Within the past few weeks, I’ve attended two different conferences that left me inspired and intrigued. The first conference was created by Women in Cable Telecommunications – Florida Chapter and it was called An Evening of Art & Authentic Conversation: Diversity Inclusion in Cable. The event featured multiple panelists discussing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It was held at the beautiful Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. The discussion sparked interest in my own life about living authentically. The other conference was a Vampire Diaries convention where one of the actors, Matt Davis, talked about destiny and finding your true potential.
I sat at both events and thought about where my life has led me so far. I try to live my life as a positive person and my faith guides me everyday. Living authentically is not a new concept by any means, but these two conferences made me more aware then ever about be true to myself and finding my inner happiness. In a world filled with instantaneous information and countless social media interactions, it can be tricky to stay afloat and genuine. Recently there have been several social media influencers that have traded in their picturesque posts, for real photos that may not garner as many likes. I truly believe that living authentically means doing what makes you happy and staying true to your values, hopes and dreams. It’s OK to not follow the trends and to spend the day actually interacting with people instead of only communicating online. I am a social media lover myself, but I find that I am happiest when I slow down and enjoy time with family and friends. It feels incredible to trust my intuition and to open my mind to new possibilities. I know that I am not perfect, but I am doing my best to enjoy this life that God has given me.
Here are four thoughts on how to live authentically:
- Trust your intuition: It can be hard to listen to your inner thoughts and to trust your own judgement, especially if you are used to following someone else’s decisions. If something feels off or wrong, take time to think about the cause and decide whether or not it’s worth taking action upon. Sometimes feelings will fade after a while, other times they will not. It’s up to you to listen.
- Learn to love yourself: I learned this the hard way after a difficult breakup. It’s so easy to lose sight of your own needs and happiness when you’re wrapped up in distractions. I now understand the notion of loving yourself first. If you don’t love yourself, how can you share love with others? Whether big or small, find things to be grateful for within your own life. Tell yourself you love yourself each and everyday. Learn to smile at the little things and pamper yourself regularly. Perhaps try meditation, yoga, dance classes, writing, walking, or reading.
- Communicate: I love Oprah’s quote “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for” because it is so true. Communicating with others can create so many opportunities, foster relationships, and it encourages personal strength. It’s important to communicate with loved ones, colleagues, and friends to share your thoughts and to learn new things.
- Find your purpose: This can be a daunting task, however, as you start to trust your intuition, you may end up getting closer and closer to finding your true purpose. Perhaps it is giving back to the community, becoming an entrepreneur, or giving advice to others. Whatever your purpose is, take time to nurture it and give it time to grow.
photo by Morgan Sessions