when I get into deep thought I think about the craziest things. Like I’ve only been a mom for 5 years... and I’ve only known my kids for that short amount of time. Like how is that possible? It feels like I’ve known them forever. I really had a whole previous life without them? WILDD mind fck.
Why am I smiling?? It’s Travel Tuesday! To say that traveling is my passion is a huge understatement. When I do travel alone I sometimes get Mom shamed. People ask me questions like...How can you go away and leave your son? How can you leave your family and your husband? You should really stay home with your family, don’t you worry? And my answer to this is, yes. Yes I worry and yes I want to be home with my son and my husband. BUT... I also need to get back to being me! Traveling and getting back to my favorite city, NYC exhilarates me, it gives me life and energy and it’s where I feel most like myself. So, yes I worry but I worry that I can’t get to my Best self if I don’t meditate and pray on my own, travel to places that give me peace and connect me with friends and The people I love. This is what traveling does for me and it’s far better than anything I can buy! It’s the experiential journey that allows me to grow and this is my self care! And thanks to my husband and family support I have the opportunity to do what I love... Travel! .
She was standing on a line between giving up and seeing how much more she could take. .
The girl on the left was hiding behind that smile. She was insecure, felt like she was alone would do anything and everything to feel loved and wanted. She had hit rock bottom. There was no light at the end of the tunnel for her,she thought....
Until that girl on the right started to slowly show up. She changed her mindset and asked for help when she needed it the most. She was scared ,but she quickly realized that this is what she needed to feel like herself again! .
So, that girl has a message for all who are still trying to find that thing. Don’t ever loose hope and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Who recognizes this colorful tree located on the LES??? Check out Ian Shrager’s (Studio 54) Public hotel
& Jean Georges Vongerichten’s Public Kitchen restaurant. #nycchristmas#ilovenewyork#lowereastside
Morning light in our Airbnb in New York City. After our trip to Santa Fe this fall, I wrote a short post about the things I learned on that trip, but the I didn’t repeat it after my trips to Devon and Savannah, despite learning a LOT in both places. So I’ll write a little post after nearly a week in New York, sharing with you some of the things I’ve learned in all my travels, but especially here. • I may have said it before, but travel has made me more confident. Travel alone especially. That was never more apparent than it was here in this vibrant city. • Never travel in the winter without your rescue inhaler, even if you don’t have a cold. • I’m a pretty minimal person, more at home in wide open spaces, and as such I was prepared not to love it here. But you know what? I do. I feel energized by the flow of people around me. By the noise and lights and even the chaos. • I would do a lot to have access to all these amazing museums at anytime I wanted. • One thing I like about travel is how much it contains me. I feel like a turtle traveling with her house on her back and I like that. • I’m getting better at packing. • Not one migraine in NYC. 🤔 • As I’ve said before, it’s not the cold, it’s the wind that gets you. • Throughout this trip I’ve tried to pay attention to take photos that, “only Lauren would take.” •Only ever bring the Hasselblad. • More and more, as I move through this stage in my life, I crave time alone. To wander streets. To move through museums. To be still with my own thoughts. Travel opens you up to all sorts of things. • I think I need a new suitcase. #takentoday#wanderlust