Looking Back on 2017

Looking Back on 2017

With a few hours to spare, I’m finally taking the time to share some of my favorite moments from the past year. 2017 has been a complete whirlwind between work, traveling, weddings, and everything else in between. They say a picture is worth 1000 words (#socheesy), so I’m not going to write any more of them. I recognize this post is totally personal (I gotta do me sometimes), but here is the recap of the past year from my camera roll.

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Lydiva’s Holiday Gift Guide Under $50

Lydiva’s Holiday Gift Guide Under $50

Happy Monday, people! LONG TIME, NO BLOG.

If you’re wondering why I have been MIA from the blog, here’s a few reasons: busy season, the holiday season, and busy season. From Thanksgiving until Christmas my life is a little extra crazy absolute insanity between holiday festivities (because I want to take part in all the celebrations) and trying to do all the things I need to do at work (which seems pretty endless at this point, hence the Big 4 term “busy season”). BUT YAY LIFE! The funny thing is, this post was actually per request of my co-workers because…

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The Hottest Spots in Dallas

The Hottest Spots in Dallas

Are you looking for a new restaurant to try? Or maybe something new to do on this weekend?  Or what you should check out while you’re visiting Dallas? Well, your girl Lyd has got you covered! One of my favorite hobbies is scouting out the hottest spots in my city and giving peeps the low down on my experience. Now that I’m back home, I feel like I’m catching up on all the new(ish) places that opened up in Dallas while I was gone in September.

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Learning to Rest

Learning to Rest

Happy Saturday, people!

I’m currently writing this post from a cute little coffee shop in Vancouver, BC. (The Nutella Latte at Smart Mouth Cafe is on point.) The weather here has been the epitome of the PNW…rainy and dreary and dreamy (not really, anyone who knows me knows I kill for sunny weather).

I’ve been off work for about week now, and still have a week to go. And while this vacation has been much more chill than I anticipated, it’s been much needed.

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Why You Don’t Need to Save the World in Your Twenties

Why You Don’t Need to Save the World in Your Twenties

You went to college. You probably did a pretty dang good job while you were there too. You had a good GPA. You had killer extracurriculars. You got an internship or two. Then, you got a job offer. You graduated. You (*potentially*) travelled the world for a bit (because #backpacking). And then you walked into your first job and realized, “what the heck am I doing with my life?!”

The millennial struggle: I got a “great” job, but I’m not saving the world. I go to work and sit in a cubicle (or maybe even a closet) with Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint decks and emails and meetings…and I don’t think I’m changing anything.

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The Monthly Rewind: July 2017

The Monthly Rewind: July 2017

How is it already August? Seriously, I’ve been freaking out this week at how fast this year is going by! Today, I’m trying something a little new on the blog. But before I do, I just want to say THANK YOU to all you people who have been following along as I started the blog this month. Your support has meant the world to me (seriously!), and I am grateful for your grace with me as I learn what I want this thing to look like. I know I’ve been all over the place lately. 🙂 What I do know is that the vision for Viva has been (and always will be) to share my real life with y’all. And in an effort to do that, I wanted to share what I’ve been up to the past month!

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Embracing Change

Embracing Change

Happy hump day, people!

Last week you may (or may not) have noticed I was pretty quiet. In a spirit of honesty, it’s because a lot of things in my life have been changing. No one loves change (or maybe you do and I respect that), but this girl especially doesn’t. I don’t know why I felt like I needed to share what’s been happening in my life as of late, but here it goes.

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