Summer of Authenticity: Wrap Up

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

soa-fullyalive-roundJune saw us ease into summer with the first installments of the Summer of Authenticity: Fully Alive! guest blog series. I asked a score of amazing women I know if they would help me bring an idea into reality, and to my delight, nearly all of them said yes. Not only did they say yes, but many of them were actually excited and honored to participate.

I had this idea that as adults we experience summer differently than we did when we were kids, and I wondered if by writing about summer, we couldn’t feel more alive by sharing our experiences. Not necessarily of the past, but maybe what we want from our present, hope for our future. I wanted people to express what summer means to them, and how even though we’re not kids anymore we still find ways to feel fully alive.

I asked each guest to use summer, authenticity, and being fully alive as inspiration for their contribution, leaving the rest up to them. While I had my own ideas of how to tie these three concepts together, I needed their wisdom and experience on the page, not mine. They did not disappoint. What they shared each week was inspiring and authentic, and fully embodied what it means to be fully alive, each in her own way.

When I began this adventure I had no idea how it would turn out. I couldn’t have planned more beautiful essays if I’d told them exactly what to write. Every week I felt like I’d been given a gift of raw, organic material from which to pluck eternal wisdom for being my best, most authentic self in life, not just summer. Summer is just part of the cycle.

As for how I feel it turned out …

It was like a summer farmers market filled with organic, sustainable wisdom that will continue to feed us all for years to come. 

Summer doesn’t have to be whatever your mind thinks it used to be. It doesn’t have to be whatever you expected it to be. If you take nothing else from these essays, take this:

Decide what you want summer (and life) to look like, and then be present in making it happen.


If you haven’t had a chance to read every post, I invite you to bookmark this here link and schedule some time to read. You won’t be disappointed.

If you’d rather read offline, I’ve got something brewing just for you, so stay tuned.

To give you a glimpse of what you’re in for, here’s a summary of what each wonderful woman brought to the table:

Carol Dellinger has survived 260+ marathons and kicked cancer’s ass along the way.

Karen Caterson gives pointers on what to do when you step in shit 

Jeanne Hewell-Chambers shows us how a Southern Belle does summer.

Kelly Gill gets us flying high via planes and spirit.

Megan Rufael took punishing stock of 38 and then decided to reframe.

Julie Jordan Scott finds refuge in words … and invites you to do the same.

Erin Madore moves for the sheer love of moving.

Karen Pery falls in love with summer all over again.

Alana Sheeren has moves way better than Jagger …

Angie Hendrix gives birth to her authentic self.

Lindsey Mead speaks exquisitely of traditions and summer.

Dian Reid shares her experience (and a little DMB) in being fully alive.

Julie Daley shares her infinite wisdom of whole body authenticity.

Cigdem Kobu honors the many working parts of authenticity.

Super Awesome Bonus Post coming soon.


The Summer of Authenticity has been all sorts of amazeballs, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for following the series. I hope you’ll help me share the wisdom of these wonderful women for years to come, or at least tweet it just this once =)

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