There’s something beautiful that happens when you stop hiding. When you can finally shed all of the things that aren’t really you and step into all of the weird and wonderful things that ARE, something shifts. Changes happen.
You like yourself. It’s scary at first, but then you feel empowered. People are attracted to your authenticity. Opportunities that were meant for the REAL you start flowing into your awareness. You might lose a few people, but the ones you gain feel divinely connected. Here are just a few of my favorite quotes on the beauty of stepping into your truth, embracing it and shouting it until your voice cracks.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown
“All stories have a curious and even dangerous power. They are manifestations of truth — yours and mine. And truth is all at once the most wonderful yet terrifying thing in the world, which makes it nearly impossible to handle. It is such a great responsibility that it’s best not to tell a story at all unless you know you can do it right. You must be very careful, or without knowing it you can change the world.”
― Vera Nazarian
“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.”
― Madeleine L’Engle
“Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.”
― Marty Rubin
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.”
― Brené Brown
“Live authentically. Why would you continue to compromise something that’s beautiful to create something that is fake?”
― Steve Maraboli
“As you become more aligned with the truth of who you are, the question of liking yourself goes away. It is a natural state of being.”
― Rachel Archelaus
“Often misconstrued, authenticity is not about being an open book, revealing every detail of yourself without rhyme or reason. It is simply the act of openly and courageously seeing what needs to be seen, saying what needs to be said, doing what needs to be done, and becoming that which you are intent on being.”
― Scott Edmund Miller
“High above the noise and fear mongering of critics and cynics softly speaks your true self.”
― Mollie Marti
“In the beginning, it is difficult and even painful to see the faults in yourself, the flaws in your soul, the error of your ways. But I have come to love the moments when I see my flaws and I spot my errors! It is one of the most beautiful things, really! Because it is when we see our own flaws and our own errors that we can find the opposite of those things! It is when we see our own flaws and our own errors that we can see that there is so much more room to become better! And so I have come to actually rejoice when I find something wrong with me! And I know when it’s really wrong because I can see it and I can feel it in my heart both at the same time— it is a revelation. It’s not something that comes from any external source; but it is my own spirit and the voice of God revealing these things to me, unfolding them, rolling them out of a silken cloth at my feet. And I smile.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Now…shed what doesn’t belong, reveal what does. Shine a light on it. And watch yourself bloom and grow and triumph. =)