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.”
Lauren’s Favorite Things
- She Reads Truth Bible
- Organic Boll and Branch bedding and towels
- A good denim jacket– you can’t go wrong.
- Planet Earth II
- Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, run by employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She recently discovered this coffee shop but has so much love for the message behind it.
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.
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Photo of Lauren provided by Felicia Lasala