Looking Ahead With Lauren: Regain Your Connections Even in Your Busiest Moments

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We all have many responsibilities. Many of us are parents, siblings, children, bosses or employees, friends and have a plethora of important relationships and obligations. Your iPhone or Blackberry may buzz constantly. Say you have to be plugged in all the time for work or family. You start to feel stressed because you’re so busy […]

How To Deal With Criticism Well: 25 Reasons To Embrace It

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“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” ~Aristotle At the end of the day, when I feel completely exhausted, oftentimes it has nothing to do with all the things I’ve done. It’s not a consequence of juggling multiple responsibilities and projects. It’s not my body’s way of […]

Nine Ways to Open Your Heart to Joy

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The greatest gift you can give yourself is joy, not only because of the feeling that goes with it at the moment, but because of the magnificent experience it will draw to you. It will produce wonders in your life. -Jack Boland Joy springs from within; no one makes you joyous; you choose joyfulness. —Anonymous […]

Be Lauren (Or Whoever You Are)

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Every time I’m around someone very outgoing with a bubbly personality, I always kick myself. Why can’t I be like her? Even when I think I’m being outgoing, I’m still too quiet. Those are the times I have to stop and say: I like who I am. Let’s face it. I can try all I […]

Each Morning Is A Blank Slate

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Starting out each morning with a blank slate feels good for everyone. We literally have the opportunity everyday to be a new version of ourselves. Although the past creates a valuable discernment in the present, we are able to live a new way each day. If I begin to focus on yesterdays failures and sorrows, […]

Honor Your Own Style

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Life is never a one-size-fits-all formula. If you are to develop and give your gifts (that’s why we’re here, isn’t it?), you must honor who you are and celebrate your own voice. That means embracing the paradox that while it’s important to value the mentors and role models who guide us, we must also rely […]

Are You Allergic to Saying No?

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Do you say yes whenever anyone asks for your help? Do you allow people or events to pull you away from what you planned to do? Would you rather please others than have a confrontation with them? Then you just might be allergic to saying no. We all want to be helpful and giving. So […]

Take Back Your Summer: Accepting The Body You Have Now

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It’s normal to fantasize about a “better” version of yourself. As more heroic, smarter, powerful, successful, generous, kinder than you are. (Or more cutthroat or vengeful than you are.) These fantasies can serve as ideals of who we want to become — and thus can be blueprints, showing us how to get from how we […]

Thinking You’re Fat Makes You Fat

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If you feel bad about your diet, now you can feel bad about feeling bad…which should make you feel good. Right? A study shows that how kind your are to yourself significantly affects health and weight loss. Why diets fail (as if you don’t already know) Chances are if you’ve been on a diet and […]

The Magic In You

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“We don’t see things as they are we see them as we are.” -Anais Nin “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust When my kids were in elementary school parents and their children were invited to hear a motivational speaker whose name I have […]