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I’m Lauren Del Sarto, a meticulous professional who has burned the candle at both ends my entire life. When I reached my 40s, I committed to finally achieving a healthy life balance.

At 58, I’m still working at it – and thoroughly enjoying the journey.

They say achieving balance can be a lifelong struggle, but I consider it an incredible adventure of heart-opening exploration. And it certainly makes you a better person.


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Lost and Found

Over the past few months, I have been way off balance, enveloped in an apathy that led to loss of interest and excessive behaviors. Depressed? I’d say a little. Overwhelmed? Aren’t we all? There is nothing to pinpoint, just the shared loss and uncertainty we’ve all been through for way too long. Sometimes life just… Read more »

Dream BIG

Last January, I was celebrating a new start after a year of cancer treatments. 2019 had been rough, but I made it through with a renewed appreciation for life and a strong sense of fearlessness. Life is short, and I can do anything.  So, I decided to start riding horses again. I tried 10 years… Read more »

Embracing Passion and Dreams over Fear

For the January 2021 update to this story (its good!), see our new issue. Our generation has never experienced such a time of uncertainty and fear. So much has changed; so many hopes and dreams have been altered. But with more time on our hands and less on our “to do” list, it’s also a… Read more »

Today, I am Cancer Free

Seven months after cryoablation (#Cryo4BC) and ten months after starting an integrative cancer care protocol, today, I am cancer free. I envisioned this day for so long and the enthusiasm that would accompany those word, but the reality is very different. I say ‘today’ because I have come to understand just how unpredictable and relentless… Read more »

Self-destructive Habits

Why is it that when we get bad news or have a really bad day we often turn to self-destructive habits? In the movies, a pint of ice cream on the couch follows the breakup…in country songs, we drown our sorrows with Jack or Jim. Sadly, many take it even further. Negative emotions seem to… Read more »

Lighten Up

Any A-Types out there? Putting everything you have into everything you do…taking on more than you should or meant to…fretting about every detail in an effort to achieve perfection (once again). Considering the title of this blog, I’m thinking we have a few. This is definitely me and I am trying hard to lighten up… Read more »

A Curve in the Path

It’s been a while since I reached out which hasn’t been due to lack of words to share. December was a blur getting the New Year issue to print while juggling family, friends and festivities… always a little challenging, but isn’t it so for all? With January came a breast cancer diagnosis. Now don’t worry,… Read more »

Compassion is Contagious

You’re at a holiday gathering with old friends and new. The energy is high, the wine is flowing and the conversation grows. Before long, someone starts talking about another in a not-so-positive tone casting judgement on that person’s behavior, look or circle of friends. What do you do? Do you contribute to the conversation in… Read more »

What’s Your Release?

There’s a lot of crazy in the world right now. It’s sad. Very sad. It’s sad that watching the news is unbearable. When politicians act more like children than leaders. When a husband and wife have to set boundaries before watching election results together.  When waking up to another shooting is commonplace. It’s sad when… Read more »

What’s that word….?

A funny thing happened to me yesterday. I was out walking my pup feeling very proud to finally be back on track – over my cold, eating right, and back to yoga. ‘Stay with it! You need more….?’ I kept searching for this encouraging word that escaped me. The whole walk I was trying to… Read more »

Balanced Vacation

Balanced vacation. An oxymoron in my life. ‘I need a vacation from my vacation’ is definitely a better fit. We just returned from a two wonderful weeks in New England spent with family in Maine, Boston and the Cape. We checked off items on our bucket lists: Fenway for Tommy and Nantucket for me. It… Read more »

Weirdness lately? You’re not alone.

Weird negative things happening lately? Maybe communication is not flowing smoothly or your computer is quirky? This morning, a friend of mine was struggling with a long list of deadlines and her company’s entire network down. Then I started losing emails and rebooting programs that wouldn’t work. WHAT IS GOING ON??? I had a suspicion,… Read more »


Last night I had the honor of speaking on a panel at Mystical Awakenings for Women’s Empowerment Week on El Paseo. Four stellar speakers offered stories and advice inspiring those in attendance to live life to the fullest by dreaming big and not letting fear hold you back. Throughout the evening, words used to describe… Read more »

The ONE thing you really need…

What is the one thing you know your body really needs but don’t make enough time for? Why is that? For me, it’s yoga. I spent a good portion of my childhood in a Milwaukee brace (yes, the same one you read about from Judy Blume…a story for another day). The brace kept my scoliosis… Read more »

SIGNS you are (way) off balance

OK. I’m way off balance. Ever happened? Maybe it’s a bad day where nothing goes right, a surge of undue stress, or a strange pain that comes out of nowhere. Maybe it’s a speeding ticket. That’s what got me this time… Last week, my Italian father traveled across the country to visit for two weeks.… Read more »

Make it a Journey

Have you ever thought about taking a day trip to the mountains or the beach only to talk yourself out of it? It’s too far…I’ve got too much to do…I just want to relax. Next time, do it. In fact, grab a friend and make it a journey. It’s summertime after all, and getting out… Read more »