With all of the struggles and challenges our world faces today we ALL must become more confident in the gifts and talents we possess. We must embrace our true nature and find our way back to living our truth. When we do this, we will align with the incredible force for transformation that lies at the heart of who we really are. We are infinite beings full of potential to have an extraordinary impact in the world. This book is one helpful step on your journey to recognizing your own brilliance and beauty.As a popular medical journalist and TEDx speaker, Dr. Andrea vulnerably shares the truth of how she silently suffered with depression and anxiety while battling an overwhelming sense of self-loathing. Recognizing her childhood influences led her to overcompensate by becoming an overachiever and hiding the parts of herself that she felt would never be acceptable.While sharing this message on stage and TV around the world it became clear that her story is hardly unique. Dr. Andrea found that many of her clients suffering with eating disorders, addiction and depression had similar challenges in the area of self-acceptance. She saw how many of us silently agree to hide our personal desires and passions for safer, more “appropriate” pursuits. Though we desperately want to be accepted for who we really are, we fervently seek the comfort of community and so prevent our true nature to be seen and deny our real self its full expression.Until we can’t do it anymore.After a near death-like out of body experience that rocked her world, she was led me to travel the world looking for answers to the age-old question, “Who am I — really?” This book is part of the answer to the question that each of us asks.One answer that came from her experience is this: You are a gift to the world. Your very presence can be a healing balm to others. By accepting yourself for the fun, quirky perfectly-imperfect being that you are can set you free to transform your health, business and relationships for the better.You can listen to the audio version of this e-book for free, just visit http://www.andreapennington.com/authentic-self/ for the free download.