Mental Health

Moving Home After Living In China

Moving Home After Living In China

On February 15, 2016, my husband and I moved to Nanjing, China. It’s been exactly 38 weeks since that day and I’m writing this in my Beijing apartment, preparing to go back to the US in just a few days. Why I Came To China […]

100 Enouraging Ideas

100 Enouraging Ideas

I’ve uploaded 100 videos to my YouTube channel! To celebrate, I challenged myself by putting together the most encouraging list I’ve ever crafted. Click the photo below to watch the video, or scroll through for Pinterest-worthy pics and 100 encouraging ideas! 1. “Close your eyes and […]

Traveling With Anxiety

Traveling With Anxiety

Dealing with chronic anxiety is tough, but factor in a raging case of wanderlust and it gets even harder. For me, anxiety during travel rears its ugly head often in the form of language barriers, lost taxi drivers, dead phone batteries, when the hotel says “I […]

8 Books For The Anxious Traveler

8 Books For The Anxious Traveler

Travel can heighten anxiety, but it can also be a great time to dig deep into some books! My least favorite part of travel is waiting: in the terminal, on the plane, on the shuttle, in a restaurant, etc, etc, but with a good book […]

5 Emotional Phases of Moving Abroad

5 Emotional Phases of Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is amazing and life-changing, and I hope everyone gets the chance to experience it at some point in their lives! But something this life-changing, like any other extreme transition, inevitably comes with its drawbacks. The emotional phases of moving abroad to China closely mirrored my emotions […]

Why “Sans Peur”?

Why “Sans Peur”?

September 8, 2016 – After a lot of deliberation, I’ve decided to change the name of this site from “La Vie Sans Peur” to “Lauren Without Fear”. I’m not going to alter the content of this article despite this change because “sans peur” is still tattooed on me and […]

Pre-Travel Anxiety

Pre-Travel Anxiety

This feeling I’m having right now is something I felt back in December 2010, right before I was about to leave for a semester in Ireland, and it’s the reason I’m writing now. Pre-travel anxiety can be intense, it can be mild, or it can bottle up […]