Month: January 2016

I’m Not That Special

I’m Not That Special
“Well, you just think about it!  You just sit down or walk around and probably have a big, dumb look on your face and you wonder, “What would I like to read?  What kind of character would interest me?”  I’m asked a lot what tips I would give to other writers.  The truth is:  I don’t know any tips.  I can’t think of a single tip.  Now I’ve been writing long enough to have met an awful lot of writers who sit down a their computer or whatever and say, “OK, now I’m going to write the story for young ladies, aged 17 to 26.”  I don’t have a clue how to do that.  I don’t know what other people want.  So the only thing I can say when answering that question is:  Please write stories that you think are great.  Write to please yourself.  That’s how I’ve always done it – not because I’m so desperate to please other people, but because I feel very genuinely that if I really love a story, then there must be a few other people out there who would love it, too.  I’m not that special.  -Stan Lee

I took this excerpt from (believe it or not) my December’s Costco Connection monthly magazine.  It is honestly one of my favorite magazines for articles and business tips!  You never know where you’ll find the inspiration you are looking for and didn’t know you needed.
As you know, I absolutely love movies and I have collected all of the Avengers, Captain America’s, Thor’s and now recently Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man and Stan Lee is the creator of them all!  How wicked cool is that?  When I saw that Costco had conducted an interview with him I was really excited to learn more about his story, but what he said above truly touched me.  
I write this blog not just to please myself, but because I’m guessing that there are others out there like me who need a repetitive dose of positivity in their lives.  I’m not that special.  I write because I truly enjoy the process.  I write because it feels like I’m leaving a legacy of my thoughts and way of thinking.  I have looked forward every week to sitting down and putting my words in print for the world to see…unapologetically and crazy authentic.
How do you create positivity in your life? 
Let me give you 4 tips that can help you in your journey.  Bandaids, Gumption, Slapstick, “Wash, Rinse, Repeat”.
The first thing you need is GUMPTION.  By definition, gumption means courage and confidence.  This is not only faith in yourself that you are capable of hard things, but a continuous amount of courage and confidence in one’s self to accomplish the things you set out to do.
The second thing is a lot of BANDAIDS.  My husband and I help coach the local high school mountain bike team and I always tell the kids that it is not a matter of if you will crash, it is only a matter of when.  From newbies to pros, everyone crashes.  If you can accept this fact before your journey even begins and keep bandaids at the ready, it makes the falls more tolerable.
The third thing is SLAPSTICK.  Now this is the one that I am not as good at as the other three…I admit it.  You must be able to laugh at yourself or at the situation.  You need to solidly believe in horseplay.  Give yourself permission to laugh and be happy.  We were meant to be happy!  Don’t forget that once you find that happiness to share it with others.  And as James Altucher advises:  If you’re having a bad day, just chalk it up to a bad day, don’t make any major decisions during that time and wait for it to pass.
The fourth and last tip is to WASH, RINSE, AND REPEAT.  Repetitiveness is the key to learning anything.  Practice makes permanent.  You must practice positivity.  If you don’t even try it out you’ve already lost the battle with negativity.  I promise that if you practice baby steps that you will soon be walking, running, and then sprinting with positivity.
I admit that my thought process is not within the “norm” of what you may be used to hearing, but it is uniquely and authentically me.  I’m guessing that a few other people might relate, love it, and be able to incorporate these steps into their lives for the good of themselves and ultimately the good of those around you.

In the end, I believe that Stan Lee IS special.  I believe that YOU are special.  We are all unique and the only ones here on earth that can fulfill our potential to the best of our ability.  My goal is to have you believe that you are capable of more than what you may think.   Collect your gumption, a box of bandaids, your sense of humor and practice it over and over again!

What’s Your Morning Routine?

My Morning Routine
     It’s something akin to a reality show, but it seems like as soon as someone becomes famous one of the questions that everyone asks is “what is your morning routine”?  It strikes me as kind of funny, kind of personal, but mostly just…what the heck?  
     So if I start doing a morning routine such as the ones I’ve read about recently…John Lee Dumas, Brene’ Brown, Tim Ferriss…will I become successful like them or somehow become more like them?  I’m not really sure, but because it seems to be all the rage right now and I can’t stop smiling about it, I decided I would post my weekday morning routine.  (Maybe it’s just a right of passage in becoming famous..haha!)
     Maybe, somehow by osmosis or some other crazy nonsense world like that of Alice in Wonderland, you will adopt my morning routine and instantly become happier, more positive, full of organizational skills or I don’t know…save the world!  Let’s try it and see what happens and I would love to hear your results!
     –  Wake up approximately 4:52am.  (I don’t use an alarm as my natural rhythms just wake me up on time…jealous?)

     – Grab my workout clothes I have laid out from the night before and take them in the bathroom with me while I use the potty and change my clothes.  In between the changing of clothes I weigh myself to make sure I’m staying within my Bright Line Eating plan by Susan Pierce Thompson.

     – Brush my teeth with non-fluoride toothpaste from Tom’s using my Phillips Sonicare toothbrush (dad and brother are dentists and they highly recommend it), brush my retainers (yep, I faithfully wear them every night), floss with Oral-B Satin, take my thyroid medication, give my dog his thyroid medication (don’t they say that the dogs become like their owners…poor little dude), straighten up my nightstand from the night before.
     – Put my clothes in the hamper and hug my hubby while he is still in bed as he has hit snooze at least 2-3 times by now and needs the wake-up call.  This is seriously one of the favorite parts of my morning.
     – Turn on the hall light and wake up my daughter at 5:20am as we need to leave the house by 5:45am to get her to early morning seminary by 6am.  (If you turn on the light in her room she becomes like a Gremlin and gets super grumpy yelling, “bright light, bright light”!  Better to just turn on the hall light to keep the peace.)
     – Go downstairs and make my daughter breakfast, pack her lunch, fill her water bottle.  Check the weather using the Wunderground app on my phone as our bedrooms are “no-tech” zones and have been left downstairs all by their lonesome all night.

     – 5:40am – Daughter and hubby and puppies all come downstairs for morning family prayer and then daughter and I are off to seminary.  (She is driving now as she has her learner’s permit and needs the practice.)
     – By 6am I am either heading home to workout or I workout in the church parking lot because it’s my turn to drive the carpool to school.  The workout includes one of three things:  15 min ab workout from NTC with 7 min butt workout and sit-ups because I will then be mountain biking that afternoon (My hubby and I help coach the local high school mountain bike team…how cool is that?) or I’m doing a 15 min NTC workout and then a short run of 2-3 miles or it’s Friday and I’m doing yoga.

     – Next is my morning tonic which consists of 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1 tsp raw organic apple cider vinegar, 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice mixed with 8 oz of filtered water.
     – While I’m trying to get my tonic down (I sip, my husband chugs) I read my scriptures, write in my 5-minute Journal by ALEX IKONN and UJ RAMDAS and say my personal morning prayers.  It’s the perfect way to start off the day with positivity!

     – By this time it’s about 7:30am and I’m off to the showers!  I switch between Shimmer Lights Shampoo by Clairol because I’ve embraced my gray hair and Complete Care Clear Shampoo.  I use cheap Soft-soap Pomegranate liquid soap with a loofah and my Clairsonic with sensitive skin Dove soap on my face.  My razor? Gillette from Costco!
     – I dress mostly in comfy clothes and tennies for the day unless I am meeting with a client or friend and then it’s dressy casual.  I love Bath and Body Works lotions that are usually coconut or mango based just for my arms, feet, and legs.  I use Primal Pit-Paste (Orange Creamsicle Flavor) for my deodorant as it’s the only one that works for me and doesn’t have any dirty ingredients in it.  No make-up for me…my eyeliner is tattooed on and my lashes are extensions that get filled every 3 weeks.
     – I always get asked about my hair and hair products so I figured they deserved their own line here.  I use Joico Joiwhip mousse, Sexy Hair Hard Up gel, Paul Mitchell’s Freeze and Shine hairspray and finish with TRESemme’ Level 4 hairspray.  Sometimes I use a blow-dryer and sometimes not…my hair is finicky and acts different every day so it just depends.
     – 8am is breakfast time!  I have 6oz of brown rice with 4oz unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon, 1oz Laura Scudder’s peanut butter, and 1 banana sliced up.  I love it!  I usually FaceTime my oldest daughter and 2 grandkids while I eat.
     – Then it’s a quick straighten up of the house either switching laundry, tidying up, doing a few dishes, paying bills…whatever and by 9am I’m in my studio working.
Holy smokes, batman!  Now that I’ve written it all down it seems crazy!  Just a normal wife, mompreneur and lover of life here.  I feel more accomplished already! I loved being able to share links to some of my “favorite things” and hope you are able to utilize some of them in your daily life.

Share your morning routine with me or if nothing else, write it down…you are amazing and beautiful!  Thank you for keeping up with me here on Lauri’s Lemonade Stand.  Love you all!

Where I buy all of my stuff:

     Tom’s No-Fluoride Toothpaste – Lassen’s or
     Oral-B Satin Floss – Target
     Phillip’s Sonicare Toothbrush and Refills –
     Shimmer Lights Shampoo by Clairol – Local Beauty Supply Store
     Joico JoiWhip Mousse – Supercuts when they have an awesome sale!
     Paul Mitchell’s Freeze and Shine – Supercuts when they have an awesome sale!
     TreSemme’ Level 4 Hairspray – Target
     Softsoap Body Wash and Sensitive Skin Dove Bar – Target
     Clairsonic and Brush Refills –
     Gillette Razor and Refills – Costco
     Brown Rice, Cinnamon, Organic Bananas and Laura Scudder’s Peanut Butter – Costco
     Unsweetened Almond Milk by Almond Breeze – Sprouts

Be Bad until you’re Good, and Good until you’re Great!

Be bad until you’re good and good until you’re great.
     Do you have dreams?  Aspirations?  Something you want, but can’t see the clear path in front of you on how to achieve it?  Maybe fear has your feet nailed to the floor and you can’t find a hammer to remove the nails.  I want to start a VLOG.  Do you know what that is?  It’s like this blog, but in video format and it just sounds really fun to do!  

     I have no idea how to do it or how to edit it or if anyone will like it, but it just sounds fun!  I even ordered this coolio selfie stick with bluetooth capabilities and a remote control that detaches.  I don’t even know if I’ll ever use that feature, but again, it sounded fun!  So I’m just going to start and be bad until I’m good and good until I’m great!

     When I look back over my life and you look back over yours, we can see many examples of where we were at the beginning of our journey and could not see the end of it.  The first time we played a sport.  The first time we picked up a musical instrument or tickled the ivory’s on the piano.  The first week of school with all new classes.  The first time we drove a car.  We weren’t very good at it, right?

     Looking back, the journey from bad to great was awesome!  I learned lessons through basketball, swimming, cross country, playing the flute, english class that will forever be with me and that I reflect on even now.

     As I begin this new chapter of my life with Lauri’s Lemonade Stand and striving to help others, I want to remember that I’m not perfect at it.  That I’m not great or even good…I may downright stink on occasion, but I don’t want to let fear with those nails in my shoes hold me back from starting. 

      I am committing to be bad until I’m good and good until I’m great.  Come along on this journey with me.  Watch me turn bad into good and good into great.  Let me help you on your journey from bad to good and good to great.  What is one thing you are struggling with right now that I can help with?

     Please leave a post here.  I guarantee that someone else has a similar problem and that you speaking up with your question or concern can help others as well.  That’s why we’re here…to help each other on our journey from bad to good to great!

Sharing My Complete Joy With You

Sharing My Complete Joy With You
Coming to a Podcast Near You!

I had the opportunity to chat with a couple of my brothers this week.  (I have seven!)  They were calling me asking for advice about one thing and support about another.  So far, I’ve been able to help them both!  I love being useful, helpful, resourceful where needed, and just plain cool cause that’s what older sisters are.
There was a moment when I got off the phone with one of them and I had this feeling of complete joy.  It’s almost giddy and it makes me smile a mile wide and want to run to the next thing to help with to feel it again and again.
As I have been creating Lauri’s Lemonade Stand I’ve realized that I really like those joyful moments.  I want to create more of them and use my Lemonade Stand as the vehicle for my vision of helping others.  So here on this blog I want to share my mission statement with you for the very first time in public anywhere.  Drum roll, please…
I want to offer easy to incorporate, practical steps to women over 40 who are in a slump with who they are and who they want to be when they grow up.  I want to give them the option to re-create or enhance themselves through measurable, actionable steps so that they are empowered to do great things.
And to just plain have fun while doing it!  I have lots of ideas and while my blog is awesome and keeps me grounded, and Facebook is definitely a blast for me as for as a quick information vehicle, I want and need to reach a bigger audience.  So guess what?
I’m going to start a podcast!  I’m also going to start a funny weekly VLOG as well just for the simple fact that it sounds fun and silly to me to do what I have planned.  Just wait until you see it!
The podcast will be featuring guests who will provide some of those actionable steps to help bring more order and joy via positivity to your life.  The VLOG will simply just be me being me and giving some sound advice on organizational tips around the house that free up my time for other things and that other ladies are always asking me how I do.

Get ready for a fun ride!  This is going to be a blast for me and I look forward to being useful, helpful, resourceful where needed, and just plain cool, cause that’s what us women over 40 do for each other.  Get ready for complete joy!
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