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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

On what it means to live loudly...



I planned to write about pretty shallow subjects when I first began this blog, but since then my goals have changed and I've gone deeper. My topics were music, movies, food and fashion, but now -- I want to positively influence women to live loudly. I have an idea in my head of what that means and I hope to exude that personality every day. But what, exactly, does 'loud' mean? It's not about voice volume (though if you've met me in person, you'll know that's also one of my traits).

Living loudly means taking charge of your life, focusing on the positive, filling every day with things you're passionate about and cherishing every moment. It means giving 110% in everything you do whether it be work, relationships or projects. It means living in the present -- not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It's the way I strive to live... and it's not easy!

As of a month ago, my schedule has been the following... I work 7:15am-6:15pm five days per week with an hour break for lunch during which I'm responding to e-mails and tweets. From 6:30-9:30 I'm writing, editing photos, commenting, and performing various other blogging duties. I try to get to bed by 10, but if I have plans to go out it'll be around midnight. It's a lifestyle that I chose and I love it, but it's also exhausting.

Sometimes I feel like giving up, especially when I feel like I'm not seeing satisfying results from my efforts. I'm not at the top of the world's list of blogs or my company's list of employees. But as long as I'm improving at my skills and enjoying what I'm doing along the way, I know it's not a waste of time! It's something I need to remind myself of so that I keep going.

I also have a hard time slowing down and focusing on today rather than tomorrow... or next year. I'm a huge planner and my Moleskine is my best friend. I've mentioned before that I'm big on deadlines. This is something I'm still working on. Sometimes I purposely don't bring my camera places so that I'm focusing on what's going around me instead of making memories that I can look at later.

So what's the point of this persistent, hardworking, passionate, independent, loud lifestyle? It's all about fulfillment. I never want anyone to feel like they missed out on an opportunity. What, then, are you missing out on? What can you do to change it? It's your life.

10 comments:

  1. Right now, our schedules are similar. I'm up at 5:00am, head to school, to work and average return time back home is 7:30pm, where I hit the books until 11:30. This is only going to last until April. Maybe I'm missing out on things....but I don't feel like it. Every yawn, and stretch I make over my books reminds me that I'm working towards a goal. And I'm grateful for all the support along the way. Right now I'm very structured,time wise, but this IS the change I've made to change my life.and I'm so happy about it!
    It was hard for me to realize that I was the one in control of my life, that I affectvthe change, the change will not affect me unless I decide to let it.
    Right now I make sure to let tiny gratitudes ground me throughout the day...the sun on a strangers face on the bus, eyes that smile, the smell of the air, and crackle of leaves underfoot....sometimes I feel like a cold weather version of you! Maybe a little less stylish though! Lol
    Thanks for bringing some brightness to my night of homework. Thank you for the reminder that I AM living loudly!
    -Jude

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  2. What an inspiring post Steph. I wish I could be this positive when I'm down. The post I'm putting up tomorrow morning shows that when I have not so positive thoughts that's all I can think about.

    And PS, your followers love you. If you need to blog a little less to get some rest then do it! You blog a TON right now and you don't want to risk exhausting yourself. xo

    Melissa

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  3. This is a very good turn of events for you. I know how hard life is at times for you and how much pressure you put on yourself. But living for this time here and now is truly how you find comfort in yourself. I'm so proud of your transformations and to be able not only to see them in your writing but witness them in yourself when I see you.

    I'm grateful for all the moments we spend together and for you to be able to share these pieces of your life with everyone. You really are doing a public justice with your writing, in helping others and in helping yourself. I love you very much.

    Be kind to yourself and make sure you're taking care of Stephanie not just the loudmouth, friend, sister, daughter, blogger, worker, writer, fashionista, but all of you deep down.

    I hope your colds subsiding and you're getting rest. Live for today its all we know we have.

    Lots of love -Kimberly

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  4. Like you I work and blog and freelance too - so yes it's enjoyable but exhausting too! I'm currently trying to find ways to make it easier, I'll keep you posted.

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  5. I know the feeling....all of my hours are preplanned before they ever even happen. Keep on truckin I say:)

    A Funky Little Fashion Blog

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  6. Beautiful, Raw, encouraging post!
    I feel the same way all the time. You are not alone, and I am so happy you wrote this post. Right when I needed it too :D

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  7. you're right! it's definitely not a waste of time. so keep on keeping on Stephanie because i think your blog rocks and you are awesome for living loudly in your busy schedule! :)

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  8. great goals/ecouragement Steph---excited to see what's next!

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  9. im working so hard to figure out the things that make me truly happy and learning how to put them into my life. sometimes its really hard just to hear what your own heart is telling you- there is so much noise. sometimes living loudly means being loud enough to hear yourself over the rest of the world and what is being thrown at you.

    once again, thank you.

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  10. SO well said lady, you're such a terrific writer. I've definitley been making lots of changes this last year & a half. Leaving my job - to become a freelancer, starting my blog, moving to a new town ect... all to increase my own personal fulfillment. And I love that you write about being fulfilled first, so, so true & the ultimate path to "living loudly" - love that slogan. Hugs to you!! xo veronika

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