Happy June, sweet friends!  My favorite part of each new month is introducing you to another of my Sisters at Build a Sister Up!

This month, I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, Lauren Gaskill.  Lauren is a blogger, a speaker, podcaster, and founder of She Found Joy.  She Found Joy is a nationwide ministry encouraging women to discover an authentic joy in Jesus, live it consistently and give it abundantly.  They host ladies’ night out events across the country!  You’re going to want to pop in to her website right now and find one near you!

She is also in the process of publishing her first book, Into the Deep: Diving Into a Life of Courageous Faith, which releases Nov. 6 and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.

Diagnosed with an incurable genetic disorder (Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), Lauren is passionate about encouraging others to fight for faith and keep hope alive — no matter what. When she’s not writing, Lauren loves to cook, bake and go on hikes with her husband and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who is affectionately named Reese after Lauren’s favorite candy, peanut butter cups.

I’m so excited to have Lauren joining me this month as I dive into the theme of JOY.  Obviously, she’s the perfect fit for this month!  I can’t wait for you to meet her and get to hear her heart!

I’d like to introduce you to my sweet friend, Lauren Gaskill!

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
North Carolina is my home. Alex is my man. Reese is my fur baby (and yes, I named him after Reese’s peanut butter cups because … chocolate and peanut butter … hello!) Beaches and mountains are my happy place.

Writing, speaking, cooking, baking and designing are some of my life’s greatest passions.

Coffee or tea?
Both. I love black coffee and blueberry green or chamomile lavender tea.

Exercise or nap?
Exercise all the way! I’ve been a swimmer since I was a little girl and still swim several times a week. Can’t keep me away from the water!

Cake or pie?
Chocolate chip pie. My sweet mama makes the best one I’ve ever had.

High heels or sneakers?
Birkenstocks.

Vacation or staycation?
Vacation. Preferably to the Caribbean, please!

Early riser or sleep in?
Early riser. I had to get up for early morning swim practices in high school and then to work the opening shift at a gym and bakery in college. So, it’s kind of in my blood, whether I like it or not.

Read the book or watch the movie?
Both. First, I like to read the book and develop my own perspective.  Then, it’s fun to see how directors and actors interpret the story on screen.

Dogs or cats?
Dogs! I’m partial to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels! (Although all animals are amazing.)

Introvert or extrovert?
I used to be an extrovert, but I’m becoming more introverted with age.

Country living or city girl?
I love visiting the city, but please, let me live in the country!

Do you have any hobbies?
Swimming, singing (although it hurts my jaw), hiking, traveling, walking the beach, reading, cooking, baking, biking, trying new restaurants

What are you listening to, reading, or watching that you are loving right now?
TV shows: Nashville and Friday Night Lights
Reading: The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers and all of the BASU books!
Music: U2, Coldplay and Goo Goo Dolls forever!

What are you passionate about?
Helping women live courageously and joyfully. Walking with my Jesus.  Being the best wife and friend I can be.

What/where are you writing?
Just finished edits for my debut book, Into the Deep: Diving Into a Life of Courageous Faith, which comes out Nov. 6!

Are there any other projects or ministries that you are working on/with?
She Found Joy

How can we connect with you? (website, social media, events?)
Blog: http://www.laurengaskillinspires.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lauren.gaskill.inspires/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lauren_inspires
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/lauren_inspires
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/lauren_inspires/

What is an area that you’d like to grow in?
Patience.

How can we build you up?
Help promote the She Found Joy fall tour and the book launch in November!

Is there a parting thought you would like to share?
Proverbs 3:3. It’s one of my favorite verses, and I hope it encourages you! “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”