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Hi Love! I'm So Glad You're Here!

Welcome to my website! My name is Olivia Ahrens and I’ve created this page to be a virtual safe space to come to, providing you with life advice, inspirational messages, and overall just positive energy. My intention with this website is to inspire and support fellow college students with a mixture of honesty, humility and, yes…humor.  Going from high school and through college is wonderful and exhilarating, but it can also be STRESSFUL.  Sometimes life seems to go by way too fast and other times, definitely not fast enough.  

As a 20 something myself, I’ve realized that at this new chapter of life, we’ve been given a whole lot of new freedom, but we have little structure and support to develop the life skills that we really need. Throughout this journey, we call life, there are peaks and valleys that we need to learn how to navigate in graceful manners.  I hope this will be a gentle place for anyone, like me, heading into (or already in) their twenties, to reflect on who we are, who we want to be, and how we want to live our best lives. 

On this website, I will be posting:

       -Pictures that bring me joy

       -Everyday moments we tend to take for granted and why they shouldn't be ignored

       -Inspirational quotes & messages

       -Motivational songs, books, journals, etc.

       -Skills I've implemented in my life that have helped me grow as an individual

       -Blogs about life/ things I continue to learn

A bit about me:

When I was three weeks old, I was in a head-on car accident. Obviously, I have no memory of it at all, but I was called a “miracle baby” because based on the damage, I probably should have been killed. Instead, I emerged unscathed, but both my parents were hurt; my mother quite severely.  She broke her neck as well as multiple bones, and  was in a coma for weeks. Amazingly she survived but has been in a wheelchair ever since.  While the blessings of survival and still having two living parents have been profound and wonderful, there have certainly been many associated challenges. Things that go on behind the scenes as an aftermath from the accident that most people wouldn’t even think of. But of course, my story doesn’t end there. Life continued to throw obstacles my way. The death of loved ones, cancer diagnosis in multiple family members (including my mother), immense heartbreak, spiritual warfare, and financial instability, just to name a few. 

Since middle school, I've greatly struggled with depression and anxiety, which obviously my life experiences were contributing to. This made me unable to live in the present moment, as my thoughts would tend to be stuck in the past, yet at the same time, I would feel anxious about the future. I've realized that my depression put blinders on me, making me unable to see the simple beauties in life that make it worth living. Because of this, I let life pass me by. 

I think this is a common trend in our generation and I hope this page can be used not only to help myself, but also all of you, to take a step back and start to fall in love with life and live everyday as the gift that it truly is. 

Over the last few years, I have been going through the process of healing. Healing my spiritual, mental, and physical health after experiencing years of trauma, loss, tragedy, and adversity. Through this process, I've learned a lot, and have grown into a new and better person. I now feel like I have the skills to deal with life's highs and lows and I want to share them with others so that they can be equipped as well. I know how hard and frustrating life can be, and equally, how hard recovering can be. After coming out on the other side multiple times, I know it can be done and how much peace comes with knowing you're strong enough to handle any situation that life throws at you. I want you all to experience that too. 

We all have control over our own lives, minds, and outlooks on life and we can choose how we want to live. Let's LIV Life Gracefully! 

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey and I can’t wait to see what the future holds! 

XOXO,

Liv

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