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“Authenticity is not something we have or don’t have. It’s a practice… a conscious choice. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” — BRENÉ BROWN been there, but it can be avoided! Self- care, healthy nutrition and good sleep are important, but there are two other options to consider: flow and stillness. Flow, or “the zone”, as it’s known, is characterized by a “complete absorption in what one does” and a lost sense of time. Find your flow by simply seeking out things you love to do, then doing them often! For some, it’s running or hiking; for others, it’s gardening or knitting. If you’re not sure what it is for you, start experimenting. Find what you love—something that brings you into “flow”—then make it a regular part of your routine. Then there’s stillness. This could be a meditation practice, a breathing practice, etc. I call it a presence practice. It means taking time every day—five minutes will make a difference—to quiet your mind and practice being fully present. There are many studies that show having a practice like this improves sleep, energy and productivity while lowering stress and anxiety. It’s also free, so why not give it a try? Prioritize yourself and let the inspiration flow! Be Authentic I cannot stress enough how important it is to be courageous enough to just be yourself. There’s nothing inspired about feeling like we have to be someone other than who we are in this life. Not only is authenticity your greatest differ- entiator, but, if part of your “why” is about helping people, remember that only when you are being real can you truly connect with people. And it’s only when we truly connect with people that we can make a true positive impact on their days and perhaps their lives. I love how Brené Brown explains it: “Authenticity is not something we have or don’t have. It’s a practice…a conscious choice. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” As scary as it is to be vulnerable, you have to remember that working in the spa industry provides you with a tremendous opportunity to be an uplifter for others. Will you show up fully? Will you let your true self be seen? Now this is tapping into true inspi- ration, because this is tapping into the power of you. As you continue your journey, remember to stay connected to your “why,” prioritize yourself and be authentic. It won’t be long before true happiness, success and fulfillment will become your way of life. n KIMBERLY SPREEN-GLICK is a professional speaker specializing in motivational coaching for the wellness and fitness industries. She has also worked professionally as a fitness instructor for nearly 25 years. 44 PULSE ■ January/February 2019