Today’s guest is the last in August’s Authenticity-themed Inspired series. Alisha runs the blog The Alisha Nicole in which she chronicles the events of her business and provides consultations for other bloggers/small businesses. Alisha’s business is jewelry, and when I first discovered her blog, her story and her very honest way of telling it, resonated with me. I’m so happy she agreed to participate in the series today! Here are her words about authenticity and the person who inspires her to be herself…
someone who inspires me daily to be authentic, the first person that comes to
mind is my mother. She is not only someone that I look up to for pretty much
everything but she has always raised me and my sister to embrace who we truly
are. Growing up I never saw her change the way she was in fear of what others
would think and she is known as the person who will always give it to you
straight (without being rude of course).
with wanting to always fit in and often felt like I had to change myself or
hide who I really was in order to make friends. It wasn’t until my mother began
telling me stories about how she tried hard to be someone she wasn’t when she
was younger and how it never worked out in her favor. I remember her telling me
that we were all created with different gifts and that I was only hurting
myself by trying to change who I was meant to be.
I’ve continued to hold onto well into my adult years. Authenticity has become
so important to me because I want people to know the person behind the brand.
When I started my blog I vowed to myself to stay unapologetically authentic. I
wanted my readers to know that I’m a real person who goes through real life
issues. Of course I’m not rude and some things I still keep private but for the
most part I am an open book. I want my blog readers and clients to be able to
connect with me on a personal level. That would be nearly impossible if I were
too busy trying to be someone else. Unfortunately we live in a world where it
is so easy for anyone to get online and just make up a new identity or
struggled with that too, and I’m sure most of us have. It’s so easy to see what
is working for others and try to change our ways to see if it will work for us
as well. But I quickly learned that that’s not how it works. When I begin to
struggle with staying true to myself, what helps me to stay focused is
stepping away. I’ll stop whatever I am doing and ask myself “Am I doing this
for me or am I doing this because of others?” Asking that one simple question
always puts things into prospective for me and gets me back on track!
different purpose and trying to fit ourselves into what someone else is meant
to do will never work. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?