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Pruning to Grow – How to Purposefully Pursue Multiple Passions (Without Spreading Yourself Too Thin) featuring Lauren Carnes

January 11, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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At the start of a new year, we’re often super pumped about all of the new things we want to start, resolutions we’ve set and goals we want to crush in the coming months.

However – sometimes rather than adding new or more – our best move for true growth looks more like cutting, pruning, simplifying and getting back to the basics so we can truly focus on that which matters most.

In Episode 63 of It’s About Time, I’m sharing a recent conversation with Lauren Carnes, a photographer and marketing guru, mom and wife, who embraces what she calls the “both/and” while also seeking opportunities to simplify and truly cultivate the things in her life that matter the most.


About Lauren Carnes

With a background in public relations and social media marketing, Lauren has always been a lover of telling great stories. For 6 years she worked alongside international brands including Nike, Airstream, the John Maxwell Company, and Chick-fil-A in defining unique elements of their stories and serving as their brand voice through digital, print, and in-person engagements. After launching a photography business in May 2014, Lauren began focusing on merging photography with brand messaging strategy by coaching creative and lifestyle businesses on aligning communications, marketing, & imagery.

Now, as a Communications Strategist and Photographer she has the opportunity to pursue two elements of storytelling in one business. When she’s not in the office, she can be found cooking, hosting friends, or exploring new cities with her husband, Chip, her son, Oliver, and their fur-baby, Sophie. They live in their college town, Athens, GA, where Chip practices as a Urologist and Lauren divides her time every day doing the roles she loves the most: wife, mother, entrepreneur, and “chef.”

In today’s conversation, Lauren shares

  • What working in full-time from home, with no childcare has looked like for her in 2020

  • The tools, routines (like meal planning) and boundaries that enable her family and business to flourish

  • How she’s approaching goal setting in the New Year despite uncertainty

  • How she’s brought focus and intention to a life that wholeheartedly embraces multiple roles, responsibilities and professional passions without spreading herself too thin


I “met” Lauren years ago when she spoke in a virtual summit all about Instagram hosted by Megan Martin, my guest back in Episode 52.

Megan is a mom of four, digital CEO and the founder of the Digital Lab, an all-access online learning community for business owners looking to add digital products like courses, templates and downloads to their portfolio.

I’ve learned a ton, and made so many great connections inside the Digital Lab, and I’d love for you to join us. Click here to start your 14-day free trial and see what it’s all about.

Listen to Episode 52 featuring Digital Lab founder, Megan Martin share how she breaks the mold in work and life.

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