Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Who is Lauren?

If you read my first post, then you know how this blog came about. So I thought it was only fitting to learn more about the blog itself, and the writer behind it.

Peaches and Palm Trees has always been like my child. I think about it all of the time. And now I'm so excited to finally put all of my thoughts into action! I hope that as I grow, it grows [& vice versa]. It's a lifestyle blog, travel blog and everything in between. I hope to make you laugh, cry, and feel a little bit of something every day. I hope that when you exit out of your browser, I've left you with something, anything that makes you think.

I've finally, FINALLY learned to live in the moment. But for some reason, [I blame it on the Virgo in me] I'll also constantly think about the future. I really try to enjoy every single day, but will always continue to think "What if..." Maybe it's not just a Virgo thing... Maybe it's a girl thing? Any men out there with me? I'm willing to bet that I'm not alone in this. Haha! But let's face it, life is all about planning for the unexpected. YOU think that's an oxymoron. I know better.

Do you remember on the first day of school when you went around the room and everyone in the class had to say their name and list a few things about themselves? Yes? I hated those days, too. I was such an introvert. This just proves that people can, and do, change.

So let's have a little fun, shall we? Here's my top 10 11. I'd love to hear yours, too!

1. I'm an aunt to 3 handsome little boys. Seriously, they make my heart skip a beat. Isn't it funny how children can do that to you? The joy they bring me is indescribable. 

2. I was full-time nanny for a high profile family in Atlanta. I loved every second of my job. Ok, maybe not EVERY second. But those sweet boys put the fun in my funny. They made me smile on my hardest days and they didn't even know it. My five years with their family helped me grow in ways that I could never fully put into words. Hands-down, my greatest (& hardest, most challenging, yet rewarding) experience in life so far.

3. I finally consider myself an athlete. I grew up dancing and that will always be my first love, but over a year ago, I decided to take my health and fitness to a new level. I cut out most processed foods and started working out smarter. My workouts consist of low intensity days, high intensity days, weights, and a few classes (Zumba, Barre, etc.) for fun. When I moved back to Florida in July, I lost my routine a little. Which caused me to lose muscle definition and gain 10lbs. :( Don't you hate when that happens? Luckily, I'm finally back in the swing of things and will happily share my journey on here.

4. I love to travel. Like really, really love it. I love the craziness of walking into the airport, going through security and waiting at the gate with a Starbucks in hand. I love visiting new places and returning to areas where I feel like a local. I hope to travel the world one day, both solo and with the love of my life. [This is where you're probably saying, "Everyone loves to travel!" Normally I would agree, but believe it or not, I know quite a few people who prefer to stay put in our nice little city than go out and explore. - I call these people some my friends and family. I also call them crazy!]

5.  I can count my best friends on one hand and wouldn't have it any other way. And yes, two of them are my mom and sister. What is that old saying? I'd rather have four quarters than 100 pennies. 

6. I buy an ornament every time I visit somewhere new. I love looking back on them at Christmas. I also didn't realize this until recently, but I like to collect cute mugs/water bottles and stationary (thank you cards, note cards, pretty napkins). If it comes with an elephant on it, I'm guaranteed to buy it.

7. I hate confrontation. I hate when someone is [or I think someone is] upset with me. I overthink every little detail of every single momentous [in my eyes] situation. My old boss said it best: I'm a people pleaser. I always have been and always will be. My New Year's resolution in 2015 was to start saying no more often. I failed. And I'm ok with that.

8. I'm scared of the dark. I have night lights every where and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

9. I am in a Special Education master's program with a concentration in Autism. I can't wait to work with children and their families and see where it all takes me.

10. I love love. I love the butterflies, the excitement in your heart, the sheer joy to be with another person. I love the feeling of wanting to better yourself for that person. I love wanting nothing but good things for that person. I love hurting for that person. I love all of the feelings that it puts in your mind, heart and whole body. How lucky are we to feel something like that?

11. And lastly, a few of my favorite things: hand-written letters, music (the deep, feel-the-lyrics-in-your-bones kind and the shake-your-tail-feather kind haha), naps, the salty feeling on your skin after a long day at the beach, elephants, greeting cards, the smell of books (old ones are the best!), kisses & cuddles, cold beer, red wine, and spending the day with my momma. 

So there you have it. A small little glimpse into who I am. I'm sure as time goes on, you'll learn a lot more.

Thank you so much for reading. Seriously, I'm virtually kissing each and every one of you!


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