December’s Magic Word: Authenticity

By Katie, 5:31 am


What does that word mean to you?

How do you respond to it? What thoughts, memories, experiences, and reflections does it bring up for you?

Those aren’t rhetorical questions…I really want to know!

In October, my friend Ashley – author of the amazing body image blog Nourishing the Soul – kicked off a really cool series called Self Discovery, Word by Word. The idea is to get both bloggers and readers to dig a little deeper and do a little reflection, all around a single word.

In October we thought about gratitude.

In November we looked at vulnerability.

And in December we’ll be exploring authenticity.

It isn’t an easy word, authenticity. But you can take it in any direction you want; you can look at it from any angle you see fit.

Do you have a personal experience with being (or not being) authentic? Do you think that authenticity is always a positive, always something to strive for? Do you hold others to a certain standard when it comes to authenticity? Why or why not? Do you feel like authenticity is a vague concept that’s hard to pin down, or something you can immediately recognize, in others and/or yourself? When do you think you are at your most authentic? Your least authentic?

Hopefully those questions get your mind churning a bit, but like I said, you can take this however you want to!

Wanna go for it?

Here’s how it works:

Record your thoughts on “authenticity” in whatever way strikes your fancy: a standard blog post, a poem, a video, a photograph, or a piece of art work.

If you have a blog, share your creation there, linking to this post and including the badge so that others can participate too. Once the post is published, send the link to me at – no later than midnight on Monday, December 13. I’ll then include a link to your post here on Health for the Whole Self as part of an “authenticity round-up.”

If you don’t have a blog, you can still send me your thoughts, reflections, and creations! Just e-mail them to me at the address above and I will include them in the body of my round-up post.

In the next few days I’ll be sharing my thoughts on authenticity, and I look forward to reading your contributions as well!

What do you think? Are you going to participate?

31 Responses to “December’s Magic Word: Authenticity”

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  2. Megan says:

    Nice word choice, Katie. I’m so excited to write this month’s SDWW post.
    PS. That was a great post you wrote about the life lessons you learned from your cats. Domino and Hamilton are so totally adorable, I’m in love!

    • Katie says:

      Thanks, Megan! They are quite the little cuties. ;)

      Can’t wait to read your SDWW post!

  3. What an awesome word, Katie. I can’t wait to write my post!

  4. Absolutely. When I think of the word, I ususally use it to describe a place, like “this neighborhood is so authentic to its history.” I rarely relate the word to people, but I’ll think about it and do a blog post in the coming weeks.

  5. My wheels are spinning. I think this is going to be a tough one – but that’s definitely a good thing!

  6. Definitely a great word! I think the questions you asked are so thought-provoking, too. I’m excited to write my post, and I can’t wait to read yours!

  7. I’m a little late to the Word by Word party, but I’m inspired to write about being authentic.

  8. Katie says:

    I really like this series and plan to participate again this month. I agree that “authenticity” is a very vague word. I have been thinking a lot just now about what it means and I don’t really know yet…look forward to your thoughts and reflecting more on it myself.

  9. WOOT!!! My favorite word EVER in recovery!!! I think I may partake in this one! :) I know a little late to the game :)

  10. I’m going to participate. Authenticity is something I strive for, and this is the perfect opportunity to put my thoughts into coherent paragraphs.

  11. Dorry says:

    I’m going to participate for sure! I loved writing my posts for gratitude and vulnerability. This one is going to take some thought.

  12. Sarah says:

    This one is going to be tough! I think being authentic is difficult when you have an ugly voice inside your head saying your true self isn’t good enough!! Can’t wait to tackle this one (I think it will be theraputic for both writers and readers).

  13. Authenticity. I’m going to have to think on this one. Will make for a great post though!

  14. I’ve been appreciating so much everyone’s posts in this series when I’ve had a chance to read them (been out of touch lately with too much work!) and have wanted to participate. This is such a good word that I agree will take a lot to write authentically about (sorry, couldn’t resist :) ). I hope to take part and try to get our blog readers involved, too.

    • Katie says:

      That’s great!!! I look forward to reading and sharing everyone’s reflections! :)

  15. Val says:

    Hi Katie,
    Glad I ‘chanced’ on your blog. What I’ve been discovering lately that being authentic isn’t as obvious as we may think as we peel the onion and discover the layers underneath that cause us to think and act as we do.

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