Authenticity. The Art of Being You.

There are some days that I feel like I’ve lost my voice. No, I’m not sick.  But there have been days when it feels like the voice I have is not my own…  Well, not entirely.

I don’t suppose this is an uncommon problem in the online world. After all, we all have this preconceived notion of who and what we we should present ourselves as when we’re faced with communicating with others.  Entrepreneurship is no exception to this rule.

Authenticity is hard to come by sometimes as an online entrepreneur. But it's so important and the best thing that you can be!
Authenticity is hard to come by sometimes as an online entrepreneur. But it's so important and the best thing that you can be!

It will come as no surprise to you that we live in a world where perfection is a goal.

No matter where you turn, there are airbrushed models. Pictures of perfectly arranged homes. Meals that look like they’ve been prepared by the finest of chefs. {You’ve obviously been looking at my instagram feed if you’ve seen those meals… I kid, I kid!} And let’s face it… how many of us are actually living like that.

Not me.

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I have a basket of laundry waiting to be folded.  A sink full of breakfast and lunch dishes that need to be washed. I’m wearing the same ponytail I always do.  I just had an apple and cottage cheese for lunch.  I’m in the middle of a home improvement project that is making me want to scream…

Yeah. It’s hard to admit all that in a world of seemingly problem-less people.

But I’m tired of struggling with that admission.  I am who I am.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.

I’ll never be the trendy mom on the playground, effortlessly chatting away with another mom she just met. I’m awkward.

I’ll never be the woman with house that looks like it came right out of a magazine. I’m too busy living here.

I’ll never be done with the laundry. I’m too happy watching my kids pretend to be doctors and wizards and ninjas, even though that means multiple outfits get dirty in one day.

And there is nothing wrong with that.

But my goodness, there are some days that I look in the mirror and wonder what the heck I’m doing! There aren’t enough hours in my day to do everything that everyone else is doing!  And there are some days I’m just too tired to even bother trying to look like anything but a stay at home mom that just rolled out of bed.

But that’s okay.

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I’m not everyone else. I’m me. Erin.  Wife of a loving, supportive man. Mother to 3 rambunctious little boys that are brilliant and creative. I’m a business owner, pursuing my dream to make a mark on the world in a sweet sweet way. I’m a woman that still believes in happily ever afters, that has fallen and stood back up.

I’m am strong. Powerful.

I am perfect the way I am.

And so are you.

To everyone out there struggling to get by today, trying to figure out why you can’t do what someone else is doing, I urge you to stop. Take a breath.  You are you and that’s the best thing a person can be. Themselves.  There’s nothing wrong with living life outside of the camera filter.

“Be yourself- not the idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” Henry David Thoreau was a very wise man.

If you're struggling with getting back to you and your authentic self while the world is telling you who you should be, I have a class for you.

Authenticity is hard to come by sometimes as an online entrepreneur. But it's so important and the best thing that you can be!
Authenticity is hard to come by sometimes as an online entrepreneur. But it's so important and the best thing that you can be!

Define Your Authentic Voice is my newest class, complete with worksheets, all about finding your authenticity again, embracing it and using it to help you stand out in the business world. You can get it by clicking here.

Until next time, Happy Wednesday. Make it wonderful.

Authenticity is hard to come by sometimes as an online entrepreneur. But it's so important and the best thing that you can be!
Authenticity is hard to come by sometimes as an online entrepreneur. But it's so important and the best thing that you can be!
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