To live life authentically means embracing those things that are uniquely you. Sometimes it even means discovering those interesting things about yourself that you never knew before.
Writing a book was never on my to-do list.
It’s not that I never wanted to do it—I just didn’t think about it all that much. But as I started sharing my stories with others, I found, more often than not, that my stories inspired them.
Every time I shared my crazy adventures, people kept telling me I should write a book about my experiences. When you hear things often enough, it really starts to sink in. So I finally thought to myself, “Well, why don’t I write a book!”
When I told my husband I wanted to write a book, he laughed—not because he thought it was absurd but because it was just one more thing that I decided I was going to do. I had already done some pretty crazy things, but this was different from anything I had ever tried, before.
But my husband knows me well enough to know that when I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it. So he just got out of the way and let me do my thing.
It was only after the book was published that I actually let him read it. He was pleasantly surprised with the results of my efforts and I was incredibly happy with his response. After all, the book is about him too and the crazy beautiful life we’ve built together.
I was real, raw, and authentic.
Writing from a place of authenticity can be scary sometimes because you never know what people’s reaction will be. But when you take all that time and effort to write a book, it’s so thrilling to see a positive response.
Imagine my delight when I found my book The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly—an international publishing magazine known as “the bible of the book business.”
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that my book would land on the desk of one of their reviewers—but it did. And not only did their reviewer read my book, but they had some pretty great things to say about it.
For example, they described my book as “an exuberant testament to the ways positivity, curiosity, and self-reflection can help one discover purpose in life.”
That’s exactly why I wrote the book. I wanted people to see the good they can do by simply discovering who they are and being their authentic self.
The review goes on to say, “Knego encourages readers to embrace the ability to change lives, be authentic, and remember that ‘you don’t have to change the world, just your corner of it.’”
The beautiful thing is that this review is exactly right—I believe that being authentic is key to us changing our own corner of the world.
If you want to change the world, live life authentically.
Being authentic begins by recognizing that we don’t have to change who we are, we just need to change how we see ourselves.
We are all unique, all UnOrdinary, and we all have extraordinary pieces inside of us. We just need to realize it.
When we can see the good within ourselves, we can more freely reach out and be the good for others.
Why? Because when you see yourself from a more positive perspective—both your world and the world around you changes for the better.
Nothing is better than that.
Writing The Extraordinary UnOrdianry You has opened the door to so many new adventures in my life. But the greatest thing it has done for me is that it has allowed me to make a difference in my own corner of the world by being authentically me.
We all have the ability to make a difference by being exactly who we are.
So what are you going to do today in your corner of the world as you live life authentically?
Whatever it is—I’m certain it will be amazing because of the extraordinary unordinary you.