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I Don’t Tell People What to Do

Written By: Lauren Howard

I don’t tell people what to do.

That’s not my brand.

My brand is telling people what stupid things I did that they should not do.

And also knowing that sometimes people have to learn it themselves and supporting them through that is just part of the deal.

My dad always said that no one is completely useless because they can always serve as a bad example.

I have an arsenal of lessons that help me make better choices for myself and my family every day. That includes many, many mistakes.

Sometimes, that means showing the jagged parts or talking through the bruising experience that got me here or putting myself on blast for something something stupid.

Luckily, I don't embarrass easily.

I'm that person who says, "ohmybob, don't tell anyone that happened!" and then immediately outs myself as doing the dumb thing to the next person who walks by.

Being willing to laugh at myself means that I have constant entertainment. I am very smart and also very dumb.

It's my charm. Shrug.

The most important thing I do here is to show people that they're not alone. Saying it doesn't mean much. But showing it through personal, lived experience? That works.

I'm making everything up, and it's working alright for me.

Come hang and see me be dumb sometimes!


Founder & CEO at elletwo


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