Revealing Yourself Through Story

What’s it like to reveal so much about yourself? Don’t you feel exposed? Why share your story?

These are questions, or at least statements in disguise of such questions, that I receive from time to time. The UYC project is about learning how to be your best self through taking care of yourself first.

Through leading a life of intentional self growth I share my journey in how I am striving to achieve some component of being a better version of myself each and every day. It requires honesty, transparency, authenticity and vulnerability.

So, what’s it like?

What Impression Are You Making?

Have you ever driven, either a short distance or a long distance, and arrived at your destination safely but not remembering any of it?

This is an all too common theme, driving in particular, where a monotonous routine takes us below the conscious level. The only time you can recall the drive in detail is if something out of the ordinary happens.

The reality of this is, we aren’t paying attention to the things we’ve done a thousand times over. They’ve become so ingrained in us we don’t even need to think when doing them.

That begs the question, what impression are you making?

Finding Fulfillment through Your Values

Life is busy. We’re running from one place to the other. We pride ourselves for being able to keep up as if busyness is a badge of honor. Or at least we present it that way.

We give ourselves to the work that we find ourselves doing but don’t necessarily want to be doing. We abide by the things that call for our attention. We rarely say no for the sake of hurting someone’s feelings.

Think Differently About Work

Work. Monday through Friday. Getting up in the morning. Heading to a state of mind that wants to hurriedly get through the day’s tasks. Paying attention to the clock, constantly. Five o’clock strikes. Finally we can start the day we actually want to live.

That’s balancing work and life.

As this is a typical mindset for a lot of us, stepping back and thinking about the picture that was just painted is disgraceful. What’s essential to understand is that the work you do—whether you find joy in it or not—is your life.