New Milestone Achieved at Age 61.. It's Never Too Late!

Don’t ever think you’re too old to step into a new career doing the work you are meant to do!!!

I remember my old cubicle life... desiring something different but not knowing where to begin. I didn’t want to go back to college and start from scratch, but I knew I wasn’t where I was supposed to be.

So I just started putting one foot in front of the other, taking action on what felt right.

And last August THIS was something that felt right. I knew it as soon as I heard about it. And I was able to get in on the ground floor of this new certification program.

So I jumped in with both feet!!! And what a ride it’s been!

I just graduated, after spending a semester learning the science and then a semester of practicum work, and I am now getting to do the work I know I’ve been put here to do.

It may have taken me 61 years to get here but better late than never, right?!?

I am officially a trained and certified Master NeuroCoach!!!! ‍ Hot damn!

Thank you to all...

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It's Finally Here!

Have you ever had a great idea that you never implemented?

Well, I’ve had quite a few, but this one was one I finally pushed to the TOP of my priority list and made happen and I’m so FRIGGIN’ excited about it!

When it came in the mail two days ago, I actually jumped up & down and screeched! LOL!

I sat on this project for awhile, since last November! But it’s DONE and now it’s here - right before a new quarter! How perfect was that?!?! #thankyouuniverse

If you’re wondering what IT is, it’s my unique system that I created and use every single day.

I used it to first imagine and then create my passion-filled and purpose-driven online business and soon I’ll be giving one to each of my new students when they join The Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School when I open the doors to enrollment in a couple of weeks.

There are a lot of passions about to be uncovered & realized in the next 90 days and I can’t wait to lead my new...

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Letting You In On What I've Been Working On....

Can you hear that? That’s the beautiful sound of the keys on my keyboard and my pencil on paper!!! (Because I use both! #oldschool)

Yes indeed! I'm creating a brand, new workshop which should be sweet music to the ears of those who are tired of settling for the life they don't want and are ready to uplevel!

My workshop is all about finding passion, purpose and profit AFTER the empty nest!!!

I can't wait to share my 5 secret steps that will help any passionless empty nesters discover her untapped gifts and use them to create an income-producing business so she can spend the rest of her life doing the work she is meant to do.

I see you and I'm here to give you a blueprint to getting sparked in your second half. The alternative should no longer be an option!

If this workshop perks your interest, the link to sign up can be found below. I kick it off on 7/6, coincidentally right after Independence Day!!!

Link: http://notyouraveragegrandma.com/secretsteps

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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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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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Sometimes, It's Okay Not To Be Okay...

Having a rough day? You’re not alone, friend! I’ve been there, too.

In fact, I was there JUST YESTERDAY!!! I was feeling so not myself. Not the positive, high energy, bubbly version of me.

Perhaps it was because I started a 3 day cleanse... Or maybe it was the fact I was putting together all of the info for my taxes - not my most favorite thing to do!

By day's end, I chose a piece of pizza, chocolate chip cookies and a glass of rose wine for dinner!!! So much for my cleanse!

Whenever I struggle like that, I first give myself grace because it happens. And second, I'm grateful that I'm aware of what's going on in my head and know that it is temporary.

I know that tomorrow will dawn a new day and I can start over again, which I did in the case of my cleanse!!! Yay! Day 1 is in the books and was a success!!!

AND, the tax work I've spent HOURS on in the past week is DONE!!! At least for 2019!

So in case you need a little extra boost today, consider this post your virtual...

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My Life Journey In Discovering What Finally Lights Me Up

Has your road to fulfillment been a conventional one?

I took a conventional path to a conventional job where I punched the proverbial ticket of success which led to an impressive paycheck and an even more impressive title but every time I got promoted, I became less fulfilled.

My bosses would reward me with new titles and generous salary bumps, often with nice stock options, but they never once ASKED me what role would most light me up. And I, unfortunately, didn't even have the answer so I just let my ego lead the way.

As my resume got more impressive, I got more disconnected from my purpose, from my zone of genius, from the work I'm here to do.

I didn't know then what I know now, but that's okay. I give myself grace because it was that journey that led me where I am today. And I'd definitely say what I do today is unconventional!

In fact, an online business wasn't even a possibility when I started my career!!!

There’s no set way to get where you’re meant to go... Our...

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Laurie Lays It On The Line!!! Life Advice For You...

If I could sit down with my past self - an over-busy, unhappy, corporate executive - I’d have enough advice to have my own talk show... I've even got a good name for it: Laurie Lays It On The Line!!!

First, I’d start by saying STOP doing work that doesn't set your soul on fire. You are dimming your light by not finding your true purpose.

And of course, I’d fill myself in on all of the joys that lie ahead, like: how truly fascinating the journey of self discovery will be. It's really not about the final destination. It's the sights, the people, and the experiences of the trip you take getting there!

I'd make sure she knew there is nothing to fear. And I'd explain that she can't be afraid of a life where she is doing what she came here to do.

I'd also do my best to describe the feeling she'd have waking up every morning energized, excited and ready to jump out of bed, and tackle a schedule SHE CHOSE, filled with action items she is passionate about.

What advice would you...

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