Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth becomes more important than looking good.
~Alan Cohen

No Waiting Required

Once upon a time
Isn't that how all fairy tales start?
What about this time?
What about now?

What do I need to do?
What's next?
What's the right answer?
For the rest of my life?

So many questions
So much thinking about what to do
What actions need to be taken
To get the life that I want
To figure it all out

Slow down
Choose something different

Who do I want to be?
What matters to me?
I can start being him right now
Start living that way

No waiting required
No hoping required
No someday
No once upon a time

I choose to live  
Live authentically
Be real
Be me

I wonder what will come of it
It sure will be fun to find out!

by Ken Carlson 

More poetry here
Authentic Autumn

Authentic Development's 
9-Workshop Series at Lucky Monk in South Barrington, IL

Come join us for any or all workshops this fall! Authentic Autumn is a series of workshops on living your life to the absolute fullest.

Workshops will be held on most Thursdays from September to December from 11:30AM-1:00PM

Details below and on the website:

October 6th 
The (not-so) SECRET

October 20th
Making Friends With Failure

October 27th
Coming Out! Of Our Closets

November 3rd
Your Bullshit Stories Are Keeping You Down

November 10th
Creating Your Own Hell: Riding the Triangle

November 17th
Your View is Your Reality: Perspective Shifting 101

December 1st
Embracing the Mystery of the Season

Details Here!

From the Blog: Turning 40 Authentically

It's 9 days ago. I'm lying face down on a tattoo parlor table. The pain is beyond what I imagined. It's not stopping. I tell myself it will be over soon. Soon is taking quite a while. Each branch of the tree has to be traced and filled in. The leaves need to be added--each leaf another needle. Eventually, I embrace the pain. I stop cringing. I lean into it. It becomes the metaphor for why I'm here--1000 miles from home, alone, getting a tattoo of a tree on my back.

I'm here because my friends loved me and believed in me and sent me to a world class leadership program. I'm alone because I must be, and I'm getting a tree on my back because the tree is the symbol of my true life.

Beauty and pain are inextricably linked. Authenticity--what my new tattoo represents--is not possible without pain.

So, many years ago I set clear intentions for my life:  I want my insides to match my outsides. I want to be real. I want to live authentically. I knew at the time that this was not an easy task. I knew it would cost me things to live out those intentions. Mostly I knew that I would have to drastically change for those intentions to turn into reality.

Today--I turn 40.

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How's That Working For You?

You're ambitious.
You're successful.
It seems you have a pretty good life.
You know though--that everything isn't what it seems.

We tend to do the same things over and over again in our lives expecting different results. We chase the dreams of our 20s only to find in our 40s that none of those things really mattered. What we really wanted was a life of joy. A life of friendship. A life of adventure. 

Instead, we find ourselves living for someone else's idea of a perfect life.

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