On any other Monday at 6:30am I'd have probably still been in bed, but this morning was different. The excitement through my body reminded me of Christmas day when I was little !
Something I'd been dreaming of for eight months was about to come true... My love in Australia was coming to be with me in England, and I was at Heathrow Airport to get him! My heart was sparkling, my whole being felt so light. The next part of our adventure was beginning…
Skipping through the airport car park I could hardly believe we'd be together again… Through most of 2016 we'd been in constant conversation and had a connection that totally transcended the 10,000 miles between us. But we just had no idea what would it be like now, all this time later...
It was an absolutely amazing moment to see him waiting for me there, and we've had the most magical time exploring what's next for us both. If you've been following me on Instagram you'll see we're now down in Brighton, and things are going so beautifully! It's such a blessing to have my beautiful business, and the freedom as I continue to travel around for shoots, and soak up the nowness! At the same time, in all new situations there are challenges and new things to learn - and I am learning so much from my love!!
My relationship is getting me looking at what authenticity, honesty and truth means all over again, in the light of love… These values are at the heart of my personal branding work too.
I know that truth heals. I know that truth starts with us. I know that facing the truth is scary or even painful sometimes, and it is always worth it.
I believe that telling the truth is the only sustainable way to build strong foundations in our relationships - not only with ourselves, our lovers, friends and family but in our businesses and with our clients too.
What I'm coming to understand more and more and more, is that when we believe that the people in our world can handle our truth, we empower ourselves and them. If we don’t believe in people and show up authentically, not only do we stay small and hidden, but we also do them a dis-service. Your truth can inspire, educate and raise consciousness.
The people we're interacting with in this life are ready for us, otherwise we would not be here together. I believe that the circumstances we're experiencing and their timing is divine.
If we were never challenged, we would not grow. How many times have you felt in some way provoked by the way someone else authentically shows up, and then see how their bold honesty opened your mind and enriched your life?
There's just no time for making ourselves the path of least resistance to please others, and there has never been a more perfect time to express yourself fully.
Relationships can flow when there is openness. Personal branding is effective when we are in integrity with our work and the way we present ourselves comes from an honest place. When you show your realness, you’ll engage with beings on your wavelength. It is so much easier to attract your peeps when you show up as yourself!
If you’re still trying to fit in to an idea in your head of what you think people want (or some definition of 'professional' or 'successful') but it doesn't feel true, you’re probably feeling like I used to… Frustrated, confused and never enough. Yet since I started sharing more of my truth, I feel at ease, trusting, and with so much gratitude I connect with wonderful clients who are a beautiful match...
So as I continue on my path, opening up to more and more truth and freedom of expression, these are the ideas and questions I'm pondering, acting on and sharing with you today...
- What does it feel like to share my truth?
- Where am I blocking my full expression? What is being left unsaid? With whom? Where do I feel the block in my body, or behaviour... how does it manifest in my life, business, relationships?
- How has the truth of another inspired or helped me to grow in the past? In what ways am I embracing my truth?
- What truth or learning am I feeling drawn to share? And with whom?
- How can I support others to embrace themselves and live authentically? How can we open up more, together?
- In what ways can I acknowledge and value the light I see in others?
I think it starts with us, and starts with making a conscious decision to look at ourselves and our light. It starts with acknowledging any fears we have around showing up authentically, and being kind in the process. There is nothing you must do. It's also about learning to know when you're safe to be vulnerable in this way, and when it's time to find stillness, quiet, and be patient with yourself and others.
I am finding this so challenging and it will always be an ongoing unfolding, I'm finding my way every day... but as I look back on everything that's happened I see how far we have come!
I believe that every truth that challenges me can be seen as a gift, and comes with new learnings that enhance my life if I allow them.
If you'd like any support around bringing more of your truth to your personal brand, I would be honoured to assist you with this through coaching and photography. You can schedule a call in my diary here to find out more about how we can work together: https://calendly.com/beckyruiphoto
There are also two spaces left for January photo-shoots, so if you've got big dreams for 2017 and are keen to start the year with radiant new imagery for your business, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll find a time to speak!
With love and light,