2016: Simplify

Hi, I’m Olivia

Lover of pizza, dogs and hot baths,  currently residing in St Louis, MO. I am a student, a literature lover, an art enthusiast and a minimalist at heart. I’m at my happiest when it’s raining and there is, of course, a cool breeze blowing through my window. Tobacco candles have a special place in my heart and I’m a huge supporter of “going out for coffee” (or tea, if that’s your thing). I aspire to be present in every moment, even the little ones that don’t seem as important and I’m always ready to create with fellow creatives!

If I had to choose one word to spearhead how I want my 2016 to look, it would be SIMPLIFY. This year, I want to choose to cut out the unnecessary distractions of last year, and be more intentional with my time and my life.

I want to do more of what I love and do less of the things that I just consider “time fillers”.

SIMPLIFYOne of the ways I’ve started to simplify my life was by quitting my job. I worked at a quaint, little café and bakery near my house with some really wonderful people. However, as much as I loved that job, after a year and half of working there, I knew I needed to make a change. Between college classes and working part time, I felt like there was no room left for me to be creative. Whenever I had the littlest bit of free time, I was so drained by my other responsibilities that the only thing that seemed appealing to me was laying comatose in bed for hours and hours. Trying to be artistic when feeling that way was a challenge, one that would frustrate me until I eventually gave up with the thought of trying again later. I couldn’t find any creative outlet. I missed that part of myself so much that it drove me to quit my job, and it has actually been really wonderful. Having that extra free time to write, read, collaborate, and delve deeper into my creativity is incredibly fulfilling.

Another way I’ve begun to simplify my 2016 is through school. Up until now, I’ve been taking very general education classes; the ones I thought were essential but also made me dread having to attend them. This year, though, I wanted to take classes that seemed more cohesive with my lifestyle. Ones that forced me to be creative, taught me things I wanted to learn, and were a creative outlet to me in some way. Classes where I could surround myself with other students that had the same goals as me, like Photography, Design, Photo Imaging, etc. So now, even when I’m at school and doing something that is necessary and will help move me forward in the direction I want to go in the next couple of years, it’s still doing something that I love.

I’m looking forward to this next year, and anxious for what it holds. I’m excited about having time I can spend on myself-reading books just because, traveling more, making connections, and occasionally, just laying comatose in bed (because c’mon, there’s nothing wrong with doing that every so often). I’m excited to work on new collaborations, take classes for the things I’m interested in, and have a routine that doesn’t drain my spirit, but gives me energy and life.

I’m excited to simplify this New Year, and see where it leads.

This month you will see the stories of women all over the country who are taking a stand for their lives. They will share with you their intention for the year, and how powerful it can be to be conscious in your life.

But, we want to hear your stories as well. If you have chosen to choose your life this year and would like to share your intentions, please share it in the comments below, or email Kylie at bemyintention@gmail.com.
Here’s to a New Year full of great big changes!

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    Beth
    January 17, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    This was a great read for me. I’m in the process of trying to weed out what is important and what isn’t. Sometimes it is hard to tell. I popped over to Olivia’s blog and it is beautiful too.

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