002: Wellness, Transition, and Marriage with Lauren Scruggs Kennedy


Wellness, Transition, and Marriage with Lauren Scruggs Kennedy

This week I’m talking to my longtime friend, Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, who now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jason. Lauren has a lifestyle brand, LaurenScruggsKennedy.com, and has recently been focusing on her health and wellness journey as well as navigating marriage.

The First Steps to Wellness

  • Lauren shares everything from the meals she ate on repeat every day in college to what she’s learned about food and its relationship with our bodies, particularly after she noticed feeling sluggish after her move from Dallas to LA.
  • Lauren has been on a journey of recovery after an accident involving an airplane propeller back in 2011 that left her with one eye and one arm.
  • She learned to say no to outings without feeling the pressure to people-please. Instead, she takes the time to intentionally think on if she has the time.

“Step back, pray through it, and realize what is good for you.”


The Learning Curve of Marriage

  • Lauren and Jason’s first year of marriage was a time of transitioning from a long distance relationship. They had to learn how to balance; he’s an extrovert, she’s a homebody. ”We had to learn each other.”
  • She gets real about the conflicts that happen in marriage. She and Jason had productive fights, but she had to learn how to open up about her struggles and frustrations, particularly regarding her accident because when the accident happened she didn’t know Jason. In a way, this made her relive the struggle.
  • Her openness eventually strengthened their relationship with understanding. Jason is now able to support Lauren in her “continuous emotional healing.”

life is so much richer when it's imperfect
Lauren’s Favorite Things

I can’t talk about this episode without mentioning the advice Lauren would give her younger self, because this is advice for her younger self, your younger self, and all of our present selves. “Live fully in who you are.”

So, tribe, go out into the world and live fully in who you are, because who you are is enough.

Thanks for tuning in! This episode was sponsored by Branch Basics, a brand created by women with the goal of revolutionizing the home with non-toxic cleaning products. These products bring simplicity and functionality into your life and I’m all about that. What’s amazing is you use one product to create everything from hand soap to laundry detergent. They gave me a special code to share with you for 20% off your first order: (refinedwoman). Thanks, Branch Basics!


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1 comment on “002: Wellness, Transition, and Marriage with Lauren Scruggs Kennedy”

  1. I absolutely adore Lauren and loved this message! I left my community, my hometown, my family, my church and my closest friends two years ago after I got married for my (new) husband’s job, and really struggled for the greater part of a year. So much of this resonated with me, even having to rummage through old baggage and choosing to get rid of it as a married woman. I love her vulnerability, her poise and her grace, and am so thankful for YOU Kat, for being bold and brave and brilliant and starting this podcast. Bravo!! Xoxo

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