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Illuminate Your True Self: 9 Ways to Live Authentically

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At Praise Worthy Candles, we believe in living a life that shines as brightly as our candles. Authenticity is about embracing your true self and letting your unique light illuminate the world. It's about living the life you were meant to live, filled with joy, purpose, and authenticity.


Authentic people are rare, but they leave a lasting impression. They radiate a comfort and ease that naturally draws others in. Here are nine strategies to help you live a more authentic life and show the world the real you:



  1. Know Your Values Identify what's important to you. Make a list of the qualities you value most in life. Once you have your list, prioritize your top five values. Knowing your values makes it easier to make authentic choices that align with your true self.

  2. Stop Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do While we all have responsibilities like paying bills and taking out the trash, there are plenty of things you don't have to do. Politely decline activities that don't resonate with you. Focus on what brings you joy and fulfillment.

  3. Do What You Want to Do Your time is precious, and how you spend it should reflect your true desires. Whether it's picking up a new hobby, dancing in your front yard, or wearing what makes you feel fabulous, do what brings you happiness without needing anyone's approval.

  4. Keep an Open Mind Rigid thinking limits your potential. Embrace different perspectives and keep an open mind. This flexibility allows your authentic self to thrive and helps you grow in unexpected and wonderful ways.

  5. Trust Your Intuition Your instincts are powerful guides. When you trust your hunches, you align with your true self. Listen to your inner voice and let it steer you towards authenticity.

  6. Be Self-Aware Self-awareness is key to authenticity. Regularly check in with yourself and acknowledge your feelings. Ask yourself, "What do I need right now?" By honoring your emotions, you stay true to who you are.

  7. Practice Boldness Boldness is the antidote to timidity. Step out of your comfort zone and embrace the courage to be seen and heard. Bold actions, even small ones, can lead to significant personal growth and authenticity.

  8. Openly Share Your Opinion Express your thoughts and feelings with others. Be tactful and considerate, but don't be afraid to share your perspective. If you hesitate, reflect on why and work towards confidently voicing your opinions.

  9. Avoid Perfectionism Perfectionism stifles your natural personality. Embrace imperfection and understand that making mistakes is part of being human. Let go of the need to be perfect and allow your true self to shine through.


Life is too short to be anything but yourself. Authenticity requires courage and a willingness to face discomfort, but it's essential for a fulfilling life. Embrace your unique qualities and let your true self light up the world.


At Praise Worthy Candles, we celebrate your journey to authenticity and invite you to illuminate your path with us. Shine brightly, live boldly, and be authentically you.

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