Dear readers: How do you embrace your authentic self?

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This Women’s Health Month, we’ll be highlighting the journeys of five amazingly courageous women and their paths to self-discovery, self-acceptance and self-care. We want to empower and recognize their bravery and hope that their stories inspire you to make decisions that help you feel your best. 

Dear readers,

In a world that often dictates who we should be, embracing our authentic selves can feel like climbing a misty mountain. Navigating the dense fog of societal expectations, clouded with our own doubts, fears and insecurities, is not an easy journey. However, as we celebrate Women’s Health Month, the stories and experiences of remarkable women like Athina, Kim, Cathy, Faye, and Jessie light a path for us all.

What if?

Ahh, those lingering “what ifs?”. Those doubts that creep in and make us wonder if embracing our true selves is even worth it. Like Athina, we’ve all been there. But here’s the thing, those doubts don’t have to hold us back. Maybe it’s time to flip the script on your “what ifs”. What if stepping into your authenticity actually leads to deeper connections and greater fulfillment? Instead of seeing them as barriers, consider them opportunities for growth and exploration.

Believe in your path

Kim’s story may hit home for many of us who have felt the weight of family expectations. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that success can only be achieved through a certain set of actions or accomplishments. But Kim reminds us that greatness comes in many forms, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to living authentically.

Fill your cup with self-love

Sometimes, we get so caught up in meeting external expectations that we forget to tune in to our own needs and desires. The journey to self-love is messy and challenging, and it requires us to confront our innermost insecurities and imperfections head-on. However, Faye shares that the more we practice self-love, the easier it becomes.

Grow (and glow) on your time.

How many times have we felt the pressure to have it all together by a certain age? While we might feel like we’re falling behind or not measuring up, the truth is there’s no deadline for self-discovery. Cathy shares her journey to embracing her authentic self which began when she had an “aha” moment in her 30’s. She asked herself, “Why am I constantly seeking the approval of others?” You be the judge of what you want to change in your life and then do it for you.

Own it

Jessie shares that embracing authenticity isn’t about following a predefined set of rules or expectations. It’s about honouring your true self and living in alignment with your values, goals and desires. It requires courage. The courage to be vulnerable, the courage to challenge the status quo, and the courage to stand firmly in your truth, even when it’s uncomfortable.

Check out our full conversation with Athina, Kim, Cathy, Faye, and Jessie as they share their journeys to embracing their authentic selves.

Until next time,

CanPrev Women

Looking for some guidance on how you can embrace your authentic self with care and kindness? Here are some resources that may help you:

Getting help without feeling helpless
Building your self-care tribe
Putting yourself first

Can you relate to the stories of Athina, Kim, Cathy, Faye, and Jessie? We’d love to hear from you – let us know what you think in the comments below!


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