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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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!”
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.
The Unsealed is a movement that encourages people to see the world through diverse perspectives, creating more compassion and unity among us. Our platform tells stories through open letters that shed light on social inequality and personal experiences. We need your support. Only together can we change the world by unsealing humanity.