honestlylauren honestlylauren

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Lauren Hamilton  βš―Ν› Writer β–« Coach β–« Marketer 🌈 LGBT 🌡 UT 🌱 Co-Owner of @herbalmana ❀ Trying to make the world a better place

Long time no see IG πŸ‘€

Between my building a company from scratch, hiring our first employee, moving for the 5th time in 6 months, and trying to take better care of my mental health, I haven't had a lot of time or energy for social media.

I'm figuring out how to better navigate my life with Major Depfessive and Generalized Anxiety disorder- and protecting my space and my energy, especially on social media has been a vital part of this.

I'm hoping I'll be back on IG more consistently soon, but until then, here's a picture of me working & looking like I'm missing my right hand πŸ‘‹
#thatwouldsuckcauseimrighthanded
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#mentalhealthbreak #livingwithdepression #livingwithanxiety #entrepreneurwomen #HerbalMana
#freckles #redhead #generalizedanxietydisorder #majordepressivedisorder

All you have is your fire...
And the place you need to reach -
Don't you ever tame your demons
But always keep 'em on a leash
πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯
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#arsonistslullaby #hozier #cachevalleyphotographer #loganutahphotographer #jessewalkerphotography #deathlyhallowstattoo #utahphotography #utahmodels #redheadmodel #girswithseptums

Everything is better with coffee (and lemon scones πŸ˜›). Even hours and hours and hours and hours of work.

What helps you focus and get through long work hours?
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#westsidecoffeeco #coffeeislife #lemonscones #themostimportantmealoftheday #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurmotivation #macbookpro #workfromhomelife #HerbalMana #todaysworkspace

I used to be afraid of heights
After two years of practice...
I still am.

But
I keep climbing anyway
Facing little fears
Until the big ones
Seem to grow smaller
All the while

I'm growing stronger
🌱🌻🌿🌻🌱
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#hellofears #faceyourfears #logancanyon #cachevalleyutah #beUTAHful #utahisrad #outdoortherapy #windcaves #hikeutah #hikertherapy #exploreutah #getoutside #fearofheights #livingwithanxiety #mywriting

🌈 P R I D E 🌈
| #pride2018 |

Yesterday was so much fun! Through my #writeitonthedress project I got to gather coming out advice, meet so many people, & hear many coming out stories.
| #utahpride |

Coming out is different for everyone. I love how #KaramoBrown from #QueerEye put it, that rather than coming out, we are letting people in.
| #yourwordshavepower |

Personally, since coming out as bisexual and even as I was first "coming out" to myself, so to speak, I keep trying to put myself into a box. Thinking that now I HAVE to stick with this label, or I HAVE to act this way, or that I'm SUPPOSED to do this or that.
| #sexualityisfluid |

When, in reality, my focus should be on WHO I πŸ‘ am, what I πŸ‘ want, how I πŸ‘ feel, rather than focusing on how others percieve and react to me, what labels might dictate, and what others think.
| #liveyourtruth |

I'm so grateful for those who have been supportive, encouraging, and fully accepting on my journey that certainly hasn't ended at my coming out.
| #lgbtsupport |

Everyone, queer or straight, will be able to find something meaningful in the words written on this dress.
| #comingoutadvice |

Please read these words and think of how your words & actions effect people who are different than you. What you do and say is so important, because your words and actions can heal & they can cause harm. Please think twice & choose to bring more good into this world. β€πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ
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#slcpride #utahpridefestival #lgbtinfluencers #lgbtutah #LGBT #queeraf #bisexualawareness #liveauthentically #comingout #gaypride #loveyourself #bornthisway #transrightsarehumanrights

Home is where my dog is 🏑❀🐾 You know your photographer rocks when he lets you bring your dog to a shoot...although it might be the first and last time since someone got nervous and had an accident πŸ’© *hint, it wasn't me*
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#homeiswheremydogis #agirlandherdog #maebybaby #maeby #redhead #redheadmodel #blackandwhite #utahphotography #cachevalleyutah #cachevalleyphotographer #cachehumanesociety #dogphotoshoot #girlswithseptums

I'm so thankful I have people in my life who sense when I'm feeling overwhelmed and remind me to take a break and go outside barefood to ground myself.
🌳🌱🌡🌿🌲
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#outdoortherapy #grounding #getoutside #thankfulthursday #barefooted #cachevalleyutah #mentalhealthawareness #livingwithanxiety #livingwithdepression

Good morning Instagram! I'm still alive...anyone else feeling bogged down by social media lately? I've been taking a break and trying to get outside more often (been missing St. George still). I think a camping trip is in order!

Where are your favorite camping spots in Utah?? 🌡
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#getoutside #beUTAHful #utahgram #campingtrip #stGeorge #utahisrad #exploreutah #snowcanyon #cactusflower #redhead #redrock #outdoorwomen

N E V E R have I E V E R
been more stressed, exhausted, broke, or driven.
The word entrepreneur gets thrown around a lot these days. Oftentimes it's made to sound like this easy, no-brainer, dream lifestyle...which it really can be!
BUT it takes hours and hours and HOOOOURRRRS of hard work (a lot of which you aren't even being paid for yet) and a shit ton of dedication.

Working for other businesses I've worked long hours, I've created products, I've packed USPS bags, but doing it for MYSELF, for MY business is so damn rewarding.

This is not easy, and it probably wont be for quite some time. But I'm happy I'm doing it. I'm happy to have something of my own, and I'm happy to be learning and experiencing all that it takes to build something from nothing.

Cheers to two full bags of orders and then some 🍻
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#lgyouremojissuck #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurmotivation #femaleentrepreneur #womanboss #HerbalMana #DMSO #naturalpainrelief #smallbusinesslife #iworkhardeverymotherfuckindayayayayyy #allthewayup #putinwork

G E T 🌡 O U T S I D E

I'm unbelievably excited to be back in Utah! I missed the outdoors and this time I'm making it a point to get outside more, to explore, to be more involved in the community, to make new friends, & to not give in to my mental illnesses that oftentimes make it easy to justify isolating myself.

Do you have any favorite outdoor escapes? Tell me all the awesome places I should visit in the comments cause I'm gonna #getoutside and #exploreutah 🌻
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#beUTAHful #utahgram #coralpinksanddunes #sanddunes #skyline #sunsetmountains #southjordanutah #stGeorge #mentalhealth #livingwithanxiety #livingwithdepression

I'm so thankful for this incredible woman. Every single day I gain new insight into just how much my mom has done for me & my family.

I've talked to my mom about some really difficult things in my life, things I know haven't been easy for her either. But she's always been there for me, to love me, to help me learn & to heal.

I've learned so many things from my mom & believe it or not, I'm actually starting to enjoy those moments I find myself thinking, "oh my gosh, I'm just like my mom!" Thank you for everything. No words, or gifts (even heart rocks) could ever adequately tell you how much I love & appreciate you. (But hopefully someday I'll have the right works & enough money to try to prove that wrong πŸ˜‰) Happy Mother's Day πŸ’–πŸŒ·
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#igotitfrommymomma #strongwomenrock #redheads #iloveyoumom #90sthrowback #iloveyouthismuch #heartrock #byugrad

Oh I let my lover go, didn't wanna be a liar

Ashes in the cold now I'm runnin' towards the fire

Runnin' towards, runnin' towards the fire

I keep on runnin' towards runnin' towards the fire πŸ”₯
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#bishopbriggs #thefire #redhead #freckles #coralpinksanddunes #stgeorge #beUTAHful #utahisrad #exploreutah #utahgram #utahmodels #lgbtutah #lgbtwomen #becomingthefire #selfacceptance #girlswithseptums

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