Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Youngs.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Olivia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started writing professionally four years ago for parenting and lifestyle websites but although I loved the freedom to work from home and stay with my two girls, I craved more flexibility and creative control. I started my blog, Simply Liv & Co., as a creative outlet for myself during that time and it slowly grew into a platform where I shared my family’s journey into minimalism, tiny living, and my own passion for sustainable living and ethical fashion. I currently blog and freelance write for myself and other ethically minded brands fulltime and adore the flexibility and true control over my job. With baby #3 due any day, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Although I haven’t jumped through any major hurdles, my biggest struggle was learning to stay true to my own voice in an industry that has a lot of competition and loud voices. Perseverance and saying no to opportunities that didn’t feel authentic have gotten me where I am now, although it’s still a struggle to avoid the siren’s song of creating content that I know will “sell” as opposed to staying true to my authentic voice and only sharing the things I genuinely love and believe will benefit my readers.
Please tell us about Simply Liv & Co.
Technically I’m a blogger, but the job is actually much more involved than most give it credit for. My website, Simply Liv & Co., is a hub for slow, intentional living where I share my family’s journey living in a renovated RV in the mountains of Colorado. I also partner with ethically minded businesses and showcase low waste living. In addition to my own blog, I freelance write and manage social media for like-minded brands. It’s a lot to juggle, but it’s incredibly rewarding to share about brands that I making the world a better place.
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My parents never pressured my siblings or me to adopt traditional 9-5 jobs. My mom was able to stay home with us for the majority of my childhood and I think I subconsciously wanted to do the same as far as possible with my own kids. However, I quickly realized that without an outlet or project I wouldn’t feel like “me”, so my blog is the expression of both of those passions.
- Website: http://simplylivandco.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/simplylivandco
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/simplylivandco