What does the phrase “living beyond” mean to you? Just take a moment to gather your thoughts before reading further.
Living Beyond was established by Lucy Born. It’s a place where she shares her journey through self-development and self-awareness. It’s also a place where she shares tools and ideas to help people live a life of greatness. Lucy started Living Beyond last year and in a span of just a few months, she’s challenged and pushed the meaning of life to a whole other level. We’ve had the honor of hearing her share some of her experiences and challenges through her journey.
What pushed you to begin your journey of self?
I knew I wanted more, but didn’t know if it was possible. I wanted to interact with the world as my best self. I had the breakthrough when I left on exchange to Europe for seven months. I took this time as a retreat for self-awareness and development, and less of school learning. The time I spend doing that, has led me on a path that has changed my life.
What motivated you to bring your journey online?
On this trip through Europe, I went through such a transformation of myself and in my life. I wanted to share some of the tools and my journey to help people along their own journey. Living Beyond was created to help people have the tools, self-awareness, goals and revelations to live lives of greatness and believe they can be their best selves. To live vulnerable, courageous and authentic lives.
What is one of your fears of sharing your stories?
Who I could hurt, who I could lose, what people will think. We all have those voices in our heads that tell us who do we think we are, what right do we have or that we aren’t good enough. Sharing my thoughts online leaves me vulnerable to the world, but I know that by doing it, I’m letting my self and my creativity shine through.
What advice can you give to someone overcoming their fears?
Fear is there for a reason in our lives, it can keep us alive, stop us from going over a cliff or getting attacked. But in our everyday lives fear tries to make things certain, it tries to stop the unknown from happening and it pretty much tries to keep anything interesting from happening. The trick is to acknowledge the fear and what it is trying to do, then to not let it have any say or action over what you are trying to do. Just keep moving forward. Remember that when fear comes up, it’s a sign that you are trying something new, being creative, embarking on something exciting or having an opportunity for growth and learning.
Do you feel having an external support system is important?
It’s incredibly important, I think everyone has heard ‘you are a reflection of the 5 people you spend the most amount of time with’. Surrounding yourself with positive, encouraging, and supportive dreamers and achievers will skyrocket your life forward and leave you shinning.
Which 3 habits would you recommend to someone who is new to living a greater life?
Have a morning routine and evening routine – set aside time in the morning and night to reflect on how you’re feeling, how your day was, what you have to be grateful for. Use it to get grounded with your values and what you would like to achieve.
Exercise daily and get out into nature – movement helps free our mind, body and soul. It will help you be so much more productive in everything that you do.
Set goals – get into the habit of setting weekly and monthly goals for all areas of your life. Make sure they are inline with your values and vision. This will help propel you forward and help you create the life you want.
If you could recommend any book to anyone, which book would it be?
There are so many great ones it’s hard to choose. I love all of Brené Brown’s books – The Gifts of Imperfection, I Thought It Was Just Me, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong. They help us know our selves, learn the vocabulary to express ourselves, foster healthy relationships, and create a world of connection and compassion.
Check out her website for more details!