By Lauren Curtis
The Mental Makeover podcast shares relatable, honest and actionable advice on all things happiness, body image, self-love, relationships, spirituality and reaching your goals. Hosted by Lauren Curtis, social media influencer with over 7 million followers across her platforms. For more, head to @lozcurtis on Instagram or search Lauren Curtis on YouTube!
Is it ever OK to critique someone's plastic surgery?
As someone who has had cosmetic enhancements, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. 90% of me says I have no right to comment on anyone else's appearance because it doesn't affect me in any way, but on the other hand, that 10% worries for people who seem to be going overboard. Let's talk about it...
December 07, 2021
Stop letting your ego convince you that you're not good enough
The ego... It tends to shout when we need it to be quiet. It convinces us that we need to be more popular, more attractive, more successful, more stylish and more intelligent, in order to be liked by others. In order to be 'good enough' or worthy. If we try to ignore our ego it shouts even louder. "What do you MEAN all of those things don't matter?! If you don't listen to me I'll show you how wrong you are! Everyone will think you're ugly and unsuccessful and embarrassing and stupid. But if you listen to me, I'll keep you safe." It's like a toxic relationship that we can't seem to escape. Deep down we know it's not good for us, but it can feel scary leaving something familiar, so we stick with it. I had a huge ego flair up recently which is what inspired this episode. I talk through every little detail about what happened, how it made me feel and why, and how I got through it. It's important to note that I believe our egos are important, but only to a certain degree. It's important to receive feedback from outside, more objective sources every once in a while. The issue is that we now seem to rely mainly on what other people think of who we are and the decisions we make, and not enough on what we think of ourselves. We need balance, baby! If you enjoyed today's episode, please leave a rating and a review! It helps this podcast reach other people, which is really cool :) Thank you so much x
March 29, 2021
Q&A: beating self doubt, abortion judgement, rebound relationships, male dependence, losing attraction + more
This episode has it all! I love Q&A episodes as I get to share my thoughts on lots of different topics. I hope you enjoy :) xxx
March 08, 2021
Will achieving your goals actually make you happier?
It probably sounds like a strange question to ask, but there's a reason I'm asking it. Sure, there's an undeniable sense of fulfilment and accomplishment that comes with achieving a goal you've been working towards for a while, but if we're all being honest, how long did you actually stop and let that win sink in for? Did you even stop at all? Or were you too busy working towards the next big goal? Why are we all so quick to set up a new target once we have reached our old one? Perhaps it's because we think that constantly hitting targets and reaching goals will make us happier, more confident, more valued and respected by others, more successful, more worthy, more fulfilled. Why else would we set goals, right? But if you look back on your life right now, on all that you've achieved, did the accumulation of those achievements culminate in a better quality of life? Or did you kind of forget about them? Were those goals set in the interest of finding happiness, or feeding the ego? All of this is not to say that goals aren't important - quite the opposite - it's to encourage you to reflect on all of these questions, to stop and appreciate all that you have already achieved, to audit your future goals and decipher whether or not they are feeding the soul or the ego, and subsequently whether or not they're worth reaching for. If you'd like to hear my in-depth thoughts about it all, listen in :) And if you enjoyed the episode, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review. Thank you x
February 09, 2021
Body positivity is HARD
Body positivity is surprisingly complex. It's not as simple as repeating a self-love mantra to yourself every morning and every night; in fact some days it can be a battle between the negative thoughts and the positive ones. It can feel like a tennis match - a bad thought comes straight for you at speed and you've got to quickly whack it out of your brain with a positive one. Some days those negative thoughts are coming at you non-stop and you feel defeated, other days you're on top of your game and the positive thoughts easily outnumber the negative ones. I always preach how important it is so take care of yourself and appreciate the body you have, but the truth is, sometimes that can be really, really hard, and I never want people to think they've failed if they have a few days, or weeks, where they've felt like they've lost that battle. We're human, and we're going to have days where everything we've learnt and all the progress we've made goes out the window. I've had a few of those days recently, so I wanted to share with you my approach to combatting those thoughts and getting myself back on track. It's important to remember that body positivity is something that most people will probably need to work on for the rest of their lives, as society changes the goal post of what is considered 'beautiful', and we're faced with the reality of whether or not we fit that image. I'm really happy with how this podcast came out, and I encourage you to listen to the end. If you did enjoy, please subscribe, rate and review! :)
January 05, 2021
An honest conversation about mourning our old appearance
Have you ever found yourself looking through old photos or videos and feeling nostalgic about the way you used to look? Feeling sad - or perhaps mourning the loss of - the way you once looked? I found myself feeling this way recently, and it prompted me to dig a little deeper. What was it about my appearance changing that made me so uncomfortable? Had it even changed that much or am I just hyper critical of myself and the way I look? If I feel this way now, will I feel this way again in the future? How do I prevent myself from resenting the inevitable (aging, growing, physical and mental change)? Well, that's what today's podcast is all about; I hope you enjoy. Please rate and review if you did :)
December 17, 2020
Instagram filters, Facetune and getting paid to catfish?
In the world of Instagram filters and Facetune, it's hard to know what anyone actually looks like anymore. Facetune has made it easy to edit our photos, and Instagram story filters have made it easy to edit our videos. A lot of the time, it's harmless. But when influencers start showing up on their stories and feeds with flawless blurred skin, huge eyes, big lips and tiny noses, it kind of makes you wonder... is there a line? Do we have a responsibility to our followers to present ourselves in a way that is realistic and accurate, so that we don't contribute to their insecurities about their appearance and they way they think they "should" look? And is there a moral code around using skin filters when promoting makeup products? Or Facetuning your body when promoting swimwear? Let's chat!
December 03, 2020
Does life keep knocking you down? Listen to this!
A month or so ago, I uploaded a podcast episode called 'sooo my life has been a bit of a mess this year', and the response really surprised me. So often when we're going through something tough, we feel isolated and alone; as if we're the only ones having a rough time. It wasn't until I uploaded that episode that I realised the sheer volume of other people in the exact same position, all clinging to a glimmer of hope that things will get better. It got me thinking. I managed to get out of my year-long rough patch, which means I can now look back on it in hindsight, and see it for what it was. I've been able to identify the myriad of lessons I learnt along the way, why seemingly bad things just had to happen in order for me to achieve the result I wanted, what I would do differently next time and what I wouldn't change for the world. It was another reminder of the importance of letting go of the 'hows' and trusting in your end result, no matter how bumpy the road to get there might be. This episode talks through all of that. I hope you enjoy! Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you enjoyed :) x
November 04, 2020
How to find your purpose in life
From a young age, we're asked what we want to be when we grow up. Then, when we're almost all grown up and about to graduate high school, we're asked again. We feel a pressure to have it all figured out. I need to do well in my exams so that I can graduate with a great grade and get into my preferred university so I can become qualified so I can pursue my dream career so I can be happy. And while that's the path that some people will take, most of us struggle to know what we want to eat for lunch, let alone do for the rest of our lives. I'm one of those people. I've always taken life as it comes (which has thankfully worked well for me so far) and have never been one to plan too far ahead. My life purpose? No idea. Helping people feel good makes me feel good, so perhaps that's what it is, but had I not stumbled onto YouTube in 2011 I probably would have never discovered it. Most of the people in my life have no idea what their purpose is. They don't have one particular passion. If they do, they don't know what to do with it. I honestly believe it's something that 90% of us struggle with, and that's why I wanted to record this episode. I share a different take on what your 'life purpose' might be, and how you can harness that and use it to your advantage. If you enjoyed, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review :) Thank you!
October 29, 2020
Q&A: dealing w/ failure, changing life paths, cheating, negative thinking, fear of abandonment + more
Hey guys! Today's ep is a fun one. I received lots of very interesting questions from you all about a large range of topics, and I've picked a handful to cover today. Let me know if you enjoy this format! xx
October 22, 2020
Just eat the damn burger
How many times a day do you beat yourself up about the food you eat? Do you eat a meal and then immediately feel guilty for doing so? Do you tell yourself you're not allowed to eat certain foods? I've struggled with this my entire life, and it's only the past few years that I've managed to finally get a grip on it. Whether it be viewing certain foods as 'good' or 'bad', limiting my portion sizes so I don't consume too many calories, making myself feel horrible and ashamed for eating junk food even though I enjoy it, or just going on health-kicks every once in a while because I thought I needed to eat 'cleaner', my relationship with food had been strained since I was young. I got to a point where enough was enough. Reece was sick of hearing me complain ever time I ate a delicious meal, and I was sick of the constant self-inflicted guilt trips. If this all sounds familiar, please give this episode a listen. It might help you see things a little differently. If you enjoyed, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you haven't already - I appreciate it so much! X
September 30, 2020
We need to talk about racism
In Australia, racism towards Indigenous Australians is embedded into the fabric of our country. It has become part of our culture. It presents itself in subtle, covert ways that make it difficult to pinpoint, so if you pull someone up on their "innocent joke", you'll be shunned and told to "lighten up". Or better yet, to stop being so "politically correct" because it was "just a joke". In a culture that celebrates lightheartedness and demonises taking things too seriously, how do we evolve as a nation? How do we acknowledge our past for what it truly is, and take accountability for the ways in which we are consciously or subconsciously repeating the toxic behaviour that continues to keep Indigenous Australians oppressed and marginalised? While I still have so much to learn myself, I share my perspective on a few small, foundational steps we can all take to help end the institutional racism PoC face every day. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves, not theirs.
September 17, 2020
Sooo my life has been a bit of a mess this year :)
This year has been a mess for most people... myself ~very much~ included. It all started in January and went downhill pretty quickly from there. Reece and I went from our usual happy, optimistic and upbeat selves to feeling defeated, hopeless and pessimistic. It wasn't just one thing that went wrong; it felt like every time we finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel the tunnel was extended and the light disappeared. I do want to mention that a lot of what went wrong wasn't a huge deal in the scheme of things, and we are so grateful to still have our health in times like these, but this episode is less about what went wrong and more about how it made us feel, and how that ties into the deeper meaning behind everything happening the way it did. It really brought it home that what's meant for you will never miss you and what misses you was never meant for you. I won't give too much away, but if you're interested in listening to a little story time and have an hour and a half (yikes) spare, then I hope you enjoy :) x
September 09, 2020
Why we're closing down Lauren Curtis Lounge
Reece and I started this business in 2018 after spending years planning and developing it. It was the first big 'thing' I did outside of YouTube, and boy did we both learn a lot throughout the process (good and bad)! Deciding to close it down was not a decision we made lightly, but there are so many factors that came into it; all of which I speak about in depth in this episode. I didn't hold a single thing back - I wanted to be brutally honest in the hopes that it might potentially provide clarity to others looking to start their own business, or those who have already started but aren't sure if they want to continue. If you're enjoying these episodes please subscribe, rate and review - it helps so much! Thank you :) x
August 06, 2020
Why we allow other people to dictate how we feel about ourselves
Whether it be our appearance, our personality or our success, most of us have a core set of beliefs about the person we are, and whether that person is 'good enough' or not. I've struggled with self worth and self doubt for as long as I can remember, to the point where I came to the conclusion that I was just an overly critical person (of myself). But recently, I've been paying close attention to what actually TRIGGERS those beliefs. Why does doing that particular thing make me feel that way? Surely I couldn't have been born with all of these insecurities, so where did they come from? WHO did they come from? How many times did I have to be exposed to whatever created the self-doubt in order for me to believe it and hold on to it? This episode is a deep dive into why we allow other people/society/brands to dictate the way we feel about ourselves (often unknowingly), and how we can do our best to prevent it from happening in the future. If you enjoyed this episode or the podcast in general, please give it a rating and/or review and subscribe if you haven't already! Thank you so much *hug* X
July 28, 2020
If not now, when? (Seriously)
We're all in this habit of saying "one day" or, "I'd love to do that, but -" and we confine ourselves to the bounds of the 'safer' option, not realising what we're giving up in the process. It's so easy to get caught in the routine of wake up, eat, go to work, come home, eat, sleep, wake up, etc, not only because it's what everyone else is doing so it appears normal, but also because we keep ourselves so busy and stressed that we don't even allow ourselves the opportunity to think outside the box and to entertain the idea of a different way of life. With everything happening in the world right now, I've been reflecting on this myself almost daily. How much do I actually need? What do I actually need? What makes me happy? What am I only doing out of obligation and fear? What are my dreams? How do I get there? What's stopping me? Is pursuing them actually as risky and scary as I thought or have I just been conditioned to believe that? We've all got this little voice inside of us that presents us with the idea of an alternate way of life (whatever that might look like for each of us) that we shrug off and disregard because it seems unrealistic and far-fetched. We like the safety, security and false perception of certainty that our current life provides us, so even if we long for a deeper sense of fulfilment and joy, we always go back to the 'safer' option. If coronavirus has taught us anything, it's that absolutely nothing is guaranteed (namely our income and health), so why not listen to that little voice inside of you that wants you to be happy, and do that thing you've always wanted to do but haven't out of fear?
April 23, 2020
LOW SELF WORTH? Please listen to this!
If you listen to one podcast this year it needs to be this one. Yep, I'm backing it that much! Low self worth, high self doubt, feelings of inadequacy, general insecurities about the person I was and what I had to offer... they've all plagued me my entire life. I had resigned myself to thinking "this is just who I am; as if I can change a fundamental part of myself". I'm sure you can relate in one way or another. It's something my mentor Holly Loxton calls the 'not good enough program'. She joins me in this episode to pick apart the entire thing. Why we feel that way, who or what made us feel that way, why it's important that we change our beliefs and HOW we change them. That last bit is the most important because it gives us the power back over our own lives. We no longer have to feel like a victim to our beliefs and insecurities. You can completely transform your life if you take the first step and start believing that you're worthy of change. I love you guys so much and I sincerely hope you enjoy today's episode. If you did, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review :) You can also find Holly and more info about her course here. xx
April 02, 2020
How do you make friends as an adult? A complete guide with Hope Kelaher
We seem to make friends so easily as children, but as we grow up and leave school, things start to get a little more complicated. One friend moves overseas, one friend gets super busy with their career, one friend starts a family and one friend slowly drifts away for whatever reason. Or, perhaps you just never had a lot of friends to begin with. It seems to get harder to establish friendships the older we get, because many lifelong friendship circles have already formed, so you either have to try and penetrate an existing circle or find people that are in the same position as you. It can be pretty intimidating (especially for introverts); so I wanted to speak to an expert about how to go about finding and forming new friendships as adults. Hope Kelaher is a therapist from NYC and the author of 'Here To Make Friends: How to Make Friends as an Adult', and she answers all of your burning questions! We talk about everything to do with finding new friends, introverts vs. extroverts, self-worth, vulnerability, maintaining friendships and even moving past small talk. Hope's book is available from Amazon (.com and .com.au), and Barnes and Noble if you're in the US :) I hope you enjoy!
March 26, 2020
Why I'm going to therapy
This is something I never thought I'd be talking about because I never thought I'd be doing it in the first place. For me, therapy always seemed like something you'd only seek out if you were dealing with a lot of physical or emotional trauma, depression or anxiety. I didn't think I had any justifiable reason to go. I was comparing my pain with the pain of others, and mine never seemed significant enough against theirs. In today's episode I talk you through my entire process - from my assumptions about therapy; what led me to start considering it as a valid option; making my first appointment; what the experience was like and best of all, some of the amazing life-changing lessons I've learnt so far. This is a big one for me to share, so if you did enjoy, I would be super grateful if you could leave a rating or a review - thank you so much :) x
March 05, 2020
Change your perspective, change your life!
Your perspective governs your entire life, whether you realise it or not. Your beliefs, values and morals justify your perspectives on your friendships, relationships, work, your decisions, your actions and your thoughts. They also justify your judgements about other people, and their beliefs, values, actions, decisions, work and relationships. Our perspective is mainly subjective, and very rarely objective. It usually isn't based off hard facts, it's actually heavily influenced by our personal feelings about whatever we're observing, learning or experiencing, and whether they align with our values and beliefs. Today's episode discusses what perspective is, how to fine tune it so that you're making level-headed, informed decisions, and how doing so can truly change your life for the better. If you enjoyed, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! :D
February 27, 2020
YouTuber scandals: let's talk about them
Let's be real: we've all indulged in gossip before. Someone you know (or maybe even don't know) has done something to upset you or someone close to you, and so you talk about it. Maybe with one person, maybe with 10, maybe with more. You feel justified in doing so, because they did something wrong, right? You want that person to be held accountable, so you seek justice in the form of forming a group of people together who know how bad that person is and doesn't want to be friends with them anymore. You've won, because you've proven that you're innocent and they're guilty. Most of the time though, these things blow over. Everyone moves on and becomes friends again. Some feelings might have been hurt, but that's about it. Now, let's consider what happens when a YouTuber has a scandal. Tens of thousands (if not millions) of people join together to actively ruin someone's career. They want them to lose their jobs, their income, their stability, their friends, their support, their sanity and sometimes, when it gets bad enough, their lives. All for what? A bad makeup launch, a misconstrued tweet, befriending the wrong person or a mistake they made when they were a teenager, over 10 years ago? Internet culture has taken a turn for the worse, and someone needs to speak up about it. Let's chat... If you enjoyed today's episode, please leave a rating and a review and subscribe if you haven't already :) You can also follow my Instagram page here! x
February 12, 2020
Wanna know all the mistakes I've made in my business so far? Listen in!
My sleepwear business Lauren Curtis Lounge has been up and running since September 2018. It's my first business outside of YouTube, and while I knew it would be a challenging endeavour, I didn't realise just HOW challenging. Reece (my boyfriend and co-founder) and I have learnt SO. MANY. LESSONS. in the past year and a half (most of them the hard - and expensive - way), and so I wanted to share our experiences with you guys. Who knows, maybe you're thinking of starting a small business or perhaps you've already started and you just feel like you're in your head about where it's at and where you think it should be. Or, maybe it will make you feel better about mistakes that you've made that you're still beating yourself up about. Whatever the reason, I hope it helps you to realise that although I'm calling them mistakes for the sake of the podcast, I really don't consider them mistakes because we both learnt from them. That's what business is - trying something, seeing if it fails or succeeds, then learning from the failure or trying to prolong the success. Lauren Curtis Lounge is currently holding an up to 60% off Valentine's Day sale too, so if you'd like to try our brand now's the time! You can find our website here. If you enjoyed today's episode, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! Thank you so much :) x
February 05, 2020
She's on the Money's Victoria Devine shares powerful money tips you NEED to know
What's your relationship with money like? Do you struggle to save, wish you knew how to budget, or can't get yourself out of debt? Do you feel pressured to buy a house and stop renting? Do you regularly use Afterpay and UberEats? Do you understand what shares are, and the impact of smart investments? Or, do you just have limiting money beliefs that you want to conquer? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, this episode is for you. Victoria Devine from She's on the Money (listen here) sheds invaluable light on all of these topics and more, and some of her answers will shock you! If you enjoyed today's episode, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! It means so much :) xxx
January 30, 2020
Q&A with The Skin Fairy: pimple popping and pore strips, are they really that bad?
As many of you will know, I have been seeing Carmen McNamara aka The Skin Fairy for at least 4 or 5 years now. She's helped me tremendously throughout the years, but more so now since going off the contraceptive pill and experiencing hormonal breakouts. I have received so many messages asking if I could interview her and pick her brains, so that's exactly what I'm doing in this episode! I asked you guys what questions you'd like for her to answer, and then I picked the most commonly asked or interesting ones. I hope you enjoy! You can find Carmen on Instagram at @theskinfairy_, @skinfairyclinic and www.skinfairyclinic.com.au.
January 21, 2020
Quick Flick founder Iris Smit on her mind-blowing, unconventional journey from trauma to triumph
This episode is... mind blowing! I got goosebumps so many times and had to edit out my hundreds of "WOW" remarks (I couldn't help myself!). I really struggled to pick a title because nothing could succinctly summarise how interesting, engaging, informative, inspirational and truly unbelievable her story is. You've probably heard of The Quick Flick by now (winged eyeliner stamp for those who haven't), and maybe even her new venture Beauty Fridge. Iris Smit is only 24 and has managed to build a $15 million dollar empire in 2 years. From the outside, everything seemed perfect. Booming business; long term relationship; dream car; dream life, right? Despite every box being ticked, Iris was unhappier than she'd ever been. After experiencing horrific trauma as a child, she had no identity, no control, nothing to call her own and subsequently felt completely numb. It's the story of what came next that truly blew my mind in more ways than one. I won't spoil it because it deserves to be heard in context and in its entirety. Thank you so much to Iris (@irisjade, @thequickflick, @beautyfridge) for joining me on the podcast, I think this will remain one of my favourite episodes for a very long time x
January 14, 2020
A very intimate Q&A with my boyfriend Reece
Hellooo! By now, most of you will probably be familiar with my boyfriend of almost 5 years, Reece. He's the love of my life, my best friend and my soul mate. He's also super shy so it takes a bit of coercing to get him to agree to film a video or record a podcast hehehe but this particular Q&A (Q's asked by you guys) he really enjoyed and gave sooo many personal, insightful and helpful answers. It became quite an intimate discussion about almost everything in our lives (whether it be as a couple or individually), so I really hope you get something out of it :) You can find Reece on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/reeceddaniel/ or on his business page https://bonhommewatches.com/ x
November 27, 2019
Karissa Pukas and I discuss why we once hated each other and how we came back from it
Karissa Pukas and I have an interesting past. We first connected online back in 2011, and met in person in 2013. We filmed two videos together, one at my house in Perth and another in Sydney with Shannon, Chloe and myself (who remembers?!). All was well until it... wasn't. Something happened (tune in to find out what) and that was the end of our friendship. I blocked Karissa from everything and she unfollowed me right back. I'm a grudge holder, so I genuinely thought that was the end of that chapter for good. It wasn't until I heard from Karissa years later that we were able to reconnect and go over what happened between us; this time with a bit more maturity at our disposal. This episode goes into all of the nitty gritty details about why Karissa was mad at me, why I was mad at her and how we came to a resolution years later. We've both learnt so much over the years and came to discover that we actually have way more in common now, then we ever did before. It's a great story full of lots of life lessons, so we hope you enjoy. You can find Karissa at: http://youtube.com/karissapukas and https://www.instagram.com/karissapukas/ :)
November 20, 2019
Plastic surgery and injectables: let's discuss the REAL problem
From the moment I started my YouTube channel, the most common insults I would receive were to do with my appearance. People would call me fake any chance they could get. While the taboos surrounding plastic surgery and injectables have lessened slightly, the judgement people face whenever they're honest about getting work done, or even if they've never discussed it and people just think they've had something done, is immense. It's almost as if they feel superior to you, and they want to let you know that you should be ashamed of yourself, simply because they don't approve of your choices. Well... I've got a lot to say about that! Keep your mind open while you listen to this podcast, and let me know if you had a change of heart/opinion once you reach the end :)
November 13, 2019
Do you REALLY want to turn your hobby into a career?
This episode might make some people uncomfortable because it goes against the saying "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life". I think that statement is very naive and ignorant to the reality of business and being your own boss, and gives people a false sense of hope that monetising your passions will always end well. The truth: it might have the opposite effect. In this episode I talk through why I feel that sometimes hobbies should be left as just that: hobbies, and why the opportunity to make money from them should only be considered if you're primarily driven by financial success, or business success, and NOT happiness! I hope you enjoy, and please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! THANK YOU :)
November 07, 2019
How to use the law of attraction to successfully manifest your goals
The response to my first episode on the law of attraction was epic! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Many of you wanted a follow-up on what was discussed, so here it is! This is a foolproof guide to using the law of attraction, and what common mistakes you might be making that are sabotaging your results. I love discussing this stuff, so I hope you enjoy! Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you haven't already - THANK YOU :) x
October 24, 2019
Single and dating? Please listen to this!
I came across an Instagram post with a very insightful caption about dating and I wanted to talk through it with you guys!
October 09, 2019
Can loyalty sometimes be a bad thing?
Of course we all know that every relationship (friendship or romantic) needs to be built on mutual loyalty to one another, but where do you draw the line? Is there a point at which you begin to give too much of yourself in order to be loyal to someone else, especially when they probably wouldn't do the same for you? I tend to be fiercely loyal, which I feel only really benefits the other person, and leaves me feeling a bit exhausted. It's been on my mind after seeing a meme about it on Twitter, so let's chat! Let me know your opinion over on @lozcurtis or @mentalmakeoverpodcast on Instagram x
October 02, 2019
The confronting truth about sponsored posts
The stigma around sponsored posts is still very much alive and thriving, and I almost think that might actually be a good thing. The social media industry is booming, influencers are cashing in, and a lot of the time they're not even disclosing their sponsorships. Many are banking cheques for promoting products they've barely used and it begs the question: who can you really trust? While I pride myself on being 100% honest 100% of the time, I know that many people can't say the same, and it's why I think the distrust of sponsored content might actually be a good thing: it encourages people to be aware, to ask questions and to avoid being taken advantage of. You're absolutely always safe on my page, you never have to question if I've prioritised money over integrity (ever), but I still want you to be fully informed about the almost 'secret' world of sponsorships and paid posts. Please let me know what you think of today's episode, and if you enjoyed it, don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! THANK YOU ❤️
September 23, 2019
Your expectations are destroying your happiness
How many times have you had an idea of how something would pan out, only to be left feeling disappointed and underwhelmed? You thought your boyfriend would be able to read your mind somehow and do all of the cute things you wanted him to, but when he didn't meet those expectations you became upset and an argument broke out. Perhaps you expected to be married with kids by now, and because you're not quite there, you feel like you've failed. Maybe you thought your business would be more successful by this stage, but because it's still taking a while to get off the ground, you feel unaccomplished and unfulfilled. More often that not, expectations lead to disappointment, so why do we keep doing it to ourselves? How do we stop it? Let's chat! (If you're enjoying the podcast please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review - THANK YOU!)
September 12, 2019
There's still time! When life feels like a race against the clock
This episode is all about staying in your lane and running your own race. Too often we focus our attention on what everyone around us is doing, and use those observations as markers for success in our own lives. Do we even truly want that for ourselves? Do we feel ready for that? Do we need that? I think it's important to remind ourselves every now and then that life isn't a journey that looks the same for everyone. Stop looking at who's behind, alongside or in front of you - it doesn't matter. Focus on living a life that feels authentic and joyful and fulfilling! I love you guys - thanks for tuning in again. If you enjoyed today's episode please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! THANK YOU :)
September 02, 2019
The law of attraction for dummies
Perhaps you've heard about 'manifesting' or the 'law of attraction' and you're intrigued but not quite sure where to start. Perhaps you've had lots of experience with it and you just want to hear about someone else's experience. Or, perhaps you think it's some mumbo-jumbo hippie stuff and you're keen for a laugh. Regardless of what caused you to tune in, I'm here to share my 2 cents on what the law of attraction means to me and why I think it's so powerful. If you'd like a part two or have any specific questions you'd like me to answer about it all, send me a DM over on @mentalmakeoverpodcast or @lozcurtis :) Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you enjoyed today's episode! Thanks guys x
August 26, 2019
Ask Lauren: plastic surgery regrets, cheating & finding motivation
Do I regret my plastic surgery? What advice would I give to a younger me? How would I overcome cheating? How do I stay motivated? How am I so happy all the time? These are just some of the questions I answered in today's Ask Lauren episode! If you enjoyed please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review - thank you so much! :) x
August 15, 2019
The pressure to have kids, get married and drink alcohol
How many times, as a woman, have you been asked when you are going to have kids? How many kids do you want? And if you don't want kids, why don't you want kids? Or when are you planning to get married? Do you want to get married? Why aren't you married? Or if you're in a social setting, why aren't you drinking? Why don't you drink? Oh come on, just have one! Ugh, it does my head in... but it's seriously worth talking about. Let me know your thoughts over at @lozcurtis and @mentalmakeoverpodcast! Don't forget to subscribe if you enjoyed today's episode and please leave a rating and review, I appreciate it so much! x
August 06, 2019
Stop comparing yourself on Instagram!
Do you think Instagram has had a positive or negative effect on your life? Our feeds are full of beautiful, successful, wealthy, happy people whose lives seem to be perfect. That's great for them, but what does it mean for the rest of us leading normal, boring lives in comparison? How can we stop getting sucked into the comparison game - and why are we even sucked in in the first place? Listen to find out :) If you're enjoying this podcast please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! Thank you so much x
July 30, 2019
Life chats: why I become happier the older I get
In the last couple of years I've noticed that my attitude towards many different aspects of my life has completely changed. Things that used to absorb so much of my energy now don't seem to bother me at all, and everything seems so much simpler. It's almost is as my life has become more black and white, and it feels liberating! In today's episode I talk about many of the changes and what it's meant for all the different aspects of my life. Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you enjoyed today's episode - thank you so much! :) xx
July 16, 2019
The TRUTH about diet culture + profitable insecurities
Diet culture is a vulture that preys on the insecure, the unconfident and the naive. According to Google, it "worships thinness and equates it to health and moral virtue", and "oppresses people who don't match up with its supposed picture of 'health'". You might not know it yet, but your fears and insecurities are big business, and when money talks, do these companies you trust really have your best interests at heart? If you enjoyed, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review on iTunes! I appreciate it so much x
July 03, 2019
Ask Lauren: Toxic Friendships, Disloyal Friends + Finding New Friends
Do you have friends that never seem to be happy for you and your achievements? Do they talk behind your back and put no effort into the friendship? Do you wish you had friends but can't seem to meet new people or don't know how to? I asked my followers on Instagram (@lozcurtis) what they needed advice on and toxic friendships was the most common response. Tune in to listen to my take on personal questions asked by real people! For more, head to @lozcurtis, @mentalmakeoverpodcast or www.youtube.com/laurencurtis :)
June 27, 2019
Why happiness is a choice
Do you wish you were happier? Do you see other people living amazing, fulfilling lives and wonder what their secret is? Do you want that for yourself? In today's episode I explain why I firmly believe that happiness is a choice - one that needs to be chosen every. single. day. We all struggle, we all go through hardships and we've all faced difficulties in our lives. So what are the happy people doing differently? Tune in to find out :) If you enjoy the Mental Makeover podcast please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! It helps me to spread positive messages to new listeners :) Lots of love to you all x
June 20, 2019
Should I leave my relationship?
How do I know if he's into me? Does he see a future with me? Why doesn't he text me back? How soon is too soon to expect exclusivity? Should I leave him? Does he like me? Do I deserve better? Why do I always date losers? Why am I always getting cheated on? If you've ever asked yourself one of these questions (or maybe even all of them), this episode is for you - and I'll give it to you straight! Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you enjoyed today's episode! It means that others can find the podcast and hopefully gain some clarity on their own situation! Lots of love x
June 11, 2019
Break up with your breakup!
Breakups can be soul-destroying, and sometimes it feels like there's no light at the end of the tunnel. I'm here to remind you that the light is most certainly there and it's not as far away as you think! I share all of the gritty details about my own breakup experience, and talk you through the tools I used that helped me come out on top, stronger than ever. I hope you enjoy; please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review so that anyone else who might be struggling through a breakup can find this episode! I love you guys x
May 30, 2019
Facetune your fears
I have a love/hate relationship with Facetune. On one hand, I think it's largely responsible for so many people's body image issues, but on the other hand, I think it's a really handy tool to have. In today's episode, we dive deep into how people use it, why they use it, and what should be done about it going forward. Thanks for listening and please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! x
May 26, 2019
It's time to fix your body image
I spent a large portion of my life picking my appearance apart. It never mattered how thin I was, how healthy I was or how many compliments I received from strangers on the internet, I couldn't be convinced that I was beautiful just the way I was. What I share in the first episode of the Mental Makeover podcast has been a long time coming, but I am so proud of how much progress I've made. I've truly transformed my body image and I want to help you do the same! If you enjoyed today's episode, please rate & leave a review so that this message can be spread wider. You can also follow me on Instagram at @lozcurtis, and YouTube at youtube.com/LaurenCurtis ♥
May 20, 2019