This week, as a throwback to the speaking gig I did at Lululemon on May 12, I will be focusing on the 5 pillars needed to live healthy + happy (sign up to the Red Fairy’s weekly newsletter to view the full video of my talk). 

Pillar #5 to live healthy + happy: AUTHENTICITY. This quote summarizes perfectly what authenticity means and I had the immense pleasure of meeting someone last night that was a living and breathing example of that. She’s a woman that let her soul shine through like I’ve rarely seen. I could almost see it.

It made me realize that many of us walk around with layers and layers of armour which keep us from letting our true self come through.

We think it protects us but instead it keeps the light from coming in and ours from going out.

We’re afraid of what others think, of not being good enough so we keep these layers around us and project what we think people want to see.

I did that for many years. I was so afraid of losing those that I loved that I put up this great act of who I thought they wanted me to be. I even pretended I wanted a child in order to not lose the man I loved at the time. Turns out that kids are lovely but they aren’t for me and neither was he.

Pretending to be someone you’re not is exhausting and doesn’t leave you with any energy to do what you love.

I learned the hard way what not being authentic leads to but once I knew, I moved forward and never looked back. I’m so grateful for the darkness that eventually allowed me to see the light and tap into who I truly was.

You too can do this. You might not feel like you’re putting on an act but there are perhaps little ways every day in which you deny who you are. Maybe to please others maybe in order to not rock the boat.

You might think that it doesn’t matter and that the price you pay is worth it but nothing is worth denying the amazing being you truly are. Take a moment to tap into your inner self, listen to that voice that has been whispering and asking to come forth.

You can only lead a fulfilling life when you put down the mask and show your true colours.

It can make you feel vulnerable but you will see that it is 100% worth it. When you show the world your true self, life rewards that courage tenfold. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with authenticity.

To discover the 4 other pillars to live healthy + happy, click here or continue reading below!

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