This Week’s artist feature is someone who has supported TheFullColorLife from the beginning. She is a coach, a fashionista, and most of all a wonderful musician who not only has grown so much herself but also has helped many other artists flourish. Liv has so many connections in the art community in Chicago. She has truly impacted her community through art.
What would you call your title or what you do?
What does your job entail?
My day job entails working for a company called Entrenuity. This company helps train entrepreneurs by offering business coaching, workshops, and the space needed to get their business up and running.
About a year ago, Entrenuity bought Overflow Coffee Bar and I have had the privilege of starting “OverflowAFTERDARK” a series for creatives and entrepreneurs in Chicago to highlight their talents and businesses. I love the collaborative process and seeing so many different artists from all walks of life come together and make creative magic happen.
Personally, I am in the process of writing, writing, and writing some more. I am in the process of putting together a single that will hopefully be dropping in February or March.
I am also involved with several other teams in Chicago that focus on city events and collaborations.
What is Your Night Routine?
What is your Morning Routine?
In 2018, I noticed how drained I was becoming and have made small steps to change my routine. This year, I’ve been waking up between 6am-7am to start my coffee, make breakfast, and then sit down when it’s quiet to read my bible and meditate before the day gets started. I have been making it a priority to start my day with listening to uplifting music and spending time with God. This sets the whole mood for my day.
I have been slowly working toward spending the last hour of my day without technology and putting aside time to wind down. I enjoy listening to jazz, taking a bath, reading a book, praying, or just spending time with my husband. Being off of social media and technology before I go to bed has helped me sleep better.
What Inspires You?
Lately, I have been inspired by the process of growth. The process of digging deep into the things you don’t like about yourself and the process of what it looks like to heal and get better. A lot of my writing lately has been focused on everyday themes of love, loss, pain, regret, etc…I spending time away from Social Media for the month of January and have found a lot of inspiration in the beauty of living life outside a screen.
How Do You Stay Motivated?
Istaymotivatedthrough creating. My mind is always thinking of new projects to work on or new ideas to pitch. I hate feeling stuck creatively, so I am working on staying motivated by reading more this year and continually educating myself.
Do You Have Any Organizational Tips?
Slow down. Prioritize what is important. Learn to set boundaries and stick by them even when it’s hard for people to understand.
What is the Worst Part of Your Job/Career/Passion?
The hardest part about being an entrepreneur in the arts is that you are the one that holds yourself accountable. You don’t have someone breathing down your neck all the time so you have to find ways to be creative, problem-solve, and make a way when there is NO way.
It can be exhausting at times and sometimes you have to step back for a moment, leave a project, and then come back to it with a fresh perspective.
What is the Best Part of Your Job/Career/Passion?
The best part of being an entrepreneur in the arts is seeing the polished product. Sometimes when I’m planning a show, putting on a collaborative event, or writing a song, it’s hard to see the big picture in the middle of all the small rigorous details.
It’s the most rewarding thing to see a project in its final stage and to know that something amazing can come out of one thought or idea.
Who is Someone Who You Would Say, Supports You? What Makes that Person Supportive?
My husband, Dexter. He always pushes me to keep going. He reminds me that good things come with hard work and incredible patience. He understands that good things are built over time and this encourages me to keep my head down and work. He reminds me to focus on the project instead of comparing myself to people on social media etc…He supports me through his loyalty, consistency, and love.