Are you living an authentic life?

When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you know and like who you see?

Is there anything that you aren't being truly honest about with yourself or others?

Is the "you" that you represent to the world the "you" that you really are?

I thought it was interesting the other day when a friend posted on Facebook that they sure hoped they could live up to their profile there.

In one of his stand-up routines, Chris Rock talks about dating and how we tend to send our representative to make a great impression.

While these are funny concepts - they are also very true. We all want to be liked. We all want to please others.

Sometimes to live an authentic life, we have to rock the boat. We have to stir things up a bit. And change isn't always easy - for you or for anyone who knows you. It may seem threatening. "But they have always been this way - maybe I never really knew them at all," they might say.

When this happens, stand strong in your own beliefs. Stand strong in knowing that you are living your own life to the best of your ability. Live the life that feels most like you, even if it's not how you've done things in the past. Your inner voice will let you know if you're on the right track.

Live an authentic life. And when you look in the mirror each morning, you can be proud of who you see smiling back at you.

Author's Bio: 

Jodi Chapman is the author of the inspirational blog, Soul Speak; the upcoming book, Coming Back to Life: How an Unlikely Friend Helped Me Reclaim My True Spirit; and the bestselling Soulful Journals series, co-authored with her amazing husband, Dan Teck.