Life Update: Quitting My 9-5, New Boyfriend, Blog Design, Life On The Road & Your New Pornography

I realize that less than 2 weeks ago I posted a Life Update post…however it is time for another one! Because SO MUCH IS HAPPENING.

1. I quit my 9-5 job! Yep. Last week. I am now freelancing full-time. I’m SO excited to start selling prints, art, & jewelry again. And to be able to really invest in photography, as well as design & writing. And all the other incredible things God has up his sleeve! I hope to be putting my shop back online in about a month…which brings me to point #2 (and all the rest, really)!

2. Boyfriend! In case you haven’t picked it up from our painfully obvious tweets yet, @maxdubinsky is my man. He’s the one I wrote A Good Woman’s Guide to the 21st Century with a bit ago. If you follow his blog you know that he’s roadtripping indefinitely across the country. I’ve joined him for the moment, and am writing this to you from Chicago! God is already doing amazing things. I love Him. And Max. And I KNOW you girls all want pictures so here he is. Go ahead, tell me how good looking he is.

3. Adjustments. Being not-at-my-house, quitting a job, doing some major personal upheaval, & dating a homeless writer has thrown my normal routine into somewhat of a haphazard mess. Hence the spotty tweets, blogs, writing, slowing down a lot on photography and the Good Women Project over the last 2 weeks. Please consider this my apology and a request for some grace in my adjusting to the new lifestyle & getting all of my crazy ducks in a row.

4. Blog Design. Yep I’m officially doing it. And here’s the deal. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be rolling out a standard set of pricing packages for blog design. BUT until then, you can name your own price! Yep that’s right. I can do Blogger & WordPress. Want me to re-design your blog? Do this: Send an email to laurennicolelove[at] and include 1) a link to your blog 2) what you’re willing to pay and 3) a set of photos/things that you love, so I can get a feel for what you want your blog to reflect. That’s it! We’ll negotiate and we will make it happen. (Note: If you have already emailed me, please email me AGAIN with your quote/inspiration folder. Sorry, and thank you so much!)

5. Your New Pornography. Max is launching a fiction project today! I designed the site (if you want proof that I can actually do what I’m selling – ha) and you should go poke around a little bit and read some awesomeness.

6. On the road. Max and I are in Chicago right now, and headed to the East Coast. Are you there? Leave me a comment or send me an email if you want to grab coffee, book a photography session, or want to invite us to your church! We also love to crash on sofas. And beds. πŸ™‚ Max has been speaking at colleges and churches along the way and it’s amazing, so if you want him to speak for your group/org/church….let us know. We want to meet you. If you want to support the trip (gas money and food YAY), or read about it some more, you can check it out at ♥

7. This is unimportant and silly, but I’ve been sick for over a month now and have been to the doctor three times for this never ending cold/sinus infection/bronchitis/everything else – and it’s getting really tiring, so if anyone would like to pray for my health, that would mean the world to me.

I honestly could write a massive blog post on all of these bullet points, but I desperately need to sleep. I love you all. Thank you for reading, listening, speaking, loving, everything.

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But the LORD said to me, β€œDo not say, β€˜I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, β€œI have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” β€œGet yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole landβ€”against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. – Jeremiah 1..

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  1. Britt @ The Adventures of Josh and Britt says:

    Just found your blog and love it! What a fun new adventure you're on!! You two will definitely be in my prayers!! πŸ™‚

  2. Nate St. Pierre says:

    I guess I won't be seeing you in Chicago on Thursday, then?

    Love you. πŸ™‚

  3. Just me says:

    I LOVE how happy this post is!! I could feel happiness coming out of it right from the beginning. And YAY about Max!

    Praying for your health! πŸ™‚ x

  4. vee ! says:

    If you guys find yourselves in the Charlotte, NC area, I would love to take you guys out for lunch/dinner/whatever! If you guys need a place to crash, we have two guest rooms to offer you, too.

    I'll be praying for your safe travels and for you to return to good health, Lauren. Will also pray that God grow the two of you through your new relationship together. Pursue Him together and He will honor your faithfulness. πŸ™‚

  5. kaleigh says:

    I am so proud of you, Lauren. So many good things in your life. I hope you're able to enjoy the road with Max. Definitely going to keep up with the fiction project. You guys are two seriously talented individuals. Thinking good thoughts for your health as well πŸ™‚


  6. Michelle (michabella) says:

    I am just so excited for you!!! Seriously, please come to FL!!! πŸ™‚ I live in Orlando, but you both would probably LOVE St. Augustine, Fl and I would totally drive to see y'all. Great spot for photography πŸ˜‰ Praying for safe travels and good health! <3

  7. Nikki says:

    hello, darling! Wonderful to read of such incredible things going on in your life! If you and Max are coming south (as in, Florida south), it'd be lovely to see your face. We may have a bed or some couches open, too, if you need them!

    Hoping you feel better soon, I'll be praying for the both of you.

  8. Caitlyn says:

    Lauren I am so happy for you! It is amazing that you gave up what you were doing and did what your heart, and clearly God, wanted you to do! So soooo proud of you.

    p.s. yo man is a cutie!

  9. Hipstercrite says:

    Wow! Your post is inspiring. I hope to be able to do the same one day. Best of luck and have fun! How exciting!

  10. awhisperormore says:

    I have 2 things to say:
    1. I wish you would have been in Denver with Max so we could have grabbed coffee
    2. Your health is not unimportant

    Praying for you guys! πŸ™‚

  11. Rachel McPhillips says:

    Woot Woot!! Congrats to you on your man and following dreams. πŸ™‚ WIsh you the best- let me know if you make it Alabama.

  12. acp1004 says:

    Lauren, I admire your braveness so much πŸ™‚ I'll be praying for all aspects of your and Max's life, and if you're ever in Kentucky, preferably Lexington, I would LOVE to talk to you guys.

  13. Jennifer says:

    Good for you! What an exciting and somewhat hectic life you have right now! Best of wishes to you in your new endevors!

  14. Heidi says:

    Exciting news! (And yup, the tweets were pretty obvious. :D)

    Good luck with everything! I will be praying for both of you.

  15. Jamie Lane says:

    Whoop Whoop! Those sound like some exciting changes lady!! Have fun!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hi Lauren…
    We're looking forward to meeting you this weekend πŸ™‚


  17. Emily Joi says:

    oh myyy gosh ammmazing!!! Go YOU!!! πŸ™‚

    And yes, he is very good looking, way to go chica!

  18. Ohio What-Not says:

    That verse is great. You are an inspiration to so many women. You lead in boldness and still with the humility that Christ is who you serve! Love you girl. Oh and I freaking LOVE Max. (he's beautiful, just like you) xxoo
    LOVE christen nelson

  19. Lindsay says:

    Lauren, I just came across your blog today, but I've been a part of the Love Bomb project on and off, and I've been following Max's blog for a while, and his Mad Across America trip, AND his tweets. I started to see a trend of him mentioning you a lot. And I thought to myself, "She's a cool girl, he's a cool guy. They're hanging out. It would be really cool if they got together." Then I thought to myself, "Is it really weird that I want these people from the internet to get together?" Then I saw your confirming post, and I thought "Forget it! This is awesome!"

    Anyway, I'm a big fan of each of you and of the two of you together.

    Are you considering coming down toward Atlanta? I live south of ATL by 45 minutes, and I would love to meet you both. Not sure if I'd be able to offer you a place to stay, but I'd at least buy you guys coffee.


  20. Joelle says:

    I read your blog quite often and the tweets that you/Max post daily. I'm so excited for you! I'm about to quit my job as teacher (or get cut out of the budget, whichever comes first) and it's going to be the biggest trust fall into God's arms. I appreciate your excitement for the new and it gives me hope that I will not just survive the upcoming changes, but THRIVE because God always has good things up his sleeves. I know Max already made it to Oregon (sad I missed him in PDX) but if either of you ever hit our rainy state, I've got a super comfy couch and an extra room. Prayers to you on your journey. : )

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