When I first started writing, I couldn’t pin down my authentic voice.I would read someone’s writing that was raw and vulnerable and think, “yep, that’s what I’m working toward.”But then, I would come across a writer who was gentle and optimistic and think, “hmm, maybe that suits me better.” Somewhere along the way, I gave up trying to mold myself into someone else and just started writing down my thoughts as they came to me—in whatever tone and using whichever words felt true in that moment. I was scared to publish these at first. If it didn’t follow the style of previously successful articles, how was I going to guarantee success? How was I going to ensure that people would like me (I mean, the article)? I heard an argument recently from entrepreneur Jasmine Star, promoting the idea that building our personal brand and identity will ultimately either attract or repel others. When I first heard this, my body immediately responded. I felt uneasy at the thought of repelling someone with my authenticity.
Then I realized something. ----- read more by clicking the photo
BEFORE YOU CAN KNOW WHERE YOU ARE HEADED, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE + WHO YOU ARE. ONCE YOU HAVE SELF-AWARENESS AND CLARITY IN KNOWING YOUR PASSIONS AND PURPOSE, YOU CAN BEGIN TO CREATE A LIFE AND CAREER IN COMPLETE ALIGNMENT WITH YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF: SETTING GOALS THAT RESONATE WITH YOUR SOUL, BUILDING IN DAILY STEPS THAT BRING YOU CLOSER TO THOSE GOALS, AND HANGING IN THERE THROUGH THE UPS AND DOWNS.