Who is A Beautiful Life

I’m Liv, the creator  of A Beautiful Life, which I started in 2008 to chronicle my love of the simple pleasures in life.  I’m a part time freelance marketing consultant, full time mama to twin boys, and aspiring entrepreneur. I live in Vancouver, BC with my loving Mr, the twins, and a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback named Nala. We are in the process of building a Passive House in the city, a beach cottage in Tofino, and trying to juggle it all while staying sane.

The Beginning

I began writing A Beautiful Life while I was working at a Vancouver boutique advertising agency, first as a digital project manager, then as a strategist and eventually as an overall connection planner and buyer spanning traditional and digital platforms. A Beautiful Life began as an outlet to express my creative side, mostly by way of style blogging. Through blogging and social media, I was able to advance my career and make a name for myself in the local tech community. I have always had a love for digital media since I was first introduced to “The Internets” by way of dial-up in 1992 via my older brother. What I love most was the ability to connect with so many incredible people and their ideas, near and far. That has always been at the heart of why I do what I do: I simply love connecting with people.

I started working in marketing consulting for small and local businesses after I left the agency world. I created Simon Fraser University’s Continuing Studies Digital Marketing Program and taught some of the courses. Life was great and the Mr. and I were living a very free and laid back lifestyle in our 20s, full of world travel (Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Hawaii) and plenty of time for good food, friends and hobbies. Yes, we were those people, happily married, no kids, great careers, great house, nice cars that had brunch at 2pm on weekends because we could. We had no obligations and life was great.

The Change

And yet it wasn’t. We didn’t have children and didn’t know if we could or would. And when I was confirmed as expecting, I certainly was not expecting to be pregnant with twins. It was a difficult time in my life and I did not feel it would authentic to continue blogging as if nothing has changed. I broke the blogging rules of not abandoning your readers. Then, the twins came prematurely and suddenly I was thrust into a whole new world, which I wrote to some extent about in this post. It was a very dark time, and I stopped blogging completely. After an extended stay in the NICU, the boys came home and I was now a full time stay-at-home mom. Life passed by in a whirlwind of diapers, feeds, sleep regressions and so forth.

Begin Again

It’s been nearly 2 years since I posted my “final post” – It’s A Beautiful Life. And like a wheel, I’ve been spun to the start and I feel now is the time to begin again. The boys are nearly 4 years old and I’m finding myself in a new place where I am not quite sure where I will go from here, but I’m open and ready for what may be. I am excited about life and the possibilities. I feel the best is yet to come, and I hope you will join me once again.

 

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