Hi, I’m Lauren and I am so happy to be sponsoring Health, Love & Fire! I blog at Lot 48, where I like to write about all things that make me smile. That usually includes television, my husband Taran, and random essays like things i’m obsessed with or my phenomenal person. I love to laugh, sing, write, and help people. I work as a 911 police dispatcher which I absolutely love. I love helping people on the worst day of the their lives and also protecting the officers that serve the county. I’ve been married for two years and my husband and I still can’t believe we found each other.
If you won the lottery what would you do with your winnings?
Taran and I actually talk about this a lot. The first thing we would do is pay off our debt, set a good chunk in savings, and then go to Europe! I have been to just Rome and London and he lived in southern England for two years. We want to go all over Europe, but especially the Mediterranean parts. We would love to start off with a Mediterranean cruise and then explore from there.
Dan and I talk about what we would do too and so many of our answers are the same! Pay off debt, invest & travel!!
What is your favorite feature about yourself?
I like that I try my hardest not to be afraid. Fear can be a ghost and non-exisitent monster that stops us from accomplishing what we really want to accomplish. I pride myself on living each day as if I was dying, (no, really!) I push myself, I go for what I want, and I work as hard as I can to accomplish my dreams. I have wanted to be in law enforcement for a really, really long time, but I had always thought it wasn’t possible or had been too scared. It wasn’t until I opened my mind and got flexible on what a career in that field that I was able to fulfill my dream of being in law enforcement. I made it happen. And it wasn’t anyone who told me how to do it or what I should do, I figured it out on my own; I love that about myself.
What are three things that you couldn’t live without?
Chapstick, my phone, and the scriptures. My faith is the most important thing in the world to me, I need my scriptures with me at all times when I need to feel uplifted or comforted. My phone because, well, duh. I was thinking about this concept in detail the other day when I couldn’t find it and with how Taran and I’s lives have changed recently with my new job and that I am not home when he is home, I miss him a thousand times more now, so talking to him is even that more important. So when I lost my phone for an hour, I was freaking out! And chapstick, because I cannot STAND to have chapped lips.
I totally understand what you mean about needing your phone, especially when you're apart from your spouse so much! Whenever Dan is on shift and gone for anywhere from 24-48 hours, having our phones makes us actually able to stay in touch, even if it's just a quick text here or there.
Since food is constantly on my mind (especially while completing the 21 Day Fix), what is your all time favorite food?
Anything my mom makes, really. Last year I had surgery and my mom came into town to take care of me for a few days. She made my favorite: her special gourmet pasta. Whenever I am homesick and could use some of her cooking and hug, I play Simon & Garfunkel (a staple in my household growing up) and make a big pot of pasta sauce. It makes me feel like she is in my apartment cooking and taking care of me, like she was after my surgery. Even though we are all “adults” I think we all still want mom to come over and cook us dinner and stroke our backs.
Totally! I am always excited when my parents invite me over for dinner! There's just something about the way your mom cooks certain dishes that stick with you forever!
What do you like to do on your weekends?
Taran and I fell in love over our love of being lazy and staying in bed and watching tv and movies and reading. But we do like to go out, it just depends on how exhausting the week has been. We like to go to Humane Society, an adoption center for pets and walk the dogs. It is so much fun! We want a dog so badly, but we don’t have the time to give that a sweet pup deserves, so it’s on hold for now. But going there is such a fun way to scratch our must-have-pup itch. We like to go to movies and visit my sister and play board games with her and my brother-in-law and also play games at home. Sounds pretty boring, but it works for us!
Sounds like we need to hang out! And you can borrow our dog any time! He's always looking for a reason to get out of the house and away from us boring new parents who are always focused on the baby!
Don't you all just love Lauren? Please go check out her blog and find her on all her social media and say hello! Trust me, you'll feel like you've been friends for years!