This week's #wingwoman is for my multi-passionate ladies - everyone, meet Lauren Neves! Lauren is an engineer by day, but her true passion revolves around her faith and travel. She shares all of her adventures on her travel blog, Lauren's Lighthouse, and her hope is that her work inspires her readers to find their purpose, their own passions, and to create their own lighthouse. In our interview, Lauren shares how spending time with her fiancé and close friends energizes her, how she aims to serve others in what she creates, and how she keeps her faith at the center of everything. Continue reading to learn all about Lauren!
1. What makes you happy?
Traveling, whether it be visiting my bucket list cities, taking a road trip through crazy scenery, a secluded island getaway or one of my favourites, hiking in the Rockies. I'm typically an introvert, but spending time with my fiancé and our best friends energizes me tremendously. Our lockdown was definitely very tough when we couldn't see our friends! Dinner with my family brings me a lot of joy, and watching a movie or reading a good fiction book helps me reset.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
Keep God at the centre, and everything will work out for the best. My biggest regrets and mistakes in life were because I depended too much on myself and others instead of relying on my faith in the only One who's in complete control. I learned to let go and let God, but I'm still learning! 3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
I know this might not resonate with everyone, but for me, it'd have to be for everyone to know and have a relationship with God. Because even if poverty, world hunger, natural disasters, disease, war, and any nefarious plot continued to exist, at least people would know that they'll be able to live eternally with God.
4. How did you find your purpose?
I think I'm still trying to find it! At the moment, I know in my heart that my purpose to serve Christ and others will always take precedent over anything else in my life. But the method in which I do that will probably change over the course of time! My passion for travel was stirred in me before I can even remember, and after my fiancé started doing photography and then I started blogging, we gradually niched down and realized what true passion was and that it will never fade away. I've always enjoyed writing and documenting my experiences so that I could share them and any extra information with others. We both also knew from the time we were really young that we wanted to be parents, so that'll be a huge role I'll play in my life!
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
My biggest difficulty in building relationships is getting past the awkward stage of being too formal, to being comfortable with the other person. I find that if I can't pass that threshold with someone, our relationship will never really flourish.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
I tend to put a lot into friendships at the beginning. It's kind of like getting a new job and trying to make the best impression during the probationary period so that they don't want to let you go. But sometimes, if people aren't in the best place in their life, they might take advantage of someone who keeps giving. The friendships that didn't work out for me were the ones that felt one-sided and they completely drained me, made me feel unwanted unless the other person needed someone to lean on. I've been fortunate enough that all my friendships since then have been equal!
7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?
Laura Browning Grant and Turia Pitt. I feel like whatever I say about them won't do them justice! They are incredible fighters and nothing short of amazing.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
I listen to Christina Galbato's Her Life By Design for some weekly inspiration for my brand. And currently, I've been reading The Forbidden Purple City, a collection of short stories written by my cousin, Philip Huynh.
9. Where can we find you?
At home or at the office downtown (where I work my full-time job) on weekdays. And on weekends, in the mountains!