#52Women: A Renegade Project

Mar
17th

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When I started This Renegade Love, all I really wanted was to have a platform to share the stories of ordinary people who were doing extraordinary things with their lives. The people that I meet on the daily, the people that inspire me, the people with amazing stories to tell. And at first, there were loads. I had a stockpile of people I actually knew that were just killing it in life.

But lately, guys, I’ve been lacking that inspiration, that Renegade buzz – those stories that ignite the creative fire inside of me.

After chatting with a few friends who were also struggling to find their creative drive, I realized that if I wanna get my Renegade groove back, I need to grow my circle. Don’t get me wrong, I love the blogging industry most of the time, but I think we can all agree that it’s been lacking as of late. It seems that with more and more platforms to share our stories, we actually seem to have lost the art of storytelling. And bumping into the same people at the same events every week (and watching every single thing they do online on top of that) doesn’t really lend itself to fresh conversation and brilliant new ideas, know what I mean?

So last week in my depths of creative boredom, I poured myself a glass of vino, turned on some Beyonce, and thought long and hard (2 minutes) about what inspires me and what I’m passionate about. Now, it could’ve been Bey singing sweet nothings in my ear, it could’ve been my 10th read of Garance Dore’s Love Style Life book, but there were two things I kept coming back to:

1) The energy of strong women.
2) The connection of people through storytelling.

Boom. Done. And when it came to connecting the two, I remembered reading a post by fellow blogger Autumn Hachey, where she started doing 52 coffee dates a year as a means to expand her network, explore the city and find ways to help other people. There was a sudden flash of clarity, a final swig of sauv blanc, and just like that, #52WOMEN happened.

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#52WOMEN

Inspired by Autumn and going back to my roots of profiling Renegades, I’m launching #52WOMEN, a new project that will showcase 52 amazing, diverse and interesting women over the following year.

Each week I’ll sit down at one of Toronto’s coffeeshops, restaurants or park benches (just waiting on you, spring) with a different woman to simply learn about who they are, what they do and why they do it. There won’t be any phones on the table, no notes being taken, just conversation – listening and learning and connecting.

And although I’m sure there will be some badass bloggers thrown in along the way, I’m hoping to meet women whose lifestyle or industry I actually know little to nothing about – teachers, doctors, mums, entrepreneurs, engineers, chefs, bankers, volunteers, firefighters. The women I hope can teach me something new, open my eyes to different lifestyles and inspire me in ways I don’t yet even know exist.

Where does ‘the connection of people through storytelling’ come in?

Well, I’m not just doing this for me, guys. At the end of the day, it all comes back to how I can help YOU (*insert emoji with heart kisses here*). Besides looking to grow my own network of ladies, I want to help connect women from different walks of life who might not ever cross paths otherwise. I want to hear about one woman’s struggles of balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship, and be able to connect her to another woman I met a few weeks prior who went through the same thing.

Each week after my chat, you’ll find a short Instagram Story of the woman I met, sharing 3 things I learned about her, her life and her career. And at the end of each month, I’ll be posting a round-up on the blog of the amazing women I met each week, sharing a bit more of who they are and how they live.

Soooo…. whaddya think? Are you on board for this?

I hope so, because there’s gonna be a whole lot of lady love happening around these parts over the next year. And I’d love to hear any recommendations for women you think are truly amazing, whether it’s your sister, your grandma or the woman who fuels your caffeine addiction every day. There are no boundaries, no molds to fit – only awesome stories that have yet to be told.

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To catch the weekly Insta stories, follow me @thisrenegadelove
and be sure to check out the hashtag #52WOMEN
for all the goods throughout the year.


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  • Can i sign up to be #1?
    Or can we just go get wine sometime soon?
    I’m happy with either

  • Sara says:

    Hey Lauren-
    First, I love this. Second, though I don’t think I have great stories to tell as a career-confused 26 year old, and though I don’t want to self-promote, I had this thought the other day that I wish I could talk to you offline about planning a renegade wedding. Because I got engaged a month ago and am planning to break a lot of wedding rules which is hard to explain to people and I have this sense you might be doing similar things. So if you’d wanna chat about that, or career confusion as a young professional, I’d love to sit on a park bench with you 😉 haha. Regardless I’ll be a reader and a fan of this series 10000%

  • Sara says:

    Also a woman I think is amazing: nicole @botcomm

  • Love this, Lauren. Such a great idea. I love the idea of sitting down and just talking without a phone, a notepad or a computer. Without those distractions, you’ll be able to fully listen and converse…so awesome! I can’t wait to hear these stories and I’ll definitely be following along with #52WOMEN!

  • Gwyn says:

    Love this idea!

  • Totally on board! Can’t wait to read all of the profiles of women you interview and hear their stories. So creative!

  • Elaine says:

    It’s projects like this that inspire, simply based on the idea alone! Looking forward to meeting the #52Women over the year 🙂

  • Nav says:

    Love this! It’s such a great and refreshing idea! 🙂

  • Amy wetton says:

    What a fabulous idea! So many amazing and intriguing women out there to discover! ??

  • Eline says:

    So excited for this project, Lauren! Such a brilliant idea; I’ve been feeling the need myself to connect with women that inspire me. Now I can sort of do that through here haha!

  • Eleni says:

    Have you watched The Young Pope? I couldn’t help but think of the show while I read your line about individuals now sharing their stories on every platform of social media.No mystery is preserved and yet I am afraid that at times we fall into the habit of quickly browsing through our feeds.Not reading the stories.Storytelling used to be the gateway to our sublime, at least for me.I think nowadays social media has in a way taken that away from us in a very paradoxical way.Cant wait to read about the women you meet!

    • Lauren | This Renegade Love says:

      i haven’t watched it yet, but need to! I completely agree that we’re guilty of scanning instead of actively listening and engaging. Hoping to try to change that!

  • Lynne says:

    Hi Lauren,

    I’d love to be a part of your series.. except.. instead of a park bench in Toronto, how about a road trip for a few hours outside of Toronto, and come stay in our treehouse and cabin? Bring a couple of friends, and boom… let the fires ignite.

    Email me anytime! Or pop over to my blog and we will connect for sure!

    Big Love,
    Lynne from Design The Life You Want To Live

  • Kirstin says:

    This is such a great idea Lauren! I’m looking forward to following along and reading about all of the interesting women you profile, I’m definitely in need of some woman power inspiration, can’t wait!

  • Jen says:

    You should check out Lauren Riker of @girlyknits! She’s one of my inspirations and she is the definition of a self-made woman 🙂

  • I would love to be a part of this! I too have an excellent network within my industry but very little outside that and would love to expand my circle of badass ladies. Let me know if you have requirements to be a part of the project!

  • Tricia Chan says:

    You should interview my older sister, Karen Chan of Avarcas Canada. She has been bringing Mediterranean vibes to Canada in the form of footwear, while keeping the health of our planet and people in mind.

  • Karen says:

    I saw you posting about this on Instagram the other and I’ve finally got round to reading your post! That’s life as a Mum of two for ya! Anyway I just wanted to share with you that I think this is a wonderful and that I look forward to reading more. Share other women’s stories and connecting them through various ways and means is also a big passion of mine and as Toronto holds a special place in my heart I’m excited to see who share with us all! X

    • Lauren | This Renegade Love says:

      Cheers Karen! There are so many awesome women out there that don’t always get a chance to share their stories to a wider audience. So excited to be able to tell them!

  • Ella says:

    This is incredible! I’m so happy I came across this. I actually did this a couple of days ago, but on a smaller scale. If you look up #mynewgirlgang on either Twitter or Ig, I had 10 ladies come together from diverse industries to talk about challenges, give advice, and share insight. I was so lucky to have a photographer there, because everyone was so deep in conversation that we didn’t have time to even touch our phones. We need to do more things like this in Toronto!