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Five Minute Friday: Hide

For many years, I hid the true me – somewhere amongst the fear of being really seen, or the belief that my voice mattered, I hunkered down and just played small. This blog here kind of rattled along during those years, my voice to weak and unsure to really make any sort of splash. My message not quite polished or directed.

Five Minute Friday: Hide

Five Minute Friday: Hide

The last nearly five months have been about shattering through that ceiling. My phrase for the year has been “no toggle,” which simply means living authentically. I’m the same person at work as I am at home as I am leading retreats. I don’t shy from who that person is, and it frees me up to JUST BE.

The difference has been profound. I laugh more. I admit when I’m happy or scared or not feeling great. I speak my mind with my boss and the other “senior” folks at work. It’s not that I don’t care, it’s more that I do care. I care about mattering, about being seen and heard, and that all started when I dropped worrying about what people would think if they knew who I “really” was.

When I stopped hiding, the most interesting thing happened. When I started being authentic, standing up for myself, being all in, well that’s when people started listening more. They seek me out for advice, ask my opinion, want to spend more time, instead of less. It is the opposite of what I feared, of why I hid. And I really could not be happier.