WELCOME TO THE MAD TO LIVE.

A place for people interested in LIVING, CREATING, & COLLABORATING.

My name is Lauren Rains. This is my space for sharing my thoughts and lessons on seeking to live a life with intention and purpose, on being an entrepreneur and an unmistakable creative, and on being a world traveler always on the look out for moments when you’re, simply stated, “in it”. I love to write about my findings, and welcome you to join me on the journey!

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Work Smarter: The Not To Do List [Making Ideas Happen]

My name is Lauren Rains, and I’m a chronic TO DO list builder. There! I said it. In the past, I started project after project after project, but rarely finished them. In the past, I’d let myself brainstorm on projects time and time again, without moving forward onto prototyping or testing or researching.

Does this ever sound like you? If so, read on.

The thing is, if you want to make ideas happen – if you want to put your projects, ideas, writing, art, etc out into the world – you have to get disciplined, you have to get focused, and […]

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

If you’re interested in collaborating or have some ideas on these projects, I’d love to hear about them!

Short and sweet video snippets on topics that are currently captivating my mind. Often inspired by my finds in the podcasts, books, and blogs I read and listen to.

CURRENT PHASE

Creating a simple intro and outro. Getting used to seeing myself on camera. Developing my “voice” for this type of content. I hope to launch my first set of videos by the end of October.
This is a passion project of mine to do my part in helping others to share their stories so that up-and-coming changemakers can get inspired, find mentors, and get resources.

CURRENT PHASE

Currently developing the website and going through the creative branding process. I’m also reaching out to interviewees in order to launch the site with a handful of incredible minds from the start.
I LOVE to laugh with others more than anything. Kristin Wiig & Amy Poehler are my heroes. I'm on the lookout to partner with someone locally to write and film sketch comedy bits. I want to do this so A.) I can laugh more, B.) collaborate in a way that's purely fun, and C.) engage my creativity.

CURRENT PHASE

Currently writing a few skits. Doing “research” by watching lots of SNL and taking notes on sketch comedy patterns, routines, etc.

 

What The Mad to Live Stands For

1.) GIVE

Make a life measured not by what you get, but what you give.

2.) LAUGH

Don’t take it all so seriously. Life is meaningless without sharing laughter with others.

3.) COLLABORATE

Find people who share your mission and help one another contribute to the world.

4.) JOURNEY

Embark down a path that lets you discover who you are. Determine what you stand for. Build your confidence to be who you are at your root.

5.) LOVE YOURSELF TO DEATH

Do not be so hard on yourself. You’ve got this. Give yourself the time, space, relationships, and experiences you deserve.

6.) MINIMALISM

Do more with less.

7.) CREATE

Create your world. Create something you and others will love. Create art. Create contribution. Create memories. Create love. Create engagement. Create Hope.