WYL: Tell us a bit about yourself!
LT: My name is Lauren Taylor. I am a Founding Editor in Chief of The Letter Magazine, obsessed with pizza, dancing in my pjs, and believing in my inner Beyonce. My go to pizza toppings are bacon and pepperoni! Everything from gangsta rap to a Disney soundtrack is on my music playlist, I am always pursuing possibilities even if I can't see them yet and my heart is truly fulfilled when I'm inspiring others. My mission in life is to encourage everyone to know just how magical they are and to be confident and love who they are!
WYL: Why is ending the stigma important to you?
LT: Throughout my life their was a self-pressure to uphold an image of being strong, happy, and social no matter what and not sharing about anything that didn’t fit that “image” to avoid feeling weak eventually carrying over into every aspect of my life making me feel suffocated and drowning in my suppressed emotions causing severe anxiety. Ending the stigma is very important to me because I never want anyone to feel like they are alone in their feelings or feel silenced enough not to use their voice. We are worthy of self-love, confidence and our powerful voices can not only remind us of this but impact others to know the same.
WYL: What has been your greatest success so far?
LT: Anytime that I hear I have impacted someone else’s life in a positive way is the greatest success I will ever achieve. My purpose in life is to be an advocate of loving who you are, be comfortable in your own skin, and inspire others to spread kindness and celebration for each other. You can never have enough love and support and if I can share that with just one person that is the greatest success to me.
WYL: If you could describe your mental health journey in one word - what would it be and why?
LT: My word is "breathe". Throughout my mental health journey I am continuously learning how to give myself grace and allowing myself to take a breath. By taking the time to relish in the moment or slowing down to relax my anxiousness, it allows my mind to stay healthy and brings peace of mind. Remembering to breathe is an everyday conscious decision that continues to help me overcome my anxiety.
WYL: What was the best advice you have ever received and how has it impacted you?
LT: In an unexpected dinner conversation with a woman from a social network company I was intimated by, I had mentioned being really driven but still trying to figure it out. She started giggling and told me “Lauren, we may be a well -known company but even we are still trying to figure it out- everyone is.” This struck me so hard. I couldn’t believe this company was still trying to figure it out when they looked like they had it all together. It was one of the best pieces of advice I had ever been given because it impacted my life in how I live it by focusing on what makes me happy and just going for it.
WYL: If you had thirty seconds to share one message with the world - what would you say?
LT: No matter how unreachable your dream may appear to be, go for it. We put too many limitations on ourselves and let fear paralyze us from pursuing what sets our souls on fire. Embrace the whole purpose, driven, warrior that you are! You can change the world, because anything is possible.