Hi, I’m Lauren, and I am thrilled that you stopped by my corner of blogland. Need photographic evidence of how happy I am about it? Okay, you asked for it:
The Thinking Closet is a space designated for letting creativity splish, splash, and spill. As the saying goes, “Creativity is messy, and I’m very creative!” So, I hope you’ll join me in making a mess! Here, you’ll find everything from crafts to Silhouette creations to blogging tips. If it can be made with your hands, I’m all over it like white on rice.
I turned 31 in March of 2014, and my hubby and I are putting down roots in Orlando, Florida. We live on a lake surrounded by old oak and cyprus trees. We love to get out on the water in our sailboat or jon-boat…but rumors of a baby alligator inhabiting our lake will keep me from ever taking a dip. (Eek!) You’ll catch glimpses of our flora and fauna in the background of my photos. Like this one where I wore my burlap Christmas tree skirt as a bird costume.
The most beautiful place I have ever been is Sicily, Italy. I’m determined to get back there someday. My soul is at peace with my toes digging into sand at the beach, and I have always wanted to live in a place surrounded by mountains. I’m an outgoing-introvert, a procrastinator-perfectionist, and I get crazy competitive in sports…especially field hockey. I have probably eaten more raw cookie dough in my life than one should ever admit [so, I won’t]…often while watching Project Runway or crying during Downton Abbey. Some of my favorite things include: spontaneous dance parties with my girlfriends, road trips, No Doubt, warm bread, blue mason jars, used bookstores, musical theatre, and board games. I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ as a wee lass of five-years-old…and it was the best decision I ever made. I’m an older sister to one of the most amazing women I know, and I married a man who makes me laugh every day. In fact, let’s talk about him for a spell!
My husband’s name is Mark, and he is many things, but a few include sailor-surfer-photographer-doctor. I won’t gush our entire love story here…but here are a few highlights:
- We met at Wheaton College (IL) in Romantic Literature class of all places back in 2002. Leave it to Keats, Shelly, and Blake to plant the seeds of romance in our hearts.
- We reconnected years later over handy dandy Facebook. It was Christmas Eve 2007.
- Our entire dating relationship was long distance with most of our correspondence being through written letters. We now store them in an old trunk from 1867.
- We got hitched on July, 18th 2009 before God, our nearest and dearest, and the Atlantic Ocean in Long Branch, New Jersey. It was one rockin’ party. Here we are under the pier:
Mark calms me down when I freak out…he gives me hugs just because…and he’s my buddy for life. I’m one thankful chick.
Oh, and I must say that he packs a mean stack of crates atop the car, so he certainly knows how to keep this crafty girl happy!
I grew up in New York–a hop, skip, and a jump from the city–where I feasted on Sal’s pizza, saw Broadway shows, and learned how to pronounce water as “wudder.” However, watching movies and studying theatre has erased most of my accent…that is until I get excited and “tawk really fayst while sippin’ cawfee.”
My childhood was full of creativity. In fact, my earliest memories of creating happened in a space I called The Thinking Closet. It was a walk-in closet the perfect size for a little girl to crawl into, pull out her wallpaper sample books, and start cutting and gluing. My parents always encouraged us to create – – whether it be performing musicals in our backyard with the neighborhood kids or creating photo collages to give as Christmas gifts. I’d argue that the best things in life are
Theatre is part of my D.N.A. My Grandma Aileen played the piano and sang show tunes with her sister well into her eighties. My Pop Pop was an actor and playwright prior to becoming a pastor and missionary. My parents raised my sister and me on Fred Astaire movies and took us to high school musical productions every chance they could get. So, it’s no wonder that I caught the theatre bug at such a young age.
After college, I felt my calling not to just perform theatre, but to teach it. So, I pursued my Master’s in Educational Theatre & English Education at New York University. It was the perfect degree for nurturing my passion for helping young people find their voice both on the stage as actors and on the page as writers. After graduating, I taught freshman English and high school theatre for three years in Columbus, Ohio. Since moving to Orlando, Florida, I direct theatre part-time. There is little that excites me more than seeing a student take a risk in his writing or on stage in performance.
Here I am hamming it up while giving notes to my actors at musical rehearsal for Once Upon a Mattress:
Since moving to Orlando in summer of 2012 and transitioning from teaching upwards of 80 hours a week to teaching part-time, I decided to start a blog. The Thinking Closet was born on September 6th, 2012 as a way to share some of my creative projects with friends and family…and to jumpstart my writing. And what an incredible journey it has been! Blogging has been such an unexpected gift in how it has rejuvenated me creatively and also in how it has introduced me to a whole community of women who inspire and encourage me on a daily basis. So, thank you dear reader, for coming along for the ride. You make this work worthwhile.
Reader comments make my day, and though I can’t respond to all of them, I read every single one. If you have a question, check out the F.A.Q. And my favorite places to hang are Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Periscope.
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Lauren on Video:
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“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.
In this world you will have trouble, but take heart. I have overcome the world.”
-My favorite Bible verse: John 16:33