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Influential Woman - Lauren Race

Influential Woman - Lauren Race

Lauren is the other half of the Atlanta Area Moms Blog; if you haven't read it already, check it out  here. It's legit. I met Lauren in a similar way I met her business partner, Julia. As a new time mom I was looking for anything and everything in regards to resources to help me power through my new life. Now, I use it for all of those helpful articles AND guides on how to entertain a toddler in Atlanta. Besides the wonderful community they have created; Lauren has been juggling so much, running a blog, a job and of course, a beautiful family. All with style and grace. Also, come to find out, she is working with a dear friend of mine and we figured this out over brunch and I know that if my friend speaks so highly of her - she is already a beyond amazing person. 


...This is why; Lauren is this weeks - Most Influential Women


Name: Lauren Race

Profession: Non-profit Development

Quick Background: Lauren is passionate about making connections, having fun and finding opportunities for her family (and community) to experience that are fun, creative, and exciting. She works full time in non-profit that furthers her desire to create a close knit community that supports one another. Raised in the Kansas City area, she moved to Atlanta in 2007 {what was supposed to be for only a couple of years}. She met a nice guy named Eric soon after her move to the South and they married in 2011.  In May 2014, they welcomed their son, Liam, into their family and have since welcomes another beautiful baby boy, Ethan to the family. In her free time, she likes to cook {with a glass of wine}, workout, plan family vacations and catch one of her favorite sports teams on TV or in person. Although she lives {and loves} Smyrna, she likes to explore all areas of Atlanta!

 

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  1. Who has inspired you in life and why? Honestly, I can’t think of just one person. It’s really the diverse community of friends and family that I have surrounded myself with growing up and even as an adult. It is a constant reminder that everyone has so many unique talents and gifts. Stories are different. Their paths in life are different. And it is the differences that inspire me.  

  2. What is one characteristic a person needs to succeed? Being okay with failure. You have to fail forward sometimes.

  3. What is always in your purse at all times? Phone and crumbled/smashed kids snacks

  4. What is your favorite phrase? ‘Okay, let’s figure out a plan.’

  5. What motivates you the most? My kids

  6. What was your biggest hurdle you had to overcome? I used to want to please everyone. all. the. time. As I became a Mom and work got more challenging, I realized that I can’t always say ‘yes.’ And that will upset some people. I have had to reposition myself so people realize that.

  7. Who do you want to be when you grow up? A kid again ;) Not sure “what,” but I do know I want to be known as a joyful and loving mom and friend.

  8. If you could meet one person either alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Mary, mother of Jesus. My faith plays an important role in my life - from my work to my family. I would like to have a “mom to mom” conversation with her.  

  9. What is your favorite question to ask? What is your favorite thing to do - regardless of time and money.

  10. Biggest piece of advice to new moms? Don’t read all the advice out there. Trust your instincts.

  11. Biggest piece of advice to a working mom? Be okay with the season you are in. I wrote this post about being okay with being in the season of a new working Mom. I am back to being that “career mom” with a new job, and I am perfectly okay with that. It was the right time to make that move. It made the move even better because I was okay with being that “working mom” when my baby was a baby.

  12. What is something that most people don’t know about you? I’m a certified yoga teacher and have been practicing yoga for 18 years now!

  13. What makes you laugh? My husband (in a good way ;))

  14. Is it better to be perfect and late or good and on time? good and on time.

  15. What’s one accomplishment you are most proud of? Going through labor and delivery without any drugs.

  16. What’s your favorite song? Anything Dave Matthews Band.

  17. What are you passionate about? Being a part of a community that you feel comfortable asking for help and knowing you have a village next to you supporting you.

  18. What is your philosophy towards work? Enjoy it. Make sure it brings you joy 95% of the time (let’s be honest there are ALWAYS those moments).

  19. How do you define success? Did you make someone smile? Did you make someone feel worthy? Then you succeeded.

  20. What does family mean to you? Family is who you can call at midnight if you need help with something and they will answer the call

  21. What worries you, and why? I worry that my kids will be pressured to “fit in” and afraid to do what brings them joy because of judgement of others.

  22. Would you rather be respected or liked? Respected. But if you asked this to me even just 6 months ago, I know I would have said “liked”

  23. If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Deep breathes and ice cream: life of Lauren Race.

  24. What was your favorite job? Being co-owner and co-founder of Atlanta Area Moms Blog. It has been an awesome outlet for me to be creative, have fun and build community. 

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