Friday , 28 August 2015

Recent Posts

Mr. Agent Man and Knucklehead Dancer Boy

dancer boy

It is frustrating when someone asks for specifics about an event, location, or occasion when they could easily, and within seconds, access the info on their own.   SAD STORY: I recently recommended a dancer to an agent.   I instructed DANCER BOY to write MR. AGENT MAN a note. MR. AGENT MAN was in the building, and I wanted ... Read More »

On the Sofa Opposite Oprah

photo1 (1)

There are no shortcuts to happiness. Attaining happiness requires work. That’s because you first have to acknowledge and take responsibility for every area of your life. Doing this is not the most enjoyable exercise, because you may likely discover unpleasant things about yourself. However, it is good honest work. More importantly, it’s the path to growth. There are no shortcuts to ... Read More »

In a Nutshell

in a nutshell

Stress and anxiety are not our friends; there is no part of our being that was ever meant to thrive in their presence. Yet, they are part of life. The question then becomes, “What do you need to change, so you can deal with whatever is happening?”. Your response? Your approach? Your words?   When things don’t go as expected ... Read More »

Things I Say When I’m Teaching Tap Class @laurietalks

image (4)

  I teach tap for Tremaine Dance Conventions. During my classes, I silence my tap shoes for a quick @laurietalks chat with students. Over the years I’ve discussed tattoos, piercings, impulsive behavior, intelligent risk taking, and, recently, innovative uses for social media. Here’s what I said:                    “Dancers, please have a seat. ... Read More »

A Letting Go Plan

photo1

We all know how important it is to plan. Although we know the benefits of planning, we don’t always do it.   I once planned a 2-day vacation and upon arriving at my destination city, had no car rental or hotel reservation.   For me, the planning stopped at scouting out fares and booking travel tickets. I plan my arrival ... Read More »

Dance Convention Observations

IMG_0582(1)

I have completed a 20-city tour with Tremaine Dance Conventions. Here are ten observations: Selfies rule. Parents still give me updates on their kids when I say to the parent, “How are YOU doing?” Contemporary dance is in. A few of the moves make me wonder if there should be a medic on site. I don’t mind judging 100 competition ... Read More »

Lost My Wallet

IMG_0895

Someone once told me that if you lose a piece of jewelry, it’s meant for someone else… Thank goodness the same doesn’t apply to wallets. I lost mine last week. It fell out my pocket while leaving the supermarket. I immediately retraced my steps, but it was gone, nowhere to be found. I didn’t cancel my credit card or spend ... Read More »

The Struggle is Real

Struggle_Is_Real

I grew up hearing phrases like: You can’t fight city hall. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. One person can’t change the world. Crawl before you walk. The struggle is real. Start from the bottom, and work your way up. It’s a dog eat dog world. Ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. It’s a waste of time ... Read More »

15 Annoying Things Dancers Do to Lose Jobs

15_Things

True story: I know this guy that no matter where I am, as soon as his name comes up, everyone immediately talks about his bad breath. No one considers it gossip, because it’s a fact. People talk about it freely, because this dancer has got the funkiest breath on the planet. He may have a medical issue. I don’t know. I do, however, know that ... Read More »

Am I Happy Enough?

IsMyHappyEnough_Blog

Do you sometimes look around and believe that the rest of the world has been given a free pass to happiness? Does it look like other people are breezing along with luck, love, and endless opportunities? This used to happen to me all the time.   I used to wonder: Where’s their struggle? What work did they do? What about the years ... Read More »

Dancers: I see you.

image

I am the tap dance teacher for Tremaine Dance Conventions. My goal for each class is this: to make eye contact with every student in the room. I do not look at parents while I’m teaching, because I save that smile, that energy, for their kids. Making eye contact builds relationships. Every interaction does not result in something deep or ... Read More »

You Were Right; I Was Wrong

image (2)

Whenever someone says, “Easier said than done.” I always think, “What isn’t?” Just about everything is easier said than done. What about the words, “You were right; I was wrong?” It is such an easy statement to make, yet I remember feeling like such a loser the first few times I decided to say them.  Initially, saying these words made ... Read More »

A Dead-end is a Perfect Place to Turn Around

image (5)1

I know what it’s like to be in a relationship that is a complete waste of life’s breath. I used to semi-exist inside these relationships convincing myself, “it’s not that bad” or… “it’s better than my last one.” Really? We all have an inner knowing, our intuitive sense, that tells us when it’s time to cut our… Click To Tweet ... Read More »

Making Every Day Feel Special

image (3333333)

Raise your hand if you are in a relationship in which your special boo makes you feel like everyday is your birthday. Thank you, congratulations. I’m happy for you. You are a wonderful person who deserves what you are getting. This post is not for you. This is for the people who barely feel special one day a year. I don’t know if ... Read More »

The Longest Journey

image (1)

I painted this canvass while in the depths of despair. I realize how super dramatic that sounds, but it’s true. I had reached a point where I had enough of myself and was ready to change the one thing I had control over: Meeeeeeeeeeee!   I kissed misery goodbye by first turning off my television. Then I started painting.    ... Read More »

You’re Better Than That

photo1

The day my mother said these words to me changed my life forever. I had just graduated college and was in a relationship that didn’t make sense. Of course, it made sense to me at the time. Today, I realize I was just being a coward. Mother was visiting and, as usual, stayed with me. Before she returned home, she asked: ... Read More »

I Talked ‘Till I Was Blue in The Face

blue in the face

I used to worry a lot. Then one day I heard the expression: “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get… Click To Tweet This quote didn’t stop me from worrying, but it certainly slowed me down. I stopped worrying about stuff I couldn’t control: My sister is still using ... Read More »

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

stop wasting time

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

misery was greatest insight

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

taking responsibility

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: “Take responsibility for where you are in your life right now.” Click To Tweet At first, I didn’t know what it meant, nor did I know what I was supposed to do. I ... Read More »

Stay in Your Lane

stay in your lane

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 »

Get Your Free Download
Rich By Choice , Poor By Habit ( Free excerpt )
Dismiss
2 Flares Twitter 2 Facebook 0 Filament.io 2 Flares ×