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

How to Change the World

I think I figured out how to change the world this weekend. And maybe it’s easier than we all imagine. I spend a lot of time (probably too much time) trying to figure out my purpose, my plan, my path. There are times I’ll put this overwhelming amount of pressure on myself to [literally] change the world we live in. Maybe I’m a total lunatic for doing this. Or maybe you…. Read more