My Wish for 2024

Wow! Hello there. It’s been quite some time since I’ve published a blog post, and even longer since I wrote something on the more personal side. The past year-and-a-half felt like social media was taking over and all of us with websites were better suited to placing our focus there. However, over the last couple of months I’ve felt the tides changing. I mentioned on a recent Instagram Ask Me Anything that I’ve seen so many people promoting their blog posts again, creating their own Substacks and newsletters, and that there’s been an increase in desire for long-form content. And that makes me so happy! The only reason I created an Instagram account 10 years ago was to promote my blog. My blog was my main thing, and I want to get back to those days. I don’t want to go months and months without a post anymore, and I want to continue growing my community here.

But I feel like there’s a bit of an elephant in the room on my absence. In October of 2022 my mom passed away. My mom is my best friend, my other half, my soulmate. She’s the most talented, smart, beautiful, powerful, sweet, and funny person I know, and the lack of her physical presence on earth has left the most gaping hole in my heart. Losing your mom at 28 is like most insane and unbearable pain that you could ever experience, and it blows my mind that this is just part of life — that you can feel that sort of despair. It’s been incredibly tough and I don’t think I’ll ever heal from it. As time has progressed, however, I find myself grateful for the moments of happiness and joy that I do feel and experience —that there are moments that I look forward to and feel excitement for. Because when this happened, I didn’t think I would.

I honestly try not to think about it too much because I’ll immediately get sad and overwhelmed. But my mom has poured so much into me throughout my life, and I know that she continues to want the best for me. She wants me to live a happy, successful, and fulfilling life — and after all that she’s done for me, I owe it not only to myself, but to her to make sure that it happens. Which brings me to my wish for 2024!

My wish is that 2024 is full of love, happiness, blessings, and accomplishment. I love to travel and am looking forward to some fun trips that I have upcoming — both domestic and international — and would like to do another solo trip somewhere, too! I love traveling with people, of course, but traveling by yourself is a lot more fun than you would think. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want! I do think there’s a length limit for solo travel, though. I was gone for 7 days and by day 5 I felt a bit lonely !

I also started my own event styling/planning business last summer and have so many dreams and goals for that space! It’s called would love to and is an extension of the immense passion that I have for hosting and bringing people together. My mom loved to host and have people over, so naturally it’s something I learned to love, too! I have some specific goals written down that I would love to accomplish and will work really hard to make sure that they happen. With risk comes reward!

I fell in love with Goodreads four years ago and each year have joined their reading challenge. Sometimes I find myself feeling pressure to meet my goal, which is counterproductive. I end up not wanting to read and get into these long reading ruts. I think I need to focus on the fun aspect of it more, and be okay if it takes me 3 days to finish one book, and then 3 weeks to finish another. I joined a book club late last year, and it’s nice reading books that I normally wouldn’t pick. It’s also allowed me to meet some wonderful girls who I really enjoy!

Another big goal is to have a hobby that I don’t feel the pressure to monetize — which I think can be a trap that my generation falls into. Anything that you like has to make money, and frankly I find it exhausting. When I was little, my mom put me into art lessons at the Cleveland Museum of Art every Saturday and it was so fun! My mom’s late sister, my Auntie Andy, was extremely creative and she and I would always do fun projects together — like painting pine cones for Christmas. I loved doing arts and crafts, drawing, and am hoping to take art lessons this year! I would love to learn to draw or paint again, and just develop some skill there. Right now my skills are completely lacking ha!

I have a handful of other big and small goals, but overall my goal is to just focus on happiness this year and try new things. I want to continue to grow and experience the different facets of life, and I’m really excited for that. So, here’s to a wonderful and prosperous 2024 for us all!

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  1. 1.17.24

    Aw, Lauren I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. ❤️

    A lovely blog post and that’s really cool you’re doing a event styling /planning. I’ll have to remember that for the future.

    Wishing you all the best in 2024.

    • 1.19.24
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you so much, Jennifer – I really appreciate it! 🙂 And same to you! Hope it’s a great year!

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