Embracing Your Uniqueness

I am Unique

Every human on this planet is authentically unique, a one of a kind, an original. Just like in nature where no two snowflakes are exactly alike. We may, however, not be able to see it because many of us have tried to conform to what we think we should be, do or have. And yet beyond the masks constructed to hide the uniqueness, lies gifts and talents, we didn’t even realize existed.

And so we walk around pretending to be the “right” person or “good” and when our truth shows up, in shadow or in light, we not only ignore it but perhaps even cut it off and dismiss who we really are in fear of not being acceptable.

The truth is that we have all been created authentically with a unique set of gifts, talents and skills and when we are able to accept ourselves for who we are, we embrace our authenticity and we begin realizing the talents and gifts which were hiding within for so long.  As we realise these talents and we embrace them wholeheartedly, we begin to create a life which is authentically ours to enjoy.

Connect with Yourself (And the child within)

We all know how the story goes… life runs away from us and we get so busy in the day to day details of making everything work, that we forget all about ourselves. Deep within all of us is a child, the child we once were, before entering adulthood. The child who wasn’t afraid to be themselves, until someone said something that constructed an otherwise belief. As we connect with ourselves through activities we really love, we connect with that child within. And as we connect with that child within, we discover things about ourselves we forgot about. Perhaps you loved climbing trees as a child, or writing stories or even making mud pies in the garden. The simplest way to reconnect with yourself is to do something that makes you feel good.

What is your favourite way to connect with yourself with fun? What did you love as a child?

Get to Know Yourself

As we get to know ourselves by knowing what we love and what we don’t, we become aware of ourselves. And slowly, the uniqueness we keep within starts to reveal itself.  Take a deep breath and realize what you value most, not what others expect you to value most. Look at what YOU value most. Understand what makes you tick. Daily free writing is a great way to get to know oneself. And all you need to do is arrive at the page and write about what you love and what you don’t.

What do you value most in life?

Learn to Love Yourself

As we get to know ourselves, we may realize some truths we don’t like. Yet, we may realize some we love. The gift lies in the aspects of ourselves that we don’t like too. Because those are our unique aspects that add to who we really are. As we learn to love ourselves, we learn to love every part of ourselves, shadow and light. And as we learn to love every part of ourselves, we begin to unlock gifts and talents we didn’t even realize were there.

What don’t you like about yourself?

What do you love about yourself?

Are you willing to love all aspects of yourself, even those that you may not like?

Embrace your truth

As we embrace the truth of who we are, exactly as we are, we are able to see and understand what it is that we have to offer the world. And as we embrace the uniqueness of what we have to offer the world, we realize that our uniqueness is our greatest gift to the world.

What does the world need that your uniqueness can offer?

Do what you Love, Love what you do

Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Will Smith, Jim Carrey, Tony Robbins have all said it and live it… along with many other great people who do actually do what they love and get paid well to do it. So there must be some sort of truth in the concept that if we do what we love, the money will follow. Yet it’s still a choice. And then again, many of us think we don’t get to do what we love, right now. And may feel like perhaps it’s only possible for the chosen few. Begin where you are. Look at what you currently do: career, home life, children…all your daily aspects of your life. And then realize what you do love about what you do in your daily life. Realize what the one thing is that you do love about the work that you do everyday, even the tiniest thing. As we learn to love what we do right now, we move towards attracting more of what we love in the now.

What do you love about your current work that you do?

The truth is we are all extremely different, even if we share some similarities. And we all have a unique combination of gifts, talents and abilities that no one else can do exactly as each of us can do. The secret is to commit to realizing these and allow yourself to be a bit more like you each day. And as you commit to unwrapping your gifts, they begin to grow and you attract experiences which are authentically yours to embrace, with a life that is uniquely yours to live ~ Alison Livanos

Claiming Your Life as Yours

It’s my Life

Whose life are you living? Is it yours or is it a construct of what others think it “should” be. Or is a montage of people pleasing to find acceptance. The truth is that it’s your life and you get to choose how you live it. We all have a story but it’s your choice how you perceive your story, either from a victim or a conqueror’s perspective. When you can truly appreciate life for what it is and for how every experience has served you in some way, you can start to create a new story, according to your own truth, instead of other people’s limitations and beliefs.  When we can appreciate life completely for what it is and own it, we find a whole new appreciation for ourselves. When we are able to find a place of responding to outside influences and experiences from a place of love, we take back our power and we stand-up and show the world whose life we are now choosing to live.

Acknowledgement of Yourself

Our positive actions and good so often seem to go unnoticed and we can be left feeling worthless. The truth is that we will only be loved, valued and acknowledged when we love, value and acknowledge ourselves first. Start by writing down ten things that you acknowledge yourself for. It could be the tiniest actions, past or present moment. Feel the appreciation for who you are and what you do. As we begin to acknowledge ourselves for everything that we are, shadow and light; strengths and weaknesses, we claim our power, instead of avoiding the truth of ourselves in shame; and spending our days seeking approval.

What do you acknowledge about yourself?

Appreciation of Life as it is

Take a deep breath, take a look around and truly look at your life for what it is, shadow and light. See the value in all that you have experienced and all that you have. As we begin to appreciate our lives for what we do have and for how our experiences have served us, we step into our power of no longer comparing our lives with others and making excuses for what we don’t have. As we discover an appreciation for the authenticity of experiences had and life as it is, we find the inspiration to create our lives from a place of love and power, instead of a place of fear.

What do you love and appreciate about your life, shadow and light?

Enthusiasm to move forward

Looking towards the future and the exciting experiences that still lie ahead, opens up inspiration to get-up and do our best, authentically. Think about one thing that you have to look forward to, one thing that you are feeling enthusiastic about, from the smallest to the most spectacular. Enthusiasm ignites an inner power that makes us unstoppable, makes us deaf to the naysayers and gives us the strength to walk through the challenges along the way, with confidence and ease.

What are you enthusiastic about, looking forward?

Commitment to YOU

As we commit to ourselves and creating our lives, the way we would love, as well as our own growth and forward movement, we take back our power and it gets easier to choose which experiences we would love to have, and which we would prefer to no longer entertain. As we are aware of what we are committed to with ourselves, it is easier to say “no” to what we don’t want because we are committed to saying “yes” to ourselves and what we do want.

What are you committed to, for yourself?

At the end of it all, it’s your life and you get to choose how you live it. No one else is going to get up each morning, inspired and committed to making your life amazing, only you have the power to do that. Declare your truth, take back your power and create a life that you truly love to live, because you are the one who gets to live it until the end ~ Alison Livanos


See Yourself with Eyes of Love

Eyes of Love

How do you see yourself when you look in the mirror? So often we see ourselves through eyes of shame, guilt, anger or fear; and when we don’t like what we see, we try ‘fix’ ourselves according to other’s standards. When we see ourselves with eyes of Love, we see that we’re doing our best with the knowledge, awareness and strength we have right now, and we can truly begin to appreciate our true beauty… #selflove #selfacceptance #personalgrowth

What do you Love about yourself when you see through eyes of Love?

~ Alison Livanos

You are allowed to be Yourself

I am allowed to be myself

How many of us are pretending to be, do & have something that is not us? The roles we pretend to play, the work we force ourselves to do & all the stuff we have; are so often just to feel acceptable & loved. As we learn to love ourselves, we give ourselves permission to be ourselves & our lives shift into a direction which is truly ours… #selflove #selfacceptance

What are you willing to truly allowing yourself to be, do & have?

~ Alison Livanos

Your Best is Good Enough

I am doing my best

Life will always have challenges but sometimes these may seem impossible and we can feel inadequate. Remember that no matter where you are on your journey, you are always doing your best with the knowledge, awareness, ability and strength that you have in this moment, and you can only get stronger. #selflove

How are you doing your best, even if you experience doubt?

~ Alison Livanos

You are free to be You

26 December post

As 2017 is slowly drawing to an end and you look towards 2018, remember your greatest power lies within your freedom to be yourself. Your uniqueness is your greatest gift to the world…share it generously. #freedom #selfacceptance

What gifts are you sharing with the world in 2018?

~ Alison Livanos