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  1. Amy
    February 15, 2018 @ 2:22 pm

    Thank you for posting this. ?

    • Lauren
      February 15, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

      Thank you for reading, Amy.

  2. Amanda Howard
    February 15, 2018 @ 2:49 pm

    Brilliantly written and so, so true. I’m a follower from Australia & hope for gun law changes in America for all. Good on you for speaking out Lauren.

    • Lauren
      February 15, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

      Thanks so much for reading, Amanda ❤️

  3. Kathryn
    February 15, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

    Well said! I am so tired of hearing “bad people will always find a way to their hand on a gun.” Does that mean we stop trying? I certainly would hope not.

    • Lauren
      February 15, 2018 @ 4:51 pm

      That is exactly how I feel, too.

  4. Diana K
    February 15, 2018 @ 4:49 pm

    I used to work in PR from the brand side and spent a lot of my time working with bloggers, which means I would be the one researching the blogs to reach out to. While yes, I was seeking bloggers who would write about a brand or event, etc. the blogs I always focused on were the ones who showed a VOICE, had feelings and didn’t just stay within their lines. You have a platform and I applaud you for using it for something you care about. I hope more bloggers share their voices in an authentic manner.

    • Lauren
      February 15, 2018 @ 4:52 pm

      Diana, this really means a lot. Thank you so much for reading and commenting ❤️

  5. Carolyn
    February 15, 2018 @ 5:23 pm

    This post means a lot. Thank you. ❤️

    • Lauren
      February 16, 2018 @ 12:59 pm

      Thank YOU for being a resource for all of your students!

  6. Lauren
    February 15, 2018 @ 6:34 pm

    Thank you for posting! Beautifully said.

    • Lauren
      February 16, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

      Thank you for reading, Lauren!

  7. Emina
    February 15, 2018 @ 7:31 pm

    Don’t be quiet, be real. Human. I know sometimes it feels scary to share topics often seen as polarizing (though when it comes to human lives we should all be on one side). You share your daily experiences with your followers and this is one of them. Stay authentic.

    p.s. Kudos on including helpful resources

    • Lauren
      February 16, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

      Thanks for the support, Emina. And I’m so glad you found those links helpful!

  8. Hannah
    February 15, 2018 @ 9:10 pm

    Respect. Thank you for speaking out and sharing this. I often find blogs are more trite than they have to be. Lifestyle includes more than clothes, travel and fitness! Thoughts like these completely have a place, in my opinion.

    • Lauren
      February 16, 2018 @ 12:53 pm

      Thank you, Hannah. This particular week made me realize that I agree with you. If we’re going to talk about living our best lives, we also have to acknowledge the obstacles… and that includes these difficult topics.

  9. RMWF
    February 16, 2018 @ 12:29 am

    Thx for posted! ????

  10. Erin
    February 16, 2018 @ 1:13 am

    Thanks for sharing. Pretty dresses and fun recipes mean nothing when children are being killed by semi-automatic weapons, especially when they could so easily be protected by reasonable laws. Keep sharing the beautiful things in life with us, but also keep sharing your ideas & suggestions for change. We want to hear all of it!

    • Lauren
      February 16, 2018 @ 12:52 pm

      Thank you so so much for this comment, Erin. I will keep doing both!

  11. Elizabeth
    February 16, 2018 @ 7:26 am

    Thank you for sharing this. So well said.

    • Lauren
      February 16, 2018 @ 12:51 pm

      Thank you for reading, Elizabeth!

  12. Kelly
    February 16, 2018 @ 8:23 am

    I just added your blog to my Newsblur reader this week while looking for some new Chicago and fitness blogs to read. After this post, I am happy that I did. You said this so well. As a mom of a preschooler and 2nd grader, I am constantly afraid for them. Enough is enough. Thanks for using your platform to help educate and inform others.

    • Lauren
      February 16, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

      You are so welcome, Kelly. I can’t even imagine what mothers around the country must be feeling right now. Thank you so much for reading and commenting ❤️

  13. Rachel
    February 16, 2018 @ 9:25 am

    Thank you, Lauren! I recently started following your blog, and seeing that you had a post about the Florida shooting added just another reason to my list of why I am. I love that you recognize your platform, your privileges, and took a risk in being authentic with us. I also appreciate you including organizations to donate to, and your acknowledgement that yes there are mental health and other concerns to address – but that addressing these concerns does not mean we ignore how easy it is for anyone to get their hands on a gun. I had trouble falling asleep last night, worrying about what I can do to make a difference. It is weirdly comforting to know others feel the same way.

    • Lauren
      February 16, 2018 @ 12:49 pm

      I totally understand that. All of this is so unsettling – it helps to talk about it and know that it’s keeping other people up at night, too.

  14. Nicole
    February 16, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

    I think it’s important, and so brace of you to post on this topic. I nodded along (or cried along) through the whole thing. Thank you for being a great resource and using this as a platform to share your voice. ♥️