Hi! I’m Lauren and I’m a travel writer and social media influencer who is passionate about inspiring black women to step out of their comfort zones for new experiences in travel and adventure, to use nature as healing and therapy, and to embrace outdoor recreation.
I’m a first year millennial and a single mom with a propensity for adventures, travel, nature, new and unique experiences, theme parks, and food. I’m also an avid Harry Potter fan which contributes to some of the adventures(or misadventures) I find myself in. I like being outdoors in nature and I absolutely love being anywhere near water.
I’m also a podcaster, published photographer, and creator of Lauren R Gay Consulting where I offer professional consulting services for blogs and podcasts, courses, as well as curated group trips.
Because I’m a single mom, I wear the hats of every day moms plus dads. I’m a cook, coach, driver,planner, maid, nurse, counselor, stylist, advisor etc. I’m also a diva of sorts: Sorority girl, shoe shopping, outlet bargain hunting, jewelry loving, girly girl. You could say I’m a walking contradiction because I like so many different things. By trade I work in healthcare information systems. I’m also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Through all of this I’ve somehow managed to still carve out a life and identity of my own. I’ve made it a point to expose my son to as much of the world as I possibly can. I haven’t always had the means to venture as far as I’ve dared to dream but we always manage to make our own adventure. Now that he’s older and I’m more seasoned in my professional career, I’m afforded the opportunity to see more and do more.
I don’t believe we were put on this earth just to exist. We are here to learn as much as we can and leave our imprints as we go. People have always been encouraged and even surprised at the things I’ve been able to expose my son to. Especially, because as a black single mother, exposing my son to things like hiking, snorkeling, and camping are seen as out of the ordinary in our community.
I decided that a life this blessed deserved to be shared. If I inspire anyone at all to pursue a dream, to step out of their norm, and to really take time to appreciate the beauty of the world we live in then it will all be worth it. Being the “Outdoorsy” type doesn’t mean you wear cammo or that you’re any less feminine. And being feminine and liking designer purses doesn’t mean you can’t connect with nature, even if you make a fool of yourself in the process. If this girl can get in touch with her outdoorsy side then so can you!
Life is about creating moments and I look forward to sharing my moments with all of you. Adventure is a lifestyle!
“It’s only the great outdoors….what are you afraid of?”
Lauren G. – Outdoorsy Diva™
If you would like to contact me fill out the nifty form below or you may email me directly at OutdoorsyDiva@gmail.com