Today we highlight an emerging leader known to many as Liv. She is talented in so many areas of life and she gives a glimpse into what has helped her become the amazing women she is today. Check out our interview!!!
What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Gladys Olivia Murray, also known as "Liv", and I am a women's empowerment blogger, inspirational graphic tee designer, freelance makeup artist, and graduate student at Florida State University.
Where are you from?
Orlando, FL Tell us about Get Livted? Get Livted is a personal brand that underlines the essence of faith-based thinking in daily life. Through blog posts, YouTube videos, and follower/subscriber engagement, Get Livted strives to function as a mainstay of virtual empowerment platforms for millennial believers. Get Livted also houses "Get Liv-tees", an inspiration graphic t-shirt line.
On your site you state you chose your purpose over your plan, was this a hard decision and walk us through this process?
I won't say it was hard, because there's honestly nothing to it but to do it. Making that decision is the half the battle, so once you can get past that point, there's much more peace on the other side. This doesn't mean it will be a cakewalk, because there's a lot of uncertainty associated with following what's in your heart versus what's in your head. But no matter how solid and secure following a plan may seem, the peace you have from knowing you are where you're supposed to be, doing what you're supposed to be doing, is something that can't be replicated.
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I knew that writing was my gift before I ever realized I wanted to be a writer. Growing up, people always asked me what I wanted to be, and I always felt obligated to state something that sounded good. My family had high expectations for me and with two college-educated parents, the bar was already set high. So I'd bounce between different professions in the medical field when I gave my responses. And at one point my interest was genuine; I wanted to be an OB/GYN. But nothing gave me the gratification I got from writing words that could jump off paper and penetrate the heart of the reader. So I chose to mute the noise of everyone else's expectations, and I chose to major in journalism at Florida A&M University.
Do you ever experience writer's block and if so what is a good way to get out of it?
I am very intentional about the words I speak and write to others. As a result, I only share what I believe God has given to me say. So when I have writer's block, I don't pursue inspiration from other people or things. I just live my life and go on about my business as I would normally. Sometimes this has caused big gaps in between blog posts, and I have moments where I feel like I need to put something out there. But when the Holy Spirit is ready to speak, He speaks. And I don't rush Him, I just patiently await a fresh word.
What does a typical day look like for you?
It honestly varies on any given day, but it often includes going to class or working on assignment for class, going to church depending on the day of the week, doing makeup, documenting orders for shirts from Get Liv-tees, and watching Netflix if I get a free hour of cinematic relief. And before I go to bed, I always read my bible or a faith-based book. Even on my "free" days, however, I'm always planning for something. Brainstorming the next venture for my brand, the next topic for my blog, or catering to some type of request by a family member or friend.
Who do you look to for inspiration and why?
I don't think I ever look for inspiration, it just comes. It's usually random and comes from situations and moments I would've never foreseen being significant. However, there are a few people whose lives and platforms I consider to be inspirational to me. Sarah Jakes Roberts, author and first lady of One Church LA, is at the top of that list. As a fellow writer I have a unique appreciation for her gift and way with words. As a fellow pastor's daughter, I connect with her perspectives in more ways than the average person, and her transparency has inspired my own, time and time again. What do you love most about being a woman? I love the femininity associated with our sex. I love being dainty, dolled up, pretty, and somewhat delicate. And I love that you can be a strong, powerful woman, yet still be all of those things.
What is the key to finding balance in your personal and professional life?
Discipline. Each and everyday, I have to be intentional about how I spend my time and search for new ways to maximize it. My schedule can be very demanding and there are often several things on my to-do list day by day, but being disciplined is how I manage to stay on top of it all. What has been your greatest accomplishment to date?
I would have to say establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ. Every milestone in my education and entrepreneurial endeavors pales in comparison to how getting to know Jesus has impacted my life. Knowing Him is the gift that keeps on giving; it's an accomplishment that will always supersede the rest.
Is there anything you wish you could do over again? I believe my life is unfolding the way that God intended it to, but if I could go back to the start of my undergraduate career, there are some things I would do differently. For starters, I would be more intentional about building my savings account, I would maintain my involvement with theatre and acting, and I would have joined my current church my freshman year instead of my senior year, lol. What is one thing many people do not know about you? I used to struggle with my self-esteem. From the outside looking in, not many would ever guess that. I've always presented a very well-put together image physically, academically, and professionally. But no woman is exempt from the journey to seeing herself the way God sees her. I, too, had to experience that process, and I'm still a work in progress.
What does the future hold for you? I'm still waiting to figure that out, lol. We can make our plans, but the Lord orders our steps. So I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow. I used to be an avid planner for the future and I would create timelines in which I wanted different things to come to pass. I learned that there's nothing wrong with setting goals, but we have to consult with God even in the planning process, because the safest place to be is in His will. So I consider different ideas of where I'll be living and what I'll be doing 1, 5, and 10 years from now, but I keep an open ear to the Holy Spirit because He directs my path.
Where can people find you?
I currently reside in Tallahassee, FL, but I can always be accessed on my social media profiles: @getlivted on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.