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Check Out Lauren Raines’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Raines.

Hi Lauren, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Growing up, I actually always wanted to become a dentist. Polar opposites, right?! The unfortunate part of that aspiration for me is that school just wasn’t my strong suit. I was diagnosed Dyslexic in the third grade and really it was always an uphill battle my entire academic career. I also attended a school extremely academically advanced, surrounded by future doctors, lawyers, prestigious businessmen and women. Naturally, the only logical career path would be of something to that stature. When I continued my education further attending Arizona State University, which I barely got into I might add, I was more determined than ever to prove everyone wrong including myself. I was studying BioMed, taking all the chemistry, mathematics, and biology classes you could dream of. Oh, and failing pretty much every single one. I had never felt more of a failure. Naturally, as I had done in high school, I brushed it off and used a coping mechanism to deal with it. I was a part of a sorority, so my social life became my world. This obviously wasn’t a solution because I, unfortunately, continued to bury myself in all the wrong circumstances.

In all honesty, I felt incredibly lost. I ended up dropping out of school in my second year, where I worked at an orthodontist office as an orthodontic assistant. I would take a few classes here and there, still telling myself that becoming a dentist is where I wanted to end up. I really did love the work I was doing, which validated a piece of that dream. It wasn’t really until the pandemic that I was able to truly take a step back and figure out what I was doing. It was actually because of a conversation I had with my dad in July of 2020. I was helping his garden in his backyard where he explained to me that my passion could very well be a career. Which I had been told by so many people before, but coming from a parent just made me feel like it was actually possible. He encouraged me to reach out to local designers and see if they needed help with anything or if they would even just grab a coffee with me. I did exactly that and had some success. I ended up hearing back from a designer who was in the process of getting a team together for the holiday season. She had a portion of her business dedicated to very glamourous Christmas decor.

Now, this wasn’t really what I was looking for, and as much as I love Christmas it wasn’t exactly up my alley. BUT I said yes, one because I would have the chance to work alongside her, and two because I hoped it would lead to something more. Which it did. I now work for her as her assistant while also gearing up and learning as much as possible for my own company, LRaines Designs. Currently, my blog, www.lrainesdesigns.com, is my first major stepping stone towards my business. Where I can help offer myself as a resource to individuals who seek insight on interior design tips and tricks. Also my Instagram page, @lrainesdesigns, I created last September has lead me to meet some truly talented individuals who share the same passion for design as myself. I have a long way to go, but for the first time in my life I feel like I am on the right path, and I cant wait to see where it’ll take me.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. I was very lost for a very long time. It wasn’t really until the pandemic that I was able to take a step back and really think about where I wanted to take my life moving forward. I have always been someone who strives for perfection, so having failure after failure really got me down. Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Which is exactly what I was doing. I was striving for a dream that simply wasn’t mine and falling into the same bad habits when it didn’t end up working out. I believe that every single one of us has unique gifts that the other doesn’t, which is exactly what makes life worth living. Imagine if everyone was exactly the same, imagine if you could only put yourself into the boxes of lawyer, doctor, or corporate businessman. All of which are great jobs but those aren’t the ONLY jobs. Which is what I have finally been able to embrace with my goals for LRaines Designs.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Currently, I’m an Interior Designer. I’ve always been a natural creative for as long as I can remember. Where I’m not great with numbers, I make up for it in visual design. When I walk into a space I instantly think of how I would arrange the furniture, mix color tones, incorporate texture and patterns. When I am putting together a room, I want to portray the feeling that I get when I’m designing it. Whether that means it’s a “homey” family room or a modern glam master closet. Each room has its own feeling, its own aura to make you feel a certain way when you pass through it. It’s not just about having all the newest items or the most up-to-date pieces it about creating a space that is unique to that individual. Your home should feel like your own personal sanctuary.

What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Easy, resilience. You are going to get knocked down time and time again. For me I was my entire life, literally starting when I began elementary school. I never got straight A’s, I never raised my hand in class, I never got an honors award. I was categorized as a “stupid blonde girl” pretty much my whole life. And in order for me to deal with that, I played into it in some manner, even though I knew I wasn’t. I knew I wasn’t stupid but why did my grades never portray that. Finally, after leaving school and going out on my own I was able to see that nothing can define who you are. Only you can, you can literally create your entire life. Which is exactly what I’m doing now. Also once you find your passion and you figure out how to build it into something that can sustain your lifestyle, you’ll feel it. I don’t quite know how to describe it other than you just feel more yourself than you ever have.

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