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  1. Courtney
    March 7, 2019 @ 10:14 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post, Lauren! So insightful – way to keep it in check. I relate to so many things in here and admire your vulnerability. Thanks for shining your bright light and sharing it with the world. :)

    • Lauren
      March 9, 2019 @ 6:43 pm

      Aw thanks so much Courtney!!

  2. Mimi
    March 7, 2019 @ 2:13 pm

    I love this so much. As a classical musician, I endured 5 years of nonstop auditions before very fortunately and luckily winning a job here in Chicago. The months of preparation, followed by 5 minutes of performance and then immediate rejection (all with flights and lessons on your own dime, when you don’t have a job to begin with!), is a vicious cycle of comparison and self-deprecation. You are amazing for your healthy perspective and thriving creative voice – keep it up! We need reminders from strong women like you.

    • Lauren
      March 9, 2019 @ 6:43 pm

      Oh man, I love this comment so much! What instrument do you play?!

      • Mimi
        March 11, 2019 @ 12:22 pm

        flute – I play in the orchestra at Lyric Opera so if you make it to our production of West Side Story, come down to the pit and say hi! I also got married a couple years ago, wish your awesome bridal boutique post had been around then :) Love it