Embracing Authenticity in Our Digital Journey: Finding Strength on the Hard Days

Embracing Authenticity in Our Digital Journey: Finding Strength on the Hard Days


Hey everyone,

Today was tough. Really tough. And it's days like these that remind me of the importance of starting—starting somewhere, anywhere, as long as it's a step forward in this authentic journey we're all on. So, I'm here to share not just the sunshine and rainbows but the storms and clouds too, because it's in those moments we often find our true strength.

Never in a million years did I think I'd find myself posting unfiltered in my pjs on YouTube (here’s the link - you’re welcome), but here I am, believing deeply that this is where I can best share my voice, my struggles, and the transformative journey I've been on. It's not just about me; it's about all of us who are finding our way through the challenges life throws our way, armed with the hope that there are resources and communities out there that can help.

Today's struggle? Feeling like I have to fit into a box, especially on platforms like Instagram and TikTok. I've always known I'm not the "fit in the box" kind of person. I had this realization today while navigating the curated worlds of social media, where everything seems so polished, so goal-oriented, but not always real. It's a tough realization, especially when you're pouring your heart into something you truly believe in.

I've been hyperfocused on growing my podcast, believing that by reaching more people, I could help more people. But the path to growth on these platforms felt misaligned with who I am. It was a rabbit hole of expectations, of trying to conform to a mold that just isn't me. And that realization hit hard.

But here's the thing about hard days: they teach us. They force us to reevaluate, to pivot, and to find new paths that align more closely with our authentic selves. So, I'm pivoting again, turning to mediums that allow me to simply speak to you, to share the raw, unfiltered moments of my journey in hopes that it resonates with someone else out there.

Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Twitter—each platform has its place, but how I use them needs to change. It's about sharing the things that truly matter, the things that have helped me through my journey, in a way that stays true to who I am. No more trying to fit into a box. No more chasing the perfect post for more followers. It's about being real, being me.

And yes, today was rough. From the chaos of early mornings with sick kids to the late nights trying to catch up on work, it's been a day of reflection and realization. But it's also been a day of learning. Learning that it's okay to have tough days, it's okay to admit when things aren't working, and it's crucial to make a plan to move through it.

I've made mistakes, like chasing Instagram growth through services that felt disingenuous. But I've also made decisions to cancel, to delete, and to start fresh in a way that feels right. It's a journey of authenticity, of trying and sometimes failing, but always learning and moving forward.

So, to anyone listening, thank you. Whether you're here for the first time or have been with me from the start, know that this journey we're on is about more than just the destinations we're aiming for. It's about the lessons we learn, the authenticity we embrace, and the resilience we build along the way.

Let's keep starting, keep striving, and keep sharing our true selves, no matter how hard the days might get. Because in the end, it's those authentic moments that truly connect us, heal us, and push us forward.

From stigmas to strengths - we are on this journey together. Just start - whatever that. means for your authentic self.


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