And so I come back again to the word of the year for me: Authenticity. [NOTE: I find it highly amusing that I chose for myself the word "balance" as my word for 2008, and yet, this whole year I have been talking about authenticity.] In the last year I have been lucky enough to meet some of the people who I so admire and whose words so deeply speak to me through their blogs. And sometimes when meeting these people in "real" life, I have found myself wondering a couple of things (no direct responses to this are needed, these are just some inner thoughts): Does my voice reflects the person that people meet, as I feel the majority of theirs have? and how do I stay authentic and real in the moment?