Lauren’s Letters

LAUREN’S
LETTERS

that address TRUTH
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Here’s what happens when you try to build a business during a pandemic

To: Whoever is interested in reading (it was supposed to be to Mercedez-Benz)
From: Lauren Brill
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My brother is probably the only person in the world I listen to without question. I call him my secret weapon because he tends to be right about everything. So, when he told me to enter a contest to win a car, I was all about it. The contest was to show how your small business is making a big impact during the pandemic. The only problem is I didn't read the fine print. I wrote 600 words, but it was supposed to be 600 characters, which is about three sentences. In the spirit of not wasting an afternoon of writing, I thought I'd share with you how together we've made an impact during the pandemic.
Lauren wrote a book in 2015 called How My Truth Became My Power

Here is how my dream went from my heart to my imagination

To: Woman
From: Lauren Brill
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Five years ago, I wrote a book, which was a collection of letters about my life and the lessons I learned thus far. I wrote the book before I realized I wanted my own company let alone what that company would be. The other day, I came across the final chapter of the book and I couldn't believe how it aligned with The Unsealed. It made me realize, sometimes we can feel our dreams before we can visualize them. This week marks one year since I moved to Miami. I decided to share with you the final letter of my book which I called, How My Truth Became My Power.
Lauren and her friends have had more conversations about race and racism than usual these last few weeks.

Why Freedom Day is another reminder to keep fighting

To: Anyone who cares to listen
From: Lauren Brill
Charity: NAACP
Sponsor: The Unsealed will donate its ad revenue up until june 21st to the NAACP
These last few weeks have been revealing and emotional. In the wake of George Floyd's murder, the nation has been discussing and protesting racism in this country. As someone who is white, I have tried to listen and learn as much as possible. Now, on Juneteenth, I am sharing my thoughts on what I have realized and what I think is next.
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As a white woman with a heavy heart, this is my advice

To: White Americans
From: Lauren Brill
Charity: Color of Change
Sponsor: The Unsealed will donate all ad revenue connected to this story up until June 2nd to The Color of Change
This week I have felt sad and hurt about the racism we've once again witnessed in this country. Feeling helpless and discouraged, I asked friends how I can make an impact. They told me to talk to more white Americans. So, here is my letter and my advice to white Americans.
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What my grandpa taught me about courage in a crisis

To: Those who don't know what to do during the coronavirus crisis, 
From: Lauren Brill
Charity: Women Sports Foundation
Sponsor: Half of the money The Unsealed makes through advertisements from March 31st to April 3rd will be donated to The Women Sports Foundation
Our safety is threatened. Lives have been lost. And our routines have been put on hold. We are in a crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic. Sometimes it's hard to know exactly what to do. So, I decided to share with all of you a lesson I learned from my grandfather.
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To Billie Jean King – This is the message I got from your mission

To: Billie Jean King
From: Lauren Brill
Charity: Women Sports Foundation
Sponsor: Half of the money The Unsealed makes through advertisements from March 31st to April 3rd will be donated to The Women Sports Foundation
Billie Jean King is someone I have always admired. I met her twice, once at a book signing and a second time on a red carpet. However, I never got the chance to explain to her the influence she's had on my life. So, I figured Equal Pay Day would be the perfect day to do so. 
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Here is what I learned while being alone

To: Those in quarantine
From: Lauren Brill
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I have been self-isolating for almost two weeks now. While I am more worried about my parents than anything else, during this time I have tried to find a lesson and a message. Here it is in an open letter to those in quarantine.
Our knowledge on the coronavirus is limited.

From fears to facts, here is why the coronavirus is causing confusion

To: Those who have coronavirus confusion
From: Lauren Brill
I am one of many who is confused and scared over the coronavirus. I wrote an open letter discussing the basis of my fears and the confusion that has followed the media coverage.
Lauren's mom often attracted attention for her appearance.

Mom, this is how your beauty made you blind

To: Mommy (Shelley Brill)
From: Lauren Brill
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This letter is a reflection of society's attempt to often stereotype and pass judgment on women. On a personal level, for a long time, it bothered me that the thoughts of others impacted my mother's ability to see her greatness. I wrote an open letter to my mom about what I see when I look at her.
Lauren and Brian attending a cocktail for Emmy nominees.

What my next love should know about my last love

To: My next love
From: Lauren Brill
Sponsor: If you like this letter, please support The Unsealed and subscribe
I'll never forget sitting in the passenger seat of my dad's car when I got a message on Facebook that read, "Hey Lauren. I don't know how to tell you this but feel like as such a big part of his life you should know. Roche passed away last night." Roche was the last name of my ex-boyfriend, Brian. Unfortunately, it took losing Brian to learn what I know now about love. I share that knowledge in an open letter to my future love.
Lauren and her friends have had more conversations about race and racism than usual these last few weeks.

What I learned as a white woman living in a racist society

To: Those who don't see race
From: Lauren Brill
Charity: NAACP
Sponsor: The Unsealed will give $2 to the NAACP for every new monthly contributor that signs up by 2/6/20
My personal experiences, coupled with the experiences of friends, have led me to see the world in a very different way than I did as a child. Now, I am writing a letter to those who don't see race, letting them know what I have learned through the years.
Lauren and her dad enjoying a sushi dinner on vacation in Los Angeles.

Here is what happens when a dad believes in his daughter…

To: My Dad (Alan Brill)
From: Lauren Brill
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My dad has been a major source of wisdom, strength and motivation through the years. As I take on this huge challenge of starting a business (The Unsealed), the traits he has instilled in me are critical. I wrote an open letter to my dad to recognize his role in my life and on this journey.
Lauren moved to Buffalo, New York to pursue her career as a sportscaster.

To those scared of trying something new in the new year

To: Those scared of trying something new
From: Lauren Brill
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It's about to be a new year. As I think about what's in store for me in 2020, I realize I actually don't have a clue...
Lauren was raised Jewsih

Dear Santa, this is why I am writing you for the first time

To: Santa
From: Lauren Brill
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The holiday season is a unique time of year, where people exhibit more kindness and generosity. Despite being jewish, I wrote a letter to Santa about what I want this holiday season...

Here is the basis of my business…

To: Those wondering how I do business
From: Lauren Brill
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I was thinking about this story all weekend long, as thoughts were running through my head as to why I felt so compelled to fly across the country for what many would see as a business contact.
Lauren celebrating a birthday

To single women, my birthday is not a burden

To: Single Women In Their 30's
From: Lauren Brill
Sponsor: Please consider becoming a monthly contributor to The Unsealed in honor of my birthday
Today I turn 34 years old. We both know what the world is going to ask me. “Are you married?” “Do you want to get married?” “Do you want me to set you up with my cousin’s niece’s friend's nephew?” “Do you have any kids?” “Are you sure you want a career that requires so many hours?” It seems like each birthday since age 27 the number of times I get these questions doubles.
George passed away just weeks after writing a letter on The Unsealed.

He lost his life but he left his lesson…

To: Those willing to listen
From: Lauren Brill
Charity: NAMI San Francisco
“Please, let out your emotions. Don’t hold them in.” Those are words from a letter my friend and former Notre Dame football star George Atkinson III wrote just over a month ago to children who are struggling.
Lauren with her parents

From entitled to grateful, a special thanks to many of you

To: Those who have shared their stories with me
From: Lauren Brill
Charity: Citymeals on Wheels
Sponsor: The Unsealed is donating 20 dollars to Citymeals on Wheels in honor of the first 20 shares of this story
Growing up, I didn’t count the problems I didn’t experience. I never thought about what life would be like if I had a single-parent home. Hunger only happened when I glued myself to the TV for too long. And the only words I associated with the term “race” were “Ready. Set. Go!”
Lauren Brill in high school

To sexual assault survivors, this is what I want you know

To: Sexual assault survivors
From: Lauren Brill
Charity: Bella Abzug Leadership Institute
Sponsor: The Unsealed
After years of being too scared to write to all of you, now I am hoping the world will share this letter so it can actually find each and every one of you. The decision to reveal my truth this week on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s site for her new book, “Option B,”  was not an easy one.