The Road to Authenticity

You know, when I started this blog, I wanted to inspire people and give instructions on how to live a better life.  While I still want those things, I had a realization today that no one likes to be told what to do.  Sure, there are some strictly motivational sites that impact people but I find the sites I connect with the most are the ones run by real people sharing their personal stories.

My friend MJ Schrader and I have been talking a lot lately about being authentic.  It occurred to me that by giving my readers only instruction, there was a part of me that felt like a fake.  To me, that made it sound like I have it all figured out.  The authentic part of me is very comfortable with the idea that I will never have it all figured out.

Stop Pretending You're Not Human by Tayrawr Fortune

I’ve learned a lot of things in my life.  I have learned some things that work and some things that don’t work for me.  I feel that there is tremendous value in sharing that knowledge and helping other women on their path to happiness.

The latest thing I have come to realize is that touching people’s lives requires an authentic sharing of yourself.

So this blog is going to take a turn, hopefully for the better.  I have decided to include more personal stories.  I have decided that I will write what is in my heart as it happens, even if I don’t have it figured out yet.  I have decided that I will write about my struggles as well as my victories.

And if I happen to help a woman or two along the way, that will be the most delicious icing on the cake!

What kind of bloggers do you connect with?  How do you feel about “teachers” sharing their imperfections???

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6 Responses to The Road to Authenticity

  1. Bravo! All we can be is who we really are. Nothing else matters. So glad to see you stepping out and “telling it like it is.” Anything less than our authentic selves is really not anything at all!

  2. Go for it! :)

    Can’t really comment much- honestly my reaction was a sort of congratulatory cheer for you.
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  3. Kelly,
    I’m so happy for you! I know when I first started I tried to make it look all ‘professional.’ It absolutely felt fake. I knew what I was talking about, but wasn’t feeling it like I wanted my readers to feel it.

    When I decided to Just Be Me – is when it all began to run much smoother and became so much easier. I can’t wait to read what’s to come!
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  4. Lisbeth Tanz says:

    Kelly, this is a great realization that will transform your blog and the impact you have on your readers. It sounds like you’re making the transition from being a person who reports information to one who exemplifies it. Glad I found you on Blogging Mastermind Comment Tribe!
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  5. Kelly, I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your blog through Dani’s blog tribe at exactly this point in your journey. You’ve had me reflecting on my approach to blogging and I find that I do the same. I share stories about my experiences in Peru and hope that the snippets help people reflect on their own experiences. =)

    I’ve subscribed and have followed your blog on NetworkedBlogs! =) Can’t wait to read more!
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  6. Steve Rice says:

    So excited about your blog! I think you’re 100% on the right track with your decision to increase the authenticity of your posts. Greater vulnerability will help your readers to connect to you in a really amazing way, and in so doing, you will be able to fulfill your desire of impacting people’s lives for the better. Can’t wait to see what the future holds. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.
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