This Year – Let Love Lead

A well known, spiritual mind shifting book, A Course in Miracles, encourages us to embrace the idea of “I don’t understand anything.” Meaning to really truly grow and savor life you need to let go of your old stories and beliefs about what something or someone means.

It happens all the time, often quite subtly. You might see a video summit with all these experts lined up with their happy shiny faces and say to yourself, I’ll never be with that group.

Or as you are finishing up your financial books for the year, you have a constant hum of, it’s not enough. It’s never enough. It’ll never change.

Embracing the practice of “I don’t understand anything” means letting go that you know how things are or will unfold. Example,… You are a procrastinator. You’re not creative. You only make X amount of money – you can’t go higher.

Identifying these powerful stories that run your life is a first step in stepping into new possibilities.

When you start identifying these underlying stories that run underneath your dreams, plans and actions then you start loosening up the potential for what’s possible.

The second step is to let go of these old stories and beliefs and how they shape everything you do. This is where healing, forgiveness practices and working with a coach can help.

The next step is to embrace new empowered stories and beliefs that better support your expansion, dreams and desires.

As Marianne Williamson, author of the best seller, A Return to Love, says, the key to this is to give love a chance.

Loving yourself enough to own your unique beautiful brilliance and gifts.

Loving yourself enough to say that your preferences and desires matter.

Loving yourself enough to claim your dream to creative positive change in the world with your business, presence, and leadership.

Loving yourself enough to know that you are enough.

Loving others enough to claim your voice so you can provide better solutions for your soul tribe’s aches, pains and struggles.

Loving others enough to let go of wondering if you matter and your work matters. Treat yourself and your work as though it already matters.

Loving others enough to be vulnerable enough to step into your authentic leadership.

Loving the world enough to show up and make your unique contribution.

Loving the world enough to stop questioning is your contribution enough. Like the Little Drummer Boy who gave his beloved music, trust it is exactly what is needed.

Loving the world enough to be open and curious to where leading with love will take you.

This year we are finding our sea legs. We’ve hibernated and re-evaluated, and now it’s time to step out and be a contribution. Balancing, dancing, pivoting…being nimble with all the uncertainty and changing waters.

You can’t control the ocean, but you can show up day after day and adjust your sails to navigate the ever-changing winds and water.

With love as your guiding light.

You never know whose life you’ll change. Starting with your own.

{Marketing Magic} Do you feel crazy?

Welcome to December!

It’s the end of the year! Whew! We have just about made it!

I’m noticing a lot of anticipation, hope and even expectations that 2022 will be the year of a shift. Many of you are making friends (somewhat? Even a little?) of living in a world with more uncertainty and making a choice to move forward anyway.

I’m finding a lot of excitement about what’s possible next year!

Today’s article is perfect if you are feeling the pull of moving forward with your Soul Work and yet sometimes feel like you are crazy! Read on for a new perspective!

The last two days I’ve been meeting with my clients Michelle Goss and Jeanine Mancusi of Coaching Transformation for their annual Creative Business Retreat. We are meeting in a beautiful waterfront home…it’s so inspiring to let the water, clouds and energy of the environment add to the visioning, creating, and receiving while we create a living plan for their next year. Talk about excitement for 2022!

I also hope you join me in some of the creative business expanding opportunities that are coming up to support the expansion in your business!


Do you feel crazy?

Recently I was talking with a colleague friend. We were sharing business and life stuff. Our conversation had a range of topics – mine included talking about my new website and trying to “land” the compelling copy for my home page plus other things about moving back to my hometown by the ocean.

After we’d been talking for a while, she pointed out that several times I had said something about …people might think I’m crazy.

She was gently asking…is that really true? That wasn’t her experience of me.

I laughed out loud!

Last week I had been stretching into owning my message, which as you as a dear reader know, isn’t that of a typical business coach.

I was also feeling the vulnerable courage and bravery of talking about what I do for my website and with lots of new friends and several relatives who still don’t get what I do.

What I was worrying and wondering that people might not “get me.”

I know they aren’t my Soul Tribe.

And, sometimes it feels frustrating and kinda itchy when you are speaking to “muggles” who can’t really fathom the world that you live in – anything or everything from your world view to passion for an alternative way of healing and transforming something in our lives.

I am reminded of how we are all called to do our Soul Work. It is visionary.

You are a visionary. A pioneer. A maverick.

No, you aren’t crazy. You are a rebel. A creative.

I was meeting with private clients at their retreat here in a beautiful house on the water yesterday. In the distance we can see the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It is 17 miles of bridges and tunnels across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

Think of the person who first proposed that idea. They were probably told they were crazy!

Or the creator of the Eiffel Tower, the elevator or even gluten-free muffins that taste good!

Next time you feel like you might be crazy, just remember you are a visionary changemaker.

There are people ready for what you have. They are ready to fall in love and join you in your passion for this alternative way of being and doing!

Be brave and keep showing up!


Are you ready to expand your Soul Work?

Are really to look at your business in a different way? Rather than struggling with your business…what if you shifted your relationship? Your relationship is a place for your creative self expression, meaningful work and a way to make great money with your passion?

It’s time to set down your fight with business and let it be more easeful, creative and authentic.

You are designed to flourish!

Together we can finally access your deeper true voice, leadership and creativity…while shifting those blocks that are getting in the way of you growing your beautifully successful business.

I’d love to talk with you about liberating your true voice, intuition, energy alignment, creativity, along with the practical doing stuff that gets you engaged with your Soul Tribe.

Just reply to this email and we’ll find a time to talk about ways I can support your success!


Opportunities to Connect, Create & Grow with Laura

December

Watch for the 2022 Joyful Business Plan!
Coming your way so you can capture your creative ideas, create a soul-led marketing plan and planners galore to help you align your day with your dream and take aligned action to make that dream a reality!

December 5 and 6
Private Client Retreat – 
Virginia Beach

December 17 – Save the date!
Joyful Business Planning Retreat
This is for Joyful Business Studio members. When you join this month you get the Joyful Business Plan AND you can come to the planning retreat as a bonus! Join the Joyful Business Studio to attend.

December 28
Write Your Reality – Script Your Success!
11am ET | 8 am PT

This is a perfect workshop for fresh energy for visioning 2022! Aren’t you ready for fresh energy! This is a fun and powerful – and hands on workshop where I’ll guide you through scripting your 2022! You’ll step into imagining, feeling, experiencing it already happening! You can sign up here.

January

Starting January 28
*New* Radiance Mastermind & Coaching Program
sign up to be on the notification list!

The details are shaping up and I’ll be announcing it more fully soon. This is a high level community of passionate entrepreneurs who are ready to take their Soul Work to a new level. It’s not business as usual…the hustle & grind and marketing strategies of old don’t work for us.

Welcome to the new, soul-refreshing aligned way to liberate your voice, share your Soul Work, make wonderful money with conscious energy and wisdom! More to come…think Flow + Healing + Energy Alignment + Living Your Manifesto!

Would you like to be on the waitlist to find out more? I’ll be talking with each potential member personally to see if this is the right program and community for you for your 2022 growth and support. Sign up here so you will be the first to know about this new program.

February

Exciting News! Coming soon!
Brand new Joyful Business Website

Also coming soon!
I’m thrilled to share I’ll be hosting a weekly video tv show on the WIN WIN Women network – a new global platform created by women for women!


PS: Soul Nourishing Affirmation:

I am a soul-led entrepreneur who creates international impact

More and more I am seen as a leader with a message

I love feeling the freedom of having my own business

 

{Marketing Magic} Are You Afraid You’ll Disappoint Me?

Welcome to a fresh week!

I traveled back to Georgia (again) for Thanksgiving. I so enjoyed seeing my two sons and my Dad. We celebrated at my sister’s with her husband and three sons and my brother even came into town too.

Here is the clan! Lots of laughter, games, delicious food (even if they weren’t all fans of my kale salad!)

Make sure you read today’s article…especially if you are ready to truly step into your power and voice. Like for real. Today’s article is about how important (and brave) it is to acknowledge that you don’t want be disappointed or be A disappointment. You’ll get a glimpse behind the scenes of truly powerful coaching relationships and what’s possible when you let down your defenses.

I also hope you join me in some of the creative business expanding opportunities that are coming up!


Are You Afraid You’ll Disappoint Me?

“I don’t want to disappoint you!”

I hear this quite often from clients. They come to a call feeling like a fraud. At first I hear it in their voice…a defensiveness or a long sigh, or a little girl/boy voice that goes straight into justifying.

They didn’t do as much toward that project as they said they were going to do. Or, they made other choices because life called them in another direction.

Sometimes they want to run and hide and they’ll say that they almost canceled our call because they were afraid to be a disappointment.

But they don’t. They come to our coaching call in all their vulnerability and imperfection.

They soon let their guard down because they remember. This is a safe place.

And mostly they remember their own innate creative power.

You see it’s not about being perfect. Getting the gold star or A+! (although that certainly feels good!)

It’s about being willing to be real and honest…with yourself.

My clients who make the biggest strides? They are the ones who make mistakes, disappoint, make a mess, changed their mind…and own up to it.

They took action, made choices, even when it was messy and scary.

Owning up to your humanness. That’s where the point of real power is.

From this vulnerable, tender, honest, authentic place (that can sting and feel really crappy) is where the real healing, course correction, shifting of beliefs and owning of your true creative power happens.

When you dare to show up and say…here’s where I’m at. It’s not pretty or perfect. But it’s real.

Right there…is the place from where you can make real change and own your creative power.

Last week, I had 3 clients in a row, who said they didn’t want to disappoint me. What they were really saying is that they didn’t want to feel like a disappointment.

They each have a dream and they didn’t make big strides like each of them was intending.

After acknowledging that vulnerable imposter feeling, we went into the real stuff that was happening…other opportunities showed up (which means they made a new decision – hooray!), an impending surgery was worrying one client (once we acknowledged the angst – everything shifted), and for another client, a deep fear of being an imposter had her in its grip (which was mirroring itself in our relationship).

In each situation, the path to moving forward, was through the messy bits.

With each client we went into the healing, coaching, truth telling that needed to happen for them to truly move forward.

We can create action plans, marketing strategies, and new passion projects all day long. But, if you aren’t willing to go into the shadows of what’s holding you back, keeping you stuck or having you play smaller than you are destined to play.

And, those plans, ideas and projects will stay in the land of “that’s a great idea….one day it’ll happen”.

I applaud my clients for finding their courage, being brave and vulnerable…even when they don’t wanna!

This is the reality of the messy process of creating a successful business, writing that book, launching that podcast, and attracting Best Clients Ever.

The shadows are going to get in the way of the best plans and powerful dreams.

When you own it. It’s the path to more personal creative power.

It’s when you try to hide it, in favor of perfection or protecting that vulnerability, then you’re likely to live with constant disappointment.

It’s such a twist from putting on your bullet proof vest and pushing your way forward not ever letting anyone see you sweat.

Here are some questions to get you looking underneath your fear of disappointment or vulnerability:

What are you most afraid someone will find out about you?

Where are you getting stuck and afraid to admit it?

Where do you need help but feel like you “should” know better? (this happens a lot with other coaches! You’ve studied it, so therefore, you should have this aced!)

Who can you open up to so you can truly move into a deeper expression of your voice, creative power and leadership?


Are you ready to step into your Soul Work?

Let’s set up a time to talk about how you can get your Soul Work out into the world in a bigger way that feels natural, authentic and even fun! Together we’ll access your deeper voice, leadership and creativity…while shifting those blocks that are getting in the way of you growing your beautifully successful business.

(Beautifully successful in ALL ways – meaningful, impactful, financial)

I’d love to talk with you about liberating your true voice, intuition, energy alignment, creativity, along with the practical doing stuff that gets you engaged with your Soul Tribe.

Just reply to this email and we’ll find a time to talk!


Opportunities to Connect, Create & Grow with Laura

November

Writing Your Reality Workshop
Monday, November 28
3pm ET – 75 minutes

This is a power practice! I’ll lead you through scripting your beautiful life and amazingly successful business! This is a hands-on – fun, insightful, transformational workshop – I am so excited about you joining us! Sign up here!

December

Joyful Business Studio
This month’s workshop: Part 2 – Take Back Your Financial Power
Wednesday, December 1
Join me and other supportive like-soul committed entrepreneurs for this month’s workshop in the Joyful Business Studio. Last month we dove into two powerful mindset money practices. This month we’ll focus on the practical aspects of what it looks like to be a good steward of your money! It’s all part of the monthly membership program! Want to join us? Details here!

Watch for the 2022 Joyful Business Plan!
Coming your way so you can capture your creative ideas, create a soul-led marketing plan and planners galore to help you align your day with your dream and take aligned action to make that dream a reality!

December 5 and 6
Private Client Retreat – 
Virginia Beach

December 17 – Save the date!
Joyful Business Planning Retreat

Details coming soon!

Starting January 28…details coming soon!
*New* Radiance Mastermind & Coaching Program

The details are shaping up and I’ll be announcing it more fully soon. This is a high level community of passionate entrepreneurs who are ready to take their Soul Work to a new level. It’s not business as usual…the hustle & grind and marketing strategies of old don’t work for us.

Welcome to the new, soul-refreshing aligned way to liberate your voice, share your Soul Work, make wonderful money with conscious energy and wisdom! More to come…think Flow + Healing + Energy Alignment + Living Your Manifesto!

Would you like to be on the waitlist to find out more? I’ll be talking with each potential member personally to see if this is the right program and community for you for your 2022 growth and support. Sign up here so you will be the first to know about this new program.


PS: Soul Nourishing Affirmation:

I am a soul-led entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to get messy while creating my dream business!

More and more I know how to trust myself and others.

I love feeling expansive and free.