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 40By Lauri Mackey — 2 years agoLauri’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!
By Lauri Mackey — 2 years ago
- One of the funnest things I did before actually writing my goals down for 2017 was reflect on my past years of goal-setting. I have been printing out and posting on my bulletin board my yearly goals since 2010. I kept them in a tidy little file folder tucked away in one of my office drawers and hadn’t thought much about them other than to put the old ones in at the end of each year. Not this time.
- It was so great to reflect on some of my goals and what I was into at that particular time. How my physical goals have changed from running a half marathon and now I’m racing mountain bikes. Saving for Boobs had been on my list, but 2 years later decided they would be a “BIG” pain and get in the way of my physical fitness goals. How many classes I wanted to finish to gain my high school diploma and how that goal came true in it’s entirety in 2012 when I graduated!
- From knitting a blanket (yes, it’s still on there after three years) to completing a Shutterfly book. From spiritual goals that were met to eating right. It has been wonderful to reflect and introspect and ruminate over goals accomplished, goals that turned out not as important as I had thought in the moment and just how I’ve grown over the last 6 years navigating my 40’s. A crazy, mixed-up, wonderful, growth of a ride for sure.
- What are some goals that were important to you at the time, but turned out less important as years passed?
- What did you spend time on and wished you hadn’t? Now vice versa…wish you had spent more time on, but didn’t?
- Accomplished any bucket list items lately? Can you add one this year?
- Are your goals attainable in this year?
- Now that you’ve Dreamed Big, and done a little Reflection, tune in next week to figure out how you can attain those goals by putting them into Bite-Size Chunks.
- Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know all about your goals and how your reflection of past goals have been for you. Love hearing from you!