Embracing the Authentic

Today, I start a new post series on East West Edge all about the boss-babe hustle. This post series will include tips strategies and any lessons I learned along my way. A huge part of my current life is learning how to juggle all of my passions (while still paying my bills). So learn from my mistakes, embrace the future unknown, and savor the journey. 
(Because I know my goals can't be achieved overnight). 
Living life with authenticity- But really, what the hell does that mean?
Especially in a city like Los Angeles, finding your most 'authentic self' can become a blur. A place surrounded by fleeting Instagram-worthy trends, aggressively sunny-personalities, and zombie people  pleasing mentalities- How do you stick to what's truthful to you?
I struggled at first. Straight out of college, I wanted to start my life back in California with a polished, perfected point of view. 'Fake it until you make it' was my little motto, and it did work for awhile. But something was missing- Vulnerability. Human beings CAN'T be perfect all the time. Trust me, even Beyonce has her shitty days. So I began working away at my 'Virgo' perfectionist brain. I took time to cultivate what makes me genuinely unique. Whether it be my point of views, my physical appearance or sense of humor. People sniff phony out right away (whether it's a career or social situation.) 
I asked my self- why waste time being disingenuous? People naturally swoon for effortlessly confident people. It's not their ego or arrogance that people find captivating. Confident people navigate the world with genuine self-knowledge of who they are, what they want, and how they wish to be treated by others. And wait, that's the kind of person I want to be. 
So I stopped comparing my size & height to the ladies in my audition rooms. I allowed my off-beat and strange sense of humor to be more present. I didn't judge that some days I wear converse and Levi's, and other days I wear strappy heels and floral dresses. I don't feel ashamed if I rather stay in with my dog and boyfriend than get wasted at some bar in Weho. I stopped diminishing my pursuits to labels and allowed myself to feel pride in my accomplishments. 

Of course, I am still working on this everyday. I take it day by day though. No pressure to be perfect. 
My new mantra- Carry thyself with confidence, openness, intelligence and spunk.
 Invest in the truth, and it will set you free x
Zara Skirt (Similar to here), Brandy Melville Sweater, Topshop Boots (Leather version here), Lo & Son's Clutch, Vera Wang Sunglasses






Photos by LA Photographer Elaine Torres 
@_elainetorres_



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