I grew up dancing at my mother’s studio in New York, The Adele Johnson School of Performing Arts. She didn’t dance but my older sister, Mary Louise did.
I have eight siblings and we all know how to do a basic tap time step.
Some of us play djembes (drums) because we played for the African dance classes.
One of my brothers, Kevin, will swear he taught me everything I know about tap dancing. One look at his flap ball change and you’ll know he’s lying.
I have a large family and none of us are geniuses. I’m from the really shallow end of the family gene pool.
Academically, I struggled, suffered and was primarily in a fog most of the time. At least that’s what everyone told me growing up.
Some people still tell me that today. To some extent I know it’s true. Spend one day with me and you’ll be amazed at how much stuff I don’t know and how ‘dizzy’ I am.
However, I’m happy to say that I’ve dealt with many of my challenges and today I spend my time playing to my strengths. I’ve educated myself on basic stuff like reading and writing. If you want to know more, click here to listen to me tell all. Here are 10 random facts about me. Here are 12 more random facts.
I have a BA from the George Washington University and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. Going to school didn’t provide me with an education as much as it showed me how much I didn’t know. I was lost pretty much the entire time.
I’ve learned that it’s good to acknowledge what you don’t know and then have the courage to do something about it. If you do this, your life will know no boundaries.
That’s my story. No more labels and no more struggling.
I wear a button on my clothing that says, “Your silence will not protect you.” This Audre Lorde quote is what inspired me to start blogging and telling my story. Most people see me today and think I arrived all polished up and ready to go or that I’m just lucky. I did not and I am not. I did a lot of self work and it’s paying off.
Today, I waste very little of life’s precious energy on meaningless, superficial stuff. My blogs reveal the small steps I consistently take to continue to evolve along my journey.
I know people can change. It’s just unfortunate many do not change.
I’m an optimist. I know that nothing has to stay the way it is if it’s not what we like or what we want. It’s not luck or our circumstances or being born a particular way that creates our futures. It’s taking action to change situations that bring us grief or unhappiness. We must first take responsibility for where we are and then commit to taking personal action to get us where we want to be. Sometimes, we may need to ask for help.
Lesson learned: No more “buy and hold” strategy for me.
In 1995, I was recruited by the Sara Lee Corporation. I was brand managing some boring line of panty hose. I quit after five months because I was miserable.
Here’s an excerpt from the intro of my first book, Rich by Choice, Poor by Habit. This aptly describes what my life use to be like:
There is no passion and no meaning living in “survival mode.” Living in survival mode means you unenthusiastically crawl out of bed, grudgingly prepare for the day, reluctantly rush off to work or school, drag yourself home, halfheartedly prepare dinner, watch television, pass out, and then repeat the whole process the following day.
It’s no surprise there is no passion and no meaning. You’re sleepwalking through life!
I am a certified life coach. I use my training to help people find their way through stress, fear, doubt and worry. I do a lot of this through my online, call-in radio show.
My first book, Rich by Choice, Poor by Habit, is partly autobiographical. Each of the 22 chapters contains a “Laurie Story.” I use my own failures and hard-learned lessons as teaching tools.
We all need practical guidance every once in a while and there are some things we all should know. I hope you find some here on this site.
In 2008, I published Live, Love, Laugh, DANCE, a pocket-sized book containing over 200 inspiring quotations. I love a good quote, don’t you?