Do you fake it til you make it? Try authenticity instead.

I hear this saying all the time: Fake it til you make it.

I used to subscribe to this, but when my anxiety or depression got real bad, it didn’t work. Instead, it made me feel worse. I couldn’t fake it right either and I felt, well, fake.

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and maybe you aren’t even feeling like yourself, try this exercise out.

Honoring Our Gifts: Our Golden Shadow

We’ve talked about the Golden Shadow before. The basics: the Golden Shadow is all of those things we would benefit from using that we don’t claim. And I know what you’re thinking – if I don’t claim them, how do I know I have them? Here’s how I realized my Golden Shadow: I envied another woman

Honoring Our Gifts: Our Shadow

I remember reading a novel when I was a kid. The story was about a young, wounded man finding his way through his life and yet always battling this evil which was always near and yet elusive. Towards the end of the story he is forced to name this evil. When it comes down to it he realizes that the evil is a part of him. His shadow.

Honoring Our Gifts: Our Sage Archetype

We’re coming to the end of the 30 days of honoring our gifts and one of my favorite archetypes is the Sage Archetype because of the amount of gifts it offers us – whether we know it or not. Our Sage is our inner wisdom and intuition. It is the ancient piece of us that can see the big picture and offer us spiritual wisdom and for me, emotional support.

Honoring Our Gifts: Our Purpose

In one of the earlier posts we talked about being grateful for life itself. And yet what is life without a purpose? It seems to me that one’s purpose in life changes as one lives through it. The purpose of life is very different for a young person pursuing their education versus an elder with generations of younger folks looking to them for guidance and wisdom.

Honoring Our Gifts: Our Value

Our value. This can be pretty challenging if you don’t feel valuable or worthy within. I admit, there are days that I still struggle with value – especially when someone else contradicts what I believe about myself or says hurtful things.