• Getting to Know YOU
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    Janaki Ratnakumar
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Getting to Know YOU



We have had so many years to get to know ourselves; but do we truly understand who we are? I have come to learn that it can be difficult to differentiate between the parts of us that are true, and the parts of us that we have become due to exterior forces. Sometimes we create illusions or mold ourselves into certain roles that we believe we were made to play. Maybe these pieces of you are things that make you proud, but they might also be causing you to feel a desire for something more.

As I was moving through life, I had a realization that I needed to start listening to my heart, and learn more about myself without allowing the criticism of others to cloud my judgement and stain my spirit.

Once I was able to quiet down the noise in my mind and really listen to myself, it was really easy to see what made me happy. What makes you happy? What are you drawn to over and over again? 

Make Room For Exploration
Whether it’s through travel, or simply going outside of your comfort zone, trying new things and seeing new places enables you to learn so much about yourself. Each place I’ve been has inspired me to live my life to the fullest. Don’t be afraid to evolve.
Forget what you have been told
It’s so easy to fall into a pattern because it’s what you know. Lots of times, the things that are best for everyone else isn’t necessarily the greatest choice for us. Don’t allow people to prejudge you, because their negative thoughts are toxic. Plenty of people had lots of things to say before I became a lawyer, and even now as I progress into this exhilarating world of design. Listen to your heart and follow what it is telling you. The rest is irrelevant. 
Boost Your Confidence
Make an effort to eat healthily and exercise. Wear something that makes you shine. Set goals and accomplish them! When you are feeling your best, you will have the confidence to do things that are new and thrilling.


You might find that you are meant to do exactly what you are doing right now; or you may find that there is a yearning that you have been too scared to address. We have the ability to take control of our lives and really harvest the power within us to act on our dreams and follow them. 

You owe it to yourself to at least explore where that longing leads you. We can embrace our authentic selves and stand in our own conviction - now that is real empowerment; that is real joy; that is really exciting. 



  • Author avatar
    Janaki Ratnakumar
  • Fashion designgetting to know youlife advice