Why Authentic Existence®?
My name is Cynthia Crawford. I am a child of God, wife, mother and the creator of Authentic Existence®. I created Authentic Existence® to inspire freedom to be your authentic self, allowing you to thrive, not just be alive! Many people are living unfulfilled, burdened lives trying to live up to society's secular expectations. You can only be who you are designed to be when in alignment with the teachings of Jesus Christ, allowing you to understand that you already have victory! This will lift the weight of the world and provide the courage to be yourself, unleashing your access to fulfillment that's been waiting for you to receive it!
When in alignment with Christ, you will reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Authentic Existence® products incorporate features in their designs to be visual reminders to stay in alignment with Him. Additionally, the Authentic Existence® inspirational blog posts, based on the Word of God and life experiences, connect to the products. You will be encouraged by your personal takeaways from the blog when you use your products throughout the day! The products are simple, yet unique, to be used in your every day activities. You will know that God is with you and you can do anything He asks you to do, freeing you to be the real you!
Mission & Vision
The mission of Authentic Existence® is to spread the Word of God through simple, unique products and testimonies to encourage all to boldly reflect the light of the "Son", Jesus Christ, in their own way. The vision of Authentic Existence® is to bring this and future generations closer to God through His Son.
My Personal Testimony
To express this way of life and brand has been a divine journey. I am honored to be able to share it with you! From the time I can remember growing up, I had a strong reliance on myself and my abilities. I was smart, but never really looked at the deeper meaning of things because my talent didn't require me to. I was also confident and insecure at the same time; confident due to my successes and insecure because I was scared to fail or not measure up eventually.
It was in 2005 that I got my first lesson in surrendering to the Lord. I was given the scripture Jeremiah 29:11 on a small piece of paper from my co-worker when I was facing a layoff at work: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I put it up in my desk area and looked at it daily. I believed this and allowed God to work the situation. God turned the layoff to a new prosperous career!
My husband and I began attending a wonderful church and learning more about God's promises through reading our bibles regularly. We became more prayerful and leaned less on our own understanding. Over the years, we had built up some spiritual muscle. But as life went on, in 2014, we hit a major situation that threatened our household in a tremendous way. I remember turning off all the lights, dropping down to the floor on my hands and knees and crying out to the Lord. I said and I meant it, "God, whatever we have to lose, I trust you." The Holy Spirit came upon me and this moment completely changed my life. It was a rough road, but God provided and made us better than before. I knew no matter what, I could make it through anything in this life if I trust and believe in God's plan for me. I have been blessed with many things that the world tells me should bring me fulfillment. I have learned my only fulfillment is a life centered on Jesus Christ; the only way to the Father is through the Son!
Through tragedies, disappointments and whatever else may come my way, God has shown me time and time again that everything will be okay. These instances have propelled me to live life to the fullest. He has used me in miraculous situations and others to minister to me. I'm finally able to see the deeper meaning of things because of my reliance on Him. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. These last few years, God has been pruning me to step out on faith and share Authentic Existence® to glorify His name.
Invitation to You to Join This Journey
I was scared to do this at first! Transformation is a process and I did not want the judgement of others during my process. Then, God spoke to me that the process will not end until Jesus Christ returns! Therefore, me waiting to bring others to Christ once I had it all together is impossible. I will never have it all together! That is why you and me need Christ!!! So, here I am, being obedient, sharing this journey with you!
The brand encourages being who God created you to be, uniquely you, even at the risk of the judgement of others and to not be invisible in an attempt to hide shortcomings. I call this being a Bold Full Moon™. The website (boldfullmoon.com) and social media handles (@boldfullmoon) were named this to remind you to reflect Him. Every testimony is derived from a test and is worthy to be shared.
My Authentic Existence® has been unleashed by ending my pursuit of perfection and fear of failure. I am dedicated to live my life where my words and actions match my faith, yet am able to forgive myself when I fall short, knowing that each and every day God gives new mercies and grace.
I will continue to surrender to God's Will and live my Authentic Existence®! This is my personal invitation for you to join me.
Sydney Raye is my daughter. She is a very talented illustrator and she will provide one-of-a-kind creations for Authentic Existence®!