We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Hammons and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I grew up in a household that valued excellence in academics- primarily in math and science. That worked out well for me because I was good at them! It lead me to believe that I didn’t *like* the arts. I graduated valedictorian from high school and went to college for my doctorate in pharmacy. For the better part of a decade, my life revolved around math and science. Until the second year of my doctorate when I became pregnant with my first child- a little girl. Everyone says it (because it’s true)- having a child changes you. For me, it renewed my sense of childlike wonder in the world. I was so inspired by this little person. God is, of course, the greatest artist. So I started a blog to document life with our growing girl. It became a goal of mine to get better at photography so I wasn’t always taking pictures of her on my phone. What I realized is I LOVED art in so many forms! I loved my blog and photography and, as it turns out, design. It was all so much fun! My husband says I was always a creative at heart.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work is primarily for me. I blog about my life as a way to document my growing children. If no one read my blog, I’d write all the same. It hasn’t always been easy to continue blogging. Sometimes I ask myself “why am I doing this? Am I going to do this forever?” The answer is probably not. And that’s ok. I will blog as long as I feel inspired to blog. It there is an expiration date on this creative endeavor, then I will gracefully say goodbye when it’s time. I learned that consistency is important, but rest is important too. When I don’t feel like blogging- I don’t blog. The creative desire eventually returns in its own time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are too many good places to list. I am a HUGE foodie, so no matter where I travel my itinerary always revolves around good food (and wherever I can snap the best pics). I’d recommend staying at Hotel Teatro. That place is STUNNING! Breakfast would be at Narrative in the Jacquard Hotel in Cherry Creek. We’d shop in the area and stroll the neighboring streets window shopping for a new house. Dinner would be at Uncle in Wash Park followed by a nightcap at B&GC. Finding a good hike (regardless of your skill level) is a must for anyone visiting Colorado. Some of my favorites are Chautauqua Park and Roxborough State Park.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this shoutout to God. He is the most creative artist and He gifts each of us with our own unique talents to be shared with others. All of my blessings, including my creative abilities, come from above.
“He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.”- Exodus 35:35