Do you live a life where you are constantly telling yourself you’ll be happy when ____ (insert achievement here) happens? Have you ever noticed how nothing ever makes you permanently happy once you achieve it? This has been the story of my life and I wanted to share with you how I overcame the “I’ll be happy when mentality…” Let’s start with my story!

In May 2015, I moved across the country from Chicago to San Diego.

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If there is one thing I have struggled with in my life, it is unconditionally loving and accepting myself (even though I haven’t always realized it). I grew up having very low self-esteem and feeling like I was never good enough. Over the years, loving myself has gotten easier and easier. If you are struggling with this too, here are some steps that may make it easier for you, too:

Step 1: Find and work on your life purpose –

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One of the things that I have realized is how important boundaries are when it comes to creating a life that makes you happy. The women I work with (myself included) struggle a lot with this. So I wanted to write you ladies a little reminder…I know I could use it from time to time.

It’s OK to say no…even if it means someone else’s feelings are hurt.
It’s OK to let go of people who hurt you (intentionally or unintentionally)…even if they don’t want you to.

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Do you feel stressed out all the time? If you answered “yes” to that question, know that you are not alone. Many of the empathic women I work with struggle with stress, even if they aren’t fully aware of it because it just seems like an everyday part of life. Why? Because empaths are highly attuned to the energy of those around them (often beginning at a very young age). This can cause stress in ways that we become accustom to over time.

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Guilt and shame. Two heavy emotions that really weigh us down and prevent us from living our best life. They are also two emotions that I am very familiar with. Especially when it comes to gaining weight.

Like the many women I work with, I started worrying about my body and my weight at a very young age. Even though I was a thin child, my parents and family members would remind me that I had “bad genes”

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I can remember being in the fourth grade and being embarrassed about wearing shorts. The memory of my legs feeling like they were too fat to show my thighs is still one I can remember vividly. I was only 10. Needless to say, my negative relationship with my body started very young.

Before the age of 10, my family members used to lovingly warn me that I had “bad genes”/I’d always have to watch my weight.

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As I wrote about in my last article on how to tell if you are disconnected from your body, most empaths are somewhat disconnected from their bodies. We usually train ourselves to disconnect from our bodies at a very young age due to being overly stimulated by the energies around us. As children, we have very little control over our external environments. Often when our environment is chaotic for whatever reason, disconnecting from our bodies becomes something we do to protect ourselves.

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Many of the women that are attracted to Vitality as a resource are clairsentient (their primary way of receiving intuitive guidance is through their feelings). Often times, being a “feeler” can cause us to disconnect from our bodies. As children, especially when we have no control over our environment, disconnecting from our bodies can be a defense mechanism.

For instance, I grew up with four brothers and sisters. There was so much energetic stimulation in my environment,

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Exciting news! I was interviewed by Gillian Rose recently and it went live today! In it, I get vulnerable about my struggle with low self-esteem, my binge-eating disorder, and how I learned to validate and love myself. Hope you enjoy it :)

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Find the show notes here on the Just Stay Curious website :)

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