Lagos, Portugal

I’m Lauren, publisher of buddha and bananas. Welcome to my blog 🙂

I am currently a student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and will become a certified holistic health coach in July 2017. I am working as a freelance digital marketer, blogger and health coach student. I am also a nature lover, passionate traveler and have a love affair with being balanced and living well. I am committed to living a life focused on only things I love, and am on a journey to constantly better myself, and inspire others to do the same.

But I wasn’t always living this way. How did I get here?

I graduated college in 2014 with a degree in marketing. I followed the conventional path of finding a marketing job in an office, working Monday to Friday, but I was miserable doing this. I went from different marketing jobs thinking a bigger pay check or better environment would fulfill me, but I couldn’t find joy in that lifestyle. I felt I was living out someone else’s dream and my own life was passing me by. To top it off, I spent almost all of my weekends partying. I made little effort to change my present state or create a future I was excited about. I felt deep inside I needed to be spending time focusing only on things I love and felt sick of “waiting for things to happen”. I did not want to become a victim of my circumstances, but instead make changes to live life how I desire. So things started to change, because I started to change. I began to seriously put energy and focus into shifting my perspective and priorities in order to create the life I want to live. I decided to practice what I preached and be the change I wished to see in others. I left my 9-5 in October 2016 to make myself a living focusing only on what I love: health, wellness, travel, self-development and a few things in between.

My new mantra is to have a job that fits my lifestyle, not change my lifestyle to have a job.

I started this blog to combine my love of writing and passionate living. Through this blog I hope to give you the resources and inspiration to optimize your life and live balanced and free. I believe we all have the power and privilege to live the life of our dreams, and I hope sharing my journey inspires you to start yours.

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