What holds you back from being your true self?

Act:
Be more authentic today.

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12 comments :

Miss Daja said...

I LOVE THIS POST! Authenticity is so important. Here are two things that help me remain true to myself.

Another thing is to watch the company you keep because if you have to pretend you're someone you're not, those aren't the type of people that appreciate your authentic self.

Try new things. When we get stuck in routine doing the same things every day, we tend to get bored with ourselves and beat ourselves up. When you open up, speak to different people, try new things, focus on new goals.. we learn new things about ourselves that we didn't know before.

LA Lynn's said...

Great Post... I ALWAYS stay true to myself! There's nothing worst than lying to yourself! If you can't believe in you then who else will!!!!

Also, I'm still learning every day & still growing on doing the right thing and trying to be a better person all around! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Xoxo
Lynn

Britton said...

Love this Karen and yes...everything you said is sooo true! People have to stay true to themselves and most importantly say what they feel while being respectful!

LV said...

Very beautiful lady and I fully agree about being authentic. It is definitely important to keep growing.

resep masakan said...

Hi..I like your post..very informative

samecookiesdifferent said...

the room inspiration is pretty great - would love to have those chairs :)
x the cookies
samecookiesdifferent.blogspot.com

Wil Nobles said...

Great post....nowadays it seems like everyone talk about being real but in reality they are as fake as a 3 dollar bill

Wil Nobles said...

Great post....nowadays it seems like everyone talk about being real but in reality they are as fake as a 3 dollar bill

Wil Nobles said...

Great post....nowadays it seems like everyone talk about being real but in reality they are as fake as a 3 dollar bill

Wil Nobles said...

Great post....nowadays it seems like everyone talk about being real but in reality they are as fake as a 3 dollar bill

victory said...

You better preach!

Jasmine Marie said...

Fabulous post! Yes we have to be honest with ourselves so that we can be honest with others. Reality tv has enforced the idea that we should be like someone else and that is why this post speaks volumes to being true to yourself! Thanks for sharing.



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