Authenticity: What it Means to You

Skylar Wooden and Katie Butler

October 10, 2016

What does it mean to live authentically? Authenticity, as it relates to everyday living, means something different to everyone. Our idea of living authentically brought you this blog. We know your time is limited by work, working out, significant others, your pets, and your social life. It’s easy to come home, throw on sweatpants, and curl up on the couch to binge watch Gilmore Girls. We love it, too.

At times, that type of life is just what you need. It’s important to realize, though, that your goals are something that are worked toward almost every day. If every day is your 9-to-5 and then relaxing/house cleaning/dog walking, where did you put all of your creativity? Was it stuffed into your job? If so, is your job the only place in your life where you want to make progress?

Everything you want to accomplish in life requires an investment of your time, so when you want to improve your results, you must face the fact that your supply of time is completely inelastic and perishable. The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran

Above is a quote that we hope you consider. Realize that everything that you hope to accomplish requires an investment of your time. Time is such a valuable resource that too often goes overlooked.

We are not the best examples. We’ve been known to binge on our favorite television shows for an entire day, moving only to eat. But, we’re all about the learning experience, and here we are, learning to put ourselves out there and share our thoughts with you—pretty frightening stuff.

Maybe today’s self-improvement task is reading this blog post and getting the inspiration to apply this to your life. Maybe you’ll resonate with the quote and start reading The 12 Week Year. Here are a few ways we devote time to self-improvement:

  1. Volunteering
  2. Networking
  3. Reading
  4. Writing
  5. Self-Care
  6. Exercise

Look for our next blog about using volunteer work as an outlet while still protecting your most important asset: time.

So tell us, what goal do you want to use your time to work toward? Is it opening your own business? Going back to school? Learning something new? We’d love to hear all of your aspirations, inspiration, and motivation.

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