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People talk about being happy, successful and RICH but you don’t hear as much about people living an authentic life.

We are constantly bombarded with messages about material success and self-gratification. They are on the TV, the Internet, in magazines. We adopt the philosophies of others and normally that philosophy is that “to want to win, to win now, and to win at all costs” and in doing so we lose who we are. We are living a life that is not our own.

Brand specialist Monica Cost saw a need to help others find their truth and live it. Her book, “Things I Used to Do to Sneeze,” is a self-exploration book for individuals interested in defining their personal truth and living an authentic life – aesthetically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, professionally, financially and parentally.

I talked with Monica about the title of her book, the steps to take to discover their truth, and how being authentic can change your life.


While logically we may all know the importance of walking our own authentic path, sometimes your heart needs a reality check.

“I want you to live a life true to your journey to achieve your most desired sensations,” she writes. “In the end, our world will be better because we had the best of you.”

‘Nuff said.

OUT OF THE WOODS: Authentic Living In 2013 with author Monica Cost  was originally published on