Forward Focus

If someone were to ask me a few months ago what I am looking forward to, summer break would not be my top choice. Between working two jobs and trying to balance a social life with friends and family, the three months off school are looking more like a scheduled agenda than a vacation. Working over 60 hours a week is non-negotiable since I need to save up money for tuition for next semester as well as for rent for my senior year and maybe even for a move to Los Angeles for an internship. Finances are a constant stressor in my life, but I’ve realized that it doesn’t always need to be at the top of my priorities.

After a few months of absolutely dreading my life this summer, I decided to try and make some changes that would make me happier than just clocking in and out of a job everyday. I first asked a few friends if they would want to work with me at one of my jobs. They loved the opportunity I gave them and they will now be working with me 40 out of the 60 hours of the week. This was a huge deal to me because now instead of spending another summer working with strangers again, I’ll have two of my best friends. I also was able to easily make working two jobs this summer easier for me by adjusting my hours at one of the jobs. This helped me stress less about making sure I’ll be working enough hours a week. Since working is a huge part of my summer, these changes helped me have a much more positive outlook and I’m actually excited to get back and work. Another way I decided to turn this summer more into a positive experience, I decided to take advantage of my off days. Though 60+ hours is a lot, I will only be doing that during the week and will have the weekends to myself. I plan to use these weekends to take mini trips to surrounding states and hanging out with my best friends. If someone would have asked me a month ago what I’m looking forward to, summer break would not be my top choice. But, when asked now what I’m looking forward to, my immediate response is days filled with best friends and weekends soaking in the sun, living as if I don’t have a care in the world.

The Vulnerability of Words

Just before spring break, I uploaded a blog post on my personal blog titled “Creating Calm Within Chaos.” This is by far one of my favorite blog posts to date.

As I explained in the original post, I’ve struggled a lot this semester with time management and spreading myself too thin by taking on too many commitments. This blog post was the first time I’ve ever gotten truly vulnerable online regarding my mental health. I’ve always been so quick to push my feelings to the side because I know that other people are struggling more than I am and I want to focus my energy on supporting them, not on myself. But, as I learned over the past few months, it takes a lot of strength to ask for help and recognize that sometimes sacrifices have to be made in order to benefit you in the long run.

Though I posted this blog post partially to update my family and friends, I posted it mostly for myself. Sometimes it’s hard to have an actual conversation about how I’m feeling when I don’t even fully understand it myself, so I turned to writing. Putting all of my thoughts and feelings into words helped me make sense of everything and find the silver lining. Posting these words was my way of releasing all of the suppressed emotions that I had let fester inside of me for so long. Even if no one read it, at least I could let go of that negativity.

However, people did read.

Within an hour of my posting the blog and sharing it on my social media, I had multiple people texting, commenting, tweeting at me and sharing my post. I had always known I have an incredible support system around me who love and care for me unconditionally, but being reminded of that during one of my most nerve-wracking experiences [it wasn’t easy for me to hit that “publish” button] was surreal.

One of my biggest goals as a writer has always been to give people something they can relate to or find interest in. After posting this blog post, so many people told me they could relate to the feelings I described. Some even said that it was the perfect thing they needed to read that day. While writing, I hoped that sharing my experience would help shed a light on how to cope with such stress, but hearing that I actually did help was so reassuring.

“Creating Calm Within Chaos” is my favorite blog post to date because it reminds me of the impact my words actually can have. As a journalist and a blogger, that’s all I could hope for.

Pop of Yellow

Sunshine. Sunflowers. Ducks. Chicks. Denny’s. Daffodils. Lemons. Snapchat. Bananas. Emojis. Bees. Stars. Lemonade. Canaries. The theme of this blog.

What do all of these things have in common? They’re yellow of course. I don’t know what it is but there’s something about the color yellow. Yellow is a color I try to relate to as often as I can. It makes me happy. Few things do these days, but yellow? Happy as a clam.

I try to relate to the color yellow as often as I can because it does make me so happy. Whether I’m wearing my yellow vans, my phone background is yellow, my nails are painted yellow, etc. I try to add a pop of yellow to myself every single day.

Something I like to do is “flex” on my depression. When i have bad days, or struggle to keep going, I look to the color yellow and I’m immediately more radiant. I may have no serotonin in my body whatsoever but as long as I’m looking at the color yellow, there’s at least some hope for a good day ahead.

I think of a lot of things when I see the color yellow. I think of a warm summer day on the ocean, the breeze cascading across the shore, smiles from everyone involved.

I think of a day with friends, laughing in a coffee shop, ignoring homework and responsibilities because you’d much rather hear about drama than read 100 pages. [We love a good coffee shop tea party, honestly.]

I think of the word bloom. How I’m still growing, blooming. No matter how many bad days, long nights, missed responsibilities, I’m still growing and one day, I’m going to bloom.

We all have something. Something that gives us joy, something that gives us hope. Sometimes it’s coffee, sometimes it’s a dog, other times, it’s a primary color that turns every frown upside down.

A Day Of Bliss

As a college student, there are very rarely days where I feel un-rushed, content and am able to enjoy my day at a leisurely pace. These are days that I often take for granted.

When posed with the question, “What makes your day?” countless thoughts run through my head. My day is made when I get to spend Sundays in my favorite coffee shop with my best friends catching up on that week’s work. My day is made after shopping with my mom, joking over our differences in taste and trying not to buy every outfit in the windows. My day is made when my dad and I spend a night in watching one of the newest movies released On Demand and intently discussing the film as the credits roll. My day is made after breakfast dates with my boyfriend, a luxury not often granted to us thanks to the three-hour commute from Cincinnati to Athens. The list goes on and on.

Solace is an emotion that I’d like to feel more often. The days where I can physically feel the stress of class, work and my other responsibilities being lifted off of my shoulders are few and far between. This semester, it’s been my intention to focus more on the little things in life that make me happy. Being part of LVNG Limitless has already given me an outlet to remind myself that, no matter how overwhelming life may get, it’s important to focus on the good things in life. Now, I make a conscious effort to ask myself, “What makes me happy?” everyday and focus more of my energy into that.

Back to Basics

For as long as i can remember, blogging has been an integral part of who I am. From the mere age of 15, with my first ever blog, somecallmealiciaa.wordpress.com [don’t judge the name… we were all 15 once] blogging has been a way to express myself.

I am by no means an artist. At least not when it comes to drawing, painting, sculpting or any other “traditional” art forms. When it comes to writing, on the other hand, with every stroke of a key my fingers leave a masterpiece [in my opinion anyway] in their tracks. Blogging is my own art form that lets me have an artistic voice without having to know how to hold a paint brush or throw on a wheel.

Blogging has given me a voice in this world & I’m forever grateful for that. Though, I’m not grateful that wordpress didn’t try to encourage me to change any [or all] of my previous bad blog URLs.

I started blogging to express my emotions. Blogging is a way to get my thoughts & feelings out on paper [or online]. I struggle a lot in dealing with feelings & emotions & I don’t like dumping my struggles onto other people. When I write things down, I am still expressing my feelings & sharing what’s going on with my life, yet, I’m not forced to talk to someone specifically. My friends & family can choose to read, if they want … the choice is 100% up to the reader. Blogging allows me to let out everything I am dealing with while simultaneously not forcing anyone to listen to my life.

I started blogging to have freedom. Throughout my entire childhood, reading & writing were things I despised. I always excelled at both of these, yet hated having to read & write about topics dictated by my teachers. Starting a blog was a game changer;I could blog about going to the gym  or how someone was being mean to me or what my weekend plans were. I could do all that & more because it was MY blog & I had the freedom to do so.

I started blogging to do what I love. I absolutely adore writing & blogging gives me an excuse to do it. I do, however, struggle to find time & motivation to write. With a blog, my readers are my motivation. Seeing people comment saying they enjoyed my post or related to it is all the encouragement I need to keep writing.

Blogging has given me so much. I never thought that stumbling onto WordPress could have changed my life in so many ways and that I could be here, seven years later, still doing what I love most.

Conversations Over Coffee

My favorite way to get to know someone for the first time is over a cup of coffee, my hands loosely wrapped around the warm mug and the sound of espresso machines whirring in the background. The first thing my coffee date would learn about me is that I am an Integrated Media major. I chose to major in Integrated Media because I fell in love with the filmmaking process after taking a media arts class in high school for fun. Everything from writing out the script, to doing camera work, to editing the video and all the small things inbetween. Since being in college, doing class work is never something I dread because I find it fun and exciting. Expressing my creativity has always been something I’ve enjoyed doing and pursuing film as a career would allow me to do it on a daily basis.

I love talking about the goals I hope to reach while pursuing a career in the media industry. This passion of mine has been something that has been a huge part of my life since I first discovered my love for it when I was 15 years old. I have so many aspirations when it comes to this career. I want to be able to travel the world while filming movies and I want to make changes in the male dominated industry. Only 8% of women have directed top grossing films in the last year and I want to be a part of progressing that. I often make the joke that I will win the Best Director award, an award very rarely given to women, at the 2028 Oscars. Yes, I know this is unlikely but it is a dream that helps keep me motivated to do well in this industry.

I’m the kind of person that loves to listen to people talk about about their passions. There’s something about the way the person’s face lights up, how their eyes get big and they’re talking a mile a minute and can’t seem to stop waving their hands around in excitement that sparks joy in me. This is how I feel when I talk about working in the media industry. I’ve been lucky enough to go into college knowing 100% what I want to do. I know so many people who are stressed about where they see themselves working in the future, but for me the future completely excites me. I love the thought of moving somewhere new and meeting new people all while building a career and making a name for myself. I can’t wait to finally be out in the field and working for a movie that will change not only my life, but the lives of others as well.

Get to Know Hannah

Hi! I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to be writing this! This idea started as a simple group text and it turned into something real! I am beyond excited to be turning that text into a reality and sharing LVNG Limitless with everyone! This project has sparked a huge flame inside of me and for the past few weeks I’ve been more inspired than ever! I’ve been channeling MAJOR #GIRLBOSS vibes and I’m loving every second of it.

I’ve been trying to start a blog as early as 2014. I’ve tried Tumblr, Weebly, Wix and Instagram. I’ve tried covering topics such as beauty, lifestyle, photography, film, you name it and I’ve probably started a blog on it but then neglected it a few weeks later. Those blogs have all since been made private, lost or deleted. I’m excited to say that I really believe LVNG Limitless is the time for my wannabe blogger to shine.

I am currently a sophomore studying Integrated Media at Ohio University. For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for the arts. I always found it fascinating and wanted to create something of my own. I eventually got into filmmaking and I instantly fell in love. I have many ideas of what I see myself doing in the future with this career path and it’s something I’m super excited about.

Some of my passions:

  • Traveling — I am constantly daydreaming about somewhere to travel. Airbnb tabs to random locations are frequently opened up on my laptop. Through I haven’t been able to travel too far and wide, I still love doing it when I can. My future definitely holds a lot a new places for me.
  • Fashion — I have recently been getting really into fashion and building my wardrobe with new pieces. I absolutely love thrift shopping [we LOVE budget friendly shopping] and finding unique items.
  • Creating — I’ve always been a creator whether it be of short films, crafts, DIY clothing or meals. I love the process of making something for myself and others to enjoy.
  • Music — I’ve been a huge music lover for as long as I can remember. Music is a huge part of my life and it will always be. Check out some of my favorite songs here 🙂
  • Health & Wellness — Starting my freshman year of college, thanks to CHAARG, I have fallen in love with health and wellness. I love working out and eating what makes my body feel good. I strive to teach others through my health & wellness journey that it’s about all about balance & doing what makes YOU happy.
  • Feminism — I am very passionate about Feminism & the right for equality among everyone. I am a proud feminist & it is a huge part of who I am.
  • My people –The family & friends I am surrounded by are the most amazing people ever. I am so incredibly lucky to have such supportive & loving people in my life!

I am thrilled to start sharing my thoughts with everyone! I hope you enjoy LVNG Limitless!

Thanks for stopping by,

Han

Get to Know Grace

Hello readers!! If you’re reading this, it means Alicia, Hannah and I have successfully launched LVNG Limitless [insert sigh of relief and audience applause here]. I am SO excited to finally be sharing this project with friends and family. The three of us have been working on this for the past month and honestly, it’s been hard to focus on anything else.

I’ve been blogging for the past four years, but I’ve never been able to be consistent with posts and have struggled to actually engage readers in my content [I’m just really bad at holding myself accountable]. When I [jokingly] texted Leesh and Han saying the three of us would be a blogging #DreamTeam [still true], I didn’t think they would actually take me seriously. BUT, both of them responded with the same enthusiasm that I had and when we began talking about turning the idea into a reality, their eagerness affirmed what I already knew: both of these gals are so passionate about everything they do and inspire me constantly, there’s no one else I’d rather launch this new project with.

A little about me:

  • I LOVE Disney
  • I’m 100% a #LocalMusic stan
  • I have a newfound love for health and wellness [shoutout to CHAARG for that one]
  • I’m obsessed with all things arts and culture [especially locally], travels, media and empowerment

I’m currently studying journalism at Ohio University and hope to write for a lifestyle magazine post-graduation. Although blogging and journalism have very distinct and different styles, I hope to bring my passion for writing and the lessons I’ve learned throughout my journalistic career to LVNG Limitless. I want this blog to be a place where people can share their thoughts on relevant topics across a variety of categories [side note: if you’re interested in writing with us, visit our Get Involved page ;-)].

I don’t know if people will even visit our page or take the time to read our content, but I sincerely hope they do. So much dedication has gone into the launch of this site for the past few weeks and we could not be more excited to share it with you. If you’ve subscribed via email, followed any of our social media or are deciding right in this moment that you’re uninterested and don’t have any interested in reading more [that’s a little sad, but we’ll get through it] I want to thank you. This started with a random text on a random day based off of a random idea. If just one person visits our site today, I’ll be happy. I can’t wait to start this endeavor and see where it leads. I really hope you’ll follow along!

x Grace x

Get to Know Alicia

Hi everyone and welcome to LVNG Limitless!! Grace, Hannah and I have worked so hard on this over the past month and we’re so excited to share our hard work and passion with you all. Since the day Grace texted Hannah and me to say that hypothetically we’d be a blogging *dream* team, we knew we had to create something and share it with everyone. I’ve had joint blogs and solo blogs in my past seven years of blogging but I’ve never been more excited to blog with anyone than I am with these two girls. They inspire me every day to do my best, try new things and to write, of course! I hope all of you are just as excited about this new chapter in our lives as we are.

I’m currently a junior at Ohio University, studying Spanish Education and Spanish Language. I realized a little too late in the game that I really don’t have a passion for teaching so, once I graduate, I’ll be pursuing something else [I haven’t decided what yet] in grad school. I’m not sure where I’ll be in five years, I’m not even sure I’ll be in one year, but I do know I won’t be settling for anything less than I deserve. I am determined to find my passion no matter how many twists and turns I take on my path to getting there.

Some things I ~LOVE~

  • Writing — obviously, since I’ve been blogging for the past 7 years
  • Traveling — I’ve been to Peru, I’m heading to Spain this summer and another country next Spring to complete my student teaching
  • Health and Wellness — Through my student org CHAARG, I’ve been on a continuous journey to be the best I can be physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Music — I’m a huge music fan, love going to any sort of concert and am always on the lookout for music recommendations. Check out some of my favorite music here!
  • Crafting — I’m  not the best at it, but there’s something so satisfying about successfully completing a DIY and having it look ~amazing~

I can’t wait to share all of my traveling endeavors, my passion for writing, all things health and wellness, arts and culture, empowerment and more on this blog! I hope you enjoy what I have to say. So, grab a cup of coffee [or tea, we don’t discriminate], take your shoes off and get ready to live limitless.

Much Love,

Alicia ❤