This was the original title of this post:
“How I stopped caring about what others think and started walking around with colorful pens and markers in my bag”.
It took me a while to decide whether I should share this with you or not. I wasn’t convinced that this topic is interesting enough to share. But then I figured that there is much more to it then just pens and markers. There is self esteem and confidence.
So let me start over.
When was the last time you had the though: “What they think of me?”
When was the last time you held yourself back because you wanted to fit in?
When was the last time you felt like your natural self without masks or even the smallest pretend?
I was a pretender for a long time…
I buried my creative spirit and thought I should act like an “adult” all the time. All my playfulness with colors and other materials was gone. It made me sad and I didn’t even see it.
Only when I allowed myself to do the things I really wanted, I felt free.
And as big as that sounds, its all about the little things; taking out a handful of colored pens in the middle of a workshop and highlight joyfully things in my notebook; drawing hearts in my planner even if I’ll open it in front of my client; sharing my sometimes naive point of view only because I feel inspired to.
It all matters!!
You are here on this planet to be yourself! (Tweet that!)
When I connect to people I want to experience them as they really are and not the way they think people want them to be.
Don’t be afraid.
It’s amazingly empowering.
As a bonus, you also get to transform yourself to a much more authentic person and attract the people (and clients!) you really want around you.
I’m so grateful I shed myself this persona. I am who I am. With all my excitement, quirkiness, funny faces to my kids, TED admiration, inspiration picture collection and colorful pens in my hand bag.
Don’t be afraid to be who you are! (tweet that too)
Now more then ever, people want to connect to real people.
Be real. Be you. Share your stories.
Don’t be afraid about what other may think. Most chances they are busy with their own problems anyway.
Start by being aware to all the times and situations you’re holding yourself back from doing something that feels fun and joyful.
Do something differently next time.
You can! It’s your life and you should enjoy them much more.
Here is your chance to do something different:
Share your story.
In the comments below let us hear about who you are, what do you love about yourself, about what you do. What is your quirkiness you’re not sure you should publicly display?
Here is your chance to shed something off and connect to other wonderful women and to the world.