When I was around nine or ten years old, I decided I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. And every writer needs a space to work, right? So, I pushed a small desk into my tiny walk-in closet and called it my office. I would sit for hours at this desk and write short stories complete with my own illustrations (because obviously every good book has pictures).
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that here I am, about 30 years later, laying my heart out in print (sadly minus the crayon drawings). Writing has always been an outlet for me and after a 16-year stint as a television sports anchor and reporter, I’ve gone back to my roots by sharing my own personal stories. With plenty of style thrown in.
I also realized once I hit 30 that I did not, in fact, have it all figured out. That 10-year-old Laura who was writing stories in her closet probably thought that 20 years later she would be a fully functioning adult with a husband and a couple of kids. Turns out, I was none of the above.
And it scared the crap out of me.
But over the last (nearly) decade I’ve started to learn and accept that life isn’t always about what you expected. And it’s the twists and turns along the way that actually make it a life worth living and sharing. I met my husband when I was 35 (and a half), got married at 38 (and a half), and if kids are in our future, I’ll likely be at least 40.
But this is my timeline, and I’m finally owning it.
Whether you are exactly where you thought you would be or just trying to keep your head above water, my goal with First and Trend is to simply tell it like it is. The online and social media worlds are too often highlight reels which naturally cause insecurity and feelings that you are not enough.
Even the name, First and Trend has a meaning. As a recovering sports reporter I couldn’t resist putting a spin on First and Ten in football. A first-and-ten is, essentially, a fresh start for an offense. A new set of opportunities to achieve the ultimate goal. To me, that is style. It’s your fresh start to keep going after your dreams. It’s how you feel both on the inside and outside that propels you in the right direction.
So, let’s keep it real. After spending over a decade and a half in an industry that did little to support and empower me as a woman, I’m committed to making sure other women never go without either.
After all, being an adult is hard enough. Let’s lift each other up along the way.
This is a good time to also mention that in addition to having my husband, Marc, I’m also a proud dog mom to Oxford the labradoodle. You will see a lot of him. Sorry not sorry. He’s adorable. And we all live in Brooklyn where we spend our time trying to be hipster enough to not get evicted.