A brief background…
I have known Lucy for many years now, and we have kept in good connection throughout this time since we have a variety of common interests in the human performance realm and it only felt right to have her on as the next guest so she can share her story.
Lucy has a background in modeling, business school and is now combining her deep passion for health, wellness and a variety of self-development subjects to help people achieve a ‘life of greatness’. Her website and writing is refreshing and always radiates a positive vibe which I find to be quite compelling for anyone looking to move forward with their current challenges.
There is a ton of great content to be captured in this post, so without further ado, let’s jump into the Q&A with Lucy…
For anyone that hasn’t visited your website, Living Beyond, what are the main topics that you write about and discuss on there?
Lucy: Living Beyond is a site to share stories, tools and ideas to help people live a life of greatness. I like writing on topics of empowerment, development and productivity to help push people’s limits in finding their purpose and reaching their potential. I see it as a platform for people to get in touch with themselves, empower each other, create open communication, and grow communities of empathy and compassion.
What initially got you thinking and eventually entering the world of blogging?
Lucy: When I was traveling last year, I went through a transformation in my life and it completely shifted my mindset. I decided I wanted to start blogging to share my experiences and the tools that I had learned that could hopefully help others to feel empowered and reach their potential.
Why the name Living Beyond? Was this a phrase that popped into your head one day, or did you sit down and brainstorm ideas to bring it to fruition?
Lucy: There was a lot of brainstorming that happened into picking Living Beyond, but none of them seemed to convey the message I was hoping to achieve. Then one day I started thinking it would be great to have it be my initials, then Living Beyond popped up. I loved it because the idea is all about living beyond what’s deemed possible and truly inspiring us to reach further and achieve our dreams.
What is your educational background? And how is that experience helping you, not only with Living Beyond, but other aspects of your current lifestyle?
Lucy: My educational background is in business and I got my degree in Organizational Behaviour. I also learned a lot from modeling and traveling growing up.
Last year alone I travelled throughout 25 countries, which taught me a lot about how other people live and it got me studying self-development and psychology. I spent lots of time researching topics like vulnerability, shame, courage, mindset, purpose, habits, and empathy. I found that these topics impacted all my experiences and today they are what shape me and help me look at life with a whole new outlook.
You were an avid and successful model some years ago; tell the readers your experience in that field of work and what eventually led you to transition out of that lifestyle?
Lucy: I love modeling and learned so much from it. I believe it such a creative and vibrant industry that can provide so many opportunities and lessons for those in it. Doing it from the age of 13, I learned quite a bit and I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to do it. It taught me at a young age to present myself professionally, be creative and create connections. I got to travel the world and have experiences that I would never get anywhere else. I eventually decided to continue on with my education and do school full time, and I’m so still so thankful for all the opportunities I had and all the lessons I learned.
What are your favorite ways to exercise and move your body?
Lucy: I love to run. For me it is a complete mind, body, and soul experience. It gets me out into nature, pushing my limits, and feeling on top of the world. I also like yoga, it helps me stretch out my body and I find it makes a huge difference in my posture and awareness of my body. I also love to hike and get out into nature. It is such a special experience that leaves me feeling humble, grateful and inspired every time. Any opportunity we have, Daniel and I are out looking for a new adventure to tackle, whether it’s crossing glaciers or racing through the desert.
Name three people in your social circle that motivate and inspire you on a regular basis and name three others that you follow through the Internet and social media that you also gain a sense of enlightenment from.
Lucy: In my social circle, the three people that motivate and inspire me are my boyfriend Daniel, my mom, and Daniel’s mom Wendy. They all support and encourage me to dream big, work hard and have a positive and grateful mindset.
I also follow the works of Brené Brown, Shawn Stevenson and Rich Roll. They’re all very passionate health and wellness mentors that focus on helping people live healthy, vibrant and wholehearted lives. They inspire me to learn more, take action, live by example and motivate those around me.
Picture this… I put you on a desert island and give you the choice of bringing five foods (water already included), one book, and only two survival tools.
What would you choose?
Lucy: My Five Foods: mangos, cherry tomatoes, cashews, avocados and black licorice.
Book: Definitely a hard one, I think it would have to be The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. It is a book that as you grow, it continues to have new meaning. It makes you look at your life and the lives of those around you with more awareness, compassion and potential.
Survival tools: My survival tool would be my Canada Goose jacket, I’m cold all the time, even during the summer and can’t count the number of times I’ve been so thankful to have it. A knife would probably also be a good idea.
In the past five years, what was the most educational, or enlightening trip you went on? And what were the key elements you took from this experience?
Lucy: My most enlightening trip was last year when I travelled to 25 countries, all the way from Iceland to Morocco. It was a truly amazing trip, filled with incredible life changing experiences.
This trip was special because it was when I really got introduced and connected to the topics of empathy, compassion, connection, shame, and vulnerability. It made me shift my mindset and believe that I could be the best version of myself, it made me believe that I could be shining and glowing and have that attitude to radiate onto others.
Lucy: An ideal productive day for me starts by rising early, and doing a quick morning routine. This involves journaling, focusing my intention for the day and my goals, saying what I’m grateful for and spending a few minutes meditating. I also pick three things I’m going to get done for the day. Then I take off for a morning run and finish up with some strength training. Then spend the rest of the afternoon working, taking some dance breaks to loosen up and have fun. Then I love to do some yoga, or get out for a walk. I like to finish off my day listening to a podcast/audiobook, doing my nighttime routine and some reading in bed.
For those that are reading this, and want to take action on interests such as blogging, exercising, modeling, travelling, and ‘living a life of greatness’… what would you tell them in order to get the ball rolling?
Lucy: I would advise them to take the time to sit down and think about what they want to achieve and why. To really look at their goals in detail. I recently wrote an article called the 7 Steps to Achieve Any Goal, all about how to get moving on the right path. I truly believe that to achieve any dream or goal, you need to look at why you are doing it, what you need to get there, and what you will face along the way. It’s hard to get anywhere unless you know where you are going and you’re prepared for it.
What is next for Lucy Born, and Living Beyond? Do you plan to pursue the blogosphere for the next several years? Or do you have your eye set on other ventures?
Lucy: I truly love blogging and plan to continue doing it for the foreseeable future. I’m so grateful to be doing it, and I think it’s a great way to learn, have an impact, and create change. I believe that by sharing tools, ideas, and stories we can empower each other and live wholehearted lives. I’m also starting to look at creating a course component to Living Beyond and I’m excited to see what’s to come.
Thank you Lucy for sharing your time and taking part in the Dynathrive Q&A’s.
Your answers are greatly appreciated and I am positive that readers will take away quality insight, while sharing a sense of relatibility on their own path in life.
Lastly, where can readers find you online, and connect with you?
Lucy: Thank you so much for thinking of me and having me on Dynathrive.
Readers can find me on my site www.livingbeyond.ca or the following social media: