2014: word and reflection
My word for 2014 was authenticity. (2013 was renew; 2012 was trust; 2011 was perspective; 2010 was beauty, in case you were wondering.)
Authentic: not false; true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character (definition given by Merriam-Webster)
I am a recovering people-pleaser. I struggle with worrying–and caring–about what others think of me. I chose to focus on authenticity this year because I wanted to find freedom. Freedom from the opinions of other people. Freedom from perfection. Freedom from comparison.
Comparing myself to others, worrying about disappointing people, negative self-talk, dwelling on failures, and staying stuck in a place of inadequacy and insignificance… these have all held me back from becoming my best self.
Before I embarked on this journey to finding freedom, I had to put in the work to figure out who I am: what inspires me and makes me come alive. Journaling, reading, and reflecting were powerful tools that helped me learn more about myself and how I’m wired.
Failure is not about you. You are just a steward. Let it go and let God use it. The authenticity you own about your story will glorify God.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live an authentic life and tell an authentic story. I don’t want to hold back anymore. I don’t want to let fear keep me from glorifying God.
So, after a year of viewing life through the lens of authenticity, I’ve decided to say “goodbye” to a few things as I prepare for 2015.
What I’ve decided to QUIT after this year:
– the comparison game (this is so huge for me)
– believing the lie that I am not enough in God’s eyes
– dwelling on the past
– worrying about the future
Can you relate to my fear of what others think? What is a word that you could use to sum up 2014? What can you quit from 2014 in preparation for a new 2015? I hope you find freedom in 2015.
Stay tuned for my word of 2015…
Love, Ali xo
P. S. Check out my post, 5 Ways to Avoid the Comparison Trap
I'm Ali. I write about my journey of living a full and healthy life with food allergies, overcoming the comparison trap, and cultivating authenticity.