+ love & 100 strangers project + platonic love + greater things +

I picked my Love + 100 Strangers Project back up this weekend! It’s been too long, and I want to finish it so badly. For those of you who don’t know what it is, I have been approaching strangers all across Columbus and asking their definition of love. I take their photo, and ask their first name and age. It’s amazing what you can tell about a person by their definition of love.

“Love is caring so much about someone.”
Jaylen. Age 6.

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Platonic cross-sex relationships. Can they happen? This is so fascinating. A woman named Juliet writes her experience with having a best friend of the opposite sex, and gives some surprising and enlightening statistics on cross-sex relationships over the last century. Her best friend, Jeff, then writes his response; “his side” of the story. I’ve been on the front lines of this change in cultural views of cross-sex relationships and finally am justified in many of my best friend, brother-sister relationships that my family and outsiders have consistently challenged and questioned. Awesome.

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This morning I got this via text from darling Katie Holley. It completely turned my day around.

“What must you face? What fears haunt you? What failures have marked you? What darkness has consumed you and stolen from you, robbed you, sucked out of your soul the dream God created you to flesh out? Maybe there’s a dream buried deep inside your soul and God is waiting to reconstruct it, to put the bones back together. If he commands you to act and you trust him, you will see all of creation move in concert to accomplish in you what you were created to do.”

Girl, I love you..

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  1. Han says:

    I think Cross-sex platonic relationships do work but in certain situations they do get questioned.

    For example I am married now, my best friend has moved back from uni but us hanging out and going to the cinema and things like that can look a little weird seeing as he's a single lad and I'm a married lady.

    So I think between two single people it can work, and I think it can work in my situation but their can be issues.

  2. Just me says:

    What a wonderful idea. This is such an amazing project & you are such an incredible photographer! Thanks for sharing your work, Lauren 🙂

  3. thetitanproject says:

    I stumbled this because I like you very much you!

  4. thetitanproject says:

    I signed up for love bomb, they have the same voice that's used for most scams. Just saying, I'm sure it's safe since you used it.

  5. amylou says:

    That little girl is just beautiful! I hadn't heard of this project before but I can't wait to see more photos.

  6. - Jenniferr. says:

    Aw. What a brilliant idea! (:

  7. Michelle (michabella) says:

    I LOVE that text your friend sent you! <333

  8. Cassie says:

    I love this idea! And what a sweet looking girl.

    And I know this is me promoting my own writing, but I actually just wrote a guest post about the whole "Can men and women just be friends?" thing at http://www.ramblingsofasingleton.wordpress.com. I like the feedback it's gotten so far, because my point of view is a little extreme. I haven't had much success in the friend zone area with guys and don't really feel the need to have guy friends anyway. My boyfriend is my best friend! *corny*

  9. lauren carney says:

    your blog is utterly splendid!
    I just thought you need informing!
    keehee x x

  10. Chantelle says:

    Yay! You picked up the love project again! WOOOOHOOO!

  11. Harley says:

    I love the idea for your love project, I bet it's really interesting tohear everybody's different take on the subject!

    And that photograph is beautiful…

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