Lauren Donley Is All Around Awesome

The winner of my Awesome All Around contest is Lauren Donley! Lauren explained, “As a stay-at- home mom of 3, I sometimes have to breathe the mantra, ‘Grant me patience to deal with my blessings.'” Lauren is juggling the chaos of young children and the stress of making it work on one income (and a student loan at 13.25% interest) and says it can get overwhelming, but at the end of the day the best parts of her life are the loud, messy, lived-in moments, not “keeping up with the Joneses.”

Lauren’s witty mantra stood out and spoke to me because often I forget the things I am stressing over are actually blessings. Desperately in need to run to the grocery store? It’s a blessing to have access to one. Co-workers driving me bonkers? Having a job is a blessing. Huge pile of laundry that needs tending to? Big time blessing.

Thank you to everyone who emailed me! There were many other inspiring mantras submitted. I’ll definitely be posting them on my Instagram, so keep an eye out! Yours could be featured soon…

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