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In Thoughts on
December 26, 2017

My Goals for 2018

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I can’t believe 2018 is almost here. It seems like just yesterday we were kicking off 2017!

This past year has been crazy to say the least (lol). There were definitely ups and downs, but through it all I’ve learned so much. I’m ready for a fresh start and can’t wait to see what the upcoming year holds!

While I’ve never been a really big New Year’s resolution person, I do believe in the power of setting goals and self-reflection, because these things encourage us to grow. There are a number of things I want to accomplish in 2018 and I know that without writing them down from the beginning (hence this blog post), I won’t hold myself accountable!

So, in the spirit of goal-setting, here are some of the things I want to accomplish in 2018.

Grow My Blog

One of my big goals for 2017 was to finally start and announce my blog. I had been working on it for awhile but was so scared to share it with the world. I finally posted about it on my Instagram (thanks to the encouragement from my friend Reagan), and now it feels official!

I know one of the biggest challenges I’ll face when it comes to blogging (and I know I’m not alone in this) is being consistent. I’m someone that has a hard time being motivated to write and create content if I’m feeling uninspired, so I need something to keep me accountable. That’s why I was so excited when I found The Content Planner!

I first discovered The Content Planner on Instagram and loved the concept. Essentially, it’s a physical planner designed to help you plan out your blog and social content. It’s easily customizable and has so many cool features for bloggers and content creators. The planner has space to record monthly goals and stats, brainstorm goals, track your wins, and it even has a page in front that lists all of the 2018 holidays and marketing dates (you’ll never miss national donut day again 😉 ). I know I’ll be using The Content Planner throughout the year to keep me on track for my blog.

new year resolution ideas

new year resolution ideas

Establish a Healthy Lifestyle

Isn’t this everyone’s New Year’s Resolution? While this might seem cliche, I really want to be more health-conscious this year. By this, I don’t mean going on an extreme diet or starting a crazy workout schedule. While those things might work temporarily, I find that they can lead to burnout and can lead to an even more unhealthy lifestyle when you let yourself ‘cheat.’

Instead, I want to start making choices that I can actually maintain for a lifetime. I want to eat better, find a workout routine that works for me, and SLEEP MORE (I say this as I’m writing this post at 11:30pm, haha). But really–I’ve always struggled with being a night owl and I know a huge part of having a healthy lifestyle is giving your body the rest it needs.

Travel More

I love traveling, but never feel like I cut out the time to do it. A few months ago my friends and I took a quick trip to LA and it made me realize how beneficial it is to escape the daily grind and go on an adventure! In 2018, I hope to do a lot more traveling–even if it’s just taking a short day trip!

Give Back

Giving back is so important. This year, a goal of mine is to look for ways to serve others. Whether it’s donating to a cause or volunteering my time, I want to invest more in helping others and making a positive impact in the world. If you guys have any suggestions for this, let me know in the comments below!

Read More

I have to admit, I’ve never really been much of a reader. This might seem strange coming from someone who loves to write, but I’ve just never had a knack for reading. I think my problem is that I need to get over the thought that if I’m sitting down to read a book, I’m not being unproductive. I’m investing in my education!

A book I’m excited to read this year is You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. I feel like everyone has been talking about it and I’m just now getting around to reading it! Again, if you have any suggestions for books to read, let me know in the comments. 🙂

Take a Risk

I’m someone who likes to play it safe–I don’t usually get excited at the thought of taking a risk. However, I know that achieving greatness often requires overcoming the fear of failure and taking risks. I’m not totally sure what this looks like for me yet, but I hope this year, I take a risk and learn something new.

What are your goals for 2018? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

 

love lauren michelle

In Thoughts on
December 11, 2017

How to Embrace Change: 3 Things to Remember

How to Embrace Change

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is going to be a little bit different. It’s not about fashion or beauty. While I love those things and I feel that they’re a part of who I am, I want to start posting content that’s a little bit more raw and helps you to get to know me.

When I first started my blog, I wanted it to be a source of inspiration, but mostly a place of encouragement. Whether that’s through a beauty tip or a life update, I want my little corner of the internet to be a place that’s positive, uplifting, and resourceful for my readers. While it’s scary to put yourself out there, I think there’s a lot of growth that comes with it.

Today, I want to talk about change. Throughout our lives we’re going to experience changes–big and small. It’s inevitable! Change comes easier for some than others, and I’m definitely someone who can have a hard time with it. I like to know what tomorrow holds and when I feel like I don’t, it can be an unsettling feeling.

In a nutshell, this past year has been filled with changes. I won’t get into too many of the details in this post, but if you know me personally you know that there’s been a big shift in my family dynamic (I think I’ll save that for another post, though). Aside from this, this past year I graduated college, started my first full-time job, and moved out on my own. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions but I’ve learned so much. I feel like this past year I’ve grown in a lot of ways, yet at the same time it’s become apparent to me all of the areas I still need to grow in.

Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, and there definitely isn’t a 1-2-3 guide to experiencing change successfully. In no way have I mastered the art of going through change, but here are some things I’ve learned along the way and have been helpful to me:

How to Embrace Change

Be Patient With Yourself

This has probably been the hardest thing for me to learn. When going through a big life change, it’s easy to become impatient with yourself. People always say that time heals wounds, but if you’re anything like me your response is probably, “Well how much time??” (lol)

Rather than focusing on exactly how long it’s going to take you to adjust to the new life change, try to focus on the here and now. This can be really hard, because it pushes you to come to terms with what you’re feeling right at that moment. I think it’s sometimes in our nature to run from negative emotions, but I believe that allowing yourself to feel them is better in the long run. If you don’t ever acknowledge that they’re there, it can be hard to take that next step and grow.

Learn to Go With The Flow

Like I mentioned before, I’m someone who likes to know what’s coming next. However, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that we can’t control everything no matter how hard we try. We can’t always control the circumstances we’re in and we certainly can’t control other people.

Now, I’m not saying that going with the flow means to give up and become passive. I think in many ways we are responsible for certain situations we’re in and it’s important to be ambitious and have goals for the future. My point is that if we try to control every single aspect of our lives, we’ll run out of energy. I think a big part of going through change successfully comes when we let go of the reigns and are open to new experiences!

A few years ago one of my close friends gave me a Giving Key with the word “Breathe” engraved on it. For me, this serves as a simple reminder that it’s alright to take a step back and breathe every once in awhile and go with the flow.

Talk It Out

Change is a weird thing, and when we don’t talk through it, there can be negative consequences. I’m totally guilty of keeping things inside and trying not to acknowledge the difficult stuff, but I’ve learned that it’s hard to properly process the change without having someone you can confide in.

Whether it’s a friend or a family member, try to find someone you trust and can lean on. Just having someone there to listen can allow you to express your emotions in a healthy way and eventually get to a place where you can move forward in a positive direction.

One of my favorite quotes is “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and beautiful at the end.” I really believe that everything happens for a reason and we can rest knowing that. I hope you find these tips helpful and if anything, they help you to feel encouraged. Thank you so much for stopping by and I’ll see you in my next post!

Love Lauren Michelle

In Lifestyle on
December 9, 2017

How to Throw a Bridal Shower

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In February, one of my lifelong friends Rachel will be getting married! When she asked me to be her Maid of Honor a few months ago, I was so excited.

Rachel and I have grown up together–she’s truly like a sister to me. We’ve been through our awkward stages together (lol) and have so many fun memories. Most importantly, we’ve been there for each other through the good and the bad. Life is by no means perfect, but it’s so much better when you have friends like Rachel in your life.

As you probably know, part of a MOH’s duties is to throw the bridal shower. For Rachel, I knew it had to be nothing but the best! Pinterest was my best friend during the planning process and I found so many cute ideas that I wanted to recreate. I had so much fun putting everything together, so I wanted to write a blog post with some tips & tricks and photos from the day! If you’re planning a bridal shower anytime soon (or are looking for inspo for your future shower lol), keep reading:

5 Bridal Shower Ideas

Entryway Sign

One of the first things I knew I wanted to make for Rachel’s shower was a cute entryway sign that everyone saw as they walked in. I decided to make one with a chalkboard! I practiced the design on a sheet of paper and just went for it. I used a chalkboard marker instead of traditional chalk so I could get bright white, smooth and crisp lines. I propped it up outside my front door and tied a batch of pink and white balloons to it. It was a simple and cute way to greet everyone as they walked in!

bridal-shower-ideas

bridal-shower-ideas

Photo Booth

Another element I for sure wanted at the shower was a photo booth. I used a pink sheet and nailed it to the wall outside and ordered a cute ‘Miss to Mrs.’ gold banner. To bring in some green, I purchased a string of (fake) eucalyptus. It brought in the pink, gold, and greenery color scheme Rachel will be incorporating into her wedding.

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I also purchased some cute photo booth props on Amazon and put them on a card table next to the photo area. I love how minimal and cute these ones were!

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Cute Desserts

What’s a bridal shower without cute desserts? I found these cute gold cupcake toppers on Amazon put them on top of vanilla cupcakes with light pink frosting and chocolate cupcakes with white frosting to tie in the color scheme. I used a marble slab and flipped some bowls over to stack the cupcakes on so that some of the cupcakes were elevated more than others. They were a hit, especially since one of the bridesmaid’s mom made the vanilla cupcakes herself!

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Gift Table

I also knew I wanted to make the gift table area cute. I purchased a small chalkboard sign that I wrote ‘gifts’ on and placed it next to a flower arrangement (made by one of the bridesmaids, Abby) and a photo of Rachel and her fiancé, Zac. It was simple, but added a personal touch to the table!

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Rachel opened her gifts in front of the backdrop, and she took a photo with each of the guests and the gift they gave her.

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Games!

Last but not least, a big part of the shower was spent playing games! We played the clothespin game and I also lead a ‘Who Said It’ game. I asked both Rachel and Zac a series of questions before the shower, put together their answers, and mixed them up. I printed them on a card and the guests had to guess who said what statement–was it Rachel, Zac, or both?

The last game we played was led by two of the bridesmaids, Chelsea and Brittany. They gathered up photos of Rachel from when she was younger and passed them around, then we all had to guess what age she was in each photo! The person who guessed the most correctly won. 😉 It was so fun looking through all of the cute photos of Rachel!

Overall, I had so much fun throwing Rachel’s shower. If you’re planning or attending a shower soon, I hope you found this post helpful and were inspired! If you’ve thrown a shower, tell me about it in the comments below. 🙂 I would love to hear from you!

 

Love Lauren Michelle

In Thoughts on
July 21, 2017

22 Things I’ve Learned in 22 Years

22 Things I've Learned in 22 Years - Love, Lauren Michelle

My birthday just passed, so I thought it would be fitting to write a post about 22 things I’ve learned in the past 22 years!

This past year was most definitely a challenging one–it’s been filled with a lot of changes and growing pains. But at the same time, it’s been a rewarding one. Here’s a list of just some of the many things I’ve learned in the past 22 years:

  1. Change is necessary for growth.

  2. Try something new.

  3. You can make it through tough times.

  4. Keep your close friends close.

  5. Open up & be yourself.

  6. Don’t overlook the small things.

  7. Never stop trying to improve.

  8. Be a good friend.

  9. Take pictures… a lot of them!

  10. Exercise, and find a routine that you enjoy!

  11. Do what you love, and love what you do.

  12. Always be learning.

  13. It’s okay to not have it all figured out.

  14. You can’t control everything

  15. Pursue your passion

  16. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t!

  17. Time flies.

  18. Stop! Take time to enjoy where you are at.

  19. Be thankful.

  20. Stop worrying so much.

  21. Laugh!

  22. Dream big & set goals for yourself.

What are some things you’ve learned this past year? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Love Lauren Michelle