Running Towards Something

Doesn’t it feel good to have clarity about a goal? I truly feel that there’s an unusual power that overcomes us when we are specific with what we’re seeking.

More specifically, I’ve had a dream of running in a Disney race for about 5 years now. I’m not sure how it came about, but when the idea came, I knew I wanted to do it. Last year, I signed up for the Disney Princess Half-Marathon. It’s one of their largest races with over 40,000 (!!) mostly women participating.

Well, so it’s happening next month! It’s always seemed like a daunting task but, like anything, it just requires daily and/or weekly progress. To be honest, it isn’t the running that seems most overwhelming to me, it’s bracing the crowds, getting my bib the day before, and making sure I wake up at 3:00am the day of.

I noticed that having a specific goal allows me to understand what actions I need to take. For example, in preparation, I purchased a pair of Brooks sneakers (Levitate 2). (This isn’t an ad, but if Brooks Running company would like to sponsor me — holla at ya girl.) I’ve only gotten a mild jog in them, but so far they are the lightest, most comfortable running shoes I’ve ever experienced.

This post isn’t really about running or shoes.

Lately I’ve felt a little lost, well let me be honest and say very lost, but don’t we all sometimes? I noticed that it’s so easy to make ourselves feel like we’re the only ones going through something. This isolates us and makes the whole thing worse.

Preparing for this half-marathon has led me to wonder, am I being specific with my other life goals? What I realized is that I’ve had a lack of clarity, and this has led to a feeling that I’ll never make it, without knowing what that “it” even is. I’ve been running towards something without even knowing what “that” is.

As I continue to unravel the path I’m on, I invite you to explore who you are and also do the same.

Because as Tony Robbins says, Clarity=Power.

Execution is the Game

As writers, and creators, it’s easy to let perfectionism and the fear of people’s opinions (FOPO) get in the way of putting our work in the world.

I’m guilty of this. And, I’m sure you are too.

In February 2018, I had the pleasure of seeing Gary Vaynerchuck live at the Tampa Theatre. His live talk was identical to seeing him on social media — except you get to see how funny, candid, and generous he really is.

I can’t remember the first time I listened to Gary Vee, but I will say I was put off. I gave him a second chance and listened to what he was saying. Basically, his desire is for all of us to stop complaining about our lives and go all into whatever it is that we’re passionate about. He wants to help us all avoid regret at the end of our lives. I dig it.

That leads me to a Gary Vee quote that rings in my ears these days:

“Ideas are shit, execution is the game.”

And, so I find myself being more honest with myself. Writing more. Putting work in the world. Trying. Failing. Trying again.

Because ideas come and go, but the most important is to execute on what’s bursting to come out.

 

Baby Goats and Remembering Our Truth

It’s so important that we don’t forget who we are. what we love. where we came from.

I wasn’t raised on my grandmother’s farm in Venezuela but it continues to be a place of comfort. I can remember how happy I was as a little girl running around after baby goats, not caring how dirty I got, or how silly I looked.

Remembering what you used to love can be helpful for finding what your passions in life are now. I am an advocate of living in the now, but looking back and remembering how far you’ve made it in life will give you so much hope and inspiration to keep moving forward. Like Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” 

I reminisced the other day about where I came from. How lucky I’ve been in life to even just have the basics: full stomach, warm safe place to sleep, and the ability to learn and grow. You know, these simple pleasures are not a guarantee for many people around the world.

It made me realize that gratitude is a choice we need to make everyday. We should be grateful for the simple things, because isn’t that all there is? So, I am grateful for my dad’s love of photography which caused him to take this photo. I am grateful for my grandparent’s goat farm for they gave me such lovely memories. I am grateful for you, readers, for allowing me to share who I am with you.

I have come far in life, and so have you. I say, let’s make our time on this planet count.

Let’s make the things, and write the words, and speak our truth. Let’s be grateful for what we’ve been given and start from there. Let’s forget our excuses and leave our insecurities and fears aside. They don’t serve us. That’s not who we were as children and not who we should be as adults.

Today, I tell you the same thing I would tell the little girl in the photos below:

Do your thing kid. Run around with goats, wear your snoopy shirt, and smile proudly, for happiness is being true to who you are.

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P.S. If you’ve been looking for a sign from the Universe, this is it. Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. xo!

On Graduating: A Master’s From Brown University.

It happened…

I graduated from Brown!

These past two years in graduate school have been incredibly beautiful, painful, yet fulfilling.

To be completely honest with you, there were days where I didn’t think I would make it. There were some tough days that felt like graduating wasn’t possible. It wasn’t the course work in grad school that was the toughest, it was finding the time to do the things that made me feel like myself. It was reminding myself that I still had friends rooting for me. It was feeling the Impostor Syndrome and wondering what a girl like me was doing at an Ivy league. It took me some time to get over a lot of my insecurities. I later realized that I am so capable, and Brown was such a beautiful place with wonderfully supportive faculty and staff. A lot (ALL) of the insecurities I faced were of my own creation.

I really can’t thank you enough for going through this grad school experience with me. I feel indebted to you and all my loved ones for sticking through me as I was able to graduate!

I have more exciting news — I’m currently writing my first book! Stay tuned and subscribe to the blog as you’ll be the first to hear deets. I am pouring my heart into my first book and sharing so much of who I am and struggles I’ve gone through. I can’t wait for you to get it!

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So much love,
Olivia

P.S. If you’ve been considering graduate school or applying to Brown, don’t hesitate to reach out and email me! I’d love to chat with ya.

I VOTED

Last week was voting day.

I believe our generation can make a difference.
I believe our generation can change our circumstances.
I believe our generation has the potential to contribute great things to our planet.

BUT…

We need to vote.
We need to volunteer.
We need to contribute to greater causes than our own.

WM vote

Olivia