I’ve noticed a theme of authenticity in all the lessons I’ve been learning lately, both personally and professionally. For this blog post, I felt inspired to practice being authentic by sharing things I’m afraid to tell you (my peers and professional connections). I invite you to do the same, with whoever your “you” might be. It feels good to know you’re being true to yourself!
- I enjoy traveling more than almost anything else. I have no desire to start saving for a house or a new car because I would rather my money go towards exploring the world! And that doesn’t make me an irresponsible adult. I have a goal of traveling to four new places each year for as long as that can be a part of my lifestyle. I made it a priority and something I am working towards all the time because it is important to me.
- This year I left my reliable, comfortable, profitable fundraising career behind and took a risk on a new career in marketing for nonprofits. I couldn’t be more relieved! Fundraising wasn’t a place where I felt authentic and like I could truly be myself.
- I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. Although I love where I am right now, I don’t know that I’m truly a marketer any more than I was a fundraiser. But I’m truly grateful that I am learning so much and have more opportunities to grow and try new things each day! I know I’m on the right path even if I don’t know where that path leads yet.
- I have come to recognize that I am prone to feel discontent. I have moved jobs a lot in my fairly short career. I don’t regret any of the decisions I’ve made so far to switch jobs, but I know that I need to have tools to help me when I start to feel discontent. Travel has helped a lot. But the biggest lesson I’ve learned in the past year is that you create your own happiness, and this is often an internal battle for me. If something discourages me, I may not be able to change the circumstances, but I can change how I feel about it.
- I definitely had a quarter life crisis. I began to work with a life coach when that happened, and I used to feel ashamed of that. But there’s no shame in asking for help when you need it. And I would gladly recommend some coaches in my network if anyone needs them!
- I have a super “hippie dippie” side to me that I don’t often show the world. For example, my inspiration for this exercise in admitting things I’m afraid to tell you came from a podcast I love called The Lively Show. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re interested in intuition, flow, and living with intention, you should check it out. I also choose a word for each year to guide me (2015 was Expand, 2016 was Love, and 2017 is Dare), and I swear by this! This year’s word is teaching me that life doesn’t have to be so serious and that there’s value in being playful, even as an adult. You should try it!
- I’m a badass. I have a great story to tell the world. And so do you. We have all overcome adversity of some sort. Sometimes we all need to be reminded how awesome we are, because it’s true! I’d love to connect to hear your story, and maybe some of the things you’re afraid to tell.
So how about you? What is something you're afraid to share?
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