There she is… that badass chick with long blond hair blowing in the wind, smooth sunglasses on making her look all kinds of cool, and sun soaked skin even though she always puts her 45 on. She’s cruising around the globe… maybe just around town where she lives, maybe from one side of Thailand to the other, maybe along the narrow streets of a small Riviera town in Italy. There she is, sitting on her classic motorcycle as the most free, most badass, most content girl in the world.

That cool, badass chick… well, that now can be me, my friends.

Yesterday, I finally achieved the first & most important step in achieving that vision, and took the course to learn to ride a motorcycle and get my license. That vision for myself… and let’s throw a sexy Italian boy on the back of that bike when I’m in the Riviera shall we… well, it can finally come true! I DID IT!

It feels GREAT.

A few weeks back I wrote a little bit about telling my untold story, and so in the name of doing so and taking more crazy action to turn my life into a hit blockbuster, best selling book turned into multi-season TV series, I thought I’d talk a little bit about what I learned in the process of achieving this badass dream that will surely add some excitement to future chapters and cliff hangers. (Hopefully no cliff hangers on my bike! … I’m referring to life there!)


Being A Badass

There are actually all kinds of badasses out there. Being a badass in life doesn’t have to mean you’re going to go break the law and smash a bottle on the ground to show how freaking bad you are when you’re mad. Being a badass in life simply means that you’re going to go your own way, you’re going to take the route others would think is “dangerous” and then you’re going to show just how safe it really is to take risks.

Think about who you are at your root and the person you know you’re meant to be, and figure out the kind of badass you want to incorporate into your life. Example: You can be

  • The badass web designer that brands “authentic cool” into all of their work
  • The badass parents that take their kids on adventures around the world
  • The badass entrepreneur willing to risk it all to make a status-quo-crushing dream happen
  • The badass chick on a motorcycle riding across the globe

Those 4 bullet points are actually a few examples of how I want to be a badass chick in my own life (no kids yet!), and I take steps each and every single day to create those visions.  Some days being harder than others, some days I’m rocking it… but through it all, having the vision and believing in it is really the most important part at the end of the day.


Remember… To Be is To Do, and so in order to be the things we see for ourselves, we must make the decision to do the things that will create that vision. We must put ourselves in situations that maybe even force us to do these badass things.

Even back when I was 16 years old I bet all of my friends one night in my basement that if I didn’t get my motorcycle license by the time I was 18 I’d owe them each $5. Well, thank goodness they forgave my bet since I took a bit longer, but it was at that point that I DECIDED.

And what do ya know?… The decisions we make in life, well, they’re pretty important. They’re pretty much the only thing that separates the people that commit to decisions and take action, and the people that talk about the decisions and then decide that taking the action just isn’t possible.

That’s not us today. We’re too badass for that dammit.

Whether you want to be a cool chick on a bike, a writer that always publishes his/her authentic word,  a polyglot that can curse out anyone in 10 different languages it’s all about what you do that let’s you be those things.


I’m telling you, once you start putting check marks next to items on your Mad To Do List it becomes an addiction as powerful as the desire to travel to every country of the world, the urge to have another handful of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, or the relationship between a blogger and his/her laptop!!!

My next badass item: Well, actually it’s a bit of a surprise and I’ll be announcing it this week! I’ll give you a clue though… It has to do with you, me, a bit of travel, and some badass action that’ll lead to some world changing stuff for people that deserve it.  (I can’t wait to tell you guys!!!)

The Biker Babe: I do, of course, still need to get the bike! I’m looking at some classic looking rides made by Triumph like the Bonneville… I’m all about the badass, cool, retro look… the whole nothin’ but black leather on a gigantic flame-painted  Harley… well, I’m just not that type of badass.

Until then, be the freaking awesome, sexy, inspiring badass you know you are. And if you have a bike, let’s go ride across America together or pick up hotties in Italy!

What about you and what you do is badass? And what are you going to get yourself into to be even more badass?

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About Lauren Rains

Hi my name is Lauren Rains. I write about the human experience. Through thick and thin, I’m dedicated to growth, adventure, integrity, and love. The Mad To Live is based on my pursuits, experiments, research, and lessons of challenge and triumph in all areas of life, including being entrepreneur, a writer, a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, a student, a creative, a friend, a daughter, a sister, a significant other, a stranger and the list goes on. At the end of the day, I believe human beings are here for two reasons: 1.) to love one another with total acceptance, and 2.) to see what we’re made of as we create the possibilities for an abundant life for ourselves and for others. No more bullshit, let's just enjoy our lives.

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