Olivia and I needed no ice breaker as she was ready to dive in with total gusto. Her comedic honesty was really refreshing and fun to engage with in a project that is typically deep and serious. She brought an element of fun that I enjoyed as well as really wonderful and thoughtful answers during our conversation.
What makes you feel beautiful?
“Well it all starts with a cup of coffee…” we laugh because AMEN. “But also, just being appreciated. I think it’s nice to give a compliment here and there, but when there is something that you are working hard on or improving yourself and someone notices and tells you in a genuine way. Being appreciated makes you feel important.”
Describe yourself in five words:
What does the world need more of?
“An awareness of other people, I think. And not just in the sense that they take up space, but what people are going through. What are their needs? We need more empathy.”
If happiness was currency, what job would make you rich?
I really just like my jobs now! Working at the St. James Tearoom and teaching dance and leading in some capacity; I just really like what I do. I’m just content. Is that boring? Maybe we should add that to my list as word #6!” she giggles and I assure her the rest of the world wishes they were working their dream job and felt content.
What is the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
She pauses for a long time. “Standing up to a bully.” She blinks a tear away and continues, “I think figuring out how to engage in conflict when it’s necessary and knowing it isn’t a bad thing to stand up for yourself. It’s okay that you can’t help everyone all the time.” I think she has touched on something that I see so many women (especially myself) struggle with: knowing when to take a stand for our own needs and sanity and not always trying to fix everyone around us at our expense.
What are you passionate about?
There is no need for pause here as she answers with gusto, “I am passionate about cultivating potential. I always thought that being told that you had potential was a negative thing; like you just weren’t quite good enough. I’ve realized that potential is just like tilled soil that you can build on. I want to help people grow and build on that potential.”
What can women do to better encourage each other?
“We can meet people where they are. Hollywood always portrays women as envious of each other as if we are always thinking ‘oh you’re dress is so pretty and you look so good, I hate you!’ It really all starts with appreciation. Appreciate each other, support each other, encourage each other to grow.”
You heard it, friends. Appreciate each other. Don’t compare. Don’t judge. Just love people where they are. And take the time to love yourself where you are, too. Welcome to the sisterhood, Liv. You are honest, warm, kind and hilarious!
What is Simply Sisterhood?
A campaign to end