It’s hard to believe, but today is Life with Lauren’s one year anniversary. I feel like I should buy it a necklace from Tiffany or have flowers delivered to it at work so all the other websites can be jealous or something. Okay, I’m sorry. I’m weird. Anyway, this site is such a huge part of my life that it’s hard to believe there was a time when it didn’t exist. At the same time, I remember writing that first post so clearly that it’s hard to believe a year has gone by. A lot has changed since its creation. I couldn’t be happier about the blog, and I truly appreciate every single person who has ever read anything I’ve written. A year ago I was feeling really lost. College was over but I hadn’t found my “thing” in life. I started this blog originally to help brand myself as a marketing professional. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I figured marketing what made the most sense. It’s what other people told me I would be good at and I’d had some experience doing it. In the very early stages, the first blog post I wrote was about Starbucks’ plan to sell wine and beer. I realized I loved writing. My friend suggested I buy a domain name to further brand myself. All the domain names I wanted were taken, and I wanted to have something that was memorable. I remember so clearly sitting on the phone with my friend, Jag, talking about what the site should be called. He’s a radio guy, and said it should be something kind of catchy and light-hearted. Somehow Life with Lauren popped into my head. I wasn’t sure if it was too fun. Remember, I thought this was going to be a professional blog/resume site. He encouraged me to go for it and thought it was a good name. Thanks, Jag! I bought the domain and started blogging. Soon I realized that blogging only about business-related stuff was boring. I decided to just write about what came naturally. That was life, music, products I like, relationships, etc. Thus, Life with Lauren was born. It’s very different from my original intentions, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I still enjoy marketing, but I’ve finally my found my “thing” in this blog and it feels good.
A lot has changed since I started blogging. The site has been through a complete redesign. I have a real logo now. I’m lucky enough to write for other terrific sites such as USA Today College, The College Crush, Glass Heel, and soon Lifetime’s The Conversation. I’ve gotten the chance to talk with other great people through Twitter and e-mail. I’ve done fun giveaways with products such as Chobani and Ryan Kahn’s book Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad. I won’t lie, in many ways I still feel just as lost as I did when I started this blog. I want to be writing full-time and I want to be living in a city that isn’t the city where I grew up and went to college. But I’ve also realized that I’m young and don’t need to put so much pressure on myself to have everything figured out. If you’re feeling lost, anxious, pressured, panicked, frustrated, or any of the other feelings that come along with being a college grad, I would tell you to ease up on yourself and let things unfold. I’ve learned that giving yourself time to figure things out and discover what you want is completely acceptable, no matter what anyone else makes you think. You don’t need to have everything laid out perfectly. If you think other people have everything laid out according to plan, they’re lying. Facebook is lying. It’s all fake. No one’s life is perfect and no one has their stuff completely together right after college.
To mark the one year anniversary of Life with Lauren, I’ve gone back and pulled a few of my favorite/most memorable posts. Take a look, if you wish:
Again, thank you to everyone who’s read this blog over the past year. If you read it every day or every week, or even if you’ve just read a post here or there, I really appreciate it. I’m always open to suggestions and feedback, e-mail me whenever: firstname.lastname@example.org.