Well, my friend, welcome! My name is Lauren, and I am a twenty-something exploring the world and contemplating the greatest mysteries of life along with the rest of my generation. I graduated from Notre Dame three years ago with a degree in Chemical Engineering, but have since decided to pursue a path more closely related to marine biology and boat work. I just want to share my adventures and the inner workings of my mind with you! I’ve gone through a big hodge-podge of random, rather unrelated experiences throughout the past few years, but they’ve all lead me to this exact moment in time, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I try to fill my days focusing on the meaningful things and the meaningful people right in front of me, because when it really comes down to it, there’s no sense regretting the past or worrying about the future. Quite recently, I read a book with an amazing quote that pretty much sums up my attitude on time well spent:
“We keep postponing happiness. We can only experience happiness now. The present moment is inevitable.”
If you’re interested, the book is called The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner. “The present moment is inevitable.” I mean, how beautiful is that?
And that’s why I created this space. To celebrate the present moment, and show how I spend my time making the most of it. Because whether we like it or not, this moment is here, it’s now, and we can be grumps and bitch about it, or we can take everything as it comes with grace and humor. So yeah, I like to laugh at myself, blast a couple of Taylor Swift songs now and again (there’s a T. Swift song for every occasion), and keep on going, even when it feels like my day is a swirling mess of stress and disappointment.
Here’s a quick summary of the essence of Lauren, and what my moments are all about:
If I’m outside, whether running, hiking, paddleboarding, or strolling around the lake, I’m pretty much guaranteed to be content in that moment. I’ll spend hours talking with you over black coffee or red wine. If we hang out, bring your dog and camera, because I love animals and spontaneous photo shoots. I’m also a huge guitar-playing-wannabe…in my head I feel like Ed Sheeran when I play, and in reality…I may or may not sound like a 3-year-old who stole her big brother’s guitar. Cooking is my latest passion. I love the idea of growing my own vegetables and having my own garden (still just an idea, because I have yet to settle down long enough in one spot to grow one), and I try to buy all my ingredients as close to home as possible. Lucky for me, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and we are spoilt for choice in our regional ingredients. I would rant about huckleberries and wild mushrooms here if it was the appropriate time. I also LOVE boats, and I’m hoping to eventually get my captain’s license. As of March 2017, I’m a certified yoga instructor as well 🙂
I’m also addicted to uncertainty and the hazy realm of possibility, which is why I get along so well with my good buddy Travel. Although, I’ve found, Travel is a huge flirt, and I’m having a hard time escaping his charms. Oh, he’s a smooth one.
My life is a succession of moments that ideally revolve around the above themes, and I really just needed a space to try to express some of the crazy thoughts and photos and inspirations that pop into my head about 1,000 times a day. If I end up inspiring or enlightening just one person, I’ll be very excited.
Please feel free to explore my posts, comment, and say hi. Like I said, I love people, and assuming you’re a person, I like you! If you’re a dog, that’s pretty wild, and I like you too.