Lauren Ladouceur of Plan With Laur
I’m back with the Beyond the Footlights Passion Piece Feature for March! This month I’m so thrilled to feature the incredible woman behind Plan With Laur, Lauren Ladouceur! I first came across Lauren’s profile a few months ago in a search of my own for individuals on Instagram that were part of the planning community. As you all know here, I’m obsessed with all things planning, stationary, planners, etc. While I have talked about planning on my own here on the blog as well as social media, I hadn’t really sought out other people/communities in that niche. When I found Lauren and Plan With Laur I immediately felt like I had found a little community I could be part of!
I recently attended Lauren’s Recommit to Your Goals workshop using her bundle and it was just what I needed at this point in the year. So often we set goals for ourselves at the start of the year, and we don’t stick to them- for many different and individual reasons. Lauren’s bundle and workshop helped me remember the WHY behind my big goals, establish attainable steps towards reaching my goal, and reframe my thinking as I decided to press on!
Here is a bit about Lauren in her own words:
“I’m the daughter of two military parents, so planning is rooted in my DNA: The frequent moves and trips of my childhood gave me great appreciation to detail and plans early on. These days, I work my 9 to 5 job and share my love for planning and goal-setting on the side. Though I haven’t always had a planner, I’ve always been planning. I thrive in structured environments that I can make sense of.
Helping others is foundational for me. I want to make people feel heard and loved. With planning, everyone has resources at their disposal but not everyone knows how to use them. Your planner can be a window into your life, and I try to help you find a frame through which you enjoy looking inside.”
Who are you, where are you from, and where are you spending your time these days?
My name is Lauren but the planning community knows me as Plan With Laur. I’m your go-to gal for all things planners, productivity, and how to use the resources at your disposal to plan today for a better tomorrow. Where I’m from is difficult to answer because both of my parents were in the military. I attended undergrad in the South but I call Boston home…for now!
What are you currently doing for work, if anything?
I’m a corporate talent professional in my day job. Most of my professional background is in event marketing, however, which is why I think planning is something I naturally gravitate towards in my personal life.
Tell me a little about your journey towards developing Plan with Laur and how it has brought you to where you are today?
My story with Plan With Laur starts by finding the planner community. When I tell people there’s a community of planners, they typically give me a blank stare. But when I moved to Boston I didn’t know anyone and didn’t have a community. I bought a planner literally to make plans to go places and meet new people. That probably sounds like the most Type A thing ever, but planning gives me a sense of purpose and direction.
While waiting for my planner to arrive I found a YouTube community and Facebook groups of like-minded people. Everyone in the community was talking so in depth about these complicated planning strategies and very niche products. There was a huge learning curve. There wasn’t a “if you’re new to planning start here” content creator, so I decided to contribute by teaching people how to plan.
I believe in simple, realistic, and functional planning. Sticker kits and washi tape is part of that, but I talk about the plans themselves. At the heart of my community is to help people feel seen and heard. We all make plans and have aspirational goals around planning or productivity, whether it’s for work or our personal life.
If you can, list for me your top 5 passions- no matter what they are!
In no particular order: Disney. running, Broadway, helping others and memory keeping.
Does the work you are currently doing fall into the same category as any of those passions?
I truly believe that I’m on this earth to help others. I seek this out in both my jobs, as a talent professional and as a content creator. Memory keeping is a subset of planning, so I get to work on memory keeping and share it with my community. I keep my Disney, Broadway, and running passions apart from my work because I preach balance.
What has inspired most you in a time where we are seeing so much change in the world?
As a Black person in the US, this year was emotionally exhausting. Racism and ignorance and prejudice didn’t start in 2020 obviously, but there’s been a sea change of public opinion. I think people are becoming more mindful of the privilege they carry. We still have a long way to go, but we’re taking collective steps that are so important for progress.
What are some things you like to do in your down time to nurture your passions, so they can stay just as alive, consistent, and active as your work?
This is a good opportunity to talk about passion-adjacent activities. These are things that relate to your passions. When I think of a painter, I typically imagine them nurturing their passion by creating art. But there’s a whole host of passion-adjacent things they could be doing– volunteering their talents to teach someone else, watching YouTube, reading about new techniques. This holistic approach means I’m doing something different each day! For me, this might look like creating Broadway musical playlists for my next run, or training for my next marathon at Disney.
What are your top 3 goals in your life/work?
My top goal is to create a community with Plan With Laur that teaches people how to plan better, set and achieve their goals, reclaim their time and live a life they love. After that, I want to cultivate a strong and resilient body and mind. And I always want to prioritize quality time with the people I love most.
What does your self-care routine look like?
Sipping hot tea, memory keeping and watching the Bachelor or Bachelorette.
What advice do you have for anyone struggling to make the time for their passions in their life?
Small is your best friend. Small goals, small blocks of time, and small action items give you momentum to chip away at the larger goal; in this case, making time for your passion. It’s a constant battle against the many distractions the world throws at us. But you can always make 5 minutes a day.
What are you hopeful for as we press on in 2021? What prospects excite you, scare you, and make your heart flutter with anticipation?
I can’t wait to travel again. When it’s safe to do so, you’ll catch me on a plane near you!
Thank you so much to Lauren for sharing her time with me, as well as sharing her story and planning journey with the Beyond the Footlights Community! You can follow Lauren on Instagram @planwithlaur, check out her her YouTube Channel, and her website at www.planwithlaur.com.