7BLOGGERDAYS Jan16: Picture of me

Lauran hiding her face

Lauran hiding her face

Here is a photo of me at a restaurant called Waffles in the South Loop area of Chicago, IL. My significant other took this picture, trying to catch me on the sneak, but I am always watching…so this is the shot he took! And I was being bashful! LOL

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR! Lauran Smith Dot Com hosts the first leg, beginning Feb1!!

Introducing…Sherry Burton Ways!

Sherry is the Author of a brand new book: “Feel Good Spaces: A Guide To Decorating Your Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit”! From February 1st – February 12th Sherry will visit 12 blogs on her virtual book tour. Lauran Smith Dot Com is hosting the very first day of this awesome tour! You are invited to follow the tour, visit a new blog each day, meet some wonderful new friends and experience something new! Feb2nd will be captured here! Make sure you’re on the tour!

Make your way back to us on Feb1st for more in what Sherry provides regarding decorating YOUR home!

Don’t miss this!

Lauran

7BLOGGERDAYS Jan15: Describe what I cooked last

I took no pictures…probably because it was GONE before it really hit my plate!!

The last meal that I prepared was salmon croquettes, scrambled eggs, and  grits!

When I make my croquettes, I used Pankos Italian Herb bread crumbs to coat them, I mix in diced green onions and an egg! I always purchase the canned pink salmon.

I scramble my eggs w Kraft Shredded Four cheeses, a dash of salt, pepper and garlic salt!

My grits are seasoned w pepper and Country Crock butter…talk about DELISH!! Breakfast food for breakfast? That’s fine…but FOOD IS FOOD!!

We ate good last night! I actually could stand to eat those again tonight! I will refrain LOL!!

 

7BLOGGERDAYS: jan14 Favorite Outfit

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One of my favorite outfits!

Lil black cocktail dress, funky purple wedges, plum matte lip color by ViVid, and a black polish! I was at a Halloween social and I had an amazing time!!

Lauran

7BLOGGERDAYS! Jan13 How I Feel About Social Media

I absolutely ADORE social media…so much that it’s now a career!

I initially wasn’t interested in Twitter or any of the media outlets…once I joined, I fell in love! I’ve connected w old friends, gotten information on events of my interest, and joined several professional groups…all because of social media!

If you’re interested in hiring a Social Media PR Firm for your brand, click here!

Lauran

!!We Are A Virtual Book Tour Host!! Feb1

I am very excited to host my first virtual book tour! My blog, Lauran Smith Dot Com, is hosting the first leg of the tour which begins on February 1st!

I invite you all to return to the blog on February 1st in order to see what’s going on!

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How much fun is this!!

Lauran

7BLOGGERDAYS: JAN12: Your favorite part of a really good movie and what you learned from it

My favorite part of the “TV show” Good Times is when Florida was dead set on fixing Wilona up w a man, thinking that her being in a relationship would “complete her”.

What I learned from that particular episode is that some ppl will judge you based off of what you DON’T have and thinking that if they push you in a direction of their choosing, you will be better off. That’s so far from the truth! But the best part of that episode is the fact that Wilona let Florida know that she was fine/content w who SHE was…only Wilona can decide when she will enter into a relationship, and not on anyone else’s clock! Being true to YOU will bring confidence!

Whether it’s relationships, going back to school, quitting a job, or buying a home…what do YOU say about all of this? It’s your call on YOUR life!

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Lauran

7BLOGGERDAYS: JAN11 Favorite Moment

One of my most favorite moments is when I decided to start my own business!

I was hesitant to do so in such a trying economic time…but one day, while on a brief medical leave from my job, I formulated my plan! I also recall being selected for jury duty, and thinking to myself “there is a chance that I will NOT get called; let me take my notebook and write out some ideas”…and that’s exactly what I did! I did not get called that day for duty, so I spent a FULL 6 or so hours writing out my vision for my company.

Well, I’m coming up on a ONE YEAR of being an entrepreneur, and it feels great! I woke up this morning to an email from someone soliciting me for their brands, plus emails from clients updating me on things that they need…that instantly made me smile. I LOVE what I do, and I am grateful that I did not let the financial hardships of the world cut into my dreams! Once I got over my initially hesitancy, I discovered that everything needed to “Just Do It” was on the inside!!

I am a better woman for staying focused on my goals! I challenge you to do the same!

 

7BloggerDays!

Just WRITE!

Do you have any idea how FREEING that is??

You can be as ANGRY as you want to be on paper…and at times, that helps you to get out those “loose” emotions…you know, the things you probably would regret actually “saying” to someone…

Try this 7BloggerDays list that I created, in an effort to get more of you writing. It doesn’t have to be a dissertation; it could be all pictures if you’d like! Just make sure you say SOMETHING!

JAN11: Your favorite moment

JAN12: Your favorite part of a really good movie and what you learned from it

JAN13: How you feel about social media

JAN14: Your favorite outfit

JAN15: Describe the last thing you cooked or (for those who don’t cook) describe your favorite meal

JAN16: **PICTURE** a picture of yourself and what was going on at that time

JAN17: A funny moment

Make sure you let me know about your post so that I can read! I will be doing the 7BloggerDays w you all!

GO!

Lauran

The Urgency of FOCUS (34)

I would not be honest w myself or ANYONE else if I made my life out to be “crystal stair-ish”…my ish is NOT perfect by any means, and I don’t portray a person w a perfect life, but let me enlighten you…

DISCLAIMER: if you get your panties in a bunch about things relative to my life and how I feel about my blessings, that’s something YOU have to deal with. I’m not knocking the life of another; I’m writing about my own. Thank You (that’s for the softies who get “in their feelings”) LOL

My family dynamic is phenomenal AND RARE nowadays i.e. two parent household, all siblings by the same two parents, all children born after the marriage, parents married UNTIL death…all of those factors are dopetastic…but let me tell you; my family is NOT perfect. I don’t need to go into detail, but know this: EVERY FAMILY has some level of dysfunction; those relationships need improvement. Keep reading…

My lovely company (PRbyELLE77) will need to be tweaked, and often, if I am to remain in business. That’s not a perfect situation either, certainly will always need improvement…

My relationship w God–the most IMPORTANT of relationships that anyone could ever have, in my opinion–gets a BIG ole “needs improvement”…and in red letters though…

I need to workout PERIOD. I’m not fat, my last physical exam w my Doctor was awesome, but I am NOT in the mood for a gym, yet I complain about problem areas when the onus is on me…needs improvement…

Now…I just gave you FOUR areas in my life that need improvement (I only NAMED four…that’s not all; that’s just all I care to share). With that said, HOW ON EARTH do I have time to get off into someone else’s business? My focus must remain strong on those matters of importance to me, which are family ties, my PR firm, my relationship w God, the fact that I need to workout, etc. Someone said to me Monday–if we are what we eat, we are what we think. POWERFUL!!! I am not a bad person because I am not necessarily doing things on a “straight and narrow path”; some people will have to come to grips w that very fact alone, but I ALSO have to realize that my path, and the choices regarding said path, are MINE and mine alone. With my PR Firm, I cannot get discouraged if things aren’t smooth sailing INSTANTLY. I want to quit THE HELL out of my 9-5 EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY DAY…every dawg gone day lol BUT…instead of complaining about being at the job, I wake up and say to myself “I get to quit my job”–this is a fact! I WILL get the opportunity to quit, when God sees fit for me to leave! Changing my outlook on that has changed the way I handle the job! My relationship w God and the fine tuning that MUST come w that starts also w me. He has never ONCE left me; I’ve strayed away from Him. His arms remain open wide for me, so mine are open to receive the embrace that He will give to my spirit, granting me PEACE in the situations around me. Good Lord I need you…

The gym? Eeeeeeeeh…I’m not perfect LMAO!! But no, I will figure out the best plan for me, however in my planning, I can’t become angry that I don’t “look” a certain way in a certain amount of time. I have to come to grips w a slower metabolism, which means I will have to work that much harder. But it’s all for ME. A size six isn’t bad; but a TONED size six is what I’m looking for.

Bottom line: there is NOTHING more urgent than focus! NOTHING. If you’re focused, you won’t be shaken…I’m working on that daily…

Elle

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