In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Michael Stephens, founder of Create Space.
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In this candid conversation, we share some personal experiences that led us both in different ways to arrive at the same destination: ourselves.
We discuss the struggles so many LGBTQ persons have with deeply identifying with themselves. Rooted in a need as growing up to hide our true self, we can put forth a fake facade striving to fit in, to not be bullied, to be accepted by our friends, family and coworkers. This can result in many things from isolation, lack of connection with self and others, escapism through substance abuse that can lead to addiction, overachiever syndrome that can lead to burnout along with its associated mental and physical distress.
Who am I?
What do I want?
What do I need?
Am I content?
Am I happy?
Really happy right now?
How do I define happiness?
How do I define success?
Do I have people in my life I trust and can count on?
Am I a person that others really know or a facade of a projection?
Do I allow my emotions to race and explode due to other people’s learned or ignorant comments or behaviors?
Do I have triggers that others love to ignite?
Do I trust others?
Do I trust myself?
Do I take care of myself?
Do I value an active healthy lifestyle?
Profoundly and honestly answering these and many more questions in a safe and supportive environment is the key to living an authentic life where you connect with yourself, discover who you are, appreciate, respect, and yes, love yourself. Then from that core foundation, you can be there for others.
Michael’s Create Space is a program for you to learn to create space for yourself to learn, heal, grow, and experience the fullness of life and the world around you on your terms.
To connect with Michael find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/michaeledwardstephens/
Join me and Michael on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com
Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco. https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/