I’ve been sitting with a term I see every year around this time. I see it in ads and hear it through all forms or media. Do you know what it is? It’s a new year, and it’s time for the new you! My question is this, is the new you, the authentic you, or is it you fitting into a box created by society? What does the new you actually entail. Does this “new” you have longevity, or is it just another protective cover to shroud our true authentic selves in? Have you ever said, I will be happy when…fill in the blank here, I loose weight, I eat healthier, I get that new hair do, I meet the partner or my dreams, I get a new job or career. We all do this. We also tend to do it a lot more often when we are unhappy with our current circumstances. If I had a million dollars for every time I cut my hair to bring me a new fresh change. Oddly, I usually ended up hating my new cut and I still wasn’t happy. I was always projecting my happiness into the future and I was trying my hardest to externally create my happiness. So, what is it that can truly bring about long lasting contentment, happiness and a complete enjoyment of the present moment? The answer is already right within us. When we feel out of sync or are searching for something, it is usually because we are out of alignment with our true authentic selves. We sacrifice who we are to fit in with what we are told is the right way, or we think we won’t be completely loved and accepted for being exactly who we truly are. The issue with this is we drain our life force, happiness becomes elusive, and we continue our seeking. For this new year, I offer you a new resolution. Instead of seeking out the new you, seek to connect with the true you. Listen to that deep inner knowing, let it be your guide to what truly brings you happiness on a deep lasting level. Let those that can’t love and accept you for exactly who you are exit your life and create space and freedom for so much love and acceptance to fill in. It’s not a simple task. It might not be easily accepted or received at first, but you will notice that those true people in your lives absolutely will. It’s not your loss if someone can’t be in your life, it’s their loss for not accepting you authentically. Feel more freedom, energy, and most importantly self love flow in. Miraculously as this happens, watch more and more love flow in as more and more love is able to flow out from a place of overflow, not lack of something and of filling a void. Happy New Years. Here is to a year filled with new discoveries and to remembering, to loving and accepting you. To the Authentic You!