Lauren Akins is best known for being country music star’s Thomas Rhett’s wife. What a lot of people know about Lauren is that she is more than his wife, she has a passion that can change the world.
The Akins family adopted their first child, Willa Gray, from Uganda. Uganda is where Lauren works with an organization called 147 Orphans. She then worked with a jewelry company, Ladybird, and created a range of necklaces where the proceeds went to Love One International.
I’ve been a Thomas Rhett fan for a while now and I always thought him, and Lauren are the cutest family on this planet, but it wasn’t until I listened to Kaitlyn Bristowe’s (do you like how my two favorite things came together, the Bachelor world and country music?) podcast a few months ago where she was talking to Lauren all about her charity work and how she was brought up. After listening to that podcast, I became inspired to write this post because there are those people that you just find so inspiring and motivating that you wouldn’t normally really think that much about until you listen to them talk.
So, here are five things that we can learn from Lauren Akins.
Trust Your Path
Lauren met Thomas Rhett in the first grade, but they didn’t date until high school. They broke up, remained close friends, and dated other people for a while. High school wasn’t their time yet, but they found their way back to each other in the end.
When Thomas Rhett’s second album was about to come out Lauren’s opportunity to begin her journey in Uganda came up. She planned on declining it until Thomas Rhett didn’t hesitate to tell her to go because he knew this where her passions were.
Life gives you things when least expected and it can be terrifying. But trust in the path that the universe is leading you down.
Lauren has such a big, loving heart that it’s one of her most adoring qualities. The best thing about life is that there are no limitations on how much someone can love. Life is better when you spread the endless amounts of love one possesses.
I’ve personally always been a big believer in going all in for love because what’s the point and depth in loving halfheartedly? Go all in. Sometimes you lose, but at least you could say you gave it everything and you learn something. And sometimes you win, and that’s the most rewarding thing of all.
Embrace Your Passions
Just by the way Lauren speaks about her passion for helping others, it’s clear that this is her true calling, and even when she was reluctant about chasing her dream at first, her husband pushed her to do it because even he knew how much this meant to her.
We are all put on the Earth for a purpose and there is no deadline on when you’re supposed to find what that passion is. You can find that passion at five-years-old or you might find it when you’re fifty-years-old. But when you find the thing that sets your soul on fire and you can’t stop thinking about it, grab hold of it and never let it go.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the success that you forget where you came from or who helped you along the way. When she’s been to Uganda, she talks to the children and shows them things on her phone to help her explain things. When she mentioned what a garage is, a child asked if it’s like a house for a car. These children hardly had a home for them to live in, let alone another home for a material object.
Celebrate your success, but don’t forget what it was like to be where you started.
As cliché as it, it’s a cliché for a reason because it’s true. She is so beloved by so many people because of who she is. Being yourself is what attracts the right people to you that you need in your life. There’s no better you than you.
Lauren embodies an uplifting spirit to make a difference in the world. And I think for women, especially younger women, she’s someone that you can really look up to. She does her own thing while Thomas Rhett is doing his thing and rather than her getting swallowed up in all that madness she uses her newly found platform to speak up about what she feels is important. They come together to lift each other up and celebrate their successes.
What women inspire you? And would you be interested in this becoming a series where I talk about 5 things we can learn from a certain person?