"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."
~M. Scott Peck

Be Authentic

I caught a glimpse today
In the mirror
As I was getting ready
My tattoo
My tree
My symbol of authenticity

In that moment
I was unsettled
Wanting peace in a relationship
Instead of the drama I was in

That's why I got it
The tattoo
To remind me
To scream at me really
That this is how I've decided to live
With truth
With real-ness
Even when it's unsettling
Even when it means anger instead of forgiveness
Even when relationships end

My tree
My tattoo
It reminds me
That I'm an adult
And life is sometimes hard
But truth
In the end
Will bring good

It reminds me 
That I lived the other way
So long
So many years of lying to myself
So many years of trying to get people to like me

Oh, it was fun
In the moment
But in the end
It brought pain

When I show up as me
Really me
When I tell the truth
When I remain vulnerable
What I get
Is real
by Ken Carlson More poetry here


Grow and Give Wellness Retreat

You asked us for more dates as our first Wellness Retreat Day filled up right away. 

March 10th in Geneva, IL

Authentic Development andFrom Scratch Wellness have partnered with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to create a Wellness Retreat Day that includes a chance to GROW from a day of wellness and GIVE to those in need.

Join us for a much needed day of rejuvenation with Yoga (no experience necessary), Healthy Eating workshop, Discovering Your Truest Life, Qigong meditation, and Soundscape Wellness. We're calling it a Grow and Give because you will experience your own personal growth and we will also give back to the Food Bank with either our time or money--or both!

More details and sign-up here!


Thank You!

Authentic Development had a great Grand Opening of our Geneva Office on January 24th 

Picture on Facebook here!

So many of you joined us for drinks and appetizers. It was wonderful to celebrate with you!

Downtown Chicago at The University Club
Authentic Development has also joined The University Club of Chicago which is located across from Millenium Park. 

Contact Ken at 847.873.9559 if you live or work in the city. We'll buy you a drink in the Presidents' Bar or have lunch at the Front Grill. 

From the Blog: What Is Your Inauthenticity Costing You?

I'm into authenticity. Obviously. 
Authenticity is one of those things though. It's like the idea of having a home cooked dinner with the family and eating around the dinner table. Everyone agrees that this is how we should eat and how families should be. The problem with it is that it seems so damn impractical 80% of the time. So as a culture we eat more in cars than we do around a dinner table. YIKES! 
The same is true with authenticity. We all agree that the truth is better than lies. We all agree that we we should be ourselves and not what other people want us to be. Here we are again though—80% of the time it just seems so impractical. What if I don't get promoted? What if I don't get hired? What if I hurt someone's feelings? What if my friends who seem to like me leave when they find out the truth? 
So we lie. 
Or we stretch the truth. 
Or we hide parts of ourselves.  
We certainly don't live our truth fully, out loud, every day.    

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What is it that your really want for your own life?

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.

Try coaching.

Coaching changes lives. Coaching will bring you new discoveries. Coaching works! Give us a call or drop us a line. We'd like to provide a kick-ass, fighting for your heart, no holds barred coaching session. We guarantee that you will be called to action on something critical in your life and that call will come directly from inside you.  Learn more...

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