Welcome to my site! I’m grateful you’ve take the time to read my words and hear my story.
My name is Olivia (Liv) and I am 23 years old. I grew up in Mountain Home, Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Fayetteville remains my favorite place on the planet. Here, I attained my B.S. in Public Health and met my best friends and biggest mentors. I changed my major a total of 4 times in 4 years – Music education, Nursing, Social Work, then Public Health. I know that what I truly want to do is help and empower people and make a positive impact on the world. But I’m still working on finding out just what that entails (and how to get paid for it).
I have a golden retriever puppy, Beau, that holds my entire heart and soul. We love being outside, running, and exploring new places. I love art, writing, reading, and running.
I moved to Oxford, Mississippi in July of 2018 to pursue my Masters Degree at Ole Miss but took a medical leave to seek treatment for an eating disorder, depression, and PTSD at the Renfrew Center of Florida October 18 – December 3rd. I am not sure what my plan is for the future, but I do know that I would like to be happy and free of the burdens that have held me back for so long. I want to help people and make the world brighter.
Most of my life I have been very quiet. My biggest defense mechanism is silence and passivity. I keep a lot of things on the inside. But I learned the hard way that this is not good for my mental health. So as I have started to process and heal from the things I’ve been through, I realize that my story is powerful. And I don’t want to be quiet any more. I kind of want to scream all of it out into the universe now.
This blog is what I use to process, heal, and share my story. This is where I’ve found my voice. I hope that you can learn or gain something from my words. Or that they are able to help you in some way.
I have also made this blog a safe place for anyone who has ever felt like they did not have a voice. If you have a story that you’d like to share, read my post Letters to Liv.
I suggest starting with part one of my story. Part one, Part two, and Part Threerelay my own experiences of sexual assault. Part Four leads to me reporting a sexual assault in Part five. And Part six is a message to others that they are not alone.
I am starting to post more about my eating disorder recovery and what I’ve gained from Renfrew Center. If you want to know what treatment was like through my perspective, read about: Day 1, Day 2, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 pt 1.
If reading these posts brings up anything for you and you need an unbiased ear to talk to, email me at email@example.com and we can set up a time to talk. If you need help finding resources in your area, I can try and help you with this too. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings in the comments or by email as well.
I want everyone who reads this blog to know that you are brave, you are loved, and you are enough.