Mask Off

Now that January is over, has that “New Year, New Me” guilt started settling in?

I’m very much of a “new year, same me for the most part. I’ll be better by December for sure though”. With that being said this is the first year in a while that I haven’t set my goals for the year as I usually do. I still plan on getting around to it. Hopefully before February is over. I almost feel that the year will pass me by and I would not have actually accomplished what I should have.

In our first episode of the year (More Life) I guided Cadacia and our listeners through an end of/ beginning of the year reflection. I find myself going back to the supporting blog post and revisiting the questions we discussed.

I shared in our that episode that I’ve hidden parts of myself to avoid having to confront my true feelings and thoughts . As I begin to enter the last year of my 20s, I feel that this is important to do.

Not only do I want to be real with myself I’d like to be a bit more transparent with those close to me. Most of 2016 & 2017 I distanced myself or parts of myself from friendships due to not wanting to deal with some of the things I was experiencing.

With social media, this can be tricky. It is to easy to fall victim to oversharing and with podcasting it is easy to end up divulging way more than you originally intended. So with being more transparent, I will be mindful of this. 

I titled this post "mask off" because my personal goal is to be my most authentic self as often as possible. I wear glasses and have big hair. Two things that at times have served as crutches while becoming things I can hide behind & under. With podcasting, it is not live and we aren't being filmed. It is in its own right, another form of hiding. At least for me. 

I'm looking forward to seeing how I grow through this self-imposed challenge and how my life will reflect the changes I make in order for me to be most authentic. 

Reflection Questions

  1. What is your "word" for this year? 

  2. Do you have any crutches or masks you "hide" behind? 

  3. How do you step away (if you do)?

  4. If you don't, what is stopping you?