Living an authentic life also means knowing who you are. Sometimes, a question as simple as “what do I like?” is hard to answer, especially if you’ve spent years looking for validation from others instead of looking within.

How do you know whether or not you are living an authentic life? The Native American philosopher, Lame Deer, suggests that an authentic life would not include self-deprecation. Lame Deer believes that we can’t stand our natural animal selves so we hide from who we are with materialistic things.

One powerful path to finding your authentic self is through journaling. When you begin asking yourself questions, you’ll start to pick up on patterns and peel back the layers to discover what’s beneath each one.

We hope you find time during this holiday season to recognize not only all that you are grateful for, but also realize who you really are