Lauren Kroetsch


I graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. I enjoy yoga, cooking, reading, writing, eating, and drawing. Stalk me on Instagram (@this_is_lauren).

Let It Out: 5 Reasons It's OK To Cry At Work

By Lauren Kroetsch
We've probably all seen someone cry at work. Some people stare like the person who is crying is an alien, others divert their eyes and pretend not to notice. Why are we so uncomfortable with basic human emotion? Some jobs want you to be happy and…

Why I Prefer Traditional Male-Female Roles In My Relationship

By Lauren Kroetsch
On a late Sunday afternoon with the first chill of fall in the air, I was standing in my sun-drenched kitchen chopping vegetables for dinner, while my boyfriend was outside cutting the grass. It made me feel like a 1950s housewife, and that made me…

My Boyfriend Was Addicted To Video Games And It Ruined Our Relationship

By Lauren Kroetsch
When most people think of addiction, they automatically imagine drugs. However, a person can be addicted to many other things, including sex, shopping, porn, social media or in my experience, video games. I dabbled in online dating for a brief time…

5 Reasons Drinking Black Coffee Allows Me To Enjoy Caffeine Guilt-Free

By Lauren Kroetsch
A large black coffee is my usual order on any given day at any coffee place, and it's what I make for myself every morning. The first sip instantly makes me more awake and energized, and a sense of well-being and happiness washes over me. I feel…

Home Is Where The Heart Is: 3 Things I Learned From Moving 4 Times

By Lauren Kroetsch
We all know moving is extremely annoying and physically laborious. Doing it once is kind of exciting. You get a new home, a new town with new people, and there's new places to go and things to see. Unfortunately, I've moved four times in the past…

The Skinny: 5 Struggles All Naturally Thin People Know Too Well

By Lauren Kroetsch
Body-shaming usually is directed toward women with curves. Recently, with the worldwide spread of body positivity, the tables have turned. I, as a naturally thin and petite person, am being discriminated against for being thin. Next time you feel a…

Talk To The Hand: 4 Reasons Why I'm Grateful For My Resting B*tch Face

By Lauren Kroetsch
I can't even count how many times random people ask me, “What's wrong?” or how many times I’ve been told to smile. Especially working in retail, customers (particularly old men) expect me to have a smile plastered on my face for eight-plus hours a…

What It Was Really Like When My Fiancé Called Off Our Engagement

By Lauren Kroetsch
I was engaged for four months. We were in love, sharing an apartment and everything was going great, until one day he announced he didn't want to be in a relationship any longer. I fell apart. I once thought my happily-ever-after was happening, and…

7 Things That Happen When You Decide To Stop Drinking All The Time

By Lauren Kroetsch
As a former party girl, I know how to get crazy. Any random night — Wednesday? Why not? — I could always be found at whatever bar had the best drink specials. Then, one day, I decided to see what would happen if I stopped. This is what I…