More You

“Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)

Personally, I think this is the hardest verse in the Bible to obey. And I think our society could say the same thing. “Be you”, “Do you”, “Love yourself” – sayings like this surround us night and now. Of course I believe that self-love and self-care are very important, but I think that it’s time we take our life focus off ourselves, and pay more attention to those around us – like Jesus did.

I’ve found that constantly focusing on myself and fulfilling my own desires leaves me empty. Jesus knows that, and that is why He calls us to do something that leaves us alive and energized! Serve.

Serving doesn’t always have to mean doing huge projects like helping build someone’s house or opening a food kitchen. While big serving projects are wonderful, Serving can also be simply. It can be simply reminding ourselves throughout our day – more you.

So much focus is on me, my way, my life. If we simply turn our main focus off “me” and onto “you” it makes a world of difference. The little things don’t matter so much. Someone cuts you off in traffic? Instead of angrily asking how could they do that to ME? we could swith to thinking I wonder what would drive YOU to do that, YOU must be having a bad day. And then the focus is off us. The irritation melts away, and we have more empathy.

How I’ve started reminding myself to focus on others is writing this little mantra on my hand “More You”. Every time I look down and see if, I ask myself – how can I respond better, more focused on others? This has helped me so much over the past few days and I want to encourage to do the same!

Lifting our eyes off of “Me” and onto Jesus changes the way we think and live. “Me” is lost from sight as selfishness melts away into a selfless love for others.

Will you choose with me today to “value others above yourselves”? It will truly change your life.

Thanks so much for reading sweet friend – stay close to Jesus,

Lots of love,

Lauren

Put the Spring Back In Your Step

Happy first day of spring!! Can you believe it is SPRING already? I am so excited to see all the flowers blooming and the sun shining at last! Here in Michigan its been a super mild winter and I’ve already seen budding flowers around – must be the promse for the loveliest spring:)

In celebration of the first official day of spring, I wanted to share with you a few tips for spring cleaning your heart and life this season. I think so often our lives can get bogged down in the winter blues, especially this year with the corona quarantine and all, so here are a few tips on how to keep your soul full of sunshine!

1// Heart Check

Oh yes, heart check time. Anxieties, sins we can’t seem to let go of, grudges, fears hidden in the deep corners of our souls. Jesus wants to free us from them all. A spring mindset can’t fill you up if your heart is bringing you down! Friend, I want to challenge you to really dig deep and ask the Lord if you are holding back something from His loving care. I promise you won’t regret it. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

2// Remove Distractions

I have found lately that so many things distract us from our purpose. Maybe its an Instagram account that its time to unfollow, maybe its social media altogether, maybe you’re distracted by an unhealthy relationship. Whatever it is, its important to keep our focus on God and eliminate things from our lives that keep us from Him. I once heard it said, “Whatever attracts and holds our attention will eventually direct the path of our lives.” The only One we can trust our lives with is Jesus, so let us strive together to keep our eyes on Him – always.

3// Clear out your Inbox

Delete. All. The. Emails. Yes, even the ones from way back in 2013. I am a perfectionist with keeping my inbox clear, and it just makes my mind feel so clear and focused when answering emails. I’m sure it will help you too:)

4// Donate Items to Charity

Clearing out your closet will make things feel so fresh. Who wants clothes they never wear anyway?

5// Deep Clean

Start with taking everything out from under your bed – even if there are spider webs. Then try the pantry, then the closet, and maybe next the attic. A thoroughly clean house will take a weight off your shoulders – and what better time to do it than being stuck at home?

6// Journal your Deep Thoughts

Taking a few minutes to write down what’s on your mind will take a burden off your heart like nothing else. Putting my thoughts into worlds can helps me learn more about myself and understand those around me.

7// Take a Walk

Fresh air. Pretty sure no other explanation is needed just because – fresh air, you need some.

8// Unplug

For the past few days of quarantine, I’ve found myself with my eyes completely glued to screens. Writing, reading, posting, studying – and it’s exhausting. Today, its my goal to unplug and go outside. While technology is great, the outdoors is so fulfilling and refreshing. If you’re struggling to focus, I would highly recommend spending some time outside, it seems to clear all the senses.

9// Reconnect with Old Friends

Why not meet up with that old classmate some sunny afternoon? Catching up is so refreshing and always helps me see life from a different perspective.

10// Update your Devices

Do you ever have that constant notification every time you open your computer – “updates available”? Maybe its just me but this drives me crazy. Spring is the perfect time to finally just sit down and let your computer/phone update – getting rid of that notification will make a world of difference.

11// Re-amp your New Years Resolutions

I heard this tip once and thought it was a perfect way to get the spring mindset. Honestly, I just realized writing this that I don’t even remember what half of mine are… better go back to the notes app and find them, haha. Reminding ourselves of the motivation mindset we started the year with will give us just the spring in our step we need.

Thanks for reading sweet friend! Go outside and enjoy this beautiful spring weather. See you on my next post!

Love from,

Lauren

P.S. SOO excited about Sasha’s new Lightroom presets! They just launched yesterday and I bought them literally hours after they launched – don’t they make these photos so light and airy? You can get them at her Etsy shop to add gorgeous lighting to your photos:)

9 Things Making Me Smile Vol. 1

Hey friends! It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on the blog – and I’m so excited to start posting regularly here again! If you know me, you know I love to talk – about anything, anytime, anywhere.

With all this corona chaos going on around, I think we all just need a few more reasons to smile, so today I wanted to share a fun post about nine things that have been making me happy lately. I pretty much talk about random things with my friends in person, so here’s a glimpse at what’s been on my mind the last few days – I hope you’re a little happier by the end of it too:)

So grab your much-needed glass of water (oh yes, no coffee over here, this is a healthy lifestyle blog;) and get ready to hear me gush about everything random imaginable! (these are in no particular order… kinda like my converstaions)

1 – The Most Inspiring Twins : Sasha & Christy

First up I chose these amazing girls that I met through Instagram! Pretty much these two incredible girls are who keep me inspired lately – Sasha’s beautiful blog is my go-to place for so much style inspiration and life tips, and Christy’s amazing jewelry store is the best place for gifts or sweet accessories for yourself. Be sure to follow these sweet gals on Instagram – you will be so inspired! Also, Sasha just shared an awesome post about staying calm in corona choas – give it a read here.

2 – These gorgeous songs

I’m literally ALWAYS listening to music, so here are my five favs from the last few days.

Paradise ( or more like the ice dance from the 2018 Olympics)

Beautiful by Ben Rector

Beauty in the Light by the Hollow Coves

Two by Sleeping At Last

I Need You by America – who doesn’t love a good oldie?

3 – This article on Kate Middleton’s Style

4 – Sadie Robertson’s amazing words and her new book!

5 – Springtime!

I spent literally all day today at the beach (picutred above) and the sunshine was gorgeous – can’t wait until the cold wind goes away and we’re into full-fledged summertime.

6 – SUMMER shopping

So looking forward to seeing the sunshine! These darling new Draper James arrivals are cuteness overload, I’ve always thought florals are so cheerful! I also found this jumpsuit – you bet I’m ordering this for the summer! I’m also looking forward to adding this number to my bathing suit collection. Ah, all the summer colors are just so exciting!

7 – The Minimalist Look

Scandinavian Style, chic monotone looks, basically Meghan Markle. I’ve been so obsessed with this look lately. I think simple is so peaceful and classic looking, definitely transitioning into more of a minimalist look for my closet and life.

8 – This Pinterest board – talk about a DREAM home!

I’m working on redoing my room right now, and this board for sure is my inspiration.

9 – Naming my blog – Lykkelig by Lauren

Oh the trials of coming up with the perfect blog name… seriously y’all, it’s close to impossible! All my friends and family tease me about the ever-changing name, but I think I’ve finally settled one this one! I’ve called it Lykkelig by Lauren. My grandparents are from Denmark, so I wanted to incorporate a bit of my history in the name. Lykkelig is Danish for lucky, happy, or joyous, and that is just what I want to share here! I’ve found that pretty much the whole blogger world is about more. Buying more, traveling more, having more, and I want this blog to be different. Here, I’ll empathize all the blessings we already have, making use of what we own, and how we can become more content with who we are and what we have been given – we truly are blessed people and I’m so excited to share more on this in the future!

Well, thanks for reading sweet friend! I’ll see you on my next post.

Alway be grateful dear – you are truly blessed!

Love,

Lauren

Life with My Beloved Vol. 2 – Be Like Jesus

Be like Jesus. That sounds like a pretty daunting task, doesn’t it? Perfect, really truly without fault. I don’t even come close – none of us do. But it’s actually a command to us as Christians.

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew‬ ‭5:48

So there it is, clear as day. Be perfect. How in the world is that possible? Well, on our own, it certainly is not.

The issue many of us find ourselves in, is struggling on our own to make ourselves perfect. We think that if we remind ourselves moment by moment to be like Jesus, we will. And maybe this helps our actions, but does this really change our heart? We can strive day after day to change our own heart, but after a while, it will just get too hard.

The only way we can be perfect is by surrendering fully to Christ. We have to give our whole heart into His hands in order to be like Him. Every deep corner and hidden place in our hearts must be emptied of ourselves and given away. This can be a difficult, painful process, but in the end, it’s always worth it.

Jesus longs for us to give ourselves to Him. He is so excited to us to give our all and come to Him. He promises in Isaiah,

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (30:21‬)

When we give our whole heart to Christ, He will be the one to mold it and change it into perfection. We don’t have to experience the struggle of changing our stubborn old hearts, Jesus offers to do it for us! He wants us to be just like Him, because He knows that is what will make us most happy.

He is waiting to show you the way with eager, open arms. Why not run to Him?

Love from,

Lauren

Photos by my dear friend Noel

Thoughts inspired by the sermon at my church, you can hear the whole sermon here.