Life’s a Beach….

I just got back from the beach yesterday,visiting my Mom, and it got me to thinking….Everyone should have a “happy place” in their mind. You know, that place you can go to where you feel completely relaxed. For me, it’s the beach. Any beach does it for me, really. The sounds of the waves crashing, little children giggling at being splashed, the way the sand feels between my toes.

Just the simple thought of the beach puts my mind at peace. I adore lying on my towel, salt in my wavy hair, with my book. Just sitting in my beach chair, people watching is amazing to me as well. It’s like once someone steps on the beach, all of their troubles are cast out to sea and people are just joyful. It’s a great feeling and it’s a wonderful thing to watch.

Maybe this is my most happy place because some of my greatest memories are involving the beach. Building sandcastles, finding the most perfect seashells, doing endless cartwheels, girls vs. boys’ water gun/balloon fights, family time, walking to the pier are just to name a few…

Where is your “Happy Place?”  If you haven’t thought about it…maybe you should. If I’m having a particular hectic day….I’ll just close my eyes for a few seconds and you’ll know where I’ll be…on a beach somewhere…

Good Morning, Lauren..Playlist # 2

Here it comes…Playlist # 2 to help get your week started off the best that it can! These are the songs that will be helping me hop up out the bed and turn my swag on… 🙂

1. Forever- Chris Brown

2. Just the Way You Are- Bruno Mars

3. Sistamamalover- Lenny Kravitz

4. Boogie Shoes- KC and the Sunshine Band

5. Teenage Dream- Katy Perry

6. Since You’ve Been Gone- Kelly Clarkson

7.Pretty Young Thing- Micheal Jackson

8. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic- The Police

9. Wild Night- Van Morrison

10. My Baby- Jessee McCartney


Just Believe….

Someone once said “You can have anything you want, if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” I couldn’t agree more.  I’m a huge believer that you can do anything you want as long as you simply put your mind to it.

 I haven’t always been this way. In fact, I was probably the opposite. I was the ultimate “negative nelly.” Sometimes, in life, change is what you need to catapult yourself into the right direction and change your perspective on everything. About a year ago I had a huge change in my life. I was in a relationship for a really long time and we broke up. I thought that I was unhappy with that person, however, in reality, I was utterly unhappy with myself.  

I was determined to change this. As day by day passed by, I started to believe in myself again. I got rid of that negative and sorry attitude and changed it to an “I CAN do this attitude”.  

One of my biggest goals for the past 6 or so years has been to lose weight. I gained not only the “freshmen 15” but then the sophomore, junior and senior 15 as well.  My attitude was always , “ahh I have so much to lose, I can’t do this.”  I would automatically be defeated before I even started TRYING to lose those extra pounds.  Well in 2010, I told myself that I am determined to lose this weight and become happy with myself, Lauren Elizabeth.  I would write in my journal:

“Lauren, you CAN lose this weight”

“You ARE beautiful”

“You CAN accomplish your dreams”

“You ARE successful”

“Lauren, you CAN do whatever you put your mind to “

Slowly but surely, I started to actually believe what I was writing.  In my mind, the first step in accomplishing a goal is believing in yourself. If you believe that you can’t accomplish something, then you never will.  So look on the bright side of life, know that you can accomplish your dreams and don’t settle for less.

Today is a Gift

Have you ever heard of the saying “Today is a gift and that’s why we call it the present.”? Well just waking up and planting your feet firmly on the ground should feel just like unwrapping that perfect gift on Christmas morning.

I can remember waking up on Christmas morning when I was little girl. My younger brother, Kyle, and I would have so much joy bouncing up at 5 am and tearing open each gift that Santa brought us. AWEESSOMMME is what would immediately come out of our mouths as we saw what each gift was. Throughout the day, we would continue to play with our new toys and find happiness examining each one.

I am 25 years old and my goal is to find that same joy as I did opening those presents Christmas morning. Today is a gift. As each second passes we cannot get the last back, so why not enjoy and make the most out of today?  In life, we all take things for granted. I know from experience. There are days where I just want to be in a bitter mood, but then I smile by faith and know that things will turn around.

Cherish the important people in your life, for they wont be here forever. Be happy with where you are today. Smile at someone (you never know, it might make their day).

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