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Life and Work with Olivia Youngs

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.

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