How To Find More Purpose in Whatever Career You’re Pursuing

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Purpose. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning. Motivates us to work harder. Gives us the feeling that we’re actually making a difference in the world and in our relationships.

It’s not about the amount on your paycheck, your level of success, or how much ‘fame’ you’ve acquired. A sense of purpose comes down to how fulfilled you feel in your heart.

We spend a large portion of our lives working (the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime). So, with your job taking up a huge portion of your life, it’s safe to say your career choice has a big impact on your overall sense of purpose.

I didn’t write this post to convince you to quit your job (pls don’t) or to even start looking for a new one. I wrote this because I believe you can find purpose in exactly what you’re doing right now by changing a few things here and there. Here are a few of the things that have helped me find a higher purpose, and brought me to the realization that purpose in your career is built not found


1. Invest in the people you work with 

You spend countless hours with your coworkers, so if you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in those relationships. Doing this will make work a more enjoyable place. Ever since I started working full time with Alicia, I’ve felt so much more fulfilled in my job. This can be a lonely career path if you’re pursuing it all on your own, so bringing her onboard as a creative partner has been so awesome. We literally do everything together now – shoot, eat, email, travel, style outfits, hair, makeup, location scout, content plan, and even pray together. I also love so many of the PR girls, brand contacts, and my management team I email/talk on the phone with on a daily basis. I’m surrounded by a community of such powerful and positive women that I’ll never take for granted!

2. Think about the lives you’re impacting

Whether you’re coaching a team of high school cheerleaders, filling someone’s prescription, or operating on a body part.. no matter how big or small the task is,  you’re impacting lives! Nothing makes me feel more fulfilled than when I read your feedback and meet you guys in person. There are always going to be negative comments that I have to force myself to ignore (just like all of your have parts of your job you dislike), but the support and praise you guys send my way outweighs all of that. Nothing makes me feel more purpose than knowing I’m making an impact. Whether it’s outfit inspiration or life advice!

3. Make sure your work decisions align with your beliefs 

Peace comes from knowing your actions are aligning with your beliefs. This applies to both your personal and professional life. I only choose to work, promote, and collaborate with brands I believe in and companies I align with.

4. Acknowledge your accomplishments 

Our generation has a real problem with the grass-is-greener mentality. This alone is a huge contributing factor to the discontentment we feel in our careers (and other areas of our lives). If only I had her job, or if I could just make X much more money, then I’d feel fulfilled. You can get rid of this mindset by focusing on the things you’ve already accomplished and take time to celebrate how far you’ve come!

5. Bring God into your workplace

My mom is the cutest person and she printed out and highlighted a prayer for me to say in the morning before I start my work day. Thought it couldn’t hurt to share!

God, whose hands hold all matters of life, give me grace of success in the work that I do. Help me to give it the careful thought and the strict attention that will lead to success. Watch over me and govern my actions, that I may not mar its perfection. Show me how to give my best, and let me not despise the toil that is necessary to complete it. Make my life a successful one in that every duty you give to me, I do it well. Give me the blessing of your help and guidance, and suffer me not to fail. In Jesus’ name. Amen

THANKS MOM!

6. Spend your hard earned money on the things you love 

Make time for and spend the money you work so hard for on the things and people that make you happy. I’m taking a REAL vacation – no work! – with Conner and another couple to Charleston for Memorial Day Weekend. It’s my first time and I’m so excited to see it 🙂

7. Learn new skills

Never stop learning! I spoke on a panel with some incredible women in the fashion & lifestyle industry last week at Coachella, and Diane Bekhor’s (SVP of BCBG) takeaway quote was to ALWAYS be a student of your business. As an entrepreneur, your education will never be complete. Success in life and business requires eternal education. Stay teachable and coachable in order to adapt, learn, and grow.


Anyone else have any advice to share when it comes to feeling fulfilled in your career? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this topic 🙂 Comment below or on this Instagram post! xo, liv

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Festival-Ready Beauty Inspiration

With only a few days left before Coachella, I’m sharing my festival-inspired makeup ideas I’ll be wearing for weekend 1! I’ve always loved drugstore makeup, and Walmart is the perfect place to find fun affordable cosmetics for festivals. I’ve been out in LA since Sunday with Alicia and it’s been such a good week. The weather is beautiful and we’re obsessed with the airbnb we’re staying at. We’re so excited to be heading out to Palm Springs for Coachella tomorrow! Keep an eye on my Instagram this weekend for more makeup + hair ideas 🙂 Here are my festival-ready beauty tips if you’re headed out that way too!


Body + Face Tattoos

Coachella is the one place you can go a little overboard with the face and body art and not look out of place. I found so many good options for metallic face and body tattoos at Walmart. I can’t wait to try out the metallic freckles out this weekend! For these pictures, I used this pack for the dots above my eyebrows and this pack for my arm band.

Bronzer 

I got my spray tan tonight and packed my favorite bronzer for the week – Butter Bronzer by Physicians Formula (sunkissed shade). I use it on my face/neck/chest for a sunkissed look. It smells so good!

Highlight

This highlighting palette by Maybelline is perfect for accentuating your cheekbones, collarbones, browline, and down along the bridge of your nose.

Glitter 

I found this translucent glitter I’m using on my eyelids in these pictures that’s also great for your body as well. I’m sure we will be using plenty of this all weekend! This glitter body & hair spray is also pretty for a shimmery glow.

Sunscreen (!!)

The forecast in Coachella Valley is showing 90 degree weather, so the first thing I packed in my beauty bag was sunscreen. I’m bringing Aveeno oil-free sunscreen lotion for both my face & body (SPF 30).

Anyone else going to Coachella this weekend or next? I can’t wait to see all the outfits and some of my favorite artists perform! I’m also speaking on my first blogging panel for Create + Cultivate at a Coachella pop up and I’m so excited, stay tuned! Thanks for reading 🙂

 

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27 Things I’m Thankful For Today

THANK YOU GUYS for making me feel so loved today!!! All the comments, messages, emails, and texts made my week 🙂 It’s not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy so to celebrate 27 years of life, here are

27 Things I’m Thankful For


1. Waking up today

Every morning, the first thing I do when I open my eyes is thank God for another day & start counting my blessings. (The secret to starting every day off right).

2. My health

Watching loved ones deal with chronic pain & discomfort has shown me how much of a blessing this truly is.

3. Warmer weather coming

(Ignoring the fact that it snowed in April yesterday)

4. My relationship with my mom 

I used to take this relationship for granted until I realized it’s not something every mother and daughter have. My mom is my best friend in the world.

5. My dad

I’ve learned so much from him and have always admired his ability to never take himself too seriously and make anyone laugh. My parents have given me the best example that parents could give.

5. My best friends

You guys are my support system and (free) therapists.

6. Conner

Long distance is hard, but he makes every single day better. Thank you for loving me on my good days and even more on my bad days. I love learning and growing together every day.

7. My Nani

She is such a little ray of sunshine in my life.

9. Our apartment

I love our cozy apartment in Chicago (see it here!)

10. My Job

I’m so thankful that I’m able to do what I love. I feel so grateful that I have something I love waking up to & working on every day.

11. Social Influence

There are few things more rewarding than getting to connect with you guys and knowing I can have a positive influence on your lives. Every single positive message makes my day – even if I don’t always have time to respond. You guys make me love what I do.

12. Living in Chicago

My favorite city in the world! this post has all my favorite things to do here.

13. Street Parking

(I’m serious). Those of you who live in big cities have to agree – there are few things better than being able to park in a convenient spot near your front door. Especially in FREEZING chi town.

14. Pain and disappointments

If it taught me what I needed to know and changed me into the person I’m supposed to be, it served it’s purpose.

15. My tiny office

My happy place.

16. Southland Christian Church Podcasts

If you haven’t started listening to them yet, PLEASE do. I try to listen to one of these every day while I’m on the treadmill, driving in my car, or before bed.

17. Facetime!

Seriously one of my favorite ways to keep in touch with friends (and my boyfriend!) who I don’t get to see every day.

18. My siblings

Austin, Evan, and Elena – I love you! I’ve loved growing up with 3 siblings.

19. Walgreens

Nani says Walgreens is the best store there is, and I’m with her on that one. Everything you could ever need…

20. My cheerleading background

Being a collegiate cheerleader taught me so many valuable lessons that shaped the course of my future. I am so beyond thankful for my experience at Kentucky (go cats!).

21. I’m thankful for all of YOU guys!

For following along with my adventures, blog, Instagram, and giving me the motivation to continue to blog!

22. Coffee 

To start my day..

23. And red wine

To end it 🙂

24. Petite-friendly clothing lines

Topshop, ASOS petites, Aritzia, H&M.  Thx for making my life easier!

25. My roommates

Rachel, Elena, and Ford make every single day better.

26. For all my travel experiences

27. Love

It gives this life meaning. God’s love, friends love, romantic love!


Thank you for reading!!!

COUNT YOUR RAINBOWS, NOT YOUR THUNDERSTORMS 🙂

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