Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Wisdom Wednesday: Finding your authentic self

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - When we send kids off to college, many times we say they need to "find themselves" but researchers and authors say some of us spend a lifetime trying to find out who we really are. It's called the search for our authentic selves. It sounds easy enough right? We know who we are don't we? But some researchers say our true selves can sometimes get buried under the to do lists and the different roles we play in our busy lives and we have to really dial in. We asked Lehigh Valley women for their reflections in our Wisdom Wednesday segment.

Lindsay Watson
VP of Client Relations
FIA NYC Employment services

"In a society where there’s so much consumerism, it can be easy to get caught up in trying to look like or act like or speak like somebody else. But we’re all unique and individual and I believe just like puzzle pieces, if we were to be okay with who we are as a person then we can see how we can benefit one another and help each other to grow. "

Elise Yardley
Penn State Student
Chair of Student Life, Student Government Association
President of Honors Society
Social media marketing intern at Last Chance Ranch

"So there’s individual pressure in your life, classes, homework, jobs,But there’s also an overall cultural pressure..ways you feel you're supposed to look, things you think you’re supposed to do, some sort of model of what you think your life is supposed to look like and I think often it’s hard for 20 something women to find our who they really are and who they really want to be. "

Rosalin Petrucci
Director of Marketing
J.G. Petrucci Co Inc.

Mother and grandmother

"Life changes. you have to accept the change .you have to accept that the world is changing and if you’re flexibe and go along with it you don’t have that much trouble."

Anne Alexander
President of Brand Strategies and founder of Soul Candy,
Single mother of three children.
New York Times Bestselling author of Sugar Smart and Win The Fat War

"I like to think of your authentic self as a very very quiet voice that exists within in a very noisy world, so you have to create opportunities to create a space that quiet little space where you can listen and you can hear that authentic self. "

Jo Ann Hart
Marketer and  horticulturist
Passionate about health and wellness

"And I think it’s those times when you’re able to recenter yourself, you need to talk to yourself, lots of conversations with yourself about where you want to go what you're feeling. What’s the worst thing that could happen about what you're feeling right now. You need to sort through that, you need to be your own best psychologist. "

Dr. Mehriban Ulas
Healthy Lifestyle Consultant
Wonder Health and Wellness
Wife and mother

"I believe finding our authentic self is hard but it’s not who we are it’s who we become."

Coming up this Monday evening, we'll continue to explore this topic on the Wisdom Coalition television show. You can get more information and join the conversation at the

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