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Wild things.

My bookshelf is filled with tales of little princes and rabbit holes and wild things. My walls are strung with photos of sun and sand and stars. Of magic. A paper map is pinned with places I’ve been, and some places I’ve been only in my dreams. My room is the color of celery. My white linen curtains just barely shade the sun, that magnificent light I can never be too far from. In the morning sunlight streams through my windows and I know I have to chase it. I run down paths lined with trees, surrounded by a world much greater than myself. The sun never touches my skin but it touches the leaves above me, making them look like they are glowing from within. I know that my legs and my muscles can take me anywhere. I appreciate what my body can do. I appreciate the sweat running down it. I appreciate the breath within it that gets faster and heavier the further my feet take me. When I stop, my breath and my sweat and my muscles don’t. I walk out from under the leaves on the trees into the sunlight they’ve been hiding. I lift my chin and close my eyes. The sun warms my skin and fills my body and mind with light. I know that whatever the sun touches is a part of me too. I know that as long as the sun is shining I can do anything, absolutely anything I imagine. I’m eager for the future but in love with the present. I see goodness-in myself, in people. I crave adventure and fear and challenge. I want to be confused, amazed, enlightened, breathless. After the sun sets and paints the sky with color, and after the moon comes out to take its place, the world slows down around me. My mind slows down. My heart slows down. Stars sprinkle the black sky above me and fill it with the most magical kind of light. The stars remind me that the sun I love so much is just one of countless others. Of countless other suns shining light into countless other hearts across countless other galaxies. I wish I could pluck one out of the sky and hold it in my hands and press it to my chest. My imagination is a beautiful place. I know that I look at life through a child’s eyes in many ways. I know that I see it through the eyes of a soul much older than myself in others. Mostly, I know that I’m me. Just me. And that makes me happy.



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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It’s a cloudy afternoon and I’m daydreaming. Daydreaming of a night without a cloud in the sky. Daydreaming that I’m lying in tall grass underneath an ancient tree with bare branches reaching into a sea of black, absolutely sprinkled with stars. The harder I look at the speckled lights above me the closer they seem to be. The brighter they become. Like they are ever so slowly falling down to Earth. Or maybe Earth is spinning ever closer to them. I want to run my fingers through the sky and hear them sparkle. I want to rearrange the constellations. They seem close enough to touch. I pick one out and stretch up my hand. Just before the tip of my finger reaches it, it bursts like a firework into thousands of flecks of shimmering golden light. I reach for another and another until the whole sky sparkles. Stardust rains down and kisses my cheek. It falls into the grass around me. I close my eyes. I feel a cool breeze from some far away place. I feel the galaxy spinning around me. I feel my mind spinning just the same. I open my eyes to see that the golden flecks of light have grown wings and turned into fireflies. I sit up. They swirl around me, lifting my hair into the sky above me. I watch as they fly higher and higher, thousands of them, up into the bare branches of the ancient tree. There they glow and there they stay until they must return to their place in the sky, to light up the world.

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Grey days and golden nights.

Paris, France.

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August 8, 2014 · 12:00 pm

Lovely little things.

Vienna, Austria.

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August 8, 2014 · 8:00 am

Fields of wishes.

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

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August 8, 2014 · 7:00 am

Pretending to study.

Bergamo, Italy.

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August 8, 2014 · 6:00 am

Just sayin’ it’s the weekend.

Brussels, Belgium. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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August 8, 2014 · 4:00 am

Down on the banks.

Düsseldorf, Bonn, & Heidelberg, Germany.

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August 8, 2014 · 3:00 am

On the rocks, please.

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

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August 7, 2014 · 11:27 pm

Peaks, plateaus, and canyons.

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

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August 7, 2014 · 10:46 pm

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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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,

Have a story, bit of advice, or maybe just a hello? I’d love to hear from you!

All material on this website may be shared or reblogged on other sites so long as a link directly back to Miss LaQuist blog is provided.

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