Every single one of my dogs has had a name ending with an "eee" sound... like my name: Laurie. #weirdrandomfact
I've had Skeezi, Willie, Gerdy, Snoopy, Burkie, Ziggy, Josie, Chewy, Dobby, and now Moji.
People think that Moji stands for "emoji" but nope... Moji stands for "mojo" but since mojo doesn't end with an "eee" sound, I had to improvise and invent a name!
A unique name for a unique, sweet boy who has brought such joy into my life. My Moji!
And now you know one more weird random fact about me!
Time for you to share one of yours with me!!!
I ask because I think a lot of us at midlife think back to choices we made when we were younger and wonder about how our life would have been different had we made different decisions.
If that is you, STOP! You can't do a darn thing about your past!!!
What you have is TODAY and the only thing you can do is to focus on the choices you make RIGHT NOW!
I could look at this picture and wonder what if I hadn't broken up with him back on 12/28/79?... (Yes! I remember the specific date!) What if I had decided to get back together with him when he called me 6 months later? What if I had been patient and not rushed into another relationship and married someone else?
Well, we'll never know the answer to those questions. And that's ok.
Because I choose to believe that I was meant to be with my first husband, and he was meant to be the father of my amazing daughters. I had to learn whatever lessons that part of my life taught me. And my life had to go a certain way before that cute guy in the photo...
I want to share WHY I decided to get a puppy at 61 years of age...
Some may think that is too old to take on a puppy. Some may have thoughts that a new puppy could outlive them. Some may think that having a puppy is hard work. Some may think having a puppy is too restrictive.
Well, I tend to look for the pros and not the cons in every situation. Maybe It's the optimist in me... Or maybe it's my ability to always believe in the positive potential in my choices.
You've probably heard that what you focus on expands... Well, that mindset has served me very well in life!
After my 15 1/2 year old Chihuahua passed in January, I began thinking about getting another dog. And to be honest, I had to talk my husband into it. He was not ready to jump right back into parenthood.
But I KNEW a puppy would bring lots of extra love and laughter to our home. And who doesn't want more of THAT?
Of course work comes along with it, but the amount of laughter my husband and I have shared in this very difficult...
Are you ready to learn about the life-changing method I discovered late last year that eliminated my chronic stomach pain, constant bloating, and burping (ew!), and helped me FiNALLY get the number on the scale to go down? As 2019 ended, I actually felt like a normal human being again!
And that is precisely why I decided to create The Friendly Foods Workshop and share this amazing method with those who are struggling like the 2019 me.
Registration is officially OPEN so get your spot NOW! CLICK HERE to sign up.
I am off-the-charts excited to share this simple, yet highly effective solution for identifying the "healthy" foods that are actually working against you and making you feel crappy.
And I can't wait to share my amazing results from just eating friendly foods for the past 30 days - with holiday and vacation imbibing included.
This system will rock your world because it is NOT your typical diet.
If you are a wine lover, a chocoholic, or a cheese addict, ...
This will be one of my toughest posts to date, but it's one that is necessary. It's intention is not to make you sad but to share with you the light that this amazing creature brought into my life.
And when the grief gets better, I will smile every time I reat this post....
The Story of Dobby
Dobby, named after the elf in Harry Potter (in case you didn't get that!), was born on 6/1/04, and he came into our lives in September of that year quite by accident.
You see, I was always a lover of big dogs... when I was a kid, I dreamed of having Lassie. But when I grew up, I didn't end up with a Collie. I found a breed even better - big like Lassie, with long hair like Lassie and super smart like Lassie - a Bernese Mountain Dog.
I got my first BMD when I was 22 years old. He was my first child. Over the next 23 years, we raised 3 BMDs from pups. But after our 3rd died from a devastating disease, I was shaken and I made the decision that the next time, I wanted a small dog because I...
Today I want to take a moment to give a shout out, along with a virtual hug , to those who are going through a life transition this holiday season...
It was in early November when my ex husband and I separated many years ago, and I faced my first Thanksgiving as a mom away from my kids. Even though they were grown, it was the most difficult holiday of my life.
Since I was going to be alone, I did what many would do in tough times - I hopped on a plane to my parents house! At age 47!!!
In hindsight, it was the holiday I will be forever thankful for because had it not been for my separation, I would not have spent it with my parents as it turned out to be the last Thanksgiving my dad spent here on Earth. He died unexpectedly, the following June.
But it's also a memorable holiday because, although I spent that Thanksgiving without my kids, I finally chose to face my fears and take the necessary action that would bring me closer to the future I desired.
Yes it was the most painful...
I love it when an idea comes to fruition!
About a week ago I mentioned to my husband that I don't like the office space that is set up for me in our basement. And now that I'm home full time, having a good place to work is so important.
Instead of going to "my office" in the basement every morning, I've been working in our family room, on the couch, which is not ideal because I tend to go nonstop...
I just keep going & going from 7 or 8am until 8 or 9p at night because I LOVE WHAT I DO SO MUCH... #alittleobsessed
My husband was all on board with this because he is starting to get jealous of the Mac on my lap that's getting more attention than him!
So I started thinking about other spaces in our house where I could set up an office and I had this idea that we could add a desk in our spare bedroom which he uses as an office!
Since he really only uses it to store his files and pick up papers on the printer, I thought it could work... And he agreed!
Since he loves...
I've found my 2nd half, the backside of life as they say, to be the upside, not the downslide we tend to dread when we are younger.
And for that reason, it's my passion to help others get excited about this phase... to have hope and excitement for the adventures to come, whatever they may be!
So I put together a free workshop called Midlife MOJOO Mastery to teach women how to uplevel their 2nd half and I love seeing all of the AHA moments from the women who are participating...
Here are a few from the 1st of 3 trainings:
"Eureka - Never underestimate someone's capacity for growth - The 2nd half is the best part of life. Thanks Laurie!"
"I don’t know how I ran across you.... but I feel The universe had a hand in it. I just made a post the other day how I have devoted the last 29 years (well still am) to being a mom. That my twins graduated and I’m a somewhat empty nester. I have a daughter with special needs who is at home for now till she goes back to college. But...
November 3rd, 2006... The day I decided to leave my comfort zone.
I will never forget it. Partly because it is in legal documents, but mostly because it was the day I had been scared of for so long.
I had thought about it for years actually but fear kept me stuck and in denial and in a place where I never want to be again. A place where I felt trapped and without choice.
So today is the day I chose. The day I chose me. The day I chose to accept my failure as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, as a daughter-in-law, and as a sister-in-law.
I chose the dissolution of my 25 year marriage.
I tried so hard for so long to make it work. Counseling, conversation, talking myself into and out of things countless times. Convincing myself it was ok. Telling myself that we don't fight - we get along. Telling myself I made vows I can't break. Telling myself I can't hurt those I love.
But I was hurting myself. And by doing that, I was hurting the ones I loved because I wasn't living my truth and...
I friggin' just took action on the 2nd scariest thing I've ever done in my entire 60 years on Earth!!!
I had SO.MUCH.FEAR about this but I did it anyway!
You want to know why?
Because on the other side of fear is growth, adventure and magic! ALWAYS!!!
I took this scary action because the desire to do it was coming from my heart.... It was an inner voice thing, from deep inside of me. It's hard to explain but it just felt good - even though it scared the s*** out of me!
Being scared doesn't mean it's not right. Fear comes from doing something that you've never done before and usually what your conscious brain (ego) is trying to convince you not to do because it feels unsafe.
You see, your brain tries to keep you in your comfort zone because doing something that you've not done before, and which has a lot of fuzziness around it, does not fall into the safe category according to your logical brain.
I KNOW THIS because I teach it; however, that doesn't mean it comes any easier to...