Happy wednesday everyone!
I'll share a post on someone I've been admiring lately. A "girl crush" haha. Someone I think is smart, creative, cool and pretty, in that order too. Just sharing to the world girls that I find rad.
Meet Lauren. Poet, writer, artist, makeup goddess, coffee and anthropology lover, blonde bombshell from Ottawa like moi. I obviously found her on instagram and I loved her aesthetics so much that I asked her to be in my second post... and she was in! Thanks so much Lauren for being apart of my idea and writing the kindest and most inspiring words. Enjoy reading you guys. Also all these photos are hers and make sure to check out her feed @babylauuu. Thanks again Lauren you are so kind and cool.
1. Give us the 5 second all about yourself.
I am a 21 year old woman from a tiny town in southern Ontario located near the country’s capital, Ottawa. I loved growing up in the country because I think it gave me the free spirit I have today. We grew up without a t.v. So I really did spend all of my time outside drawing or playing. I live with my boyfriend and cat in a perfect, tiny one bedroom apartment. I’m a pretty outgoing girl, I love meeting and talking to new people (anything but small talk). I love makeup and fashion too, because I love creating and designing. Some more hobbies of mine are creative writing, poetry and journaling.
2. How do you want to use your voice across social media?
I definitely want to use it to inspire creativity first and foremost. I love seeing beautiful girls on Instagram, but I think sometimes only seeing flawless beings can be damaging to the self image. I struggle with that myself. I beat myself up for not being perfect when in reality I’m a really cool person and I have a lot of creativity in that makes me awesome. I know so many other people do too. I love to share my art and writing, and I want to encourage other people to share more of themselves in that sense too. I think in doing that self worth would increase because people would see how truly unique and cool they actually are, regardless of what they look like.
3. What inspires you rn?
The seasons are my life-long love and inspiration. Canadian winters are cold and long but the first snowfall is seriously spiritual to me. A lot of my daydreaming involves awaiting the seasons change. I’m not sure why I’m so infatuated with the seasons, but I always have been for as long as I can remember. I think it has to do with my need for a change in scenery, but I don’t like any permanent change so it’s a perfect cycle. My favourite seasons will always come back to me again. Its kind of a reality check that time is going by too which is happy and sad.
4. What are some of your goals for the next couple of years?
I’ve been meaning to think about my future but.... I haven’t gotten around to it. I’m a bit of daydreamer. I guess my most important goal is to go back to school. Again, not exactly sure what I would take but something along the lines of theatre or film studies. I hope to move out of my hometown and live somewhere I haven’t before. Toronto or even California are in my radar. I guess another goal would be to have a more cemented plan for my future, but at the same time I’m enjoying the unknown and taking my life in stride. I’m content at the moment, but I know it’s important to anticipate the future so I’ll have to focus on it a bit more.
5. What are some of your favourite things, food, movies, music?
I have so so many! I love music in a whole, but right now I have been obsessively listening to Andy Shauf. I just discovered him and his album “The Bearer of Bad News” is my favourite thing right now. If I don’t have it playing I’m singing it to myself. It’s a perfect winter playlist.
I loves sweets, and NEED coffee. My favourite movies are a wide range, anything with Jim Carrey and I recently just watched “I Love You Both” on Netflix which was really cute. I love indie movies like that even if they’re kind of boring, and I’m a sucker for psychological thrillers. I love poetry. It’s a hobby to read and write. I love Pablo Neruda, his poems are so romantic. I guess I kind of pride myself in loving a lot of things.
6. Self love means ________?
Self love is a hard thing because it comes and goes. I think if you start to see other people around you with softer eyes you’ll start to see yourself that way too. It’s important to pay attention to the way you are when you are most vulnerable, I.e. singing in the shower, naked, falling asleep. And I don’t think self love is the same thing as approving of your appearance, although they are closely related. I think it’s also forgiving yourself in a lot of ways, physical or not. You have to be gentle on yourself and remind yourself you are only human and your entitled to make some mistakes as long as you can own up to them. I learned to love myself by ignoring all of the ugly pictures of myself I’ve seen on Facebook and just look at myself in the natural morning light in my bathroom and count my pores. Spiritual stuff man. You have to try it.
7. Is there any current social issue close to your heart at the moment?
Although there are many ongoing, I find myself thinking a lot about the epidemic of sexual assaults that have come out in the recent months. Every woman I know has experienced it one way or another. Since so much light has been shone on this matter, I realized how unnatural it is that as a woman, myself and others, you have to be careful about where you go, who you’re with what you say, constantly. The guard is never really down. This is just how it is, this behaviour is second nature which is... insane to think now. I’m forever thankful and proud and amazed by every woman and man who has spoken out. I can’t imagine the nightmare they’ve been through.
8. How should girls support other girls?
I think we need to support other girls by glorifying our differences. It’s hard to be true to ourselves when we are worried about what the world will think. I think supporting our unique styles or hobbies no matter our personal preference would make a world of difference. I would love for people to understand that you can appreciate someone else’s art even if it isn’t necessarily your taste. It’s also important to work on yourself. I find on days I’m not feeling as confident, I tend to be more judgmental. And I hate feeling that way, but it’s happened enough times that I know where it stems from. I think it’s so cool to love yourself and love other people because it’s so much easier than seeing everything in such a negative way.
Your answers are 10/10 and I love them!
Davina + Lauren