Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rediscovering My Authentic Self

What happens to us as we pass through the years?  Are we still the
child with hopes and dreams and great plans for the future?  

The passage of time has not been quite the way I expected.  I have
stepped back recently to take a hard look at my past and how it has
shaped my present.  When we are young, the days and the seasons
move by at a much slower pace.  I'm not sure at what age the days
began to speed up, but they did.  I suppose I was so busy being busy 
that I did not even notice the change.  I didn't realize that the laser 
like focus for my passions was slipping through my fingers.

I was always creative, yet somehow that creativity began to wain.
Once again, not sure exactly when it happened, but it did.  Slowly
my perspective became less about what I liked, and more about
what others liked.  Being a people pleaser began to cloud my
vision and my self confidence.  That spark for life, that passion I
once had was being stripped away, and I was doing little to
stop it.  

Not long ago, I shouted STOP!   It doesn't matter what others
think.  It matters what I think.  I started to eliminate what was no
longer benefitting me, and that included some people too.  Why
should I fill a minute of my time trying to get along with others
who were not putting any effort to get along with me?   I 
decided to let them go.  I wish them well, but I can no longer 
afford to waste my time trying to fit in with others who have
little interest with me.  Almost immediately, I felt a weight
lifted off my shoulders.   The next thing I did was to stop telling
myself I must do this or that.  We all have obligations that we 
can't avoid, but if you look closely at your life, you will soon
realize that many of these "obligations" are created in our
own minds and that nothing bad will happen if we let them go.
Don't procrastinate.  Get done what needs to be done and then
immediately begin focusing on what you want to do.  

Once you clean out the cobwebs in your mind, you will have
the space you need to focus on goals.  Start a plan to fulfill
the dreams you once had, but were shoved aside.  There is no
more "one day", that day is now!  Take hold of it!  It doesn't matter
what others think, in actuality it only matters what you think.

I'm on my way to rediscovering my authentic self, and it's a
long overdue journey.  

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. Bless you Susan, tears came quickly. So very true and thank you for writing today.

  2. Good for you.This is the story of the lives of so many women. I am following what I love now. IT isn't easy, but I am much happier for it. xo Laura

    1. You started to follow your heart long before I did, and I admire you for it!

  3. downthelanewithdaisy@gmail.comJuly 17, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Wonderful post. and good for you. I am also doing that and it is difficult but I'm moving through it. Thanks for the thoughtful words.

  4. I have heard that it takes 30 days to change a habit. Just keep moving forward and you will reach your goal. Hugs!

  5. Thank you for writing this. I'm at a standstill in my life. These are the words I needed to read. It's comforting to know I'm not the only one. Best regards, Lisa xoxo

  6. Susan,
    Great post!! A few years ago, we also had to let go of a few family members that wee sapping us dry and causing so much drama and stress.I am also redefining my life now that i am no longer working...I am also working on Time Management..Will be doing posts on all of this soon.. Have you read the book, "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach...It is about finding one's Authentic Self....Wishing you well...

  7. Susan, I think you would love Carol Tuttle and her messages at That site has helped me so much. At first I resisted the message but then it began to distill on me. I've learned to quiet all the noise around me and lots of the negativity has disappeared. I think it could help you on your path.

  8. Truth... thank you for sharing this discovery. I have been struggling, trying to decide will I find myself again. So enjoyed your words. Glad for you!! I saw your post on Instagram. Blessings

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  10. What a great post. I just spent the last 4 years being me, but "not allowed" amongst women who think I should be like them, complete with their snarky comments and doing everything in their power to get me to "conform" to their 24/7 busyness. It took a year a pull out of it and back to being me comfortably. Thank you for this post.


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