Author Archives: Laurie Johnson

Lost My Wallet

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

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

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?

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.

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

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 »

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