Hi, I’m Lauren.

I crafted this about page to give you an idea of what I’m all about – my values, intentions, mindsets, and focuses.

One of the #1 reasons I created The Mad To Live is to connect with good people who have a desire to live a life that’s meaningful to them, who resonate with being compelled by a craft or a mission, and who care about the growth and well-being of themselves and others.

No matter where you are on your path – you could feel completely lost or well on your way – what matters to me is you’re ready and willing to move forward toward what calls to you. Whoever you are, I can’t wait to connect with you.

So please take a look around and explore The Mad To Live. If you like what you see, let’s connect. Reach me through email, instagram, or facebook.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world, living the dream, and pushing on. Here’s to the journey. We got this.  – Lauren

Homes: Denver, CO & The Rest Of The World

Denver CO, my home base, is filled with the creative people and stunning places to not only propel my craft froward, but also my identity as an artist and entrepreneur. With every project, every painting, every innovation, I am becoming more of me me.

If there is one thing that has never ceased to be a part of my life, it is my love for travel and exploring. I’ve been so lucky to have lived in places like Beijing, China and Guatemala, as well as to have taken in the rich culture and landscapes of Europe, Central America, and South East Asia. My goal is to visit every country.

Self Awareness and Growth 

At my heart and soul I’m a philosopher who loves to ponder and talk about Life. Being a human being fascinates me, and every single day I learn something new about myself and the world we live in.

Be it lessons from Allan Watts and Wayne Dyer, or studying texts of wisdom from Benjamin Franklin and The Buddha, or the profound gift of simply having a real conversation with a fellow human being, this is the stuff that makes me tick, makes me love life, and makes my greatest passion centered around growth and discovery.

Expression Through Visual Arts

My favorite class growing up was art class. It wasn’t until adulthood that I realized I had forgotten my love for art. I went on a year long journey of discovering my style.

My work is now displayed throughout Denver, and has been commissioned by for album covers, restaurant walls, and home interiors.

Our Tribes

It is better to walk alone as a lone wolf in the right direction, than to walk with the masses in the wrong direction. As we carry on forward as lone wolfs, our paths meet with those who are also walking towards what calls to them.

When we support one another’s path, when we speak the same language, when our values and passions compliment each another, and when we have each other’s backs – this is where the magic happens.

I am here to help anyone and everyone with a calling to step further into it.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation 

From lemonade stands to selling golf balls to waterproofing basements, I’ve been an entrepreneur before I even know what the word meant. 

I love to create businesses, brand and market them, and problem-solve and grow them. I’ve dedicated myself to all types of spaces that fascinate and intrigue me, including virtual reality, website design, eCommerce passive income, and consumer product innovation.

My ultimate goal is to execute on as many ideas as possible, just to see how they’ll work.

The Study of Culture & Tradition

The evolution of humanity in different cultures over centuries deeply fascinates me. I have found there is so much to learn that is rooted in the vastly different cultures and deeply rooted traditions of people around the globe. 

Many human beings believe we are distinctly different from one another. That cultures clash, and traditions separate. I believe that at the root of what we believe makes us so different is a common ground that makes us profoundly similar and connected.

Human Powered Adventures

One of my favorite flow states happens outside when I’m being tested mentally and physically.

The world slips away, and its just me and the slow progress of movement taking me from A to B. From longboarding from Boulder to Denver to circumnavigating Guatemala’s beautiful Lake Atitlan, I plan to eventually amass enough miles through these microadventures to equal circumnavigating the globe.

Collaboration

When great minds, well-honed skills, and dedication and passion come together, the most incredible things happen. Collaboration is a huge part of my life, to say the least.

Whether it’s connecting people, being part of a brainstorm, or partnering on a project like my current collaboration for a live virtual reality art show, I’m in my happy place when people come together to carry out a common mission.