‘To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What a beautiful statement. It’s actually one that I’ve tried to live by for the majority of my life. Being you, rising above, overcoming the odds, I think we all strive for this in some way.
In the spirit of an “About Me” page, I guess I should start with a more basic introduction than that. My name is Lauren and I’m 28 years old. I live in the North Shore of Massachusetts with my husband John, and our soon-to-be son (name yet to be determined). Born and raised in south-central Pennsylvania, I always saw myself living in a city at some point in my life, so at 26, I packed up and moved to Chicago to pursue a few major career and life endeavors. It was one of the hardest and best decisions of my entire life, and during that time, I learned more about my past, my future, and myself than I could have ever imagined.
John and I found out we were expecting in February of 2014, which came as a total surprise. Up until this point, I had struggled with hypothalamic amenorrhea on top of being diagnosed with an IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). My health bill hasn’t always been clean, but I’ve found that through my negative experiences, I was able to turn them into a positive offering of hope for others. I now strive to educate others through my own familiarities with certain conditions.
We welcomed our amazing little baby boy, Grayson Elliot, into this world on September 25, 2014 and he is our everything.
Health and fitness have always been a vital aspect of my life, mainly because they are the driving forces to keep my body functioning at its best. Since there is no cure for what I have, I had to learn how food and exercise affected my body and how to use these things to my advantage. I don’t have a particular background in nutrition, but I have dealt with many nutritionists and doctors throughout the years. I’ve learned more about my own needs and what I need specifically to be the healthiest I can be.
To me, being healthy and happy go hand-in-hand. When I was unhealthy, I was unhappy. It affected every single aspect of my life and it wasn’t until I realized that the only person that could control both of these influences was me and me alone.
I’ve been writing Say What You Need to Say for just about six years, and just as my journey hasn’t been consistently smooth, neither has this blog. I’ve taken many different approaches, attempts, and avenues in my writing, but ultimately, at the end of the day, this page has always been about my story. If you were to go back through the years, you would not see the same person that you do here today, but truthfully, I love that about my blog. I never claim to know the answers, or justify my actions as being the right decisions in life, but I do vow to be honest, humble and sincere. I promise to be myself, which I believe is one of the most invaluable gifts I can offer as a human being.
While I can’t say my journey in life has always been clear, it’s definitely been a truly cultivated and overwhelmingly blessed experience and I’m thrilled to continue to share every step with you all!