Uncovering Purpose And Creativity In The Depths Of Anxiety

“I didn’t want to be one of those people that just made excuses; it’s all really in the mindset sometimes.”

Episode summary:

In this episode, Liv Arnold shares the valuable life lessons she gained from her journey, starting with her experience in jujitsu classes, where she discovered the importance of building confidence. Liv reflects on the beginnings of her creative writing career during a period of deep dissatisfaction in her job, highlighting the significance of taking action over making excuses. The conversation also dives into Liv’s early encounters with anxiety and how she tackled it through new experiences. If you struggle to set boundaries, step away from people-pleasing, and get into motion rather than just talking about what you want to do, this episode is for you!

What to listen for:

  • Vital life lessons Liv learned from jujitsu classes
  • Her start to creative writing while working an unfulfilling job
  • Why we make excuses instead of doing what we want
  • Liv’s experience with anxiety starting from a young age
  • Working on her confidence through new experiences

My confidence, that’s something that I do really need to work on. And that’s part of the reason why I started doing jujitsu and Muay Thai to work on that confidence level. I thought if I could get physically tougher and be and be confident that I know how to throw a good punch or like make someone pass out if need be that if someone’s maybe not being like that nice I have that confidence inside to know that I can take them on if need be.”

  • The importance of setting firm boundaries
  • Liv’s focus on doing over endlessly talking about it
  • Accomplishing big goals in just 15 minutes a day
  • The truth about what it takes to be successful

“A lot of people that do ask me for advice, I find they don’t want to do the work to get there. You just need to like put the work in like that. There’s not really an easy shortcut.

  • How Liv uses the pomodoro method to write more
  • Training the mind to concentrate more deeply
  • Learning to listen to your body and stop people-pleasing


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About Liv Arnold

Liv Arnold grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and loves her spoiled dog, Groot, who only eats freshly cooked meals. Her writing centers around relatable characters dealing with real-life issues, and she is an advocate for mental health and sexual wellness. She has been on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR, Grazia, InStyle, FHM, and Playboy to discuss her books. When she’s not writing, Liv’s avoiding the gym, devouring a cheese platter, or marathoning way too much TV. And, of course, she’s a massive book addict and often reads until all hours of the night.



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