#SWW: A Conversation with Vivian

Every Wednesday, the ladies at Dream On Youth reach out to our community to spread the message of self-worth and the importance of self-care through the hashtag #SelfWorthWednesday. We encourage our community to get vulnerable and share their stories of struggles and victories. I recently reached out to a longtime community member, Vivian, to get her point of view on all things #SelfWorthWednesday.

Here at Dream On Youth, we like to get to know our community and those who spread the positivity with us. Before we dive a little deeper, introduce yourself to our readers! What is there to know about Viv that someone wouldn’t be able to find out through your social media?

    Hello! I’m Viv and I am currently a junior in college studying Public Relations and Advertising. Some things to know about me are: I like color coding my school notes, I’m not very good at keeping up with a planner even though I like to be organized, I like watching Youtube videos, my favorite food is cheese enchiladas with red sauce that I can’t remember the name of, and my top three favorite movies are Grease, He’s Just Not That Into You and Never Been Kissed.

You’ve been part of our community for quite some time, popping up on our Twitter feed every so often. What is it about Dream On Youth that drew you in?

    What drew me in about Dream On Youth was their positive message and inspirational posts on Instagram. It was also very cool to see a group of girls teaming up to change the world.

Being a longtime member of our community also means you’re most likely familiar with our #SelfWorthWednesday movement. What does the #SelfWorthWednesday mean to you?

    #SelfWorthWednesday means positivity. It’s a day where you take a moment to acknowledge your worth. It’s a reminder to stop negative thoughts and self doubt and replace it with positive thoughts. It’s like a snap back into reality from the delusional thoughts that you are not worthy. 

How do you practice self-care/incorporate the #SelfWorthWednesday meaning into your everyday life?

     I spend time looking through inspirational quotes and mentally stopping myself when I start thinking negatively. I try to also get 8 hours of sleep and drink more water. I also try not to stress as much as I used to and try to add a bit of exercise into my days like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Apart from our hashtag, we hope that others take the message of self-worth/self-care to their own communities. How do you spread awareness about #SelfWorthWednesday, either online or in your hometown, school, etc?

    I spread the word about #SelfWorthWednesday by talking to fellow college students and friends online.  

Why do you think it’s important that this conversation occurs on a social media platform with a growing audience?

    I think it’s important to have this conservation because I feel like low self-esteem is a big issue that negatively impacts your personal and professional life. 

Even if someone practices self-care daily, we all have rough days. What advice do you have for those struggling with self-care/self-worth?

     “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known—and even that is an understatement.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Want to join the conversation? Be sure to follow us on Twitter! You can also chat with Vivian here.