What are the things that pop into your mind when we say "liv out loud"? Something bright, vibrant (maybe, red), daring and rebellious, perhaps? Well, it's partially right. But what it essentially means is, confidence - a powerful aura that you have that people can feel when you walk into a room, and they can't steal it away. Some people express confidence out loud via their appearance - a louder sense of style, but many express it subtly.
1. It means accepting yourself, truly
How long do you spend looking yourself in the mirror vs staring at your phone, scrolling through pictures of your friends, family, celebrities, models, influencers etc on social media? With the rise of social apps (ie. Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat...etc), we subconsciously seek validation from others and not from ourselves.
Have you told yourself that you are beautiful this morning when you look at yourself in the mirror?
You may think you "accept" everything about yourself. But, think again, do you truly accept your flaws, whether it is physical or something you just can't master or change (ie. your parents are separated, you're adopted, or you can never master math...etc). Accepting yourself means acknowledging your flaws and fears, and know what you are good at. You have no idea how confident you will be once you have truly acknowledged all of your flaws and fears and just being you, a vulnerable being in this universe.
2. It means you don't give a f*ck
Okay, this doesn't mean being nasty to others. It simply means, you don't seek validation from others. You do you. Because at the end of the day, you are responsible for your own life. And whatever sweet or bitter memories you gathered along the way, it is you that can savour the experience the most, and not others.
But, never ignore advice. Learn to listen and learn to choose the right advice before taking on any action.
3. It means know and understand that you are a human being
It is okay to be emotional and make mistakes. Cry, if you feel like it. Not everyday is sunshine and rainbows. It is okay to be tired and it is "very okay" to sleep all you want in bed and not feel guilty.
Know that we are constantly evolving as we age. What you love and hate now will be different in 3, 5, or 10 years time. You may hate tofu now and love it in year 2023. So it is okay, to change your style and you do not need to explain to others. #livoutloud
4. It means not afraid to be vulnerable - give and show love to others
If you love something, go 100%. Don't be afraid to get hurt over something you love. Our world, our society needs more love now than ever. While the internet continues to tear down the barriers of connecting people around the world, the more it magnifies our differences. And when we are given something unfamiliar, our default reaction to it is to "defend" by giving out negative thoughts about that "unfamiliar thing."
So before getting into the conclusion of "hating it", learn to love and adapt the differences between us humans. Understand that everyone is different in their own way, and we are all kind souls. Show and give care and love to others and expect nothing in return.
Also, never wait to show love till that someone is about to lose their lives. Always be generous with love.
5. It means you know your words are powerful
There is a certain power to your words, even if you are a nobody. Give credit where credit is due and speak up when justice is not made. You may have heard about the "butterfly" effect, where small change can create a significantly different outcome.
6. It means you are able to cope with unexpected events thrown at you
The best scenario to describe this statement is, pregnancy. Nobody, no mother, is 100% ready for pregnancy (especially their 1st pregnancy). You may feel that you are ready to be a mom, but you will never be truly ready when you are experiencing it.
Living out loud is where we (LIVLOLA) stand as a brand and we believe that it is a good principal to live by, to remind yourself that you are human and it is not wrong to live a little to celebrate life. As cliche as it sounds, life is short. We were blessed to be given a blank canvas when we were born into this beautiful world. So paint it however you want, and make sure you priorities your happiness.