Reflecting on 2015 & What’s Ahead

livvyland-olivia-watson-smp-26daysofthanks-2Moment of truth: these photos were snapped about a month ago when it was not yet 40 degrees out in Austin (more like 78 degrees during this shoot..!). I partnered with Style Me Pretty as a featured blogger in their #20DaysOfThanks social media campaign (see that here) and I shared a photo from this shoot on their Instagram, along with my “what I’m thankful for” caption and in a nutshell, I chose to share my appreciation for being able to work and live in a growing and thriving city that has provided so much opportunity to me – woo Austin! Anyways…back to this blog post.. 😉 But…hence the skyline shots…now it all makes sense!

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Life Lately – Ohh, Stress!

coffee-bedGood morning! It’s finally the weekend and I could not be happier! These past few weeks have been pretty darn hectic and stressful, and it’s actually gotten to that point where the song “…Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend” is starting to feel more real than ever in my life..which is something I hoped I’d never have to say! (Ps. Isn’t it funny how songs often just click once you’re in the same situation as the lyrics?…always so interesting when you’ve listened to a song for ages and then all of a sudden it resonates more than ever..!).

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5 Signs You Know Time Is Flying & You’re Out of Your Early 20’s

sleepy-top-knot-bun-livvyland-blog-i-need-coffee-olivia-watson-lilac-lavendar-nailsAs I dip into the latter half of my mid-twenties (okay okay, so I’m only 25), I’ve come to notice quite a few things that make me instantly realize I’m getting older. Well not exactly that I’m “getting old” per se, but that time has certainly flown by and I wish I could slow it down for j u s t  a  s e c o n d…Here a few things that I’ve been jotting down in my notebook recently – 5 signs I’m definitely not in my early 20’s anymore/that time is just zooming by me:

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How Do You See Yourself?

dove-average-or-beautiful-campaign-2015Dare I say it because this ad received a lot of flack, but the latest Dove marketing campaign did however raise a good question regarding women and how we view ourselves – that being, how do you see yourself?  The ad centers around women walking into a shopping center and choosing to go through a door with “average” or “beautiful” written on it. As expected (because it’s an ad that pulls at our heartstrings…and because we as women are insanely hard on ourselves), most women choose the “average” door.

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Dare I say it because this ad received a lot of flack, but the latest Dove marketing campaign did however raise a good question regarding women and how we view ourselves – that being, how do you see yourself?  The ad centers around women walking into a shopping center and choosing to go through a door with “average” […]


Strong is the New Pretty

slide_416696_5295546_freeThis morning I woke up to an email with the subject line “inspiring,” sent from one of my best friends in Chicago. (It’s Kayla, my Chicago road trip buddy from this post a few months back). Well, of course that immediately sounded like something I muuust start my day with, so I opened it right away.  It took me to a Huffington Post article about a photographer named Kate Parker who is showcasing some truly beautiful and authentic photographs of little girls – two of which are her own daughters. So why was this newsworthy? Because these images showcase an accurate depiction of what little girls are and not what society broadcasts in ad campaigns, and that’s something you don’t see everyday. The article begins with, “Messy. Loud. Athletic. Joyous. Fearless.”  I’m beginning to think we can learn a lot from these photos!

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This morning I woke up to an email with the subject line “inspiring,” sent from one of my best friends in Chicago. (It’s Kayla, my Chicago road trip buddy from this post a few months back). Well, of course that immediately sounded like something I muuust start my day with, so I opened it right away. […]


Ever Doubt Yourself?

Wow. Could Ira Glass understand me any better?! Doubt…what an awful thing! It creeps in and if it’s strong enough, can power over all of the, “I believe in myself!” confidence you’ve worked so hard to maintain. And what a shame that is because if you let doubt win, then you’ll never know your full potential or the beautiful work that could be in the future. I saw this short video and was so pleased to see that I am not the only one with doubtful thoughts popping up now and then, and that everyone – even THE Ira Glass, has gone thorough this, too.

A great reminder: “Your work will be as good as your ambitions. It’s going to take a while, it’s normal to take a while.” So, whatever your craft may be, keep on writing, drawing, taking pictures, dancing, singing, etc. Work hard and believe in yourself. You never know what the future holds!

Wow. Could Ira Glass understand me any better?! Doubt…what an awful thing! It creeps in and if it’s strong enough, can power over all of the, “I believe in myself!” confidence you’ve worked so hard to maintain. And what a shame that is because if you let doubt win, then you’ll never know your full potential or […]