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I’m Making a List and Checking it Twice

Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m a List Maker/Planner and I’ve been this way ever since I could write!

Seriously. I was the 10 year old that would make a “Daily Morning Schedule” at the beginning of each new school year. It’s alright, you’re allowed to laugh.

But hey, I was more organized than most adults!

FAST FOWARD 20 (cough) Years..

Next week, my little family is taking a road trip to Alabama to visit my Dad and Step-Mom for Halloween.   I’ve been in full on List Making Mode the last few days trying to get ahead of the game and the 12+hour drive…. with a 3 year old. BT Dubs- Prayers are welcomed and appreciated.


….while the list making was in full swing, I wondered how many other people need to plan/ write things out like me and if most people just fly by the seat of their pants, roll with the punches and throw things in the bag the morning of?!?! (Seriously, the thought of that makes me itch.. LOL).

We are all wired uniquely and have different ways of seeing through our day to day tasks and/or our short-term and long-term goals. I wholeheartedly believe that “list making” is not just for the well organized, obsessive compulsive or professional planners. It can be a HUGE benefit for everyone, in any walk of life.


5 Benefits of List Making

1.) Help You Remember To Not Forget:

This one is probably the most obvious benefit of list making. But I tell you, the unparalleled shock and panic that comes from randomly remembering that you forgot to do something FIVE days after it should have been done is never a good situation. Ever.

2.) Can Help Beat Procrastination:

Whether we admit it or not, we all have that thing that we procrastinate doing. Let’s face it, grocery shopping, oil changes, cleaning out the garage, or folding laundry, can be the suckiest parts of “adulting”. Sucky as they can be, they are super important and can easily be procrastinated when you are faced with a busier than normal week! But don’t worry, if you don’t get around to the task today, you can always put it on tomorrow’s list.. 😉

3.) For Sanity’s Sake:

I am a “Steady” personality and mostly introverted. This means that I process most things inwardly and sudden changes can throw me for a loop! I have found that making a list, no matter how big or small, can be somewhat therapeutic and a big stress relief when my brain feels overwhelmed.

Side Note: I find that actually writing out my lists as opposed to typing one in my notes app really aids the stress relief!

4.)  Can help you Focus:

Someone very close to me has battled with ADD/ADHD all of their life. Keeping their mind on the task at hand is hard enough, but when asked to multitask, it’s just almost too much for their brain to process. For them, writing out a daily task list helps them focus. It gives them a boost of confidence they need knowing that they are not forgetting anything and it also gives them a little nudge to complete the list by the end of the day.

5.) Tangible Accomplishment:

There is something SO rewarding about crossing off a task or goal that you have completed. It’s the visual and tangible confirmation that you’ve been kicking some serious task and goal butt and didn’t let the weight of it all crush you! One little check mark can help create a wave of momentum that will help you achieve your next task or goal! Take a deep breath, pat yourself on the back, and with confidence, move on to the next. YOU GOT THIS!


If you aren’t convinced that list making is AWESOME after reading this awesome list about lists.., and if you’re not running for a pen and paper to start your own, go back up to the top and give a little re-read. HA! 😉

All jokes aside, I really hope that this has shed a little light into the wonderful world of list making and I sincerely hope that it can help YOU in your day-to-day tasks and longer term goals!


Until next time,


Habakkuk 2:2- “.. Write the vision down and make it plain and clear”

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Fall 2018 Starter Kit


Are YOU ready for Fall?!?!?

Yes, I know…its not technically Fall yet, and here in Austin, TX, it won’t even feel like Fall until sometime around Halloween, but that doesn’t stop this Texas girl from loving ALL THINGS FALL!

With just a little over 2 weeks until the season changes, I know a lot of ladies are getting in the “Fall Spirit” and some just need a little inspiration!

I’ve created a “Fall Starter Kit”; a list of 10 Autumn Staples and Trends that I think can inspire ANYONE to get ready for the MAGIC that is Fall!




1.) Autumn Scented Candles and Melties 

(Photo from Pinterest)

If you live in the South like me, having some yummy, Autumn scents in your home can help create that “Fall Feeling” even if it doesn’t quite feel like it outside yet! Just a little “Pumpkin Spice” or “Falling Leaves” can really set a cozy, Autumn tone in your home!  I’ve tagged one here for you!



(Collage made from Pinterest photos)


…. and I am ok with that because I am OBSESSED!

From comfy sweaters to cozy socks, outerwear and accessories, these colors are definitely on trend this year!

Want the look? Follow the links below!

-Olive Utility Jacket: here.

-Navy Comfy Sweater: here.

-Mustard Scarf: here.

-Burgundy Thigh High Socks: here.


3.) The Back Pack Purse 

(Photo from Pinterest)

It’s no secret that the mid 90’s are resurfacing this year in the fashion world, and back pack purses are definitely making a come back! From small and trendy to big and practical,  there are PLENTY of options for everyone to rock a back pack purse this Fall! You can find one similar here.


4.) Fall Lifestyle Tees 

(Photo from JLeigh Lifestyle)

Who doesn’t love a good Lifestyle tee?! And what better way to express your love for Fall than to literally wear your feelings on your sleeve?! hehe 😉

You can style them as casual, cozy, or trendy as your personality desires! I may be a little biased because I am a Lifestyle tee Designer, but I can tell you that these babies have been trending the last few years and aren’t going anywhere! You can get this Lifestyle tee and others like it here.


5.) Ankle Booties 

(Photo from Pinterest)

Ankle Booties have been trending for some time now, so much so that they even started making them for Summertime with cute cutouts! The good news is, depending on the climate where you live, you CAN still wear those until your tootsies get too cold. You can style them with a cute Lifestyle tee or dress them up a fun blazer! Here are some cute ones!


6.) Fall Scent 

(Nordstrom Image)

Yes, I am one of those girls that like to have different perfumes for the different seasons of the year.. HA!

In the warmer months I like more light, fruity perfumes and body mists and I save the deep, richer scents for the colder months! This is particular perfume is my go to Fall scent and you can get it here!


7.) Cozy Blanket

(Photo from Pinterest)

Girl, get yourself a cozy blanket! There is just something about Fall that makes me want to curl up, drink a cup of coffee or tea, and watch a movie or read a book… or blog…. 😉 You can find one similar to this here.


8.) Fall Themed Mug

(JLeigh Lifestyle)

Now that you have your cozy blanket, make yourself a nice warm cup of coffee in your cute Fall Mug (maybe even add an extra dollop of whipped cream.. I promise I won’t tell…), and watch a movie with your bestie! You can get this mug and others like it here.


9.) Utility Jacket

(Photo from Pinterest)

Oh, the versatility of a Utility Jacket! They are the perfect chilly-to-cold transitional piece of outwear! You can find one similar here.


10.) Nail Polish

(Photo from Pinterest)

Numbered are the days of hot pink and sailboat nail art. It’s time to bust out ALL THE NEUTRALS! Now, don’t let that stop you from having some fun nail art that will give you the “Fall Feels”. 🙂



If you weren’t in the Fall mood before you read this, I bet you are now!! 🙂

Leave a comment below and let me know what’s your favorite Autumn staple or trend that was listed!


Have great weekend and Happy (almost) Fall, Y’all!

Love and Blessings,

Lauren O’Bannon

To stay updated with all things JLeigh Lifestyle.. and maybe some fun Fall Giveaways (wink) make sure you are following @jleighlifestyle!


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Turn Your Worries Into Prayers


How many times have you heard the phrase, ” Worry Less, Pray More”  ???

I think we’ve all heard it a million times and probably have SAID it at least a Zillion more. (OOOPS..)

Let’s be real… It’s much easier to tell someone else to “Worry Less, Pray More”, than it is to actually live this out situation by situation in your own life… (amirite?)


Just so we’re clear:

What exactly does it mean to worry?

to give way to anxiety or unease; to allow one’s mind to dwell on difficult troubles.

to live in a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.


The truth is, at some point in our lives, we’ve all had things that have kept us awake at night. We’ve all had to fight that nagging pull of uneasiness in the pit of our stomach that causes us to worry about something that could potentially go wrong. It’s what we do with those worries that can make or break us in a moment. 

Have you ever gotten the advice  ” Just try not to think about it!!” ?

Ok, ya sure.

Try telling someone to NOT think about a giant cheeseburger… Chances are they’ll instantly start thinking about a giant cheeseburger.  (Sorry If I made you think about a giant cheeseburger… haha)


The first step in dealing with our worries is to acknowledge that they are there. Then REPLACE them with what the Word of God says now, so they will not resurface later


So, how do I personally deal with my worries?

(Sample Prayer List)


Yep, I make a prayer list out of my anxieties, worries, and fears! This is my way of acknowledging what I am feeling and then bringing them before the Lord! Then, I like to find and meditate on scriptures like:

Meditating on and confessing truth over your worries can be key to receiving freedom and victory over them!


How long do I keep my “worries” on my prayer list?

I keep mine on my list until I feel like they are no longer a struggle, and the time varies from situation to situation.


Some of you may be saying, “DUH! I already do this..”

But, some of you may have just had an “AHA!” moment!


So, I want to challenge the latter! I challenge you to write down your worries and bring them to the Lord in prayer. Replace those anxieties that keep you awake at night by meditating on and confessing the Word of God into your situation. This has helped me TREMENDOUSLY and I pray that it helps you too!


If you do try this, I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! 🙂


DISCLAIMER: I am not saying this is a quick and easy fix for every situation. Everyone is on a different journey and sometimes seeking help from a professional is the right thing for you. If that is you, then I advise you to do that.


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Hey Y’all!

My name is Lauren and I live in Austin, TX!

This is the very first blog post on JLeigh Lifestyle and I’m SUPER excited to FINALLY get this thing started! I started JLeigh because we all see and experience life uniquely! My designs and blog are an extension of my own personal experiences and interests, and I want to share! 🙂

Instead of boring you with my whole life story in one single dose, (because I actually WANT you to come back…)  I am going to post some random facts that you may or may not know about moi.

(just pretend I’m interesting… mmk? )

-I’m a Wife to Tyler, a devastatingly handsome and brilliant Internet Marketer and Singer/Musician.

-I’m a Mommy to Judah, my spunky- veggie chip loving, almost 3 year old Son.


-JLeigh is named after my Late Sister, Jordan Leigh, who passed away in October 2013.

-I’m 33.

-I was in Full-time ministry for basically the WHOLE of my 20’s, so I have TONS of experience with people in just about every walk of life, so I’ve learned a thing or two.

-Dark Chocolate is my JAM.

-My favorite Seasons are Fall and Winter.

-Coffee is LYFE.

Shameless JLeigh Plug..

-I’m full of random movie quotes.

– I’m Gluten Free…. meh.

– I’m a follower and worshipper of Jesus.

(That’s enough about me for one day….)

Along with my personal posts, I will also have guest Authors, so if you’re reading this and you’re like, “umm… I want to be one…”,  just reach out to me via Instagram and Facebook . I’d love to connect with you!

Thank you for letting me ramble.

Lauren O’Bannon