Venice Beach. When I was a college student in Long Beach, driving a half hour up to Venice Beach was one of my favorite things to do. I loved the freedom and quirkiness and color of this world. So when I visited Long Beach a few weeks ago, my friend Sheryl and I went because, we, like, had to (we also had to eat at our fave restaurant C&O Trattoria). But it was so weird, friends. I stilled loved Venice, but it made me sad, too. This time, I really felt the heaviness of a seemingly free city. I felt sad for many who are obviously tormented by mental illnesses. Sad for those so lost to drugs. Sad for the young, young and old folks who live on the streets and have been doing it so long they’ve lost all hope. There was anger and hatred on the strip and it was an overwhelming and unexpected thing that afternoon. It reminded me that I sometimes live in a bubble, bubble wrapped with my loving friends and family and my biggest worries are basically based on just having more. More money. More in my career. More home. More time to do Lauren stuff. Venice Beach, of all places, reminded me it’s not all about me. And that while I work hard, I need give back more. Not just with stuff and money. But with love and prayer and my thoughts.
WELCOME!I’m Lauren — a gentle wanderlust who lives in a little valley nestled between Sacramento and San Francisco. I embrace life’s littlest and most poignant moments, and share them here.
FOLLOW @theurbanhippie ON INSTAGRAM!April 1 // Morning view // Finally spent some time giving my plant babies much-needed TLC. Bloom, my pretties. #succulents #aprillove2018Let’s let a new month be a reason to take pictures everyday. You in? #photochallenge #AprilLove2018Love is being willing to look like a clumsy goofball for the friend and coworker who wanted to spend her final day’s celebration by floundering around trampolines! We all know you’re an Olympic gymnast @auntiesarah97! We’ll keep trying @janelle_meyers! Scroll for our video in which I just basically fall a lot. #skyzone #trampoline #CoworkersWhoJumpTogether... #IUsedToBeCool #IHaveBlueMatFear #HelpThis sweet face. She was the perfect patient today during her a very long and complicated surgery to remove a 3-pound fatty tumor that was mingled with layers of muscle. Though she’s my old lady teenager, the docs say her labs look like that of a puppy. Thankful for this sweetness. #My13YearOld #WellBeInTheDogBedIfYouNeedUs #dogchild #aussiechow #coneheadAlways fun with these girls. Happy birthday to my lil adventuring friend, Andrea! I hope it’s a year filled with boundless ski slopes, hiking trails, tent dreams, hot tub soaks, wine & cheese savoring and paddleboard naps. #happybirthdaySWIPE for some pretty greenery 🌵😍>.>.> Spent the afternoon in the sun roaming one of my favorite nurseries and pretending summer is with us. They have a great greenhouse restaurant, but make sure you get there before 3. #highhands #nursery #succulents #plantsGetting in my weekday steps, vitamin D and color fix. #afternoonwalk #theothercoffeebreakThat time when you’re ranting to God about life’s crazy, and how all you want is to get away and feel some ocean air and your friend texts to say the car’s leaving in 20 minutes. #AnsweredPrayer #APrettyClearConnection #SoThankful #BodegaBay #PacificPrescription #Blessed #RoadtripAnd then there was wheat bread - like six loaves of it! So thankful for friends who teach me how to turn wheat berries into flour and then into bread. #baking #breadbaking #wheatbread
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