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Coasting down the coastline.

San Francisco, Big Sur, & Los Angeles, United States.

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What about the spaces in between?

September 2016

After crossing out of Palestine but before crossing into Jordan, there is this weird stretch of no man’s land that doesn’t seem to belong to anyone. Just this strip of pavement lined by barbed wire fences in the middle of the Negev Desert. It’s a strange feeling; standing somewhere barren and beautiful, alone, not knowing quite where you are other than ‘in between.’ I think it’s kind of special—a space that can’t be defined. It’s not here or there. It just is.

And I got to thinking about this idea of spaces in between. Particularly, the periods of our lives that lie within where we came from and where we’re going. An undefinable pin somewhere on the scribbly roadmap of life.

Those periods of time are innately uncomfortable. They’re fuzzy, they lack answers. But what if we could accept them for their beautiful inexplicableness, like that strip of pavement somewhere in the middle of the Negev Desert? What if instead of tension we felt energy, instead of discomfort we felt wonder for the infinite possibilities contained in this very undefined moment?

This idea of embracing the spaces beyond definition isn’t limited to periods of time. It applies to people, beliefs, ideas—life. It’s easy to say that something is on or off, right or wrong, good or bad, but rarely is anything all one or the other. It’s more complex to acknowledge that relationships and choices and thoughts fall outside of those boxes. And maybe we can’t describe them at all. And hey, maybe we don’t have to.

When we can take that person or belief or idea or that undefined moment on our journey and simply accept it for what it is, whatever it is, life becomes less rigid. It becomes flexible, fluid. Our inclination to categorize turns into curiosity for the shades and hues of colors we haven’t see before. There’s freedom there, and truth, somewhere on a spectrum with no endpoints. Infinite shades of grey are more honest than dimensionless blocks of black and white…and lots more fun, if you ask me.

My favorite way to think about things which can’t be defined is in terms of who we are, our identity. Am I an adventurer? An artist? Am I young and reckless? No, that’s too simple. I’m something much more complex. It takes intention to live in this world without categories or labels. It takes bravery too, to say “I’m not here or there. I’m not this or that. I just am.” (And that other person is too!)

So let’s appreciate the periods of life in between milestones. Trust that wherever we’re headed is worth the journey. Accept the moments in time that aren’t quite here or there. Embrace the people and ideas that aren’t easily defined. And let’s always remember to love ourselves—whoever, wherever, whenever that might be.

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February 15, 2015 · 8:26 am

Sun on my skin and salt in my hair.

Sian Ka’an, Tulum, Akumal, Tres Reyes, & Coba, Mexico.

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Chasing the sun.

Denver, Boulder, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, & Golden, Colorado, United States.

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What is our most value possession?

January 2019

Perhaps the most precious thing we own is our story.

…The only thing we own that transcends time and space.

The only thing that is truly ours.
I believe the most precious thing we can give is a piece of out story. If someone should give you such a gift, treat it with the utmost care.

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Lovely little things.

Vienna, Austria.

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Fields of wishes.

Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken, Lucerne, & Mount Pilatus, Switzerland.

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Pretending to study.

Bergamo, Italy.

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Just sayin’ it’s the weekend.

Brussels, Belgium. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Down on the banks.

Düsseldorf, Bonn, & Heidelberg, Germany.

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On the rocks, please.

Moab, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, & Canyonlands National Park, Utah, United States.

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Peaks, plateaus, and canyons.

Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park, & Scottsdale, Arizona, United States.

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Meet me in Saint Louie.

Saint Louis, Missouri, United States.

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Treasure hunting.

Kansas City, Missouri, United States.

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Somewhere life is sweet.

Somewhere in Missouri, United States.

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Behind weathered walls.

Saint Charles, Arcadia Valley, & Saint Louis, Missouri, United States.

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Chin up buttercup.

Munich & Ulm, Germany.

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Castles best when crumbling.

Ebersteinburg & Emmendingen, Germany.

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Cobblestones and curiosities.

Freiburg, Germany.

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Olympic dreams.

Innsbrook, Austria.

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Right at home.

Salzburg, Austria.

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Dazzled.

Prague, Czech Republic.

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Hi, I’m Lauren. Born in the Midwest and living in the Middle East, I’m on a bit of a personal mission to reduce the spaces between.

With endless questions and an extra helping of curiosity I created this blog as a way to reflect on the places that curiosity takes me and the answers (bust mostly more questions) I find along the way.

My hope with Miss LaQuist is to collect, share, connect the dots and one day make sense of what it means to be a member of this human family and resident of this global village.

I hope you will comment, message, share, and if nothing else..follow that spark inside you that has the potential to light up the world.

Best wishes,
Lauren


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