Will 2013 Be An “Authentic” Year?

decoration--happy-new-year-2013-vector-1061083I’ve said it time and time again – STYLE is more than beauty, more than fashion, more than popularity.  It’s confidence, poise, sincerity, knowing when to keep your mouth shut – and authenticity.

What is authenticity?  Sarah Ban Breathnach, in her book Simple Abundance:  A Day Book of Comfort and Joy defines it as “a tapestry of contentment.”  She says that you have to BE who you are before you can HAVE what you want.

I would go further and say that authentic people are for the most happier, because they know and accept who they are.  Authentic people are by no means perfect.  But when a person isn’t burdened by baggage such as paranoia, jealously or excuses, the path to happy is a lot shorter!

One of the most valuable pieces of advice that I ever received was from a former boss early in my career.  Every July, he would make appointments with every one of his more than 100 employees, and he would sit down with them and just talk.  The first time I had my meeting with him, I had been with the company for only about 8 months.  I had been hired to help set up the company to start selling internationally.  I was a college graduate, came from out of town, spoke 5 languages, didn’t know anyone, and sat in an office in a building across the street from the main staff.  When my boss asked how I was doing, I was honest.  I told him that I just didn’t think I was going to fit in.  Here’s what he said:

“Sara – All you can do is to be yourself.  If you do that, and they don’t like you, it’s THEIR problem, not yours.”

I may not always be the most popular person in the room.  I’m a strong woman, I’m opinionated, and I’m honest.  But you’ll always know where you stand with me.  And I know for sure that I’m proud of who I am and what I’ve accomplished, because I’ve earned every bit of it.

Do you know who you are?  Are you proud of who you are?  If not, what can you do to change that in 2013?

 

AND THE WINNER IS —–  MANDY FORD!

Congratulations to Mandy for winning our give away for December, and thank you for commenting!  Mandy, if you will e-mail me your mailing address, I will get your package in the mail right away!

For January, we’re going to celebrate our authenticity and simple abundance with a copy of Simple Abundance:  A Day Book of Comfort and Joy.  I have been using this book for at least 5 years now, and I learn something every time I read it.  Included in the January give away will be a set of 4 of my homemade note cards and a lotion bar from my friend Julie Shank.  Anyone who comments on any of my blog posts during the month of January will be eligible for the drawing.  Don’t forget to invite your friends to read the blog!

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3 thoughts on “Will 2013 Be An “Authentic” Year?

  1. LOVE this Sara…being authentic is something I worked on a lot this past year. It is so true that you can’t be happy in life if you aren’t happy first with yourself. And thank you so much for the giveaway! I can’t wait to wear that beautiful scarf! If you want to meet up for coffee or something you can avoid mailing it. 🙂

  2. Going through a recent job change, many who wanted to help me would ask the simple question, “what do you want to do?” and many times it would stump me. I mean, what couldn’t I do? I have a wide background in many various skills but the question sent me on a search of my soul. What DO I want to do? I am learning what I don’t want to do and for me that is helping me to decide what it is I want to do. Each day I learn more about myself. I am moving forward into a new-ish role for me, but one that I feel really good about. I think it is a great start for 2013!

  3. Sara – thanks for sending me your link this morning as I needed to hear just today that I simply need to be myself and if people don’t like me then that is THEIR problem not mine. This post is a great way start my new year! Thanks!

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