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Accountability Report: 2/13/16

Living Authentically in 2016

It’s been a month and a half since I made my new years resolution to live more authentically.  The change hasn’t always been easy, but I feel better about who I am as a person.

Things I struggled with:

Uncomfortable situations (asking a guy at Starbucks if he could move so my friend and I could sit together)

Going with my daughter to sell Girl Scout Cookies (yeah, it can be awkward sometimes)

 

Things that went better than expected:

Asking a friend out on a mom date.  I’ve always wanted to ask, but feared the harsh rejection.  Turns out, she was happy to hang out and we had an awesome time.

Calling people on their birthdays.  Facebook has made birthdays so easy.  You don’t even have to remember when they are and then when Facebook reminds you, you just write a “happy birthday!” in the box and you’re done.  But now I’m trying to go back to the old fashioned way of sending cards and making phone calls.

Giving praise.  I’m sometimes known for harshly criticizing things that seem illogical.  But it’s important to dole out praise too, even if you feel like a brown noser.  I’ve been doling out the praise for observations I usually keep to myself and the results have been amazing:  so many people have told me I made their day.  I didn’t know I had anything in me that would make someone outside of my family happy.

I’ve also apologized and taken responsibility for a lot of things that I could have blamed on something or someone else.  That’s probably the hardest part, but definitely one of the most important.

 

Are you trying to live more authentically?  What have you found to be the biggest challenges?

Christine

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