ifIknew is a health initiative for young adults that uses a multi media approach, including social media and in person programs, to address the contemporary issues that impact the well-being, self-image, careers, and relationships of people in their 20's and 30's.

If I Knew is a prevention education project that raises awareness about risky behaviors that can profoundly impact lives.

Am I "Real" With Myself?

It takes a lot of courage to be “real” with yourself. To do it, one has to be vulnerable and non-judgmental. Practicing radical acceptance can lead you to bigger breakthroughs about your life and open you up to new possibilities. It isn’t until you can fully surrender that you can move forward in a new way. Brene Brown once said, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Where have you chosen to be vulnerable and honest in your day-to-day life? Can you make room in your heart for it? Can you let yourself feel what you need to feel without judgement in order to connect to your deeper truth?

Once you get in touch with your deeper truth, try creating a mantra for yourself to say each day. This can be done right when you wake up, while you are waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while sitting in your car right before walking into work. You’d be surprised how much it helps set your mood and your overall level of positivity. Here is a great example of one written by Deepak Chopra: “Today I want to belong. I want to feel safe and at home. I want to be aware of what it is like simply to be, without defenses or desires. I will appreciate the flow of life for what it is-my own true self. I will notice those moments of intimacy with myself, when I feel that “I am” is enough to sustain me forever. I will lie on the grass at one with nature, expanding until my being fades into the infinite.”