Meet Lauren

Post-graduation blues are no joke. Launching into adulthood, career struggles, and the ultimate search for contentment and a meaningful existence all came crashing into my life before I could turn the tassel. I wrestled to maintain the narrative I thought my life was supposed to tell but, as Sarah Bessey says, “Sometimes the story we tell ourselves about our own lives can become a prison, it can keep us from the real life that is waiting for us.”

After getting a degree and hustling to find a place in the film industry, I clung desperately to the idea of who I thought I was supposed to be and caged the small voice that told the truth: this wasn’t what I wanted my life to look like. This wasn’t how I wanted to trade my few short days. Going “off-brand” is hard.

But every day is a new opportunity to remake your life, to change the direction of your story. That’s what I did. I’m not saying it’s easy (it’s not), but it is simple. You just have to have courage.

In my kitchen, I have Bob Goff’s paraphrased words hanging on my wall as a reminder: “I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn’t come in an envelope. It’s ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It’s the invitation to actually live, to fully participate in this amazing life for one more day.”

My invitation is delivered every day by my dog, Linus, jumping into our bed for morning snuggles. By my husband’s rhythmic tooth-brushing. And definitely by “the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen.” These ordinary little moments aren’t exalted by the world. But we celebrate them here, along with the big moments like birthdays and baby showers, and we hope to encourage you to do the same.

3 Comments
  • haley
    Posted at 19:51h, 15 October Reply

    Lauren, I REALLY needed to hear Sarah Bessey’s words, “Sometimes the story we tell ourselves about our own lives can become a prison, it can keep us from the real life that is waiting for us.” Thank you!

  • Jude
    Posted at 17:52h, 24 October Reply

    Beautifully said – and something I needed to hear. Thank you for your wisdom.

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      Lauren Cibene
      Posted at 09:07h, 30 October Reply

      Thank you <3 Hugs!

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