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My Authentic Journey: The Truth About Social Media

Courtesy Jeannette Dardenne

Experiential stories that revolve around the importance of being authentic to not only yourself but to those around you. After years of never finding the time to ‘stop and smell the roses,’ Jeannette is unearthing many of her passions including writing, fashion, and thrifting through her online blog ‘My Authentic Journey’ (formerly called ‘The Vineyard Life’) – a creative outlet that allows her to share, learn, and grow with others. You can explore more of her stories at @jeannettepdardenne on Instagram or www.myauthenticjourney.com.

By Jeannette Dardenne

Life is not perfect.

As humans we judge. We pick apart people to feel better about ourselves. We praise because it feels good … and we know that it will make the receiving person happy.

When I was younger, I only knew what I saw and what was told to me. I had no way of viewing the “inner lives” of my friends. We would hear about amazing vacations, trips with friends, parties that were over the top, celebrations afar.

Now … I have the ability to see it all. Do we even need reunions anymore? I often joke with my husband whenever he feels the need to reminisce with old friends. “Give me a sec hon, I can tell you what they have been doing for the last 2 years in a flash.”

Or how about this conversation:

“Hon, should we have the Robinsons over?”

“No … I saw that they are in Aruba.”

“Okay the Browns?”

“Um, I believe they are grieving over the passing of their dog …”

Rolling your eyes right now? Not a social media grazer? Well good for you! BUT don’t make fun of me because I enjoy the occasional share of what I am up to, what I am feeling, what I need. Just swipe on by my friend!

Today, we have the ability to be as transparent as we want. We can choose to show the amazing happiness going on in our lives. We can also choose to be honest with ourselves and the viewing parties – yes, we went on vacation and had a great time, but it was because we deserved a nice getaway!

Social media is a form of communication.

Social media is a form of expression.

Social media is a way to connect with those near and far and who wish to play along.

And the choice is ours on whether or not we choose to play along.

But trust me … this ability to share in such a public forum is not going away. I truly believe it will continue to increase – like it or not.

What are your thoughts on social media?

Jeannette Punsoni Dardenne is an entrepreneur who started the popular Facebook group @eatinconnecticut – a community forum that connects foodies and the food and beverage industry for delicious conversations. She and her business partner now together run @eatinconnecticut and INGroup Creative – a public relations and marketing company that helps small businesses thrive. Jeannette is also a business advisor at the University of Hartford Entrepreneur Center & Women’s Business Center. When she isn’t helping others, she enjoys exploring the state and beyond with her husband and two children.

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