- What is your name + blog?
Lauren Ellis; Influential Gal (launching March 30)
- What do you blog about?
I am passionate about helping other women develop a life they love, which is why I created Influential Gal. IG is a resource for millennial women to inspire you to live your best, both personally and professionally. What is an Influential Gal, you might ask? She is a go-getter in her personal and professional life and never settles for anything less than success. However, success is defined differently to each individual but in order to achieve it, you have to know what you are looking for. Influential Gal is here to help define what that means for you.
- How did you get started blogging?
I began blogging in January of 2011 as a way to capture everything that inspired me. When I started blogging, it was much more of a creative outlet for me but over the years, I have seen what great resources blogs can be to inspire and influence each other. Plus, I have been blessed to be a part of a wonderful blogging community that is constantly inspiring and challenging me. I used to have a fashion blog called Classy and Fab Girl, which was a great creative outlet for me for many years. More recently, I started Influential Gal because it better aligns with what I am passionate about. It has been one of those things where it just feels right.
- What inspires your posts?
I have always craved a resource that would give me tips and tricks of how to be my best-self whether it is about fashion or eating healthy but also wanted something that inspired me in my professional life as well. I truly believe that millennial women want to have it all and you know what, I think we can if we are willing to work for it. I personally love learning from other people’s success stories, which is why I created the Influential Gal podcast that interviews women who are living their dream careers or have an interesting story to share. Overall, Influential Gal is robust platform that gives women the tools to live their dreams in every aspect of life.
- What advice do you want to give to future bloggers?
Enjoy the process of blogging, even when you are just starting out. Too often we compare our blogging journey to others. This can take the fun out of blogging so I encourage you to stay focused on your journey and not get distracted from others. I also have learned to stay away from thinking “I will be happy when…” instead I have learned to enjoy the process and smell the roses along the way because life is too short to live like this.
Lauren Ellis is a 20-something who lives in Kansas City with her husband. She is a PR professional by day and blogger being Influential Gal at night.
Ideal Day: My perfect day would be waking up late and heading to the farmers market to scour fresh produce and blooms. I would then cook the perfect homemade brunch for my husband and I, complete with omelets and green juice. I would then take some time to rejuvenate my creative side my reading a few of my favorite blogs.
Finds Inspiration: I look for inspiration everywhere, whether it’s a nature walk, a beautiful store front or a perfect homemade meal.
Coffee Order: Coffee with a touch of almond milk and a dash of cinnamon, please!