It seems that time has been flying by as of late. Days are suddenly weeks and weeks are magically turning into months. Life is getting busy in preparation for baby, and a lot of things have been placed on the back burner in favour of getting ready for our little one’s arrival.

Yesterday was one of those days where I had the opportunity to slow down a little bit and have a moment to breathe. Even though I had a busy day of meetings and classes, I felt like I accomplished a lot and made great headway.

One of the things I was thinking about today was authenticity. Being an ambassador for Lululemon, I have the wonderful opportunity to connect with the store, brand and it’s community. Yesterday I had a great coffee date with the manager and assistant manager of the store I represent, and the recent issue of luon quality came up. Whether you’ve heard or not, lululemon had a quality control problem. One batch of black luon that was used to make pants is slightly transparent… not a great problem to have. But like champs, lululemon recognized the issue, pulled all the pants off their shelves, and are informing the public as best they can to try to get them all new pairs of pants. I find this amazing. The transparency displayed by such a large company is refreshing. They are proud of their product and quality, and want to right the wrong.

This just made me think of what it means to be authentic. Lululemon demonstrated the authenticity of their brand, but how does that concept translate to me, as an individual? You sometimes hear it in the yoga community as a bit of a buzz word, but how do you actually stay authentic? I think the most important part is knowing who you are in the first place.

But if that’s the most important part, what happens when you’re not quite sure yet? Take me for example, I’m still figuring out who I am in regards to my relationships with the yoga and dance worlds. As I choose to slowly exit one and take on more of the other, the who I am drastically changes. Dance has been my identity for a very long time and as that changes, so does the way I define myself. I’m starting to identify more and more with the yoga side of my life, so with each passing day I find myself questioning how to communicate this change. Do I need to be one or the other in order to be a “true” representative of my personal brand? I don’t think so, at least not yet. Each day I evolve into a new version of me, and that’s particularity exciting and difficult at the same time. Only difficult because it requires me to continually reevaluate my focus. That’s hard.

As I start to think about my schedule for after I come back from my little baby break, I am forced to make choices about who I want to be over the next year. I’m still not sure, but I’m working on it and doing my very best to listen to my own needs rather than the voices around me. I think that if I can approach each day this way, it will help me stay authentic to who I choose to be, not to who the people around me perceive as my persona. Interesting….