Author Archives: Lauren

Better Not Pout

Recently, while allowing myself a rare hair appointment, I read an article about the many traits and habits of highly successful individuals.  One of the most common traits is resilience- something that is, I believe, a learned response to adversity.  … Continue reading

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Finding Joy In this Season

The holiday season is upon us, and though it is touted as the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” it can become a time of elevated expectations, stress, and strife.  The lines are clogged at the malls and grocery stores, … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ready to add something back to your life that gives you joy?  Me too.  I’ve missed baking! I have been doing a low-carb diet recently, so I made a low-carb cheesecake for Thanksgiving.  Pumpkin cheesecake is one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Changing the Mindset

“True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to not build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.” -an excerpt from this article about true self-care. Now, you might be hard-pressed to find someone … Continue reading

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Through the eyes of your best friend

How do you talk to yourself?  Do you speak to yourself like you would speak to your best friend, or are you harsh to yourself?  Do you ever think to yourself, “I can’t do it,” and then it becomes a … Continue reading

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Label Makers

How do you define yourself?  Most of us define ourselves by our roles at home, careers, relationships/orientation, faith, etc- there are thousands of ways to define ourselves.  But let’s be real for a minute: they are all labels.  They may … Continue reading

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Beach musings

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A Note to Self

Interacting with other people is, inherently, very complicated.  To be in community with others can be both a blessing and a curse; let me explain.  Not everyone you meet is going to be “for” you.  This realization, for me (a … Continue reading

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Speak Up!

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In A Heartbeat

This was my life, just a few years ago.  It was a turning point, a moment to inspire change.  I submitted this essay to Medical Economics, but it was not accepted.  It still meant the world to me.  In A … Continue reading

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