LOL with Sharon Clause


Despite the vastness of the  blogworld, one way or another, we still find genuine people. People who value life, friendships and aren’t afraid to acknowledge that life is full of imperfections but still press on to become better people. It is people like these that make blogging worth it because we know we can relate  one way or another. I have been reading Ronnie’s blog for a long time and she inspires me to be a better person. Here is her view on LOL.


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Hi! My name is Sharon Clause but my friends call me Ronnie, hence my blog, freely ronnie ;] To share a little bit about myself, I am currently a senior in college, a part time nanny, and a full time dreamer. My loves in life are fresh air, messy hair, my heated blanket, juice, and books full of truth. My dislikes in life are rushed mornings, stereotypes, chapped lips, my recent discovery that I can’t eat gluten, and weekends without adventure.

As someone who has dedicated my life (and blog) to pursuing a free and authentic lifestyle, I have definitely experienced both the triumphs and failures of attempting to live on the outside as who I am on the inside. Our society places so much pressure on us to produce a certain amount of valuable material while looking a certain way and absorbing a certain mindset. It is this very culture that we live in that motivates me to run in the opposite direction.

Similarly, the exact blogosphere that I am a part of today is the same environment that first sucked me into an endless downward spiral of insecurity and negativity towards myself, my closet, my body, my wealth, etc. I fear that many blogs have turned into just another #filtered facebook status that strives to spotlight the perfections and conceal the less than ideal. To me, this is not living out loud. It’s living life as a magazine…cutting and pasting the perfectly posed parts for all to see and hiding the rest under the carpet.

I have come to believe in a life without physical, emotional, or mental chains. I believe in a life that is authentic and at times, transparent. I believe in a life full of truth. And I believe in a life with the purpose of serving, blessing, and encouraging others… no matter the personal cost.

In an effort to pursue this life, I find inspiration within my own dreams and desires.Going to other blogs or pinterest for inspiration doesn’t originate from you and is therefore, not a full reflection of who you are. So I find inspiration from nature, from pieces of art, from my past, my struggles, and my achievements. My friends, my fears, my discoveries, and my cravings. In order for you to live a life out loud, I’d suggest doing the same. Because in order to live an authentic life outwardly, you first have to know and love who are you are the inside. Have alone time frequently. Get to know yourself. And I promise, you’ll find out that you are far more inspiring than you probably think.

Live freely. Live out loud.


Thanks Ronnie for being a part of this. You can find Ronnie on her blog  Freely Ronnie



Traveling…with Louise!

[Click on image to go to Trevolta]

First of all I want you to know that this post is coming from the bottom of my heart with much love.
I have always loved travelling and all my life I have been moving thus no permanent place to call home (the perks of being a PK!)! I know we all desire to travel the world and experience the cultures and untold beauty in person, but not all of us make it. Maybe is because of our geographical location, physical setbacks or financial problems. But it doesn’t hurt to dream and wouldn’t it be a beautiful feeling to realize in one way or another, we have contributed to a dream come true for some one, a relative, a friend?

In this blogging journey, I have been blessed with amazing blogger friends.
Louise holds a special place in my heart and she is fundraising money to go to Japan. Isnt that awesome?!?!
So I am humbly requesting you to head over to Trevolta and check out her campaign. Oh and to know more about Louise, check out her take on LOL here.

I would be an honor if you contributed


PS: Had my first ad-swap and it’s from Louise!

LOL With Jessica Lawson

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 December is upon us! Its amazing how time flies. Today we are privileged to have Jessica with us for the LOL series. There is something about her that is so captivating. Maybe it is her selflessness or maybe it is her love for the outdoors, but she has been one of those inspiring bloggers this year who remind me of the reason  I started this in the first place. And what not a better way than to end the year 2013 with her take on LOL.

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Hello friends and readers of Sophie and the Rare Beauty blog! My name is Jessica, and I’m a Sailor in the US Navy. Like most people past their young 20’s, I have many stories I can tell in addition to all the crazy ones I have from my experiences as a Sailor traveling to far off places and doing some out-of-the-ordinary things. I love a long, solo run, cooking and baking, sweet wine, exploring new places, hiking, playing with my dogs, writing, scrapbooking, and just being outdoors. I tend to gravitate towards things that are uncommon like being in the Navy. Only 2% of the American population voluntarily chooses to serve in one of the branches of the armed forces. I say “serve” because that’s what we truly do. While defending freedom and democracy is one of our main purposes, half of my time in the Navy has been dedicated to global community relations projects, humanitarian aid, and disaster relief missions.

For me “living out loud” means living a life that speaks strongly, through your actions, about what you believe and who you are. For some that may mean becoming a scientist and dedicating one’s life to finding ways to treat and fight cancer. For others, it may mean being the spokesperson for a particular cause in whatever community they are a part of. Or it could mean that you do your best as much as possible to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. I try to live a life that speaks of my adventurous spirit, my openness, and my belief in being compassionate towards others. While a life as a Sailor, is certainly not for most people, it definitely fits these particular traits of mine. Outside of “work”, I challenge myself and find a “natural high” through running. I started running farther distances much like Forrest Gump did out-of-the-blue one day. You can read more about that story here. Then I remember running one race and loving the excitement and energy I picked up from the other runners and the crowd who had gathered to cheer us on and support us runners every step of the way. I was hooked, and started signing up and training for races. My goal became to collect lots of race medals. I also picked certain big races for my mental bucket list. I find that with each new activity I try, I discover a certain “high” about it, and I want to do it more. I felt this way about hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and anything else that involved getting off the sofa, away from the t.v., and experiencing the world that was waiting outside of the ship and the walls which surrounded me. I just want to be worthy of the life that I was given; I want to have a worthwhile existence, one in which there is no regrets.

One might say that my life-changing moments were when I joined the Navy, when I was deployed to Iraq (after all, that is where I met my husband), when I ran my first race, when I got married. It’s true that these were all life-altering events especially because I wasn’t the same person to some degree after they happened. However, I would say that each decade that I have been alive has been dramatically different from the last, every 5 years feels like the changes of a decade have occurred, and each year has me feeling much different about perspectives and goals. Every 365 days that go by leaves me different from the last. I am getting older, and the person that I was at 18, 21, 25, and 30 is no longer the same. I would say that she is much different; hopefully wiser, but knowing even less about everything than before.

If I could give anyone advice, it would be to “live without regret”. You can take that however you want. Live a life that you can be proud of living, and if you mess up, don’t be afraid to admit it and show that you can grow from it.

That’s it. That’s all I have left to say. I enjoyed being a part of this series, and I am so grateful to have been able to connect with new people here through Sophie. Thanks for reading and I will see you all around here on Sophie’s blog!

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Thanks Jessica for being part of LOL. You can find more of Jessica  on her blog The Jessica L Blog