"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen."
From my favorite Tedtalk by Brene Brown, the power of vulnerability. I hit a transformational time about 2 years ago, I had been trying to be brave and strong for so long that it was exhausting. Once I found the courage to allow myself to be vulnerable and authentically me, I took off I whole load if pressure that I'd been putting on myself. By taking off my masks and owning my story, there was nothing anyone could take away from me. It felt like a giant leap to take at the time, but once I did I had no idea that I would find a deeper strength within myself by being my imperfect beautiful self.
"Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance."
I thought that I had a pretty healthy self love thing going on, but I most certainly was just scratching the surface. Through my yoga practice, meditation and reaching out for guidence in the areas I needed help, I started to embrace vulnerability as my greatest strength. Brene Browns talk resonated with me at the time so much that I felt I wanted to share.