Author Archives: Laurie Johnson

The Power of Saying NO

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!

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

tap in to adulthood

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?

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

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 »

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