Every Mulligan Marriage Has a Purpose

I have no question that my “mulligan” marriage had a purpose. My ex-husband is the reason I moved overseas, which is where I met my current husband. The universe has a funny way of making things happen exactly as they should, even if messy and unexpected. I have a beautiful daughter and am expecting a […]

Is it Time to Resuscitate Your Marriage, or Let it Go?

Do you ever feel like you are the one trying to ‘resuscitate’ your relationship and breathe life into it when things start to go stale? I can commiserate; my experience from my first marriage made me feel the same way. The difference is my husband now will rally when I ask him to. I’m not […]

How Do You Know if You’re Still in Love with Someone?

Being in love, especially in a new relationship, is intoxicating. You constantly communicate. You long for one another. You plan extravagant adventures. So what happens when the shiny new penny becomes dull? How do you know if you are in a growth stage or falling out of love? How do you know if it’s time […]

Listen to Your Body

Every summer, like clockwork, the skin on my right-hand starts to peel. Not the ‘I’m going to rejuvenate into shiny, new skin’ type of peel, more like ‘I’m going to shed and look awkward.’ I might be oversharing, but it was the first clue from my body that my stress level was out of control. […]

Finding a Part of Me with Katy Perry

On a Friday night, I found a part of me with Katy Perry…and I liked it! In the early days of my divorce, I found myself alone on a Friday night in my new “old” home (aka my parent’s house). My folks were out on a date night, and I started scrolling through Netflix. The […]

Sharing My Why

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it”– Toni Morrison For years I have been dreaming of this blog, and then one day, I heard Toni Morrison’s quote and thought, Lauren, it’s time. Start writing the blog that you wanted to read. I […]

Finding your Eat, Pray, Love Moments

Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, came out in 2006, and the movie debuted in 2010, just in time for my divorce. It may sound a bit woo-woo, but do you believe that the universe brings you resources, whether they are books, articles, movies, talks, etc., when you need them? For me, this was the […]

The Rollercoaster: Stages of Divorce

Picture this; my first summer back in sunny San Diego in my early 30’s. Life should be full of sunsets, brunches, cocktails, and the beach. But not for me. Instead, I was riding a rollercoaster of emotions. One day I was balling my eyes out; the next day, I was on cloud nine with relief. […]

Do You Bumble? Creating a Mindset for Dating

Tinder, Bumble, Match, Coffee Meets Bagel, Hinge, eHarmony, and at a low point, OK Cupid. I tried them all, ladies! I met my ex-husband organically at a bar. When I entered into my next round of dating, I was totally clueless and excited about the opportunities. Are you telling me that I can swipe through […]