DESIGN YOUR LIFE: lauren of stylized existence

Good Morning, world! Caitlin here, back with another Design Your Life interview. When I started helping Jess with this series, I knew right away that I’d want to interview Lauren of Stylized Existence, one of my favorite style blogs. I’m always inspired by Lauren’s commitment to Crossfit, eating well, maintaining her relationship and a full time job, managing her wardrobe consulting business, and looking stunning while doing it all. I’m delighted that she agreed to share her intentions today. Just reading over them gave me a little extra pep in my step this morning. Enjoy!

DESIGN YOUR LIFE: lauren of stylized existence

My boyfriend and I have been together for five years now.  Our relationship has not been perfect, but he has loved me unconditionally from day 1.  I can be difficult, moody, a bad communicator, the list goes on; but all the while, he has treated me with love and respect.  I want to marry this man, and the best thing I can do to prepare myself for an eventual marriage is to respect him through communicating well and as fully as possible, laughing with him, supporting him, and loving him unconditionally.

I am really hard on myself and hold others to similar standards.  I correct people, I judge people, and I expect perfection.  I am aware that these are the worst of my personality traits, so I am actively working on them.  Over the last year I have made the intention to be kinder to myself and others.  Judge less, listen more, critique less, accept more.  The earth would be such a horrible place if everyone did everything how I thought it should be done.  People are unique, and that is what makes this world a lovely place.

Two years ago I discovered CrossFit and Clean-Eating, and my life has never been the same.  On Saturday, I embarked on a 30 day journey (the Whole30) to restore my body.  Though my eating habits are already pretty clean, we’ve had pizza and soft-serve a few too many times lately, and it was time to hit the RESET button.  I intend to treat my body as a temple, including doing Bikram Yoga and other self-healing things on my off days from CrossFit, while fueling my body as cleanly as possible.  I am a more balanced, relaxed, and happy person when I treat my body well.

I have a pretty darn good life.  A great boyfriend, a beautiful home, good friends and family, a good job, and growing side-business, the list goes on.  Yet, too often, I tend to focus on the things I don’t have (an engagement ring, Louboutin heels,  10k blog followers).  This is silly and ridiculous.  I know I have a full life, I just have to remind myself of it more often.

I want my wardrobe consulting business to continue to grow, so I want to continue to focus on creative marketing strategies, unique service offerings, and great results for my customers.  I know I have it in me to grow this business, I  just need to push myself more.  I’ll admit that I get a little lazy – with a full-time job, the gym, and lots of cooking – I am tired by the time I sit down in the evening.  But that’s the wrong attitude – that should be “party time” – time to kick it into full gear and work my butt off.

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This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Lauren

    Thank you so much for featuring me, Caitlin (and Jess!). Really happy to be here and it was a good exercise to remind myself of my intentions. Cheers!

  2. Lauren

    Thank you so much for featuring me, Caitlin (and Jess!). Really happy to be here and it was a good exercise to remind myself of my intentions. Cheers!

  3. Loved seeing Lauren featured here! I’ve gotten to know her through the Cincinnati blogging circuit and totally agree that she is (as well as her blog) a great inspiration!

  4. Loved seeing Lauren featured here! I’ve gotten to know her through the Cincinnati blogging circuit and totally agree that she is (as well as her blog) a great inspiration!

  5. Eleanor

    This is definitely one of my favourite interviews in this series so far- Lauren’s intentions are so relatable, and she puts them so eloquently! Glad to have discovered a new blog, too 🙂

  6. These are all wonderful intentions! I especially resonate with the last three. I just discovered paleo a few weeks ago and although I’m not strictly following it (I’m a vegetarian so it would be pretty difficult!) it’s serving as a reminder to eat less (or even better, no) processed foods and to incorporate tons of fruits and veggies in to my diet.

    I also love Value What I Have and Push Myself. Why is it so darn easy for us to focus on things that disappoint us when really we are so so blessed? I am definitely always trying to value what I have more. And I am always trying to push myself so that I continue to grow.

    This was a great post! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Lauren is truly one of my favorite people on the blogshpere, I adore her, so I was really happy to read about her here. Love her reflections and insights, couldn’t agree more with valuing what we have (I’m grateful for what I have every single day) and I believe that the only way to succeed is by pushing yourself, in all areas of your life, not necessarily work related situations 😉

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