Be Authentically YOU

Be Authentically YOU

Ah, Teddy.  Thank you for the beauty that surrounds us.  If it weren’t for you, I would be lost; For it is the trees, fresh air, and beautiful mountains that make me feel whole.

This is one of my favorite quotes. I keep it close and refer to it often.  It’s so easy to get caught up in comparing ourselves to others and inevitably feeling insignificant because of it.   What I’ve come to realize is there will always be people better than me at everything, even breathing.  After many wasted minutes, hours, and years trying to catch up to this perceived perfection, I’ve decided that I’ll always be running and trying to reach an unobtainable goal, if I choose to.  Instead, I need to stop, work on creating the best “me” I possibly can, and sharing and helping others with what I feel are my gifts.

I had the pleasure of listening to Olivia Omega speak at the Sewing Summit this past weekend.  I was blown away.  She helps people with their personal branding and social media strategy through her freelance consulting business, but after meeting her I would add inspirational speaker to her list of many talents.  One of my favorite things she said relates to the quote above and it’s this: “Your authentic self is unique, therefore you have no competition.”  I love this.  It immediately gave me a sense of calm.  I was surrounded by incredibly talented women, some that already have very successful blogs and businesses.  It would be easy for me to give up and decide that when comparing myself to what they have already accomplished,  I have nothing new to offer.  Instead of feeling discouraged this weekend though, I felt inspired, especially after hearing Olivia speak. What I found were a group of women that were welcoming, supportive, encouraging, and excited about what each other brought to the table.  It was wonderfully refreshing.  Instead of judgment, I found new friends who were as giddy about  fabric and sewing as I am.  I honestly couldn’t have had a better weekend.

Thank you Olivia for giving me your gift of words and insight.  I left Utah yesterday with a happy heart and full spirit.

*More to come from the Sewing Summit.  There’s so much to say that I couldn’t limit it to just one post.

*I couldn’t find the original source of the Comparison poster.  If you created it, thank you and I would love to credit you!

  • Caroline
    Posted at 02:52h, 24 September Reply

    Shannon! It was a pleasure meeting you this weekend! I wish we had had more time to chat– you are adorable and I just love your style!! xoxoxo

    • Shannon Woodruff
      Posted at 03:22h, 24 September Reply

      Caroline, Thank you so much for your sweet note! I loved meeting you and taking your skirt class. Take Care and hopefully we will cross paths again 🙂

  • Heather Feather
    Posted at 15:54h, 24 September Reply

    I felt the same about all the awesome, intimidating people around me. I was definitely inspired to keep doing what I love!
    I’m so glad I got to meet you and sit by you in class!

    • Shannon Woodruff
      Posted at 17:13h, 24 September Reply

      Heather, I’m glad I got to meet you too! I can’t wait to follow your inspiration on your blog. Thanks for reaching out. Take care.

  • Denise
    Posted at 21:26h, 24 September Reply

    She gave a great presentation! Thanks for sharing what I ALS felt at the summit. I posted about fabric design by pat bravo, if you want to check it out.

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