When I sit down and think about “Who I am” so many words flood my brain. The good, the bad and the ugly. But they all come.

For years I’ve tried to wrestle with figuring it all out. My purpose, my existence, my dreams. All of it. And for years, I’ve let fear and negativity from others and more importantly MYSELF, slow my progress and stop me from taking action. I’ve let other people’s opinions of me stop me in my tracks.

I am an inherent people pleaser, the thought of people being disappointed in me, or mocking me, turns my stomach and makes me stop before I’ve even got started. It takes a LOT of daily courage and practice to keep showing up, even when people are not 100% supportive.

In my journey over the past few years, I have truly learned that I cannot please everyone. And I don’t just mean in the world of social media and internet trolls, but in my own life too. And that is sometimes the part that hurts the most – that I can’t please those closest to me all of the time.

When I find myself saying YES all of the time, when I find myself thinking about what people will think before I post something from the heart, when I think about OTHERS over myself – I have to check myself. I go back to who I am, who I want to be, and how far I have come.

In the book Present Over Perfect, the author has the most incredible quote “But this is what I’ve learned the hard way: what people think about you means nothing in comparison to what you believe about yourself.” 

Ain’t that the truth?! 

Now here’s the question…WHO ARE YOU? Are you who living like the world wants you to, are you chastising yourself at every corner, or are you living the best version of your life?

It’s not an easy question to ask but I challenge you to sit down and ask yourself this week…who am I? 

I’m here if you need me. Don’t hesitate to reach out. You are not alone.

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