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The Joy of Living an Authentic Life

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

There’s going to come a time in your life when your mind poses a question that you can’t answer. Unfortunately, it happens to the best of us. You dismiss it, try to put it out of your mind, yet it keeps coming back, and you can’t get rid of it no matter how hard you try. It’s like having a pebble in your shoe. First, it’s just a slight irritation, but if it’s left there, it becomes a blister, and if that’s left, it will eventually become infected.

The question that we will all face at some point is: Is this all that my life will be? No, this can’t be it! There’s got to be more to it than this. Where did I go wrong? What can I do to fix it? This is not how I don’t want my life to be.

We’ve all had it. The feelings of frustration, anxiety, lack of fulfillment, doubt, and indecision seem to show up with monotonous regularity, don’t they? Well, if you sit around doing nothing, they are going to keep on showing up! The only way to get rid of those feelings is to get up off your behind and CHANGE something!

Living Authentically

Most of us dream about living a peaceful life, one where we make enough money to be able to spend less time working, and more time with the people we care about doing the things that make our hearts sing.

This is simply another way of saying they want to live an Authentic Life. Authenticity is the outcome of what you think, say, and do becoming harmonious. It’s the only possible outcome.

Imagine life would be if you woke up each morning with a smile on your face because you couldn’t wait to get at it? Like when you were a kid, you know, you couldn’t wait to go outside to hang with your friends.

Your life becomes increasingly authentic when you begin to feel happy every day. That means letting go of the people, places, and things that no longer serve you.


● People in your life who are unsupportive of your authenticity

● Places you visit that don’t align with your present life

● Activities you may have been involved in for years

● Old habits, thoughts, and expectations

So, What Do I Need to Let Go?

  1. People. If the people you spend time with no longer make you happy, let them go. It doesn’t matter who they are, this includes friends and family. If you want to live authentically, it is essential to acknowledge and accept where your unhappiness is coming from. If you allow negative people and their negative energy to surround you, you will remain stagnant and will never grow.

  2. Places. What about the places you visit? Are there places you go to for entertainment, education, or recreation that you don’t enjoy? It may even be a job that you have to go to every day. If you’re not happy when you go in and not satisfied when you come out, then why are you going? Yes, I know that you must maintain your life and family or whatever obligations you may have. But I also know that we only get one shot at this life thing, so why not make it the best and most authentic life it can be.

  3. Thoughts. What do you spend your time thinking about? Is your mind filled with doom and gloom? Are you constantly thinking of the worse possible scenarios or outcomes? Do your thoughts create anxiety, disappointment, or even anger? Why would you focus on any of that? How can that serve you?

The people, places, and experiences that you have allowed to take a hold of you are weighing you down. But unfortunately, no successful drive or positive thinking will change anything for you until you face the real issue.

Every person, place, or thing that doesn’t make you happy is like a huge boulder you put in your backpack when you go hiking. You won’t get far before all that extra weight begins to slow you down, yet you still entertain the thoughts about things and people that no longer serve you.

Your life is heavy, and every day is a struggle to keep moving, all because that bag has gotten too heavy to lift. You wonder why your life is so difficult, and why you can’t move forward? Come on now, it’s time to unload the heavy rocks from your bag and fill it with the light that comes with living your life on your own terms!

What Will Happen When I Choose to Live Authentically?

  1. You start thinking of people, places, and things that have made you happy at different points in your life.

● You want to go back to places you haven’t seen for a long time, which may spark good memories of past happier times. You even seek out and find people that had a positive impact on your life.

  1. You keep a smile on your face all day for no particular reason. When life feels lighter, you begin to recognize that you are capable of letting go of the thoughts you neither want nor need.

  2. You experience JOY through your thoughts and feelings. You notice that you have no real attachment to the people, places, or things you don’t need, and it’s effortless to let it all go.

  3. Living authentically becomes easy. As you become more aware of the authenticity that lies within you, and you easily reject things that do not align with your authentic self.

  4. You make new friends. Once you decide to embrace your own authenticity, people will come into your life who align with your new way of thinking and being.

  5. You have new adventures. Along with meeting new people, there will be new opportunities to experience new activities, and you’ll find yourself excited to try them.

Your frustration, anxiety, and self-doubt are replaced with optimism, enthusiasm, and fulfillment in all that you do. Your life will be simpler and easier to maintain. The sun will feel like it’s shining just for you, and people will notice how different and more radiant you are. You ARE different. Yes, change can be dramatic and scary, but that’s the only way to move forward in your new authentic life.


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About the Author

Angela M Mitchell, AKA Coach Angie, is an innovative, dynamic, driven, and gifted individual with a sharp mind. She has a natural ability to connect with others and a passion and fire for excellence. She is a best-selling author, speaker, coach, and result-oriented digital marketer and content creator.

Over the last five years, she has provided innovative and transformational business strategies and marketing solutions for several brands, including her own, in various industries, improving their profitability.

She is the Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Victorious You Press and has an extensive background in email marketing, content creation, social media marketing, copywriting, digital marketing, brand development, and more. And she is passionate about helping companies position themselves for long-term sustainable growth while creating an unmatched customer experience.

Angela is also the founder and CEO of Back to Her, where she teaches and supports women entrepreneurs and service-based business owners to eliminate mindset barriers, identify their expertise, and create profitable brands. She does this through personal and professional development programs that empower them to be the highest and most truthful expression of themselves.

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