Facing Reality!

My first time ever on a plane was in 2015. I flew to Hot Atlanta🔥 to go see my big cousin. I was excited to get away from Merrillville, Indiana. I wanted to see what was all the hype was about. I’m sure all of you have seen a glimpse of Atlanta House Wife’s & Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta. It’s funny because I could never get into those shows. It’s reality TV but it’s not your actual reality.. A lot of people move to ATL for a better life & they come in with high expectations.

When I started looking to move out here. I read blogs and watched YouTube videos on others experiences. Many people said we’re FULL don’t move here lol. Now I see why.. When I tell you the Traffic is TERRIBLE 🙄.. It’s just it takes forever to get where you need to go. Those who are from REGION know it’s possible get to the dollar and grocery store within 10 to 15 minutes. You would think it’s a lot of jobs here but it’s not unfortunately. It’s more like who ya know. The City is definitely over crowded. It’s very important to be mindful when looking for a job. Georgians 🍑 commute over an hour to work everyday. Don’t get wrong I enjoy living in Georgia, there’s always something to do. Even if you want to go out Solo it’s not a big deal, honestly people do it all the time. There’s nice places to go such as Stone Mountain Park, MLK Center, CNN center, Mary Mac’s Tea Room, WineDown Wednesday’s at Centennial Park, Ponce City Market, and the list goes on!

I must say I don’t regret moving here.. Majority of the time I have to roll with the punches & pray to KEEP sane. I’m going to keep it 100% with y’all. You may want to move & it doesn’t have to be Georgia. It could be Florida, Arizona, or South Carolina etc .. Remember two things, wherever you plan on going isn’t the Promise Land and EVERY State has poverty. By that being said, don’t move somewhere thinking it’s going to be all peaches and cream. Again, Reality TV isn’t your reality honey. I’m sorry. You have to a game plan & go into survival mode. I may not show it but a lot of times I want to break down. Nevertheless, I am so proud to be still kicking out here, it’s definitely not a piece of CAKE! I’ve only been home a few times since my move. I spend most of the holidays alone, due to the fact I have to work. However, I do encourage each and everyone to go OUT & chase their dreams! Thank you all for the Love and SUPPORT.                                                                                                                                — Lauren Denise 🌺 #iHEARYOU

It’s a HARD knock LIFE!

Everyday I have to remind myself that I could be worse off. There’s someone out there homeless or may NOT have food to eat. I believe it’s beauty in the struggle.. If everything in life came easy then, we wouldn’t know how to appreciate the little things in life right? Let’s face it adulting is hard. It’s going on two years in December since I departed from my parents nest. I’m really determined to make it work out here and finish college! I just know God is using me to show you all that it can be done. At times I get sad because of the way I left. But I can’t dwell on the past. To be honest, I didn’t have much support when I lived at home. I was taught to be independent. I got my first job at 16 & I’ve been grinding since then. When I got a taste of making my own money it was over. 😂 One of my favorite songs by J. Cole is Love Yourz 😌 . This song makes me stop and reflect on my own life. I’m guilty of comparing my life to others and feeling bad about myself at times. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done that before. The course of me being away from home has made me a stronger person. Also, it’s allowed me to focus on my OWN destiny. We all have to STOP looking at the next person and worry about ourselves. Don’t Rush the COME UP. It’s coming. Let Go and Let God show you the way! For the past month I’ve been trying to blog once a week. It’s really helping me cope with my situation. I hope these blogs are helping you all as well. #IHEARYOU

Truth is..

Sometimes I don’t want to face the fact that I’m actually tired & need a break.. Ever since I was little I always was on the go. I’ve always been willing to take risks and go on adventures.. Growing up wasn’t easy for me.. The truth is… I have anxiety and I worry about things more than I should. For the past few weeks I haven’t been writing nor had the energy to do so. The problem is that I’ve been in GOD’s way. He’s telling me to move out the way. I got this Lauren.. So I’m going to take a seat, life can take a toll on you if you don’t have a balance and so for. I was talking to a friend and she brought it my attention that I need to slow down & talk to God. Now I’m feeling a bit more at ease. This is how I was able to finish this blog after several attempts 😩. I haven’t forgot about you all. Thank you all for being with me on my journey. It means a lot to me!!! Be sure to take a deep breath when you feel overwhelmed. At the END of the day God has the last say so! Remember #IHEARYOU !! Until Next Blog ❤️ –Lauren Denise

The Point of It All…

Are you tired, frustrated, drained, or etc? Sometimes we all need a rest button. Let’s face it life is hard in general.. We have to meet deadline and goals that we have set for ourselves. When you feel like your at a breaking point, take a deep breath and evaluate the situation. You all have come to far just to give up. I tell that to myself all the time. I’ve come thus far by FAITH, leaning on the LORD! Speak positively on your life, that you will succeed and accomplish you goals. We all need a extra PUSH in these times of growth. It’s nearly the END of April. Finals and deadlines are approaching. Stay Focused!! It’ll all pay off in the END. You will see results. Stay Tuned!April showers ☔️ bring May Flowers! ☺️🌷🌸#IHEARYOU – Lauren 😘

Don’t compare your life to others!

When I tell you.. It is VERY IMPORTANT NOT to compare your LIFE to others! You may not be where you want to be in your life at the moment. But it’s OKAY. For me, I had to realize that I have a different support system than others. Personally, I wasn’t prepared to go to college. I was very indecisive. I started at community college and went part time for a few semesters. Like how I mentioned in my last blog, 2014 were full of pity parties.. I constantly compared my life to others and complained. Eventually, I got in line and got myself together! Also, I realized when I started to compare my life to others, I lost my joy. At times you need to break away from social media OR limit the time you spend on these sites. You will feel better trust me! 🙂 One of my favorite scriptures comes from the Book of Proverbs. The verse is “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding,” Proverbs 3.5 KJV 😇🙌🏽 Do not let the enemy steal your joy and put negative thoughts in your head. As if your NEVER going to get that degree, promotion, or whatever you truly desire in life. The LORD is very faithful. Remember THAT! #IHEARYOU

Growing Pains…

When I was little sometimes I wished to be grown.. But why? I didn’t have to pay bills or RENT. What was all the hype about? A lot of us at the age of 16 landed our first part-time job. Then some of us begged our parents to teach us how to drive. So once you start working, driving, and Graduate from HS. Let me tell you, it’s a WRAP! I promise these years are flying by. I spent most of my summer vacations and weekends at my Grandma’s house. My grandma’s caretaker was my Aunt Arnita. They both enjoyed the company from my sister and I! My aunt would always give me small tasks to do.. For example, she would let me help her garden. She used to take me to the floral shop with her. We would pick out flowers and pots. My favorite flowers to get were Tulips. 🌷 After we planted the flowers, I was responsible to water the garden.. Before my grandma got sick she used to work in her yard. So my aunt kept the yard up for her along taking care of her daily. As an adult, I’m starting to appreciate the little things in life. Also, being thankful for where I am in life. This June ’18 marks 4 years since I’ve been out of Highschool.Never in a million years, I would’ve thought I’d be living out of state on my own.. I’m not going to STUNT it’s hard as heck. But they say when you leave the NEST, you find yourself! I hoped to be graduating from college this May and receiving job offers.. But I realized that everyone achieves success on their OWN timeline. Something to remember, my sister Raven used to beat this in my head in 2014 when I used to have my PITY PARTIES. She used to say “What’s for YOU is not for ME.” & “What’s for ME is not for YOU.” Nevertheless to say, EMBRACE where you are in YOUR life. STAY focused on your GOALS, PRAY, and SLAY!! Remember I HEAR YOU!!

First Blog – Just trying to survive in this crazy world 🌎

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog. I really wanted to start a blog for sometime now. As I stated in my first YouTube video. “I believe everyone has a story to tell.” Yes, I started a channel not to long ago. However, I feel it’s best for me to blog about it instead of actually talking about it on YouTube. It’s more like therapy for me! My life isn’t perfect, it may seem like I have it going on.. Living life in ATL! No it’s actually ROUGH! I am fighting a battle everyday. I’m sure if your still reading at this point, that you are fighting a battle as well. So, in the next few blogs I will be sharing my story with you all! Let me leave you with something before I close this out. I HEAR YOU! Your not in this alone. KEEP being YOU, PRAY, and SLAY! – Lauren Denise 😘