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My truest self is all about engaging in creative, productive, learning projects!

Recently I had a truly inspiring female bonding session with a dear friend of mine. During this one night of speed talking, wine spilling, project planning, dream scheming, and emotion analyzing, I was in total awe of her authenticity, and the ease with which she seemed to project it. So, I told her! Actually, with my wine glass as a wand, I declared and dubbed her to be “the Queen of great big wide open sharingness”. After the peals of laughter subsided, we returned to our discussion about desired core feelings that we want for ourselves, and the actions we could take to bring them about. With my need for authenticity and fearless sharing, the Nike slogan of Just Do It just wasn’t doing it for me. So, we explored all kinds of options, ideas and outcomes. We pondered reasons, results and what-ifs. By the wee hours of the morning, we decided to let it (and us) rest. Perhaps the light of day would illuminate the way forward.

authenticityThroughout the whole next day, I contemplated the reasons for my holding back…until the reasons weren’t reasonable anymore. I put pen to paper and poured out every pitiful platitude…until my attitude had some altitude. Then I read and re-read our ‘napkin notes’, and relived the realness that I reveled in the night before. That’s when it hit me! My truest self is all about engaging in creative, productive, learning projects! So, if I want to expand my authenticity and exorcise my fear, then it seems only natural (for me) to initiate a campaign that promotes and produces an advocacy of, and competency in, uncensored self-expression.

So, for the last 48 hours I have been conceptualizing what this looks like, and how to launch this challenge of practicing “great big wide open sharingness”. The organizational side of me wants to cut a clean, clear outline of the project. The creative side of me wants to extend a unique, ornate example of the exercise. The social side of me wants to scream it from the center of every circle of friendship, and the inquisitive side of me yearns to learn from the practices and principles of all other people. So what better way to bring all those elements together than through the ‘digicomm’ (digital community)!

Therefore, starting with this blog entry, I introduce you to the Krisellaneous project called YoursTruly. Tune into the various ‘technets’ for daily posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as I will offer some creative inspiration for authentic sharing, to which you can pin, like, favorite, tweet or retweet, share, comment, post or email. Please use the hashtag #yourstruly whenever practicing GBWOS (Great Big Wide Open Sharingness) on any and all social networks associated with this project.

Signed, Yours Truly

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  • Tana January 17, 2015, 3:26 pm

    I love the “great big wide open sharingness” quote, the wine glass wand, and the napkin notes (of course). But more than all that, the openness of the experienced shared. I can sense the “guard turned down”, the active reaching out. I can hear in this description the sound of your voices, the peals of laughter, the quiet slosh of the spilled wine. I think you are being now, what you seek to be. #yourstruly, T

    • Kristina February 13, 2015, 2:29 am

      Dear T,
      Thanks so much for reading and commenting. We did our best bonding, and bursting and blubbering, but missed our “third eye” and recorder of all greatness! But, I love your comments, and read them often to relive the experience again and again! It’s like you were the fly on the wall, or there with us in spirit!

  • Sonya Shannon January 17, 2015, 6:49 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful piece! I do love great big wide open sharingness and am glad to hear of your #yourstruly project. Authentic sharing can be tough in the internet age. With trusted friends, and in private, it is great to let it all hang out. Opening up on the web can be a little more challenging – but rewarding, too, when the responses pour in. Thanks for your heartfelt efforts to help us all learn how to BE in this new connected tech world of wonders!

    • Kristina February 13, 2015, 2:33 am

      Hi Sonya,
      Thanks much for your comments on this piece. I totally agree with the difficulty or uncertainty of sharing our truest selves online, but that’s what I wanted to overcome, and feel as if I did…with the help of a trusted friend. So, lets seek to be, and reap the rewards of being #YoursTruly!

  • Holly January 18, 2015, 11:28 pm

    “Release and be released!” That’s what my grandfather used to say, and I think of it now after reading about your Yourstruly project. Sharing and caring is a wonderful way to make the most of life and get on with it. How freeing! Thanks for your creative ideas and efforts! Looking forward to Yourstruly, Kristina!

    • Kristina February 13, 2015, 2:37 am

      Hey Holly!

      Always many thanks for reading and commenting! I love your grandfather’s saying — I definitely feel free to be…to be me! I wish you were online to participate in the #YoursTruly project. You can find it on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter! If not, we’ll just have to catch up in person.

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