When I was interviewing Jo Ellen Soesbee last week for my podcast, she said something towards the end that I couldn’t stop thinking about. She was driving along and happened to notice that she could see the driver in front of her in his side-view mirror and she thought, “Does that mean that others can see me in my side-view mirror?”
Apparently, the gentleman in front of her did not look very happy. In fact, he looked downright grumpy by all accounts. That’s when Jo Ellen decided to practice smiling. She didn’t want people to think that she was grumpy!
This practice served her well when a client called and said, “I hired you because when I saw you in your truck, you were smiling.” Wow! Landing a job because you smiled while you were driving!
Jo Ellen has practiced smiling so much that on a recent girl’s weekend her friends accused her of even smiling in her sleep! Now that’s some serious smile practicing if you ask me. 🙂
I decided I would try it out and over this last week I’ve simply tried to smile while I was driving. Honestly, I felt pretty silly at first and if I knew someone was close enough to see me I acted as if I was listening to some funny comedian on the radio and laughed out loud!
While I am not perfect at this smiling while I’m driving thing, it has changed my attitude while I drive to be a little more polite and a little more understanding of others while they drive.
I will keep practicing, Jo Ellen! To hear more on Jo Ellen Soesbee come on over to the podcast, Lauri’s Lemonade Stand on iTunes by following this link: Lauri’s Lemonade Stand Positivity Podcast I bet you won’t be disappointed!
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Irene Thomas Jo Ellen Soesbee Lauri Mackey Lauri's Lemonade Stand Lindsey Voreis LLS make lemonade positivity Rebecca Rusch Stephanie McKenzie sweet lemonade Tool Box Tom Girl Women over 40Lauri’s Lemonade StandA Positivity Podcast for WomenHello, Lemonaders! My name is Lauri Mackey and I created Lauri’s Lemonade Stand to help women over 40 either enhance who we already are or if needed, to start from scratch to re-create ourselves and figure out who we want to be when we grow up. To do this, we need inspiration from others who have gone before us or who are living that reality right now. Most of the positivity podcast is interview-based so that we can hear others stories of hope and empowerment. To hear from others who have hit rock bottom and found the only way to go was or is up. As Stephanie McKenzie stated in her podcast episode 017, we are here to help those who haven’t reached where we are yet and also look forward to those who have already been where we are now. Here is a good example of what I’m talking about:During my very first interview, 001 Rebecca Rusch, who is a multi-world champion mountain biker, author, speaker and all around bad-ass that I admire discussed how more women were getting into mountain-biking, but that the the sport is mostly male-dominated. Basically, we ride with guys more than we do gals. We talked about how we can watch a guy take some technical section, make it look easy, but that we still may be reluctant or hesitant to try it ourselves. Then we get our gal friend, like Lindsey Voreis on episode 003 who is also an awesome mountain biker and teaches other women confidence throught this amazing sport take the same technical section and it gives us the courage and strength to try it ourselves. In other words, as women, we need each other!We need each other to create courage, give each other strength, build each other up and create contagious energy to do and be better. To take our “sucking lemons” moments and turn them into sweet lemonade.Some of the other podcasts, while still interview-based are just fun, like episode 012 where Irene Thomas teaches us how to Geocache or Jo Ellen Soesbee who is the Tool Box Tom Girl in episode 004 who will inspire you to pick up those tools and do it yourself before ever making a phone call to the handyman.Another fun part of every episode are the Lemonade Moments I ask at the end of every interview to my guests. Because I am constantly putting them on the hot seat, I thought I should also have to answer these questions myself so here goes:Question #1 – Name one activity you do every day without fail? Well, the obvious answer was brush and floss my teeth, but my official answer is reading my scriptures, writing in my journal and saying a prayer to do good that day. Question #2 – Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food? French Fries from Veggie Grill!! Not the kind you get at fast food joints, the thick, covered in fun seasoning kind of fries. I would say the runner up to that would be the banana chocolate peanut butter vegan soft-serve my dear hubby makes for me when I have a sweet tooth. Did I mention I was vegan? Question #3 – Biggest Pet Peeve? The buttons at crosswalks!! Seriously, do you ever see those people standing there hitting that button a thousand times until they get the light? It doesn’t matter if you push it once or a hundred times…the light is going to change at the same time. Somewhere along the line someone told someone else that the more times you push it the more people it thinks is standing there so it will change faster. Big lie! It doesn’t think at all, hello! It will change just as fast for the one as for the dozen. Yep…feel a little passionate about that one! Haha! Question #4 – Favorite Quote I’m loving right now. Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it well by Zig Ziglar. Hence this podcast! Or writing a blog, or learning a new skill on a bike. You have to start somewhere…the most important thing to do is to start!Question #5 and the last one – What’s the biggest thing I’ve accomplished since turning 40. Graduating high school for sure! It was seriously one of the hardest things I did as an adult! You can check out episode 013 to get the full scoop but let me just say that it’s way harder as an adult to graduate than as a teenager. Tell your teenagers to stay in school!!What are some of the other things I’ve accomplished since turning 40? After graduating high school, becoming a certified Starchivore, earning a certificate in plant-based nutrition through eCornell University, becoming a Certified health coach through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, establishing Lauri’s Lemonade Stand Blog/Podcast/Website/Facebook page, becoming an Inspirational Speaker with training from YSU and Lisa Nichols Motivating the Masses, earning my Young Women’s medallion through the Personal Progress program, racing mountain bikes and becoming a mountain bike coach to our local high school team. Seriously, ladies…if I can do it…anyone can!What are my next goals? To write a book! I have been taking all sorts of courses and researching what it takes to write a book. How to publish traditionally or self-publish, what to write about that will make the most difference in helping other women accomplish their goals. Just to hold myself accountable, I’m setting a date to release a book by Christmas 2017. That gives me just over a year to get it written and sorted out. A noble goal and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!Ladies, this positivity podcast for women was created out of love to offer support in your journey. Wherever you are, you are right where you are supposed to be. I’m betting that if you have 45 minutes per week to listen while you’re driving, working out, or just hanging at home you will feel the love and inspiration of these wonderful women. That you won’t feel so alone in your journey. That you will feel empowered to do and be whatever your little heart desires.If you need daily doses of positivity – checkout my Facebook Page called Lauri’s Lemonade Stand.For weekly doses of positivity – you can check out my blog at laurislemonadestand.blogspot.com.And for the best lemonade recipe ever, check out my website at laurislemonadestand.com. If you subscribe to my email list and I sure hope you do, you will also get “Eddy’s 60 Days of Sunshine” pdf for FREE to help create positive, lemonade moments in the life of someone you love who may be feeling down.Looking forward to sharing this podcast journey with you and wishing you all the best in whatever you are pursuing right now. I would love to hear from you so please, pretty please chime in in the rate and review of this podcast and subscribe because iTunes will make sure it gets out there to more women of our tribe and don’t forget to hit “like” on Facebook! Love to you all, My Lemonaders in Training! Enjoy the show and thank you for listening!
The Airport Play DateLet me start by saying that if you are planning your #playdate at the airport, there is not a lot of help on the internet about what to do while you are there. In the end I took a bit from everyone and made up most of it on my own. I made it more of a treasure hunt to be documented with selfies to cement the deal. Here’s my treasure hunt list:1) Find the ugliest/craziest hat in the gift shop, put it on and take a selfie. I didn’t have time on my way in, but I found it and took a picture on my way back into town…yuck!2) Take a picture of the departures board and pick a place you want to travel to. I didn’t end up with any exotic options, but I chose Portland, Oregon because the guy I was talking to, David, suggested it because the house from Goonies is there…I would totally go see that!3) Find the craziest souvenir in the gift shop. I chose beer stein looking salt and pepper shakers from Pasadena. Are there people who would really buy beer stein looking salt and pepper shakers that say Pasadena on them?? Maybe I missed the memo.4) Take 2 Selfies with a stranger. I chose David from the departures board, and this lovely flight attendant which brings me to the 5th item that I couldn’t bring into fruition…read on.5) Try and acquire a set of wings from the captain. Remember those? They would give them out to kids when they traveled. Well, guess what? They don’t have them anymore and haven’t had them for years according to this lovely flight attendant. I asked her to think of something and she did! She came back with a plastic cup, a napkin, a cookie, and pretzels and said it was the best she could do. She gets an “A” for effort!!6) Find an airport sign that is laughable. I found one! In the Burbank airport there is a long stretch of red carpet that runs the length of the path of gates. If you are paying attention you notice that it isn’t just for decoration, there is a purpose and a sign. It tells you that the red carpet is supposed to remain clear of people…no loitering basically because it is meant to be used in an emergency only. Really? For what emergency? A shooting where we all run for our lives? A gas leak that again, has us running for our lives? I guarantee that no one is going to be looking at that sign or the color of the carpet when that happens. The best part? No one was reading it. There was one person (who moved before I got a picture) sitting against the wall, on the red carpet, directly under the sign. No joke.7) Take a picture of 5 pieces of artwork at the airport. Burbank has a hall of art with Amelia Earhart! So cool! And Phoenix has an entire exhibit of crazy art there. Do all airports have art? I think so…the ones in the Dallas airport…all of the sculptures are pretty incredible.8) Take a photo with a member of the airline staff or a security guard. You should get extra points for the security guard…they are super paranoid!9) This is a freebie. I just wanted to be on the look-out for something strange or weird that wasn’t already on my list. I found it! Flying Cats! I sat down and talked to this poor lady who had both of her cats in small carriers and the cats were meowing like mad. She told me she had already given them Xanax and it was having zero effect. I took a video, laughed a bit, felt sorry for those poor cats (and their human mama) and chalked this one up as done!10) Two plane photos. You saw my first one at the top looking over Burbank as I took off. The other one was the best I could do from within the airport, but it totally counted!Moral of the story…if you have an airport date…here’s the short list to cut and paste and print out. It really was a lot of fun and required me to use my social skills and to be brave in talking with complete strangers, videoing flying cats, taking pictures of myself in crazy hats and taking a picture of the beer stein Pasadena salt and pepper shakers without the employee looking at me like I might shoplift at any moment. Be adventurous! Tell me about your latest #playdate below.1. Find the ugliest/craziest hat in the gift shop, put it on and take a selfie2. Take a picture of the departures board and pick a place you want to travel to.3. Take a picture of the craziest souvenir in the gift shop. Or buy it and give it to someone as your next white elephant gift at Christmas this year.4. Take 2 Selfies with a stranger.5. Try and acquire a set of wings from the captain. (Let me know which airline you get this from because American Airlines isn’t doing it anymore…so sad!)6. Take a picture of an airport sign that is laughable.7. Take a picture of 5 pieces of artwork at the airport.8. Take a photo with a member of the airline staff or a security guard.9. Freebie! Find something weird/strange/out of the ordinary that isn’t on your list.10. 2 Plane Photos – One from inside the plane/One from the outside.