For our second portrait we sat down with @nour.livia, she is an animal-rights activist and environmentalist, among other things. She is also the founder of www.nourlivia.com, where she writes and educates about the environment, health, ethics, self-care, and many other things.
Nour was born in Paris to a Moroccan father and a Corsican mother. She grew up in Paris, Luxembourg, and Brussels, always in multicultural environments. As far as she can remember, she has always loved three things: traveling, creating, and helping others. Follow @nour.livia on here conscious journey and get inspired!
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Why did you decide to go into the field of sustainability, and what do you want to change in your industry?
It came gradually. I was always sensitive to environmental issues, but having traveled a lot in the past few years, it really opened my eyes to the reality of the world we live in. I started researching more, and whenever I was learning something new, I felt like it was my duty to share it with as many people as possible. That’s why I decided to use social media in order to share knowledge.
My aim is to make others more conscious, the same way other people made me more conscious. I think that community is a strength that we should use to educate each other, keep each other accountable, and work together towards making our world a better place.
How would you define your mindset towards manifesting your dreams, what did you have overcome to get to where you are now?
I would say that I usually think “if someone else has done it, there’s no reason why I couldn’t also do it”. This way, I don’t restrict myself, and if I want to do something, I simply go for it and research how people who succeed in that area did it.
However, in order to get into that mindset, I’ve had to completely change my beliefs, who I was, and the way my brain was wired. I used to be very different, pretty much the opposite of who I am now, but that’s a very long story :)
Can you tell us a bit more about your workflow/creative process, like what inspires you?
I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. From my friends to art, reading, listening to people’s conversations, meditating… The one thing I make sure I do is to write down all thoughts that can lead to something potentially interesting. Even if it doesn’t seem very interesting at first, it can be a good base for brainstorming an idea later.
Also, I try to stay away from what other people in the same area create so that I am not too influenced and can come up with my own ideas.
Tell us about a project that didn’t work out. What did you learn, and what was the positive side of it?
About a year ago, I started to do sustainability and nutrition coaching. It didn’t work really well, I am not 100% sure why. But I also realized that it wasn’t something I was passionate about. As much as I like connecting with people one on one, I feel like my content is more valuable when shared with a larger number of people.
Also, I was working on way too many projects at the same time and was starting to lose myself. It brought me to realize that less is more, and I would rather focus on making less content of higher quality than be all over the place. Focussing on my mental health is also something I take very seriously because I know that I need to be at my best to produce my best content and have the best impact.
What Advice Would You Give To Someone Wanting To Enter The Industry?
It might seem cliché, but it would be to just go for it. Nothing is stopping you and the world needs more people to speak up. It can never be too many of us, and you have nothing to lose. When in doubt, ask yourself what is the worst that could happen.
And whatever you do, even if you impact just one person, it will have been better than not doing anything at all.
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