Never Give Up On Finding What Lights You Up!

Got my new backdrop up in my home studio!!! What do you think?!?!

I LOVE it! So much better than the wood paneling.

As I was putting it up and taking photos, I thought how lucky I am that I had the gumption, at the ripe old age of 55, to start experimenting with an online business.

And then when that didn’t go as well as I had expected, I kept being curious and learning more about what was possible.

Something inside of me kept me going and believing I was meant for more, that my corporate job wasn’t what I was put here on Earth to do.

As I was hamming it up for the camera, the thought came to me that THIS is my life! The life I created from scratch!!! All because I hated what I was doing & it sucked the life out of me 5 days a week. And I refused to live that way any longer!

If you are reading this wishing you could feel that way too, all I can say based on my own personal experience, is to never give up on finding out what it is that lights you up and then find a...

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The Gift of a Different Perspective

I was triggered by something the other day and felt called to share it in the hopes that it will enlighten others...

Before I start with the story, let me remind you that I am not here to judge anyone else's beliefs or to push my beliefs on you. I am just attempting to share my own personal experience and my processing of what is happening in the world today.

I am well aware that my processing is all wrapped up in the lens I see out of, which is unlike anyone else's because we all have our own unique lens we look out of, and unlike our eyeglass prescriptions, no two lenses are alike!!!

Here's what happened...

I heard a very tragic story about a police officer, and as reported, a very good cop - nothing like Derek Chavin, the monster who killed George Floyd. Steven Gutzwiller was ambushed and killed, leaving his 2 year old child and a pregnant wife.

And it triggered in me the fact that, if this was all happening in the 80s or 90s, that widow could have been me, and those babies could...

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Still Struggling... And Sending Love To All!

Still struggling with what’s going on in our country. Still struggling to find the right words. Still worried about saying the wrong thing. But still trying anyway.
 
Lots of thoughts. Lots of reflection. Lots of emotions.
 
All I can do today and every day is simply be the best I can be and take action out of love to all people regardless of race, religion, color, heritage, sex, profession or political persuasion.
 
I know our souls are colorless and unbiased so that is what I choose to focus on. #source #goodenergy
 
Our physical world taints so much of our innate goodness.
 
I send love to all humankind. 💕 And ask that you join me in replacing assumptions & judgement with a deeper desire to understand our fellow human beings. 🙏💫
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Sharing One Of My Favorite Activities During My Spare Time..

Today I'm sharing a secret!!!

Want to know what I love to do in my spare time, that I’m kinda embarrassed to admit… I watch REALITY SHOWS!!!! 

For me, it’s more like a psychology project. I LOVE watching people… for 2 main reasons: 1) to watch what lights them up & 2) to watch them interact with others.

I’m REALLY INTO the competition reality show like The Voice, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor, The Amazing Race & Big Brother!!!

I don't watch the Housewives series... Nah! I think that's all fake. They just get drunk & mean and that's not interesting to me.

I love it most, when they get lost in a performance. You feel something inside, like they reached down into your heart & tugged at it. (My husband doesn't get this, but if you're like me, you KNOW what I mean!)

I believe every single person has a passion - even if they don't know what it is, it's inside of them waiting to be tapped. And that passion connects at...

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A Picture That Predicted My Future Puppy

Just had to share this crazy story...

I’ve had this picture for years... It was a gift from my father who bought it for my ex husband and I after our last Bernese Mountain dog died. At the time, we were so heartbroken that we decided to get a smaller dog that would live longer... No more BMDs. 

So this picture was special. It gave us amazing memories of our Berners. We had 3 of those amazing dogs before we switched to a Chihuahua.

Not too long after we got that picture, my husband and I split up and I ended up with both the dog and the picture.

Fast forward to several years later...

The picture hangs in the guest room so we rarely look at it. This past weekend, my youngest grandson who is 22 months old was visiting with his parents. As he was playing in the bed with his mommy, he looked at the picture, pointed and said “Moji!”

My daughter looked up and was dumbfounded, as I was when she told me what happened...

The dog in the foreground of the picture, standing right...

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Lies I Told Myself That Held Me Back

I remember back when I was an executive at AOL, I never felt like I "fit" the role. ... When I got promoted to Vice President, I felt out of place because I always thought I wasn't credentialed enough.

I was working with some super smart and well-educated people, with advanced degrees from Stanford and Harvard Business school, and here I was... a person with only 3 years at a B-rated college under her belt.

Yeah! I worked hard, got along well with my peers, and ended up being rewarded for my efforts - even though climbing the corporate ladder was not on my agenda - because, honestly, the voice in my head always compared my lack of an education to the people I worked with. So I pegged myself as less capable than them...

So if you asked the old me if one day I'd have my own business and would be helping others start their own online businesses, you'd probably see her jaw drop, followed by a deer-in-headlights stare, before she blurted out: "I don't have what it takes to do THAT!"

Until I...

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Weird Random Fact About Me

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!!!

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Perks Of Being A Young Grandma

I'm so glad I had my girls young and got to be a grandma pretty early in life (at 51)...

I remember wanting so badly to get married and have children, and thinking I was gonna be an old maid - when I was 20!!! LOL!

Fortunately, my dream came true! I met my first husband a month before I turned 21. Eight months later, we were married (not pregnant!) and less than 18 months later, our first daughter was born.

Then 18 months after that, our second daughter was born. Our family was complete just 6 days after my 25th birthday!

I believe I wanted to be a young mom because I had young parents. And what was so terrific about having young parents is that my girls got to know them, and they got to see ALL 4 of their grandchildren graduate from college which means they saw them grow into adults.

We can't predict when we'll become moms or grandmas, but I know that I want to be around a long time so I can be known by my grandchildren. I want them to remember me as someone who lived life to her...

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A Second Chance at Love After 27 Years

I took a big risk at age 50... jumping into a 2nd marriage with a guy who I fell in love with at age 18 and had a track record of non-commitment.


It sounds rather romantic that we reconnected after 27 years apart but our relationship back in the late 70s was a struggle. That soul-deep-love and passion were there for sure, but so were the arguments. Breaking up and getting back together were our thing...

He wanted his independence, and I wanted to control him and to be the center of his world, which at 20 years old, was not his idea of fun. So I finally decided to stop fighting a battle I couldn't win & moved on...

But I never forgot him...


And one day, 27 years later, I googled his name, found a phone number and called him. If I had told any of my friends, they would have told me I was crazy so I kept it to myself & arranged to meet him for lunch.

That risk was soooo worth it!!! This time around, I have the relationship I always wanted with him... I'm a priority in his life,...

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My Best Mom Advice!

How about some reflection on this special day?

I believe being a mom is one of THE most important jobs we can be given. And I know I have loved every minute.

Of course, being the mom of adult children is kind of like I'm retired from momhood now, but that job gave me lots of insight which is now being shared in my role as wise advisor to my 2 daughters who are navigating the world of littles.

Today I celebrate the work I did in raising my 2 magnificent children. They, if I may brag a bit, turned out to be amazing human beings and are doing a damn good job as mommies, better than I was for sure! (It looks like the cloning of a better version of me worked!!!)

And since they turned out pretty darn fabulous, I thought I'd share a few of the things I did right, that weren't always the easiest:

* I gave them space to fail. My advice: Don't swoop in and try to ease their pain. Failure leads to the best lessons in life.

* I made them pay for their own mistakes. My advice: If they get a parking...

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