The New You & Lu!

Notice something different??? We have a new name! Welcome to the new YOU & LU.  Sometimes, change is necessary. It’s a sign of growth. A sign of hope. A sign of celebration. … and that’s EXACTLY why Lauren’s Lyst needed a re-birth. If you’ve been following along with me since the start, you’ll remember this space started solely as a personal diary documenting my quarter-life. Over the past year, however,…. Read more

5 Ways to Channel More Happiness

Ever wish you were someone else? Someone smarter, stronger, prettier or quirkier? Someone wealthier, sillier, wiser or more in love? I think we’ve all daydreamed over what it would be like to step inside another person’s life — if even only for a moment. We’re human, after all.  Often times, I think we assume happiness is always someplace else. Within a better career, a bigger bank account, a beautiful home. Within a…. Read more

Mind Ready Monday: Secret to Success

I’m currently curled up in my hometown of Holland, Michigan. It sits right on the lake in the most magical way. I’m convinced God spent a little more time here. This trip comes off my weekend in Chicago with the Simply Stylist team. I was incredibly inspired to see so many of you go after what you want in life. It takes guts and passion and fearlessness. The most-asked question…. Read more

Mind Ready Monday: What is Success?

It’s Monday. Which usually requires two cups of coffee and a self-pep talk on the way to work. I’ve been giving myself a lot of those pep talks lately. Mostly because of work changes requiring me to practice what I preach — that is, to shed self-doubt.  This little space — this blog, this creativity corner, this passion project of mine — is now my career. Something I never planned…. Read more

Spring Forward by Reflecting Back

LA’s Focus Magazine asked me to write a springtime piece on navigating new beginnings this season. This is — in part — what will be featured in the May issue. Spring is nature’s way of reassuring us it’s okay to begin again. There’s something about fresh blooms and new life that prompts our surroundings to change. To spring forward, we must be willing to reflect back on the people, places and…. Read more