Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hiya! I am Lauryn Hock! I’m a 27 year-old living in Salt Lake City, Utah with my husband, Spencer, and my rescue Bengal kitty, Teddy. I taught high school English (9th grade and resource) until recently when I decided to quit teaching and put all of my focus in my blogging business, Lauryncakes.com.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
Obviously not! I mean, when I look back on my life, the signs were always there! At 12 years old, I made $1500 through babysitting by making business card magnets for people’s fridges and went door to door to introduce myself. However, I followed the footsteps of my mom and grandma, and went into teaching because it was comfortable, safe, and helped me pay for my college education through grants. Now I use both business and teaching skills with my blog (which I started in college).
Were you scared to start the process?
Starting my blog, I wasn’t scared at all! Ignorance is bliss, and I had no idea what I was getting into. It was in 2013 before blogs and social media were really monetized, so everything has been a learning process and not by-the-book for me. I always tell people that if I had planned on making money from my blog in the beginning, I surely would have forced it too much and ruined it! Taking the leap from quitting a secure job to working for myself was definitely terrifying, though! I thought about it for years before committing.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
Growing up, I didn’t think I was a creative person. Now, I believe everyone has the ability to be creative in the area they are passionate about!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
My mom always told me the quote, “those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” She always told me that, “it’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” I’d say those are the two quotes that I aspire to live by daily!
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Constantly! In the business world, they say you haven’t made it until you have doubters! I’ve had pitches turned down by brands, close friends unfollow my blog, and fellow bloggers turn down collab photoshoots with me. When you are ready to be successful, you have to be open to rejection. It gives us the ability to grow and learn!
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Every single person on this planet has something that makes them special and has a talent that sets them apart. Once they learn to practice that skill, their confidence will bloom!
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
HECK NO! Those caps were needed! A glance at my social media would make you think differently, but I am introverted and quite nervous in social situations. I also grew up with an unhealthy body image. Moving in both middle school and high school forced me to learn the value of pushing boundaries and living on the edge of my comfort zone. Confidence is a ‘fake it until it becomes real’ type of thing! It’s also contagious 😉
What do you love most about yourself?
My empathy. When teaching, it gave me the ability to explain concepts to students in a way that made sense to them because I saw their hang ups. With blogging, it allows me to connect with my audience and build a relationship that is meaningful!
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
Lots of them! Mostly struggling and failing at math many times during my education, and body image issues stemming from bullying.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
That being vulnerable is the only way to get the most out of life.
What motivates you most?
Improving myself. I try to live everyday a bit better than the last!
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Next question please! I’m kind of a workaholic. BUT, I pay attention to what my body is saying and give myself mental health days (or breaks) when needed. I also make sure that my husband always feels like he means more than a work task. Sometimes that means putting down my phone mid-email! Setting boundaries of what you will and won’t do outside of certain hours (like answering emails) is helpful for me!
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Eat foods that fuel my body. Give my body both exercise and rest. Remove stressors and negativity. Prioritizing my list of tasks that need to get done. Above all else, having grace with myself when I don’t live up to my own expectations.
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
My mom, who taught me to feel for others. My dad who taught me the value of hard work. Both of them for teaching me how important animals are as companions! My husband, who is brilliantly creative, funny, compassionate, and patient. They are my go-to people when I need help.
What are your biggest passions?
Creating a mood or a story through a photo is one of my favorite past times! I love the process from start to finish and would spend every day doing that. Reading to learn different viewpoints about the world or about things I don’t understand. I also love to consume movies and shows! Binge watching an entire season of my favorite show is the best way to spend a sleepless night!
Lauryn Hock taught at a low-income school in a high-needs area for four years, before deciding to take a career leap and pursue blogging full time. She’s been invited to and attended New York Fashion Week, has been featured in numerous online and print publications, and has appeared on segments on local news stations