A Note on Authenticity

Every month I’ll be sharing ‘A Cup of Coffee’ with you and reflecting on something I read that is profound to me or resonated with me. It will be short ideas shared on the premise that you and I were sitting and sharing a cup of coffee. I hope you’ll join me each month!

If we were having coffee right now, I would share with you my thoughts on ‘authenticity.’ I just picked up the new Magnolia Journal, and of course, Jo’s words inspired me. The theme throughout the spring issue is being authentic. I think it is a word we should let roll around our hearts and minds. In this social media, image crazed society we live in, how easy is it to get caught up in comparison? I found myself guilty of it not long ago and it really bothered me. You see, online we can be any version of our ourselves we want to be. We can appear to have it altogether and be happy when we truly aren’t. The biggest social media platform I use is Instagram. I feel blessed to have the followers I do have, people who are interested in my life. But the reality is, the number of followers I have does not define me. Who they think I am may not be who I think I am. Because of this, I think it is so important to take a step back from social media. Unplug. I am so guilty of this friends. And now that I have this blog, I constantly worry about what my next post will be. How can I keep my readers happy? Is this photo good enough? I could go on and on with examples of how we ‘perfect’ things for social media, but I”m betting you get the point.

So, if we were having a cup of coffee right now, I would challenge you NOT to take a photo of the coffee and leave your phone on silent. I challenge you to be authentic this week! People get tired of seeing perfect, because it does not exist. If you want to get real with people, let them see a glimpse of your life without a filter.

Lets live in the moment. Yes, lets share our lives, but the messy parts too. Lets be authentic, its the best version of you.

“Many of us genuinely benefit from the beauty and inspiration that lives on social media…what it shouldn’t be is a means to measure our worth or compare our lot in life with anothers.” Joanna Gaines


  • How can you be authentic this week?
  • Is there a messy side of life you need to share with a friend?
  • What keeps you from being your authentic self?

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