July 2016 Wrap-Up

PuppysittingHey, Everyone!

Sorry I haven’t been posting as much lately. I’ve been very busy (mainly with a big ghostwriting project that I can’t talk about), but I do still care about you <3

July 2016 went really well for me. As I wrote last time, I’m no longer struggling with my menstrual cycle affecting my depression — so that’s good news!

Here are some of the other things I was up to this month: (more…)

Aunt Flo Bothering Me No Mo’

VapingLaurenShirtHey, Everyone!

Once again, I’d like to thank everyone who wrote to me when I was feeling extra depressed a while back. I really appreciate y’all caring about me. <3

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve recently started vaping 3mg of nicotine while menstruating and it has made ALL the difference for me!

I’m currently on the heaviest day of my period — a day that I would usually spend the bulk of sobbing for no reason — and I’m feeling happy, healthy, and productive. ūüôā Yeah, I’ve got a little acne around my chin area (as seen in the no makeup, no filter pic above!), but if that’s all that’s “wrong” with me during what’s normally HELL for me, I think I’m doing just fine. lol. Besides — acne makes me look younger, am I right? Come on. Tell me I look like a teenager. It’ll boost my ego. ūüėČ (more…)

Caught the Vapors: A Review

CTV-LogoHey, Everyone!

A while back I did a quick “first impression” mini-review of three vape shops in the Burbank, California area. Well, there was one store that stood head and shoulders above the rest: Caught the Vapors.

Even if you’re not living in Southern California, I’d encourage you to read on as CTV is not only an amazing local vape store — it’s a perfect example of how a business in general¬†should be run. Whether you’re interested in vaping or not, everyone can learn a thing or two from these guys about exemplary customer service.

This post was not prompted by CTV in any way and, I think, they’ll be surprised (and hopefully delighted!) to see that I’ve done this. But I had to go out of my way to say “thank you” to what has quickly become my favorite store to visit. Here’s why: (more…)

Taking a Week “Off”

SelfHarmDollHey, Everyone!

Sorry I haven’t posted lately. I’ve been keeping to myself because don’t want to bum anyone out.

My depression has been really bad lately…

I’m taking this week “off” (only paying attention to paying clients) to get a grip on my mental health. And I’m going to be going to see my doctor at the start of next week.

You don’t need to worry. I haven’t been harming myself in any way. In fact, I made a doll of myself (seen above) to squeeze whenever I feel like self-harming. And it’s worked out pretty well for me. So that’s good. (more…)

My Patreon is Now for Teen Writers!

patreonHey, Everyone!

I started my career as a freelance writer when I was a teenager and I’d like to help other teens do the same!

I would like to pay¬†teens to write articles — giving them their first paying gig (and, therefore, launching their freelance writing careers!).

However, I cannot afford to, at this time, pay them out of my own pocket. That’s where YOU come in.

As a patreon, your money will be put aside and dedicated to giving teens their first paid writing gigs. 

I’ve already started up a website —¬†LittleZotz TEENS — to help teach young writers how to get started as freelancers: from proper formatting to how to conduct interviews to basic writing ethics! (more…)

I’m Fine

IMG_20160517_233942Hey, Everyone!

I just wanted to check in and let you all know that I’m fine.

My mentoring sale went really well and has been keeping me insanely busy. Nearly every day for this month and next has been booked! :O

Not to mention I’m still creating weekly content over on LittleZotz Writing!

WHEW!!

In other news: I got a new vape pen (pictured).

That’s kinda it, actually… Other than DnD every other Thursday, I’ve been an “all work and no play” kinda gal for the past few weeks. :\ (more…)

I’m Working for Minimum Wage!

SunshineSaleHey, Everyone!

That’s right. TEMPORARILY, I’m working for the Los Angeles minimum wage ($15/hour).

From now until May 15th, you can hire me to mentor you for $20 less than I usually charge per hour.

You can find out more about this outrageous sale HERE.

Until next time,

Lauren*

Vape Stores in Burbank

VapingSelfPortraitHey, Everyone!

In my last post, I mentioned that I’ve joined the Vape Nation. Meaning, I now have a vape and smoke regularly.

Though, before you get concerned, let me make one thing clear: I only smoke 0mg nicotine juices. So, basically, I’m just smoking flavoring, rather than¬†really smoking.

I love it.

Ever since I started vaping, two things have happened:

  1. I stopped eating candy. Since the vape juices come in sweet flavors, I no longer crave real sugar. And I’ve been losing weight because of it!
  2. I haven’t needed my panic meds. I still take my daily medications, of course; however, I haven’t had to take my¬†additional panic medications since I started vaping. That’s because, when I go into “panic mode” these days, I suck on my vape instead of taking a pill. And it works! It forces me to focus on my breathing (what every doctor recommends anyway) instead of what’s bothering me. It’s incredibly calming.

But, of course, to maintain my vaping lifestyle, I need to go to vape stores. Things like new vape flavors/juices are needed, and coils need to be replaced, and so on. And while I don’t live in Burbank, CA (sorry, stalkers — I’m still not giving out my exact location other than “Los Angeles”), I do love to¬†shop in Burbank, CA. (more…)

San Diego: From A to Zoo

Train TracksHey, Everyone!

Those of you who stalk my calendar and/or my Instagram know that I’ve been on vacation this past week in San Diego, California. About 180 miles away from where I normally reside.

I try to make this trip each year in April for Kara’s birthday.

Kara and I have been BFFs for the past 18 years, so getting together is always a blast — even when we do nothing. Which is actually what I was expecting to do (seeing as she had worked ten days in a row in order to get the time off, I figured she’d be wanting to get her hardcore loaf on while I was there!), but I was wrong. We ended up doing quite a lot. But I’ll get to that later.

Here’s what went down on my vacation: (more…)

3 Great Things About March 2016

IMG_20160324_160933Hey, Everyone!

I know there are still four days left of March, but I figured it was close enough to the end to do my monthly wrap-up…

March 2016 didn’t¬†seem like that big of a month at first, but, toward the end, it became a pretty big deal. Here are three¬†great things that happened this month:

1. I came to terms with being raped.

In 2008, I was raped.

Whew. Feels weird to say it. I’ve been holding that in for a¬†long time.

It took me years to tell my closest friends — and even then I could only elude to what happened, not wanting to say the actual words. And I only¬†just told my parents this month — which was a HUGE part of my healing process. They, like my friends, were very supportive. (more…)