Lauren was raised in the south suburbs of Chicago as an only child. She was always active and involved in a number of activities growing up. She currently resides in the Hyde Park area of Chicago. Lauren is a Registered Nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. When she's not blogging, her hobbies include reading and photography. It wasn't until her mid-twenties where she experienced some of the most tragic experiences in her life. Much of these experiences will be shared with the world through this blog. She has learned the true definition of resiliency as a result of her adversity. Because of her journey, living in the present moment is vital to Lauren. Today, she continues to learn and strongly advocate for changing one's thought process to become a stronger person. She has always felt that her way of thinking about life was so much more 3-dimensional than how most would think [Outsider]. Through this blog, she plans to share her interesting perspective on life in hopes to relate, inspire, and connect with other fellow outsiders.
"People are dying from over thinking. They fill their brains with harsh thoughts and it brings the body down too. Chances are no one thinks as bad about you than you."
About me: Defining Lauren Wiley
While self-checks are important, self-acceptance is of even greater value. What I've discovered in life thus far is something I hope everyone can get a taste of. What I have discovered entails having such a profound connection with myself.
I can be extremely relaxed and quiet, or I can be extremely blunt and bold
I am super motivated, or completely uninspired
I can be very nonchalant or very caring
I am extremely weird and goofy, or I am very calm
I am both an extrovert and introvert
I absolutely hate when people try to label me or put me in a box
I'm not ok with being stagnant. Growth is always the ultimate goal
I'm not ok with just being.."ok"
I'm not a closed-minded person
I like dressing up, playing in makeup, and feeling good about myself
I like to read
I like to have fun
This is only a taste of who Lauren Wiley really is. And only I am to determine who she is. People have a tendency to say things like "you're so this, or she's so that"...but no thanks, you don't get that right. You don't get to decide who I am. And then there's the comparison factor. Being human, you occasionally start feeling like "maybe I should be more like him or her?" The constant energies around me can influence who I am. But the greatest feeling I've ever felt was realizing that I love Lauren Wiley. The good and the bad that comes with her makes her amazing. I'm not perfect nor do I claim to be, but I do love my life and the person I've turned out to be. I'm able to accept myself while taking the time to work on my flaws, and that's a beautiful thing.
So while in checking myself and striving for growth, I also love who I am. I was created the way I am for a reason It has taken me a while to get here, but I'm ok with that. I love the people I have in my life, and I love meeting new people. But staying rooted in who I am is what keeps me content. It's what keeps me from going back and forth about what type of person I should be. It's what keeps me from wanting to be like anything or anyone else but lolo.
I am Lauren Wiley
May you find what truly makes your heart sing!
About me: Growth
I never in a million years thought this is how my life would be at 27. But I can honestly say my life has bloomed into something beautiful. The good, the bad, and the ugly has molded me into a strong, conscious, and ambitious young woman (I hope I'm still considered young lol). And I wouldn't change that for anything. I think it's ok to let yourself know that you are amazing. It's ok to let yourself bloom into a garden of red, pink, and purple roses. We all have flaws, but embracing them and using them to continuously grow is so necessary.
About me: The wanna-be Vegetarian
Hello, my name is Lauren Wiley, and I'm a struggling….wanna-be vegetarian. Ugh! Why is this so hard? My goal was to give up every meat but chicken. Once I accomplished that, I wanted to eliminate chicken from my diet. I've been trying to give up chicken for over a year now. And occasionally, I have slip ups when trying to avoid other meat choices. Why do I want to become a vegetarian you ask? I'll list a couple reasons:
1. I'm a registered Nurse who promotes living healthy….I should probably practice what I preach.
2. Personally, I believe that meet and junk are extremely harmful to the body. When this stuff is cut out of your diet, heath risk decreases significantly.
3. My body does so much to keep me alive and ward off all types of disease, so why not treat it with the respect that it deserves and feed it food that aids in the process of keeping me healthy, slim, and diabetes free?
3. The government has robbed us in regards to having a choice in what they put in our food, and in receiving the proper education about how our food is processed. Most Americans have grown up addicted to the unhealthy choice that was pretty much imposed upon us.
4. It's just my personal choice.
I absolutely hate when people question me for wanting to become a vegetarian. And even more, I hate when people say their great grandparents ate junk and lived for x amount of years just fine. Well, I'm not your grandparents. I'm Lauren. And this is just a personal choice of mine. You don't have to agree with it. I just want to treat my body with love.
About me: The Nurse
Ok ok ok. The nursing hats were hideous, but it was required the day of graduation. Yes, this is the day I graduated from nursing school. And now I'm back in graduate school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I actually can't believe I'm back in school, but for me, it's something that was always on my to-do list. Nursing school probably taught me a lot about myself. I literately cried, prayed, and cried again during this time period of my life. Graduate school is somewhat different thus far. It doesn't feel so "life or death". But I have full plans of using this degree to get away from bedside nursing. I have a love-hate relationship with it. My dream is to collaborate with a physician and open up a med spa of some sort. Botox? Dermal fillers? Laser treatments?…come to me in a few years lol. I got you!