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Stop Along the Way

Laurie running

During my run this morning, I spotted a woman struggling to move odds and ends from the back of an apartment building to the front curb. I’d guess she was in her mid 60’s. I shouted, “Need help?” “No, I’m ok,” she said. I replied, “I’m able-bodied, and I’m right here.” Within seconds, she was sobbing uncontrollably. The only words ... Read More »

10 Ways You May Be Wasting Time

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Sometimes we waste time on stuff that doesn’t matter. Sometimes our thoughts hold us back. Check out this short list and see if you recognize yourself in any of them. Here are a few ways you could be holding yourself back from becoming your best self:   1.    Playing small like you’re not important.  Let’s face it: If you don’t ... Read More »

Misery Offers Great Insight

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Some say happiness is our birthright. I don’t know if I agree or disagree with this statement, so I’ll save that discussion for another writing. If we assume this statement is true … I wonder what life would be like if we all had happiness all the time. Like, we didn’t need to wish, work, or pray for it. It ... Read More »

18 Truths About Following Your Passion

18 tips from smart people

A 22-year-old dancer is not as physically fit as she was last year and her self-confidence is low. She’s incredibly talented and wants to perform. What do you say to someone who has difficulty with self-motivation and self-trust?  She’s has two more years of college and doesn’t practice her craft at all. However, she constantly talks about how much she ... Read More »

I Own That: Taking Responsibility

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I used to be in so much emotional pain. One of the ways I sought relief was to follow advice I had heard for a long time: [Tweet ““Take responsibility for where you are in your life right now.””] At first, I didn’t know what it meant, nor did I know what I was supposed to do. I did, however, ... Read More »

Stay in Your Lane

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I’m not good at math. I actually put my hands under the table at restaurants, so I can figure out the tip by counting on my fingers. I realize this is sad. I simply don’t have an acumen for numbers, and I’ve decided not to waste any more time trying to get good at something I’m not. Wasting time wondering ... Read More »

Doing Good Looks Good on You

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Leaving my house this morning, I noticed a woman pulling out of her garage. Her tall, thermal coffee cup was still on top of the car. There were no bumps in the road, at least not yet. I pulled up beside her at the stop signal. I motioned for her to sit tight. I hopped out of my car and ... Read More »

Less is More: Why I Decluttered My Life

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I strive for minimalism. I’m continually on the lookout for what’s not needed in my home, car, or boat. Ok, let me stop. I don’t have a boat; I’m just messing with you. If I buy a new black belt, I get rid of my old one. If stuff sits in the pantry too long, it’s gone. Before buying something ... Read More »

Sensitivity Paved the Way

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You know the kid: the socially awkward, goofy-faced kid who’s different and doesn’t blend in? That was me. I went to 13 different schools, and no, my family never moved.  Was I ostracized and teased because I was the new kid who was dressed differently, or because I was an easy target who never talked nor fought back? I’m still ... Read More »

Every Day I’m Wondering

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We all have them. I’m talking about those few moments that come in the course of nearly every day when we contemplate the great mysteries of the universe. It can happen while we brush our teeth, or while we stand in the shower. It can even happen while standing in line at the supermarket. How do I take advantage of ... Read More »

Be True to Yourself: Rock that Boat

Go ahead and rock the boat

Someone asked me what it means to be true to yourself. I immediately thought of a billboard I once saw that simply read, “Passengers, say something!” Some people passively sit in the passenger seat and don’t ask the driver to stop texting, tailgating, speeding, drinking, etc. Sometimes we’re uncomfortable saying what needs to be said, but when your life depends ... Read More »

The Feeling Good Goal

over the moon in under a minute

Most of the time we just want to feel good.   We search for the right work, because we want to enjoy what we do. We want a great relationship, because we want to be happy. We want good health, so we can feel better. We want money or a new car, because we believe it will make us happier.   But if ... Read More »

The Power of Saying NO

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I used to work for a manager that continually gave me extra work. One day I politely asked him, “Why do you keep giving me more tasks when you know I’ve already got so much to do?” He replied, “Because I know you’ll get it done. The busiest person gets stuff done.” Back then, I thought that was a compliment. ... Read More »

I’m a Hustler, Baby!

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Hustler is not a word I would have used to describe myself, but it’s accurate. Most of my adult life, I have been called a hustler. I initially considered it an insult. That is because the only images I conjured up were of pimps wearing fur coats and platforms or scammers, not to mention Hustler is the name of a men’s magazine. ... Read More »

TAP IN to Adulthood

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Do you sometimes ask yourself, “Did that just happen?” “Is this really my life?” Too often we question the tiniest things, and it never occurs to us that maybe, just maybe, things happen for a reason.  Some things happen in order for us to learn, to grow and then to thrive. As human beings, we worry about things that, most ... Read More »

There’s a New Engagement in Town

new engagement in town

Some people say that young people today are out of control. That they are disrespectful, unable to disconnect from their electronics, do not have a lot of skills, and don’t know how to engage, etc. Engagement has been redefined: It’s faster, more direct and efficient. And because small talk is boring and non-stimulating, it’s kept to a minimum. Stimulation works. ... Read More »

The Dream or the Excuse?

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A dancer contacted me earlier today. She said she wants to move to Los Angeles to dance and to build a career in the entertainment industry. I asked her what the hold-up was. xcuse She said she had a new house, a new boyfriend and a new job. I posted the scenario on www.facebook.com/officiallauriejohnson and asked others what they thought ... Read More »

15 Ways to Keep Life Simple

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Every person, when they were younger, told themselves that they just couldn’t wait to be an adult. The mind set was always when you get older you were going to do what you wanted to do, and no one would be able to tell you anything. But what happened when those people became adults? Everything about doing whatever you want ... Read More »

As Grand As The Canyon: Positive Thinking

No more boring answers to the question, "How ya doin'?"

People think maintaining a positive mindset is something like a fairy tale; it’s all in your head. But what if they’re right?  Positive thinking is something you control.  As a teenager, I was so cynical that family and friends complained to me about my attitude. They cited specific examples of things I would do or say to prove to me I was a total ”battery drainer.” I never had anything good to say. Cynicism had become a way of life for me, it was all I knew. In simplest terms, a negative mindset results in negative living, and that’s exactly why my life was so miserable. If you think you might be suffering from a negative mindset and would like to begin to understand the power of thought, then try what I did. I took advantage of the opportunity to answer a simple question differently. It’s a question we’re all asked several times everyday by strangers and friends alike. Whenever somebody asked me, ”How ya doin’?” I decided to respond differently. I made a conscious choice to answer with one of the following expressions: • Never better! • Outstanding! • ¡Fantástica! • Just peachy! One day I took things a little too far and actually said, “If I were any better, there’d be two of me!”  It was a bit too much but you get the idea, right?  By deliberately responding to the question, ”How are you?” in an upbeat, optimistic way, I created positive energy in ALL areas of my life. Recently I met a man in Orlando. When I casually asked him how he was, he replied, “As grand as the canyon!” I was struck by his life-giving words. We talked about how optimism builds positive momentum. Simply put, positivity defies gravity. It trickles up, around and sideways.  Give it a try. Experiment with your own positive responses to the question, ”How are you?” Initially, people might look at you like you’re not serious. You might even feel like you’re lying at first. But it won’t be long before your responses become second nature. You’ll be less likely to follow up such positive words with negative talk, and you’ll be more inclined to play up what’s going well in your life. Before you know it, people will start telling you what an inspiration you are. Why? Because your enthusiasm will be contagious and- your outlook will genuinely match your words. You’ll manifest goodness in your life and the downside risk to this strategy is zero. Please accept this personal invitation to make your life as grand as the canyon and begin to witness little improvements in your everyday world.      Share with me! I’m always looking for ways to bring more positive energy into my life. Tell me about your techniques. What do you do to maintain an optimistic mindset? Read More »

Branding Yourself: How to Create Your Personal Brand

Sittin', Riddin', Flyin'!

When most people think of a brand they usually think about dance shoes, their favorite clothing lines, appliances, stores, etc. But what about people? Believe it or not people are brands. Take Oprah for example… What are the top three things you think of when you hear her name?              – Wealth              – OWN              – Harpo These are ... Read More »

Invest in Yourself – Soulful Strut

It's all in the SOLE!

[Tweet “Soulful strut is that feeling you get when you do what you love.”] It’s that natural action your body takes when you are in your element. It’s something you get when you are following your passion. Post by Laurie Johnson. In the past, I made decisions that my friends and family did not like, but I knew I had to ... Read More »

Picasso Charged For Experience. Do you?

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Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when an enthusiastic woman approached him. “ It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, please. You must sketch my portrait! I insist.” So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a quick moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his ... Read More »

Express Yourself. Dance.

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Working a corporate job was absolutely miserable. Life felt unfair. The demanding and monotonous work stressed me to no end. How bad was it?  I had an ulcer. I was losing my hair. I ate junk food from vending machines. I scoffed down pastries during meetings. I got fat from sitting all day. And my ‘paddle and roll‘ rolled away. ... Read More »

How to Find Your Purpose in Life

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Are you struggling with how to find your purpose in life? Do you sometimes feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed?  Are you rushing through your life but not sure where you’re going? I know what’s it’s like to be really busy, and then to wonder at the end of the day, month or year, “what was I busy doing? If you ... Read More »

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