Hi! I'm Lauren from How Bourgeois. That's my husband Jon, he blogs here sometimes too. In between us is our son Noah. He's eight. We live outside of Detroit in a drafty, old, pre-civil war house.
I like cats, crocheting, and I absolutely CAN NOT pass up a bell jar pin on Pinterest. In some ways, you could say that I'm a total cliche', but I think the cliches stop there.
I'm a mommy, but I realized that you can trade in the station wagon for a Mini Cooper with six-on-the-floor and some blacked out rims. I love long walks in the city, hypochondria, and I once owned a Bone, Thugs & Harmony CD. Bone..bone..bone..bone..bone...bone.. (Omg. Don't tell anybody that.) If you're into mid-90's rap, you'll understand.
I only read non-fiction. I bump into things a lot.
We have less than 2.2 children, by choice. We sold our house in a sleepy neighborhood, for something, right, smack dab in the middle of a small, vibrant city. We're all having so much fun.
I don't think there is one right way to be in the world!
This is what How Bourgeois is about..... knowing that same, or conventional or as expected can be great, but not all the time. Being YOU can be even better!
We went from a care-free life in San Francisco, to living in the suburbs of Detroit, being married with a baby, and driving a station wagon. All within 18 months. I started to measure myself to society's expectations of me.... have two perfect children, drive the mini-van, be gorgeous and social and sporty and crafty. Have a lovely Pottery Barn perfect home, in a white-picket neighborhood.
I didn't always add up, and if we're being perfectly honest, eventually, I didn't always want to.
As the years have gone by, I've started to come into myself and see that it's ok to take your own path. It's ok to make thoughtful decisions that are right for you, and your family.
Because why be the same, when different is an option!?
So, if you've ever been like me, the vaguely awkward, nerdy one, then pull up a chair! I hope through sharing my experiences, and perhaps learning about yours too, we can all learn to navigate this brilliantly amazing life a little easier. Together.