loshopgirl: What it means.

Somebody recently asked me what loshopgirl means. First off, I was so touched that she was intrigued about it enough to ask. I'm going to break it down for you.

lo

The name Lauren has a few nicknames associated with it and this is one of them. This has been my nickname since I was little and it remind me of my friends and family.

shop

This encompasses a lot of different things. My parents own a coffeehouse and I lived (and worked) there for a lot of my life and the concept behind a shop (people coming together, a community) became something weaved throughout my life. And yes, I also love to shop. But most importantly it signifies my community that I want to grow and the importance of all the communities I'm a part of.

girl

You may have seen the campaign from Always called "like a girl" recently. I love the word woman and lady but at the end of the day, we're all the little girls we once were deep down and this is to remind me of that. I always want to keep the energy, optimism and hope that I had as a young girl. I also am very passionate about all issues relating to girls.

I'd love to connect with you on Twitter @loshopgirl

 

 

 

Breaking bread.

Recently, I was invited to spend the weekend with my friend and her group of friends at a beach house up in Northern CT. It was a delightful and unexpected invite, which I love. Surprisingly, the day opened up my eyes to something really obvious: breaking bread with others is the most intimate way to connect. 

Here I was with a group of people I had never met before, coming to their annual group party with nothing but a bottle of wine and conversation - and - I had the best time. I connected with them in a way that is natural to human interaction.

We broke bread together.

Sharing a meal made the interaction that much more intimate which then turned into a stronger connection.

What if we aspired to do this in our every day interactions? What if in our daily interactions with the mail person and the barista making our coffee we had the intention to connect even in the smallest way. Then we went to the place where we create our art and strived to connect with our colleagues and collaborators. Wouldn't that create amazing work? Then we went home to our families ended the day with amazing connection by perhaps breaking bread or sitting together and talking about the day. The point is I went to this dinner party with the intention to connect. I was praying and hoping that the people there would like me enough and we would connect. 

Life is about connecting. 

Every interaction matters. What if even with those we spend our days with we have as strong an intention to connect as we do with new people? 

 

The future of tech.

Jay Baer recently said Facebook is striving to be the communication layer, Google the information and Amazon the commerce. It made me wonder, what is the future of tech?

For the past 5-8 years we have watched these platforms evolve at a rapid pace and we've gone along as quick as we could, but what does that say for their future? Will they continue to evolve and us with them? Will our needs change? Or, will business needs change altogether?

It's a challenging question and it begs me to wonder what should we plan for? Should we plan for Google to own the information space (or do they already?) Should we plan to not text from our mobile devices because all chatter will happen using Facebook messages?

Tech has become interwoven in our lives to utter extremes but one thing I've noticed is after a short time, we find ourselves abandoning old tools for new ones? Yes, Google has been around but does that ensure it will be for the foreseeable future?

We will continue to ask these questions but above everything else, I dare to ask, are we planning for people?