Monica Cost

*I had the opportunity to hang out with a few notable people this past summer and fall. Given the ease at which we report upon the bad news of these personalities, I thought I might take a moment to talk about my pleasant experiences with them.

Ms. Angie Stone – She starred in the play “Loving Him is Killing Me” that I worked with, and she was a hoot. Who knew Angie could be so funny? Off stage, she was a regular southern girl with the same day-to-day cares of the world. We had a great conversation about our faith and I learned that she is very spiritual and does not give much attention to celebrity.

Ms. NeNe Leakes – NeNe was also in the play “Lovingm Him is Killing Me”. I’ve heard about her many escapades on RHWOA, however I’ve only seen a few episodes. So, I’m not up on all often gossip; however, in person NeNe was hilarious and liked to have the floor. She was incredibly complimentary and while, boisterous, I was not, in anyway, offended by her. I’ve seen her several times since and it’s all love. I’m not sure I’m buying what we’re seeing on television.

Mr. Terrence Howard – I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Howard in Washington, DC this fall. Here is another misunderstood personality, in my view, his truth appears to be deeper than anything we have yet to learn about or see from him. We had a great discussion about media, his career and the unfortunate circumstances many notable personalities find themselves in due to sound bites and misinformation. He was thoughtful, incredibly smart and seemed to have a hunger to advance his craft. Look out for him this January in Red Tails, an incredibly well made movie from George Lucas about the Tuskegee Airmen. It will be released on 1/20/12. Check it out!

These are just a few of the encounters that I had and wanted to share. There are so many truths in every area of people’s lives. They are aesthetic, financial, spritual, relational, emotional, professional and parental. People who are well known and not so well known have personal truths. Often times what we see has been molded by the expectations that we have for people and less about who they really are. The person that we see, many times, is a societal creation. You may know what it feels like to,have expectations placed upon you that don’t fit your truth. I would love if we could keep the fight for our own truth in mind when we’re judging others.

This notion of “living your truth” inspired me to write a book called “The Things I Used to do to Sneeze: How To live an authentic life with awesome sensations”. You’ll have to read it to learn more about the title, if you feel so inclined. I believe is will begin a new conversation around authentic living.

Live true!!

Monica Cost is communications strategist, brand manager and respected corporate and motivational speaker. She is the President and Founder of Evidently Assured, a business & talent brand management firm. Email her at:  LiveYourTruth@MonicaCost.com. Follow her via Titter: @monicacost and www.Facebook.com/monicahairstoncost.