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life with intention.

by Lauren on August 19, 2014

life is meant to be lived with intention and audacity. in a previous post, i spoke about setting intentions – almost like goals except they require bigger picture thinking. i can honestly say after having one of the roughest year’s of my life that my intentions and my core are what kept me grounded and on the right track. even though at times it felt like i was on cruise control, it helped to have guiding intentions that showed me the way even when i couldn’t see it. i thought i would share those intentions that got me through my lowest lows to possibly help anyone who is going through one of life’s major (or minor) challenges. i promise it will get better and by setting intentions, you can be resilient.

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professional intentions

develop and devote myself to a career that i am passionate about and find joy in every day

approach each work day with passion and vigor to do my best work every day

 

 

 

personal intentions

find joy in the simple things and surround myself with those things that make me happy

tell my loved ones that i love them every day

 

 

 

‘for fun’ intentions

make an effort to get together with friends that i haven’t seen in awhile

read one book each month about a new subject matter that i know nothing about

 

 

 

love, lo

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#RealBloggerBeauty

by Lauren on June 23, 2014

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after a long internal debate, i decided to participate in the #RealBloggerBeauty campaign. #RealBloggerBeauty is about sharing your REAL story because often times blogs can be about all the good in someone’s world. often times we post the best moments, the best picture and the best thoughts on our blogs. although this can be fun to read about, it isn’t the complete picture. everyone has a deeper story than what people see on blogs. this campaign is about sharing your story and the struggles that make up life. here goes my story:

we all often have moments or pieces of our life that impact us and change us forever. April of last year is the moment that forever changed me, it’s when my mother passed away, unexpectedly. i cannot describe that moment when I found out that my mother, my best friend, my role model was gone. forever. i felt completely numb, i felt like the world was spinning out of control around me. i felt like the world had turned its back on me and i was lost.

as a young woman who loses her mother 2 months before her wedding, you feel completely lost and upset and angry and hurt. losing a parent is one of the hardest things you will ever go through! it rocks you to your core. but what i realized months after is that, i was okay. I was still breathing, i was still living. i didn’t have to crumble and just stop, i could pick up the broken pieces and live forward, for the one i lost. the one who is always with me in my heart. going through something like this has taught me that i am a lot stronger than i ever thought i was. it has taught me to cherish life and the loved ones in it because it can be taken so fast. i now stop and smell the roses every once in awhile. losing my mom will be something i struggle with every single day but the fact is, that life will throw you some curveballs that rock your world and seem like the worst thing in the world. except, you can get through it. you will survive it and continue living forward. you will not get over it and will not forget it but you will live forward. life is tough but so are you!

love, lo

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be gentle.

by Lauren on June 18, 2014

something has been on my mind lately that i thought i would share. the idea of being gentle on ourselves is one that is complicated yet compelling. i can be somewhat of a perfectionist, especially when it comes to doing well at work and often times am unforgiving of myself if i make mistakes. the reality is that we all make mistakes and have to start somewhere. so why not be more forgiving and gentle with ourselves. i find that i can do many more great things when i am loving to myself. so take an extra moment before hopping out of bed in the morning, or eat that yummy dessert, go on a long walk for pure bliss and take a deep breath because at the end of the day you have done your very best and you deserve it. have an amazon week!

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love, lo

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to be content.

by Lauren on May 11, 2014

i am reminded today on Mother’s Day to be content with what i have. to be overwhelmingly happy with the people that bless me each end every day, who hold me up and encourage me along this journey. i was blessed to have a wonderful mother but have continued to be blessed with strong women in my life who have taught me what it means to work hard and to thrive. i am so thankful for all of the women in my life. the women who have made it through some of life’s toughest battles but who have not lost their spirit in the process. Happy Mother’s Day to you mothers who are celebrating for the first time with little ones or to those of you who have been celebrating for 30 years. today is about celebrating the women in your life who make you a better person and make this world a more beautiful place.

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love, lo

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why i run.

by Lauren on April 21, 2014

i just started training for my third half-marathon recently and it got me thinking as to why i put in the countless miles on the pavement for just one race day. why do i run? i feel like there are so many reasons as to why i choose to run that it could fill up multiple blog posts. there are just a few reasons that really motivate me to run with all i have. my love/hate relationship with running began with cross-country in high school. i still remember getting up at 5:30 a.m. to go run with the team before school started (this is the hate part of the relationship) but i also remember the dedication and endurance that i learned from it. i truly think this is a skill that has stuck with me into my career.

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let’s fast forward to why i run right now. although running makes me physically feel good, it also makes me feel good mentally. i have never felt so great both physically and mentally than the last time i trained for a half marathon. its empowering to know that your body can run 13.1 miles and that you will survive and maybe even enjoy it.

to be quite honest, running has also helped me get through the death of my mother this past year. it was the most challenging and earth shattering things i have ever gone through. some days i felt like i was just going to crumble and then i got out on the pavement and started running. with every mile, the anger and the sadness drifted away and i was able to see more clearly. i was able to see that i was strong and could get through this. with every minute that passed on my Garmin, i felt like i could slowly make peace with it. i still struggle with my mom’s death and it will always be a part of me but to be able to focus my energy on running, which seems so hard and yet so rewarding, has been an amazing part of my healing. running is my chance to push the boundaries and get to a place where i didn’t think was possible. that is why i run.

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p.s. i will share my training program for the half-marathon soon!

love, lo

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you are enough.

by Lauren on April 15, 2014

it took me awhile to get the guts to write this post but i think it is important to share because every women goes through it. lately i have felt like my self-esteem has been on a roller coaster where it is up one day and down the next. it took me awhile to notice what would make me feel like my self-esteem was lower than normal and honestly its when i am around other women who are totally rocking it and are awesome at what they do. once i figured out what was triggering it, i felt almost guilty because i felt like i needed to be genuinely happy for them instead of letting it affect me. don’t get me wrong i am still inspired by other strong women but i had to do some soul searching to figure out why i was feeling that way.

by acknowledging how your feeling, you are able to address your feelings head on. so thats exactly what i am doing. i have been continually refocusing my energy on my journey versus worrying about what everyone else is doing. i think it is a process and takes time but i think its the best thing you can do for yourself.

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love, lo

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life’s curiosities.

by Lauren on March 12, 2014

one of my many curiosities in life are people’s schedules, especially busy successful people. i like to know specifics of what time they wake up and go to bed, and how they start their morning. For some reason I get inspiration from hearing how others go about their day and might even change a habit of mine if i am inspired.  i know it’s weird but it’s totally true!

i am a creature of habit so I tend to start and end my days the same way, however, in the middle I like to change it up with a few surprises along the way as to not get bored!

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my schedule.

6:00-6:30 a.m. – start my day with a cup of coffee and some meditation. I have noticed if I don’t do this, I start my day as a hot mess. This helps me gather my thoughts for the day and gives me a few minutes to wake up.

8:15 a.m. – arrive at work, say hi to coworkers and grab another cup of coffee before sitting at my desk

8:30-9:00 a.m. – check email and respond to anything urgent then I check my media feeds for late breaking news and anything related to my clients.

9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – work, work and more work!

6:00 p.m. – workout, dinner with friends or an after work event! (it depends on the day but I try to do something every day after work)

8:00-10:00 p.m. – catch up with the husband, blog or watch one of my shows on Netflix (Scandal, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Mad Men)

10:30 p.m. – read something intelligent… or not (books or blogs)

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p.s. it’s Kansas City Fashion Week (KCFW) this week! the last thing to do is put my outfits together for the four days of events and shows. make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for real time updates and pictures of all the runways shows. stay tuned for some posts about KCFW!

love, lo

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winding down.

by Lauren on March 7, 2014

what a week! i feel like i am in this habitual pattern of starting out the week strong and then by the end it is pure exhaustion. does anyone else ever feel like that? i think part of it comes with working full time and trying to balance a somewhat normal life but man thursday hits and I realize just how exhausted i am,  it never fails. a part of it could stem from the fact that i feel like i am becoming more and more of a perfectionist when it comes to work and other things (like this blog!) and i need to remember to have fun along the way. anyways enough about the exhaustion rant, i am excited for the weekend and have a few inspiring photos to share to help you wind down after a crazy week and transition into a wonderful weekend.

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love, lo

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inner sparkle.

by Lauren on February 11, 2014

although these sparkly pants are absolutely fabulous, i want to talk about something more serious than fantastic fashion. the topic of inner beauty has been on my mind lately because it makes up a huge part of any woman. as i was doing yoga today, i was listening to pandora on the Deepak Chopra station  (i highly recommend for a calming yoga mix) and he said something that resonated with me. he said in the stillness, we see ourselves and the beauty within. sometimes i think its easy to get wrapped up in life’s busyness and we forget to slow down to take time for ourselves but if we don’t invest in ourselves, how can we give back to our loved ones?

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several ways that help me reboot my inner sparkle:

1. yoga – either at the gym or at home, but as long as i can take time to calm my mind and body from the day-to-day stress it helps me rejuvenate

2. cooking a healthy meal – not only does eating healthy help but cooking can also be healing and relaxing

3. grabbing a mag and new nail polish – just this past weekend i went to target and grabbed a couple fashion mag and a new bottle of nail polish. sometimes its the simple things can get you feeling your best.

love, lo

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busy girl schedule.

by Lauren on January 17, 2014

When you work full time it often forces you to get organized and creative with your time. One of the things I am working on this year is managing my time better and scheduling more things on my calendar rather than not planning ahead. I often get so busy during the week that I end up missing out on a lot of stuff I wanted to accomplish or get done by not having them scheduled into my week already.

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Here is the breakdown of what I am working on accomplishing each week.

Workout.

My goal is to workout 3-4 times a week. The breakdown: 2 nights during the week and 1-2 times during the weekend. During the week, I hit up the apartment gym with the hubby and on the weekends when I have more time, I will go take a workout class at Lifetime Fitness.

Blogging.

I am working towards blogging 2-3 times a week. I think every other day to every two days is reasonable for me. Since I am trying to post all original content, having fewer more rich in content posts makes sense.

Friend Time.

If I can see my girlfriends 1-2 times a week, I will be happy! After college, I realized how crucial catching up with friends every so often is since we don’t see each other every day anymore like college. (p.s. I have a murder mystery dinner party planned for this weekend as well as a blogging/wine/takeout sleepover with my girls).

Me Time.

Perhaps the most important of all! I have to schedule 2 nights a week where I do something for me which could be a bubble bath, reading a good book or putting on a facial and drinking my favorite herbal tea. This allows me to be the best person I can be to my friends and family, simply because I have taken care of myself.

love, lo

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