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The Challenge – Maintaining Your Authenticity To Enjoy the Holidays

December 21, 2010 Teri Sica

What greater challenge than being able to maintain your authenticity during holiday time, right?  After all, this is when outside pressures are everywhere – at work, in families, social situations, you name it!   So, whatever happened to enjoying the beauty of the holiday season?

I can’t tell you how many times I hear people stressing out about all of the expectations and how they are going to divide up their time, budget, and loyalties to satisfy everyone.

Whether you’re stressing about your company holiday party, your family loyalties, or your budget, I suggest you evaluate your choices to see if these are aligned with who “you” are and let’s remember – you DO have choices.  Let’s not forget about that!  As you make choices, listen to that authentic inner voice and go with your intuition.  Check out how often you’re in the “should” mode.  Instead, think about what’s real for YOU.

Authenticity has it’s greatest rewards because it’s all about the freedom to “be”.  Remember those authentic moments that you value most?  Chances are it’s when you’re enjoying great conversations, sitting by a cozy fire, laughing with people you love, the sharing of food, memories, celebrating life together… or when you simply get lost in the magic – like when you were a kid.

If “giving” is too stressful then it’s time to consider whether you’re giving is coming from a place of authenticity and is heartfelt.  If it is, you’ll find the joy and notch down the stress!

I say the beauty of the season is about celebrating the unique gifts that YOU bring to this world and the many ways you can have an impact on those around you.


Written by RLA Associate and radio personality Teri Sica. You can contact Teri at: terisica@comcast.net or tune in to her show on Saturday mornings at 10:30 on 95.9 WATD-FM.