About This Blog

Welcome to the Essaie Blog!

I'm Laura Roberts. 

In February of 2014, I lost my sweet sister to a battle with cancer. Her death was devastating, and a wake-up call. I started looking around at the people I cherished and my goals/dreams that I hadn't worked at accomplishing for one reason or another. I realized that I no longer had any excuses left as to why I wasn't loving my people the best that I could, taking the chances that I wanted to take, and really living the full and beautiful life that I craved. All that I had left was a burning desire to make the most of myself and my time in this crazy life; to make my Creator and my sister proud of how I used my time left here.

Something that always rises to the surface for me is a love of writing. I've never been without the desire to get better at it, get braver at sharing it, and explore all the different ways of funnelling my thoughts, ideas, and heartaches into words; but could never quite move past my fears and hesitations...until I finally refused let my fears call the shots. Life is too short for that.

And so, this blog was born.

In French, essaie is a form of the verb that means "to try"...which is why this blog was started, and what I hope it inspires in its readers: courage! The strength to give it (whatever your "it" is) a shot, to dig deep and reflect, to create, appreciate the beauty in the simple things, and to enjoy the light and the laughter in the Everyday, living life deeper and higher...and savouring all the fun, beautiful things in between. My hope is that by sharing my perspective, my "trying" in my life, that you'll know you have a friendly face walking the road with you in yours.

I'm a little complicated, but not that mysterious. I'm kind of a volatile mix of serious and fun; you never know what you're going to get...and neither do I, really. Ha! I love laughing and talking about serious things so you'll get a mix of both around here.

In other details, I am the mother of four amazing babies (ages 2-8) and the wife of one awesome dude. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a minor in Special Education, a certificate as a Special Needs Educational Assistant, and have hopes of someday completing a Masters in something or other when that season comes. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon!). I love 90's music, pretending I'm the next Idina Menzel while singing and performing self-acclaimed choreography to musicals at the top of my lungs. I also really love the outdoors. 

I like my men artistic, my chocolate dark, and my nachos loaded.

So, so glad you're here.


  1. Absolutely beautiful "about" page. I love the name of your blog.

  2. Glad I found your blog! I look forward to following along!

  3. This is beautiful, so glad I found your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Cancer is a nasty, nasty disease and I am so sorry that you lost your sister to it. I am glad though that you have had the strength to put life into perspective after your sisters death. Life is short and can often be too short, which is why we must enjoy life, face our fears and appreciate the simple things.

    Nice to meet you Laura. I found you whilst milling around Jennifers #blirthdaybash!

  5. Thank you so much for joining my #Blirthdaybash Laura! I'm so glad that Debbie made her way over here. She's a lovely blogging friend.

    Wishing you a lovely day.


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