Interview with Lauren Sims
I am so excited to share this interview with y'all! I just got back from a long weekend trip to Boulder, CO with my hubby TJ to visit our friends Lauren and Michael Sims. We had such an amazing time exploring and catching up! I knew that I wanted to snag an interview with Lauren when I first started doing these but then she moved haha so what better time then when we were together in their new home and city!
Lauren and I chat about how we met, her job as a blogger, the ups & downs and what keeps her motivated as well as some of her favorite workouts and go to food's! Hope y'all enjoy!
If you don't have time to watch the whole video feel free to read the summary version below :)
Question: Tell us a little bit about what you do!
Answer: I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger full-time. It is just my name Lauren Kay Sims and I talk about everything from fashion, fitness, travel, faith, home and more!
Question: How did you get started in blogging?
Answer: In school I never thought about being a blogger but after my first corporate job at Neiman's I wasn't feeling fulfilled so I left that and started working on a blog by Lauren Scruggs called LoloMag.com.
Question: Was it scary to quit your corporate job and test out blogging?
Answer: YES! It was such a leap of faith but my husband was so supportive and we had such a peace about it.
Question: Ok, and from there you then started your own blog correct?
Question: So what does a typical day look like?
Answer: I am morning person I am up early around 5 or 6am and first thing I will do is to make my apple cider vinegar and water and then my quiet time for about 30 minutes. It can be hard to not just jump straight into work but it makes such a difference for how my day goes. Once my husband wakes up we will go do something active like a workout at Core Power Yoga or a run. Then we will come back, make breakfast and I will start working through my emails. After that, about 2 days a week we will go shoot looks for the blog and run errands while we are out. When we get back, I will edit photos and write the next days blog post and try to finish around 7pm to make dinner.
Question: Favorite part about what you do?
Answer: I love having the ability to encourage other women, even if it is something simple like a dress. But I love encouraging women in their identity and who they are in the Lord and where their true beauty lies.
Question: Hardest part about what you do?
Answer: It can be a very narcissistic profession to constantly be taking pictures of myself, getting gifts for myself and having to talk about my life. So I try to keep perspective that the amount of likes I get or what people think does not define who I am and that is not where my identity is from.
Question: Favorite quote or verse to keep you grounded and encouraged?
Answer: Ephesians 3:19, "May you experience the love of christ though it is too great to understand fully, then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." I t is so encouraging because when I remind myself that I have the love of Christ and that I am complete in Him and I don't need anything else. So it is a good reminder when I am putting my security in my success or Instagram that I am complete without those things and in Him.
Question: Favorite type of workout?
Answer: I love long-distance running, I have been doing it the longest and it is an easy way for me to just relax especially with how beautiful it is here. And then within the last four months I have really started getting into yoga with Core Power Yoga.
Question: Favorite kind of healthy food?
Answer: I love eggs! haha But meal wise I love any kind of bowl with veggies and proteins.
Question: Favorite splurge food?
Answer: Ice cream! But also cheesecake and brownies!
Question: How was the transition from Dallas to Boulder?
Answer: We picked Boulder, because we both grew up coming to Colorado and love this area so we knew we wanted to do Colorado and then Michael decided to get his MBA in Boulder. It is hard being away from our family and friends in Dallas and for work Dallas is used to bloggers and caters to that where Boulder doesn't which has its own pros & cons. But overall it has been such a sweet season for us and we are loving it!
Question: Favorite place to travel for work or own y'alls own?
Answer: We got to go to Italy last year and it was incredible! But for work we went to Turks & Caicos and it was so beautiful. I didn't know if it would live up to the pictures I had seen but it totally did!
Question: Any advice for new bloggers or entrepreneurs?
Answer: Don't start something unless it is something you are truly passionate it about. I know it can seem appealing but for something to really work and be fulfilling it should be something you love.
Question: What does a Kalon Life mean to you?
Answer: I love the idea of The Kalon Life and am a huge supporter of it! For me it means having an inner joy that comes from knowing the Lord and then that radiates in this outer beauty, in thew ay I dress, eat and treat other people. And I think that starts with an inner joy that comes from walking with the Lord and it just radiates out.
Top: Vici Dolls (Discount code for 20% off: LAURENKAYSIMS20)
Earring: Bauble Bar
Jeans: J. Brand
Necklace: Bauble Bar
Let me know if you have any questions for Lauren or I below! Would love to answer more :)