Every day is a new opportunity to live a real life – a fresh beginning waiting to be explored. It’s another chance to find happiness, contentment, and purpose in our lives.

But as we face the typical challenges and struggles of getting through the day, our focus often becomes blurred, the result of an overwhelming schedule and the constant requirement to respond to the needs of others.

Instead of balance, peace, and harmony, we find ourselves lost in mind-numbing routine, or caught up in a chaotic whirlwind of resolving one minor crisis after another—leaving us frustrated and discouraged.

Real Life  opens the door of possibility, and the opportunity to break through the layers of distraction that prevent us from recognizing our true spirit— that force which compels us to become better, stronger, and more optimistic about living our lives to our true potential.

Living a real life means becoming more curious, aware, and creative—more alive. It means taking control of our lives, making choices that are personally congruent and authentic to our true self. And finally, it means letting go of past mistakes without regret, and moving forward on our life’s journey with optimism, positivity, and joy.

In this collection of thirty-five uplifting and entertaining stories, you’ll find truth, humor, and inspiration, and perhaps, a few bits of wisdom to help guide you to a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Whether you need a boost in confidence, a few moments of soul searching, or a motivating message, turn to a story in Real Life 

What is it about facing the truth that scares us?

From our earliest memories, we’re taught to be honest and forthcoming in our relationships with others. We’re admonished for telling lies and cautioned against concealing knowledge or information that could impact another’s perceptions or decisions in a negative way.

We’re encouraged to “just be ourselves,” because without fully revealing our thoughts, no one would know who we truly are.

But despite those early admonitions, few of us practice full disclosure. We hold back, often presenting a public persona that is very different from our genuine selves.

And it begs the question …

How did our inclination to withhold the truth – to use deception if necessary – evolve into common behavior in the way we communicate with others?

For many of us, we learned by example – from watching, observing, and listening to  conversations of others. And all too often, deciphering the truth became a challenge – one requiring more skill or knowledge than we had at our disposal.

As a result, many of us hide our authentic selves under lock and key – cautiously restricting others from learning our real feelings, thoughts, and desires. Think of it as a personal cloaking device. And while we often use this strategy to protect ourselves from embarrassment, shame, or to preserve our dignity, it can often prevent us from reaching our full potential – especially when we have the opportunity to explore life’s possibilities and enjoy the benefits of achieving our personal best.

In this second book in the Real Life series, you’ll discover the reasons behind your self-doubt and lack of confidence. You’ll read real life stories with examples and suggestions of how to overcome fear and negativity and, hopefully, you’ll find a few answers to help guide you in the search for your personal truth.

The signs of positivity and optimism are all around us –  if we’re ready to recognize them. Whether in the form of an unexpected opportunity, a potential new relationship, or strengthening the bond with someone you already know, embracing the power of being your authentic self will result in a more genuine and rewarding journey to living a fulfilling life.

Whether you’re seeking a sense of clarity, a bit of encouragement, or a nudge in a positive direction, turn to a story in Discover Your Personal Truth