"What I know for sure is speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have."  Oprah

There is going to be a moment in your life when life pauses, time seemingly standing still, and your spirit looks straight into your soul and asks, who am I and what have I done? I pray in that moment you can be proud of the person you are. That a knowing smile creeps on your face and that joy, overflowing joy, overtakes you, because you know that you have lived your truth. You decidedly chose, day in and day out, to be the best and truest version of who God created you to be. And as you read this, there's a feeling in your gut that tells you if you're on the path of courage and authenticity or if you're living life on a path that's not reflective of who you are.

Speaking and living our truth is a lifelong journey of exploration, discovery, and application. Some of us are firmly on this path, some are not, most are on their way to the path. The fact that you're reading this tells me that you are someone who knows, as Oprah does, that our best self is on the side of living our truth. So wherever you are today I welcome and congratulate you for seeking to further and deepen your journey of being your truest self.

Living our truths is an incredibly challenging journey wrought with questions, uncertainty, and doubt. And as someone on this journey I can firmly attest there's no better way to live. I firmly believe that when we dare to step in a direction that resonates soundly with our soul we will encounter questions, uncertainty, and doubt because we're doing something that no one has ever done before. No one has or will ever be you, that's your greatest power. And that's precisely why it's powerful and necessary to live your truth. You have something to contribute to the world that no one else has.

So how can you live and speak your truth? It's about taking stock of where and who you are now in life, and then a courageous step forward. Below I share the three essentials of living and speaking your truth:

  • Know Your Values

What is important to you? What are the things you value most in life? For many of us the list is fairly similar: family, friends, happiness, peace etc. I've noticed that we'll have a list of the things that are truly worthy of valuing, like the aforementioned, however, our choices don't necessarily reflect those values. Take a moment to think of a few things you value in life. Think of your first value, the thing you care about most in the world. What is it? Now look at your life, truly pause and think of the past week, the past few months, and the past year.  Have your actions, thoughts, and choices aligned with that value? This exercise is only for you, so be honest, yet understanding. The walk  on the path of authenticity is a dynamic one. We're always learning and applying. So make the time to explore and learn your values. Keep them close to your heart so that when difficult decisions come along you can make a choice in alignment with what's most important to you. That's the definition of authenticity.

  • Live Mindfully

Mindfulness is at the foundation of living your truth. There's so many distractions in this modern world and to really live your best life is to live mindfully. Mindfulness is what you do in the space between an action and a reaction. The thoughts we have during that space is indicative of so much more than we may realize. And certainly our response is a testament of our character. Living mindfully is about being present and fully aware during that space so that we can respond in a manner reflective of who we are. Understandably we all have moments of frustrations, moments that we're not proud of, but these too are tame in the person living mindfully. It's a choice we each make everyday. You choose joy over anger or vice versa. It's always a choice. Mindfulness helps us to make the best choice so that we begin to reflect who God created us to be, who God is, so that we may live our truth.

  • Choose You

You must always choose you. This may strike some as selfish, but it's definitely the diametric opposite. When you walk in your truth you are choosing you. In a world that's always dictating who we should be, choosing to be yourself is one of the bravest thing you can do. Not only for yourself, but by doing so you give others the courage to be who they are. And that's one of the most selfless things we can do for one another. We each have our unique journey. I could never be you, you can never be me. We may glean inspiration from each other, but we can never be someone else. When we accept this we begin to pursue our true self with fervor. We begin to live with an open and full heart. We stop being scared that there's not enough for everyone. Our scarcity mindset is replaced by a perspective of abundance and gratitude. Though we may pursue the same career or passions, we'll each do so uniquely. And that is powerful. That is why you must always choose you. It's the beginning of living in a world full of genuine souls, a world of more kindness, and more love.

I pray that when life pauses and ask you who you are and what you've done, you'll take a breathe, smile, and proceed to tell your truth. May we each make the daily choice of being who we truly are.

Yours Always and Faithfully,