Passion Piece Feature

Passion Piece Feature

Passion Piece Feature
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Lauren Ladouceur

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Lauren Ladouceur of Plan With Laur

Happy Monday!

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. 

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Lauren Ladouceur

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?

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Lauren Ladouceur

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.

Happy Planning!

~ Ang

5 Ways To Find Balance in Your Work Life

5 Ways To Find Balance in Your Work Life

5 Ways To Find Balance In Your Work Life

Work is Important, But So Are You

Happy October, everyone!

It feels like it was March five seconds ago, where in the world did the time go? A month into fall, I know many of us have transitioned from summer mode to work mode (maybe you’re still dreading it or maybe you’re loving it!). As a recent college graduate, I know I’m not alone when I say that the transition from college to “adult” life has been quite interesting. As a theatre major, I always had this “plan” as to what my early post-grad days would look like. Obviously, I was probably going to have a side hustle (or two, or three) to supplement some income, but I would largely be focused on auditioning and hopefully have consistent work in the world of theatre.

Welp. As we all know, we make plans and the universe laughs.

Early post-grad life in the world of the pandemic completely flipped my script. Instead of executing the plan I had laid out for four years, I’m now at home, working three jobs just to try and save, save, save so that when theatre comes back, I can hit the pavement.

In addition to my retail job, I recently started a remote marketing position and I’m nannying/tutoring. To say that working these jobs was a bit of a balancing act at the start would be an understatement, also because I am trying to do theatre/teach yoga here and there where I can. Since I know I’m not alone on this front, and the struggle to find balance between work and life is REAL, here are a few tips for learning how to find what works while still working your tush off!

Tip #1: Look Ahead, Lay It Out

I feel like I am always saying this, but it pays to be a planner! When I lay everything out clearly in front of me in terms of my work schedule/personal schedule, I always feel a bit more secure. You could do this weekly, monthly, or for both (I like to do both). Having a planner or a desk calendar of some sort will make this much easier for you. Usually on Saturday’s or Sunday’s I like to sit down with my planner, go through every day of the upcoming week, and write down all my obligations/activities. I’ll go over my work schedule, any work projects I have to complete and their due dates, my scheduled blog content, and any other personal things I’ve got planned for the week. For me, being able to see every day clearly laid out helps give me a clear sense of what’s in store!

Tip #2: Take Breaks

Whether you’re working a remote job, nannying, or working in the office 9-5, breaks are SO important. I’m mostly telling you this as a reminder for myself as well because I am sometimes just the worst with making time for breaks. I’ll work until I’m done, but then feel so drained from not allowing myself the proper time to breathe in a workday. In my yoga teacher training, I watched a lecture about yoga in the corporate world, and I believe our instructor said that about every 30 minutes, you should move your body if you’re tied to a desk all day! Taking a break should really be fueled by what your mind and body are craving. Even if you only get a five-minute pause, use it to stretch, grab some water, grab a snack, call your mom, or just sit still and breathe!

Tip #3: Have a Stopping Time/ Take the Weekend

Having an end to your workday is essential if you are working from home these days. Again, I am really saying this as a reminder to myself as well. It is so easy to get caught up in your work and work waaaay beyond 5 or 6 at night- trust me, I get it. But having a time to end your workday allows you to take some time to decompress before you start the process all over again the next day! AND, if you’re able to, take the weekend! I understand that overwhelming urge to work to completion, even if that means working on the weekends, but try to leave work alone after your end time on Friday!

Tip #4: Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

This one has less to do with work and more to do with aspects of your life in addition to work. Our society has groomed us to be “yes” people, and sometimes this mentality is super detrimental to our sanity. I know personally, I have a hard time saying no. It’s hard to say no to that extra shift (or maybe not? lol), to planning that party, to that trip that you thought you’d be able to make it on. If the thought of saying no and not taking on any more in your life makes your insides feel glowy: SAY NO! Your work is extremely important, but your down time should be treated with the same amount of love and respect! Don’t run yourself dry; if you do, you will be doing yourself and everyone around you a major disservice.

Tip #5: Ask For Help/ Ask For A Day

BUT if you do happen to bite off more than you can chew, and you’ve planned your way into a hole: ASK FOR HELP! Call a friend, your mom, your aunt, literally anyone you know and trust, and just ask for help! Trust me, we ALL have been there, so any normal human being who cares about you should want to help you out in any little way they can if you come to them and are overwhelmed. Another great way to try and avoid taking on too much or burning yourself out is to ask for the day when you need it. For example, in my retail job, I asked my boss to try and give me one day a week off in between the start of my work week there and the days I tutor. I knew that if I spread myself too thin and tried to overlap in my jobs, I would be mentally drained. I was nervous to ask, but I am sure glad I did because my boss was SO understanding. I know that everyone’s work situation/boss is different, and this may not be possible for you, but if you have the days to take, TAKE THEM WHEN YOU NEED TO FOR YOUR OWN SANITY!

If any of you work-from-home babes or busy beauties have other tips you’d like to share with the BTF community for maintaining your sanity in a busy work life, comment below and let us know! And remember, first and foremost, your occupations do not define you! If you aren’t where you want to be right now, just remember your dreams and your passions will find you when you least expect it. There is a plan, you are living through part of that plan. Take comfort in knowing this is one steppingstone on the way to your destiny!

Talk soon!

~ Ang xoxo