Great Thursday!

It’s been a MINUTE since I’ve written on my own blog! Yes…I know…life can sometimes get insanely crazy, but I will no longer neglect my responsibility here!

Thank you for being so patient…and thank you for your support! Got plenty of updates for you:

  1. I am now a Brand Ambassador for Voice Of Hair! Follow them via Instagram as well! I am not a Contributing Writer for their blog, and I also submit pictures via their site to show case the newest and latest hair styles.
  2. I also have a published piece via Jet Magazine! I was able to submit a post regarding a few simple business tips.
  3. I am an official third quarter blogger for The Boss Network! This is a network that has been sited by Forbes and Inc Magazines as one of the top ten networking sites for women in business!
  4. I am back into runway modeling, and loving it!
  5. I am also back in the studio singing and recording, with a show this month with my Uncle Kirk Whalum!

To say that I have been busy, is an understatement, however it is NOT a complaint! My gifts are making room for me to move and grow, and I appreciate being handed the opportunity to serve in such ways. I will be posting more on my opinions about some of the things that are happening in the world as well. So much has happened since I last SERIOUSLY blogged, and my views on so many things are different…would LOVE to share and get your feedback.

Have an amazing Thursday! Feels so good to be back!

Follow me via IG at @lauranslane.

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Open That Door

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and in all honesty, it’s been by design! I needed to take a mini break to get settled in my newest role…

FULL TIME ENTREPRENEUR.

Yes…as of April 1, 2013 (April Fool’s Day lol) I quit my job in “corporate America”. It came out of nowhere. Nope…I didn’t give two weeks notice; nope, I have not a single regret. I politely told my mgmt person this simple phrase: “I think I am going to have to make my last day here TODAY”. Imagine the look of shock on his face when I said that! I was confident in my decision, had already taken a peak at my financial situation, and decided that I had to act NOW. And I did!

I’ve been happy ever since.

Thing is, in order for me to truly get the weight off of my shoulder, I had to open the door of LEAVING that job. I was MISERABLE (I’m sure some of you have viewed past posts which made reference to my disdain for that place…), and I could not “find joy” in having to be there for seven hours and forty five minutes of my life, day in and day out, anymore. I thought about how much money I had been making there, and let out a sigh…the money was great, but not enough to keep me from being unhappy. I just know that I could no longer take the misery!

I left…and not 10 minutes after I was gone, I received two referrals to manage social media for their brands. For a while I had been working full time on BOTH–the corporate job and my career–and I was completely worn out. One had to go…and it was NOT going to be my PR Firm…

In order for me to receive the vision TOTALLY, I had to open that door of “the money is good at this job though”, walk ALL THE WAY out of it, and activate my faith. My spirit is free now. I may not be making the same amount of money that I was bringing home from the corporate job, but my clientele is picking up tremendously, and I have yet to be worried about making ends meet. I refuse to worry about what God has already done!

I challenge you to Open That Door. The door to working out, establishing your place in society, being open to love, mending a friendship, saving more money…whatever the “door” is for you, go ahead and open it. A huge part of your life’s work is to strengthen what already exists inside of you.

Be free to be who you are; my testimony is simply that I chose to Open That Door. Here’s a look at my door: http://www.prbyelle77.com

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

Company Webpage Launch

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My company webpage is officially up and running!
Check it out!

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Elle

Thanksgiving Thanks And Thangs

I’m thankful that my grandmother Drop’s surgery was successful.

I’m thankful that my family is MY family.

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I’m thankful for entrepreneurship.

I’m thankful for little babies.

I’m thankful for marriage.

I’m thankful for my blog.

I’m thankful for the various opportunities that I’ve been given.

I’m thankful for the peace of mind of maintaining friendships.

I’m thankful for the peace of mind when I’ve severed relationships!

I’m thankful for music and singing.

I’m thankful for the love of my life.

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I’m thankful for puppies!!!

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I’m thankful for knowing how to “throw down” in the kitchen!

I’m thankful for the ability to hear what’s not being spoken.

I’m thankful for my smile AFTER July30.2012!

I’m thankful for my company!

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If I keep going, I’ll type until my fingers fall off.

I’m SUPER thankful for that last breath that I just took, as it surely may have been someone else’s “last breath”.

Thank you, Dear God, for all you’ve done! If you never do anything else, I thank you!!

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ELLE

Sunday Morning!

It’s Sunday morning. I don’t know about anyone else, but this is one of the most PEACEFUL days of my life.

I can count on the beauty of a quiet ride to Starbucks (Sunday morning routine is to get my Daddy breakfast and my coffee), and just to be alone w my thoughts of praise.

These past few weeks have been trying, traumatic, troubling yet triumphant. God won’t allow me to lose, because He created me in His own image…a winning image. I smile w the peace of God covering me and my loved ones, and I’m ever so grateful for His grace and mercy. He constantly stands up inside of me, when I’m at my weakest…and His arms have never been closed to me…that’s why I praise Him; because He’s already done enough! If He NEVERRRRRRR does another thing for me, I have 34–almost 35–yrs worth of blessings. I could be dead, on drugs, unemployed, transportation-less, homeless, hungry, poor, UNLOVED, alone…but I’m the opposite of ALL of those things. I have TOO MUCH to thank God for…

Spiritually Maturing w Every Keystroke,

Elle

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Restaurant Review-Corner Bakery Café

I am a foodie (a size four foodie at that), and a true weakness of mine? BREAD!! I tell you what…Cornery Bakery Café never disappoints on the croissants. They also have sandwiches (I.e. ham, roast beef, chicken salad), a wide variety of other entrees, pastries, desserts, etc., but I’m stuck on their delicious croissants!

If ever you are near a Corner Bakery, STOP IN!

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Happy Eating!

Elle

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