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What Would Your Highest Self Do?

On Nov 22, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
When I started the practices that I share here, and in my online workshops, I only knew one thing, that I wanted to feel good.  I didn’t care care how, I didn’t even know how, or where to begin, I simply knew that feeling good was all I wanted.  Back in those days, I call it pre-contagiously positive days, I tried ALL the things. Oh the stories I have! Conventional practices like therapy and coaching and unconventional practices like soul contract releases (in strange basements), reiki, multiple physic mediums, and all the things in between. I have even been to a Russian healer who barely spoke english and there was fire and an egg involved. That is a story I will absolutely share with you one day. It was wild!  With every practice I tried, and every healer I visited, even the ones I knew I just wasted my money on, something started to shift inside of me. I began ( read full post )

No Strings Attached Giving

On Nov 08, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
Do you ever find yourself saying saying this? “I’m always giving, but never receiving. What gives?”“I do everything and get nothing back.”“I am always the giver, but never the receiver.”“Why do I even bother if I never get thanked or he/she doesn’t give in return?” “I buy gifts for him/her, but he/she never buys them for me.” “I do his/her laundry and he/she never does mine.” “If I do this, maybe they will get the hint and do it for me.”  I have learned that there is a major difference in energy in giving from a place of not wanting anything in return, where you just naturally want to do/say something nice, versus because you want something in return. How can a relationship thrive when there are such hard line expectations? Expectations can lead to so much disappointment, especially when we think that it should always be 50/50 or tick for tack.  There are things that my husband does for me because he knows ( read full post )

When You Are Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop

On Oct 07, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
Lately I have been experiencing a feeling like things are too good to be true and waiting for the other shoe to drop.  It sort of feels like fear…like what if this all gets taken away? Oh, those tricky what if future-tripping thoughts!   It has made me think of how deeply rooted our fears go.  We have fears when things are not going well in our lives. Fearing that it will never get better. And we have fears when things are going well in our lives, fearing that it won’t last.  Thankfully, the work I’ve been doing over the past 20 years has prepared me for this emotional discomfort. I sat with these feelings and asked myself “how can I make sure that these fears don’t turn into panic? How can I prevent myself from self sabotaging when things are going really well and just fully embrace this joyful time?”  I mustn’t feel alone in this. I’m sure there ( read full post )

You Are Not Lost, You Are In A Phase of Exploration

On Sep 27, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
“NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST.” J.R.R. TOLKIEN When I first started to explore this idea about being in an exploration phase, I shared it with my contagiously positive community. I started writing and allowed my thoughts,  current experience, and inspiration to guide me.  I love sharing from this place because there is so much magic when we share from our heart. Whatever you are experiencing right now, if you are in a phase of exploration where you feel lost, or have more questions than answers, I hope this supports you.   Like many us, the past 2 years, while living in a global pandemic, I’ve been thinking so much about my life and business and what I truly want for both. I’ve been exploring my terms of success, what I value, what I desire, my goals, who I am, who I want to be, my beliefs, and I have to say, they have changed so much since the start ( read full post )

Turning Hopelessness Into Hope

On Aug 17, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
In times of hopelessness, we must turns towards hope for a better tomorrow.  What is normal? Are we meant to stay in a constant state of sameness, day in and day out? I don’t believe so. But regardless, even though we know change is inevitable and our normal changes as life changes, it can cause so much emotional and mental discomfort.  Whenever we put all our focus and energy into wanting things to go back to the way they were, not accepting that things have changed, and we don’t work at exploring what our new normal is, a hopelessness begins to creep in. In that hopelessness is where we feel trapped, like there is no way out, no solution, no point, so why even bother. I don’t want that for you. I don’t want that for me.  The past year and a half has shifted so much in our lives. I don’t think there is any area of our lives ( read full post )

Staying Committed When In Resistance & Fear

On Jul 20, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
“I know what I need to do, but it feels so hard today.” It is so normal to feel this way. Especially when we are in resistance or fear and feel like giving up. Taking action, especially inspired action, doesn’t always feel easy. Sometimes it flows and we have so much motivation. And sometimes we hit the wall of resistance. We know what we could be doing to take care of our mental, emotional, physical, attitudinal and spiritual wellbeing. We understand that we need to take time to fill our own cup. Most of the time, we know exactly what works and what doesn’t. So why is it so difficult to take consistent inspired action? Why does it feel so hard sometimes? Simply, it because we are human beings with very human emotions. These emotions are vast, constantly moving and so very normal. When we stop trying to not feel our feelings, we gain so much more freedom.  One being FEAR. We’ve talked about ( read full post )

The Judgements We Receive & The Judgements We Give

On Jul 06, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
There is someone out there who will think you are just too much, or not enough. There will also be times when you are loudly judged, quietly judged, or perhaps you are thinking that you are being judged. We cannot forget about the judgements we give either. Over the past 15 months, I’ve been exploring the topic of judgement. Why we judge, how we judge, and the human nature behind it. Once you begin to explore it, you can see how divided we are. I would like to play a part in filling that divide. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, what you don’t do, what you say, what you don’t say, someone will think you are wrong. One person is too much of one thing, and another person is too much of the opposite thing. No wonder we find it so difficult to be ourselves. She’s too assertive. She’s too passive.She’s so self-judging. She’s so conceded.She talks too ( read full post )

Managing a Stressful Work Environment

On Jun 28, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
Managing a stress work environment can feel impossible when you are right in it, but there are so many things you can do. It feels like another lifetime, another person even, since I worked in the construction industry. It is hard to believe that I spent 10 years working in project coordination/management. Construction can feel like a constant reactionary industry. It is a masculine, fast paced, intense, sometimes conflictual, high energy, high stress, and also exciting and rewarding industry.  I have so much respect for everyone involved. From the architects, engineers, project managers, coordinators, supervisors..the teams are often massive and include different personality, skills, strengths and brilliant minds. But I was, and still am, in total awe of the trades. Watching a high rise building go up, with what looks like effortless skills from the trades is truly amazing. One thing can’t be done until another ends. The trades work in tight spaces, under tight timelines, building something from paper ( read full post )

The Messy/Magical Middle

On Jun 01, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
The messy/magical middle… This is an uncomfortable phase we enter when we commit to learning something new, take on a passion project, or work towards a goal or mission.  It might begin with you not even knowing what you don’t know and then you do know what you don’t know, which can bring up even more frustration because you want it ALL to happen right now. There is this space between where you are and where you want to be, and sometimes that space feels like a gap as big as trying to figure out how to cross the Grand Canyon.  This is a very normal space to be in, and there is a lot of magic that happens here, and it is also where a lot of impatience, frustration, and discomfort comes in. That is why it is a messy and magical middle. It is both.  I’m in a messy/magical middle right now. I’m having meaningful conversations over at the Sisterhood Podcast ( read full post )

An Invitation For Joy

On May 18, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
JOY… Is that an emotion you have felt often over the past week, month, or year?  JOY… Have you experienced this wonderful emotion over the past week, month, or year, but have felt guilty about it because of the struggles or challenges others have been experiencing?  A couple weeks ago, my mental health wavered and even though I turned to all my tools, which I believed helped, I still couldn’t seem to bring myself fully out of the sadness I was feeling. But I didn’t force my way through it, or try not to feel it, I just allowed it in and explored it. I know this isn’t always easy to do, but up and out feels way better than it taking up permanent residence in my mental, emotional and physical body.  Turns out, I wasn’t alone. There seemed to be an emotional current running through so many of us. I said to my girlfriend, I believe that it is ( read full post )

Communicating Your Needs

On May 04, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
People don’t know what they don’t know, which makes communicating your needs so important.  Whatever it is that you are not saying out loud, doesn’t go away just because you are not voicing it. It festers and grows and gains momentum. All of a sudden you are having an argument that doesn’t even have anything to do with the original thing that was bothering you. You end up saying ALL THE THINGS! Now the defences are really up and you are probably left feeling unsupported, unseen, unheard and resentful. Communication our needs is key between my husband and I. We don’t always do it perfectly, and sometimes we catch ourselves being defensive, both wanting to be right, but we have a deal that even if one of us is going to be angry, we will always talk openly about how we are feeling and what we need.  One day, my husband was walking through the house, huffing and puffing, obviously ( read full post )

Who Is In Charge Of Your Decisions?

On Apr 27, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
Who is in charge of your decisions? Is it your limiting beliefs, or your supporting beliefs? Let’s find out together. Neurologist, Dr. David Eagleman, explains that 95% of our brain activity is beyond our conscious awareness. He, among numerous other cognitive neuroscientists have conducted studies that have revealed that only 5% of our decisions, emotions, actions, behaviour is conscious, whereas the remaining 95% is generated in a non-conscious manner.  For example, logically, in our conscious awareness, we know that our limiting beliefs are not true and that we are safe to be, do and have what we desire. However, if 95% of our mind has been programmed to believe that nothing else could be true except that belief, no wonder it feels impossible to be, do and have what we desire.  Limiting beliefs show up everywhere. Not because we are weak, but because our mind goes everywhere we go. A belief is formed from our repetitive thoughts, combined with our ( read full post )

If You Knew You Wouldn’t Fail, What Would You Do?

On Mar 16, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
If you knew you wouldn’t fail, would you do it?  In this share, I thought we could focus on trust. Trusting in your path. Trusting in yourself. Trusting that no matter what, you are always being supported. Trusting that you don’t need to allow fear to be your decision maker. Trusting that you don’t have to have every step laid out, every road paved, or every question answered to keep taking one step after the other towards your goals.  I have said this before, that tiny five letter word TRUST, isn’t always so easy. There is so much happening externally that makes us doubt ourselves. There is so much happening internally that ignites our fears and turns us away from our true north.  How often do you not follow your heart, or follow those breadcrumbs towards a goal because you can’t see the final destination?  I wish I had crystal ball. There are so many things that I’m creating right ( read full post )

Strengthening Your Friendships & Creating Real Sisterhood

On Feb 23, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
Relationships are everything. The relationship you have with yourself and the relationships you have with others either creates magnetism in your life, or drains you of it – empowers or disempowers you. I was reading one of my oracle cards the other day that said, “Even Jesus picked 12 associates to help him accomplish his mission.” We can’t achieve our goals alone. My hope with this weeks share is that it will open you up to creating meaningful relationships, but also accepting, asking for and receiving support, and give up any belief that you have to go about this life alone. Last year my intention was to surround myself with people who made me feel good. My best friend Jolene said, “I’m going to surround myself with people who make me feel like sunshine.” This year she said, “I’m going to be the sunshine.”  That is what this weeks share is about – redirecting your energy on those relationships who ( read full post )

Listening To Your Inner Guide & Strengthening Your Trust Muscles

On Feb 02, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
It isn’t easy to go against other people when you are trying to do what is best for you, especially when there are opposing views. Which is why it is so important to strengthen your trust muscles. This share is about trusting yourself. Trusting your intuition. Trusting your deep knowingness. Trusting that pit in your stomach that tells you exactly what is correct for you. Trusting that no ones knows what is best for YOU more than YOU.  We all have that inside of us. I call her our Inner Guide. Your Inner Guide is your true authentic self.  Imagine that you have this part of you that knows the real truth and everything else is just conditioning, or outside noise. Imagine that this part of you is full of light, love, hope, positivity, peace, joy, trust, optimism, and happiness. It feels gratitude, faith, unity, compassion, acceptance of yourself and others, patience, kindness, and understanding. It is your heart, guiding you to ( read full post )

How Reflecting On A Year Gone By Can Help You Set & Achieve Your Goals

On Jan 26, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
If you haven’t set your goals yet, or you have, but you have been struggling to really connect with you them, this exercise will help you to gain clarity. I sat down with my journal on January 1st and started to reflect on 2020. Guiding myself with questions always helps me to take it deeper and gain more clarity. After the rollercoaster year that we all experienced, I wanted to ease my way into the new year and explore what I was going to take with me into the new year and what I was going to leave behind as I started anew.  The challenges we faced in 2020 are behind us, but there are some that we are still working on overcoming, so I believe that we really need to give ourselves so much grace. So if you haven’t set your goals yet, don’t be so hard on yourself.  As 2021 inched closer, I began to to see the ( read full post )

Stress & Your Hormones: Practices To Increase Your Happy Hormones 

On Jan 06, 2021 By: Laurie-ann
Your hormones affect the way you feel emotionally and mentally. They are neurotransmitters that play a significant role on how you function, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. We know this as women….HELLO PMS! What I want to talk about today is stress, but not external stress, because we cannot control external circumstances, but what will keep your stress from becoming chronic, which is taking care of your inner world.  Over the past year I’ve talked a lot about the emotional and mental impact of stress, and ways you can strengthen your emotional and mental muscles. In this share I want to shift gears a little and give you some practices to take care of your inner world, but from a hormonal level. Stress interferes with your hormones that are there to help you feel balanced, energized, happy, fulfilled and “normal.”  Before we balance our hormones, let’s see what our nervous system does to prepare us for external stressors.  ( read full post )

4 Ways To Incorporate a Gratitude Practice

On Dec 22, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
What are you grateful for? Does having a gratitude practice actually help? Most coaches, influencers and spiritual teachers will have you ask yourself this question. They will tell you to wake up and go to bed each and every day and express three things you are grateful for.  But why?  In a Harvard study, they showed the impact that gratitude had on not just our overall wellbeing, but on our brains ability to solve problems. The research showed that the positive emotions that are ignited when we think of what we are grateful has a positive impact on our body, our emotional state (even if we are experiencing challenges), and most importantly, our brain.  When your brain has formed neural pathways that develop from having a daily practice of gratitude, you become more open to more positive possibilities, and those positive, or optimistic emotions affect your ability to learn and make decisions with more ease.  The research shows that having a ( read full post )

3 Ways To Unleash Your Inner Contagiously Positive

On Dec 08, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I love telling the story of how the name of my company was created. You’ve probably heard it so many times. It is really important to me because it isn’t just the name of my company. It is a reminder, especially when things are challenging, like most of 2020, that I can do hard things.  If you are new to our community, here is the short version of the story. Pre-contagiously positive days, I worked in the construction industry. One day on site, during the time I was right in the middle of practicing shifting my mindset, we had another five-alarm problem happen. The subcontractor who came to inform me was livid. As I sat there listening to him rip into me, I thought, “I cannot control the way he is feeling, or his reaction, but I’m not going to go down this rabbit hole with him. Instead, I’m going to shift into a solution-based mindset, and react and respond from that place, not from anger.”  So I ( read full post )

Strengthen Your Manifestation Trust Muscles

On Dec 01, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Manifestation can feel like a tricky thing sometimes. Especially with so much new-age rhetoric, and superstitions that make it even more confusing, or make us doubt in our own ability and gifts. This share is something that came to me a couple of weeks go, and I shared it in my weekly coaching email. It received some positive feedback, so I felt guided to share it here at the blog as well. It was difficult to put this one into words, and I hope it makes senses, but I believe it will offer up some impactful insight to help you begin to explore your beliefs further.  Here goes… I was out for a walk one day and decided to do a guided walking meditation. One of the questions asked in the meditation was, “what is one area of your life that you are being tested in right now, and what is the test trying to show you?” I was instantly able ( read full post )

Redefining Success

On Nov 17, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I used to believe that success was external. I know that I’m not alone in this belief because I see it every single day in the way people work towards external success, but feel unhappy, unfulfilled and heading towards burnout.  Having the right body  Having the right job title  Having a certain amount of money Getting more things  Needing external validation  Having a certain amount of followers on social media  I see so many people, and I myself was one of them, appear to have all the external boxes of success checked, but are mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically exhausted.  2020 has really opened up my eyes and heart to fully embracing a redefining of success. So many of us were brought to our knees by the global pandemic and as we began to rise up, we realized we have been racing in a race we didn’t even want to be in. We were looking at success through the lens ( read full post )

Using Your Authentic Aspects Of Self To Make Choices

On Nov 09, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Every single day we are faced with choices. Sometimes we know exactly what to do, and other times we just aren’t sure.  Should I leave that job or stay? Should I stay in this relationship and recommit, or is it time to go our separate ways? Should I say yes to that event, or respectfully decline because I’m not feeling it?  Lately, it feels like many choices are being made for us, which doesn’t feel empowering, but life seems to be an endless stream choices and wondering which one is right.  One way I make choices for myself is knowing what my authentic self desires and following my heart when I am in front of a decision fork.  The key to knowing what the right choice is can be a simple as asking yourself, “what feels like the right choice for me right now?” Not what other people want, expect or demand, but what you want.  Something that my authentic self craves ( read full post )

Looking At Stress Through A Different Lens

On Nov 03, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I want to preface today’s blog by saying that this is for micro (acute) stress, not chronic stress. This share is about recognizing the difference between stress and stressors and how to prevent micro stressors from ruining your day. I don’t want to overlook the fact that so many people are dealing with chronic stress that this would not apply to. If this is you, I encourage you to reach out to someone for support, especially if you are feeling hopeless. I’m sending you so much love if this is how you are feeling. Last week, hot coffee in hand, I walked to my computer ready to write my weekly Monday coaching email. I received a phone call from my husband, and he asked me if I could handle something for the new house build. Well, after a couple of phone calls, and my stress levels rising, I had to take action right away and drive 2 hours to get ( read full post )

Experiencing Joy Even In Challenging Times

On Oct 27, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Back in early spring, I wrote a piece about the stages of grief. I talked about how so many of us are grieving the life we thought we would live in 2020. We are way past the denial stage, which is stage 1, because there is just no denying that 2020 is not what we expected. With the year coming to an end, many of the conversations I’ve been having with my friends and family have been about feeling a sort of despair over what has happened, is happening and the questions around what is to come. Despair can be described in so many ways. It can of course come from the loss of a loved one, but it can also come from a bad day, or a really challenging year like we have been experiencing. Despair is a stage of grieving what could have been, or what has been lost. You might be at this stage realizing all that has ( read full post )

How To Win The Battle Between Your Inner Guide + Saboteur

On Oct 20, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I watched this really great video the other day with Dr. Bruce Lipton. He was talking about how we have two minds. This is something I discuss in depth in UNLEASH Your Limiting Beliefs because it is so important that we know which is running the show.  We have our conscious mind and subconscious mind.  Simply put, the conscious mind is the mind that is very aware of what’s going on. It processes where you are, your surroundings, the work you are currently doing, the tasks, and all the thoughts that are right here now. Including read this share.   Then you have your subconscious mind. This is the part of your brain that allows you to do things without really thinking, which is what makes us do things habitually. Like driving home and realizing you were in a daze the entire time, but you made it safely. This is the habitual brain. We do and think things out of habit. ( read full post )

Changing Your Experience of The Experience

On Oct 13, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I’ve been sharing a lot lately about the emotional scale because I want to normalize how we feel. My mantra has been, “You feel it, it matters, period.” If we don’t claim it, it will claim us because our emotions inform our decisions.  As you know, and have probably experienced, 2020 has been a rollercoaster. It has impacted us emotionally, mentally, physically, attitudinally, even spiritually for some of you. This year has made us look at every area of our lives with a magnifying glass. And although we can’t change the external experience of what is happening, we can change our experience of the experience.  What I mean by that is after 7+ months; you are probably ready to get off the emotional rollercoaster. The external experience is everything that has happened, and is happening governmentally, globally, and socially – everything outside of your control. While there are so many things that are making us feel so out of control, frustrated, sad, and perhaps even hopeless, ( read full post )

Whose Business Are You In?

On Oct 07, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
A few months ago I was talking to my girlfriend and I said, “I feel like I can never shut off my brain from worry about people, wanting them to be happy, or wanting to help everyone.” She, with so much love, said, “how are you allowing this and whose business are you spending more time in, yours, or theirs?” Goosebumps came across my entire body, which is my oh yeah, you have to look at this sign. What I realized is that I hadn’t been giving myself time to shut myself down from worry/helper mode because instead of just giving support when it was needed and/or asked for, I was constantly giving unasked for advice. AND, this was a big wake-up call, I was spending way too much time thinking and believing that I needed to be in other people’s business because I’m a people pleaser. I want everyone to be happy! What’s wrong with that? Nothing, except that not everyone wants, needs, or gives a crap about what I think will make them happy. That isn’t up to ( read full post )

Do You Give Too Much of Yourself?

On Sep 28, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Are you giving too much to everyone around you, and not enough to yourself?  This has been a common theme coming up; not just in my own life, but also in conversations I have been having with other women.  If you are feeling tired because you have been taking care of everyone else in your life, leaving no time for yourself, your fatigue is most likely turning into frustration. You may be feeling trapped by having no freedom, annoyed by every ask, and perhaps you just want to be able to have days where you can do what you want, when you want.  Here is what I wrote the other day in my journal: “I’m feeling like lately I’m giving way too much and leaving little to no space for receiving, which is causing me to be annoyed, short-tempered and frustrated. I would like to see this from a different perspective, without resentment, and without frustration. What should I do? Who do I ( read full post )

Are You On The Wrong Path or Just Taking a Detour?

On Sep 21, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I woke up at 4:30 am a couple of weeks ago and started to think of all the detours, pauses, and paths that have led me to where I am today.  One of the questions that I’ve practiced asking myself is, “how is this happening for me, instead of to me?” This is so hard to do when we are deep in it, but it’s a helpful mindset practice. If we looked at our current challenges as detours, we can be frustrated, but also hopeful that it’s temporary. I’ll often use it as a mantra to help me through it, saying over and over again, “this is a temporary detour, I will be okay. I’ve gotten through more difficult challenges before.”  Let’s be honest, we don’t often see the value in what we experienced until we have healed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use this awareness to help us get through the challenging times.  Where Are You? Here is my question to you: ( read full post )

How To Make Life Happen For You, Instead of To You

On Sep 15, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I talk about checking in with your inner guide so much because I want you to be, do and have all that you desire. When we take pause to notice what we need, and allow ourselves to take inspired action on giving it to ourselves, we stop waiting for life to happen to us and make it happen for us. We spend so much time getting prepared for things. We plan, we schedule, we arrange, make lists – all in an attempt to make the project, event, party, trip, experience, or task successful. Most of you are probably great external world planners and organizers and don’t think twice about the time it takes. You just know it needs to get done, so you do it, no questions asked. We spend a lot of time making things successful on someone else’s behalf. Yet when it comes to your inner world, are you making the same arrangements, plans, schedules and lists? Are ( read full post )

Is Your Fear False Evidence Appearing Real?

On Sep 14, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
In all my shares about fear, I talk about not avoiding fear because we need that natural response for when we are in true danger, and instead, looking at where our fears have turned into panic. You can read about fear and panic here. I spend almost 2 hours in the fear module of my online workshop UNLEASH Your Limiting Beliefs because when we allow fear, that isn’t a true dangerous situation, to make our decisions for us, we are programming our brain to be afraid and panic in situations that we don’t need our fear response (fight, flight or freeze) for.  We begin to make decisions, or not make decisions based on False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR). When that becomes so deeply engrained into our subconscious mind, we don’t even stop to question the fear response becomes it is a programmed, habitual response.   One thing I often make appear real is my fear of being judged and disliked for just being myself. I have to stop ( read full post )

New Beginnings: Ending a Cycle To Start Something New

On Sep 07, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
We are such cyclical beings. It always feels to me like things in my life go full circle. Lately I’ve been paying attention to what needs to end in my life so that the cycle can become complete. COVID lockdown really ignited that in me. I started to question what I no longer wanted to go back to, or continue to do when life was “normal” again. I’ve been asking myself, what needs to end in my life, personal or professional, mental or emotional to complete the cycle so I can move on to other things that support me, or light me up?  With endings becomes a new beginning. How often do you hold on to something that you know just doesn’t serve you? Ending something doesn’t mean you have failed, it just simply means that you know yourself and acknowledge that it is time to move on.  You can start and end at cycle at any time, but often we do so when we ( read full post )

Feel The Fear, But Avoid The Panic: Creating a Mental Emergency Preparedness Kit

On Sep 02, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Have you ever thought about creating a mental emergency preparedness kit? A little run in with some coyotes reminded me of the importance of this and being prepared so that normal fear doesn’t turn into panic. Last week I was out walking my dog Axl and came across a coyote. Usually when I see them, they just bark and run away. But on this day, he was very curious about us. As I turned to go another direction and he followed me. Not really being concerned yet, I picked up the pace and so did the coyote. I stopped, turned around and he stopped and sat. Each time I moved, he moved. Eventually another coyote came out and now I’m freaked. Not knowing what the protocol is to deal with coyotes, panic set in. Do I run, do I scream? I had no idea. My fear turned into panic and I ran, more concerned about my dog than myself. One ( read full post )

Do You Even Want To Be In The Race You Are Racing In?

On Aug 25, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
There have been so many things that I have done in my life that I did because it was what the herd was doing, or saying I should do. I worked in construction for 10 years, being a part of the rat race, racing to achieve, god only knows what, only to realize that I was in a race I didn’t even want to be in.  I remember being told growing up, especially in high school, that it was more important to get a job or career that offered security instead of following my passions. So I chose to get a business degree and entered that race, trying to feel that security everyone was talking about, but feeling emotionally, mentally and spiritually fatigued instead. I had joined a race I knew I didn’t even want to be in, suffering, because I followed the herd instead of my heart – my inner guide. She knew. I just ignored her. How often do we, do you do that?  When I ( read full post )

Dealing With Resistance

On Aug 19, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
So you want to make a change, but you are getting resistance from your friends and family. What do you do? There are so many external factors that inhibit change and one of the biggies are the nay-sayers. The people in your life who would prefer you stay just as you are, or don’t agree with what changes you are making, or how you are making them. And some people won’t understand your perspective on a certain topic.  Dealing with resistance can make you feel like the “odd woman out” as you might feel like you are not being fully appreciated, supported or understood.   A question I often get is, “why is it that people have a hard time supporting the changes I want to make?” Often is it is more comfortable for them if you remain your same, predictable self. The people close to us, parents, friends, partners, often just prefer to maintain the status quo. Your change, growth, and shift will ( read full post )

How To Gain Clarity When You Have a Decision To Make

On Aug 11, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
SO MANY DECISIONS TO MAKE, BUT WHICH ONE IS BEST?  Over the past few months, I’ve had to make so many decisions. Especially with regards to my company and where I needed to change to adapt to the shutdown. In fact, I’m still making pretty big decisions because the one area of my business that made the most revenue (corporate workshops) may be on hold for quite some time. I’ve been ensuring that I’m not just making the decisions from my mind, but also my heart. When I let my mind be the front show runner, I often feel stuck because it creates a mental movie of all the things that could go wrong. This can paralyze me from making any decision at all, or not going with my gut instinct because I’m afraid.  We make hundreds of decisions every week. From minor, what should I eat tonight? To major, should I change careers? The decision-making starts from the moment we ( read full post )

Calming The Scatterbrain

On Aug 04, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Scatterbrain is frustrating. When I’ve taken on too much I feel scattered, unclear, anxious, irritable and impatient.  Scatterbrain happens when we have:  Too many tasks to complete and are trying to multitask. Too many books, or reports to read and get overwhelmed by seeing the stack.  Too many podcasts to listen to and are reminded by our limited time. Too many people to visit and don’t know how we can get it all in. Too many projects to start and don’t know where to begin. Too many projects unfinished, waiting for completion and become frustrated.  Too many emails to reply to.  Too many phone calls to make. Too much information being thrown at us and don’t know what to believe, or how to decipher it.   JUST TOO MUCH!  These, and anything else you add to the list, are tabs open in your brain. They are up front and center, just reminding you of all you have to do, without enough time to do them, or are just in information ( read full post )

Eternal Optimist: There is a Solution To Every Problem

On Jul 22, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
There are some people who think there is a problem to every solution, but I say there is a solution to every problem.  I’m an eternal optimist. I’m not always positive, but I’m always optimistic. This is because I just know, from experience, that there is always a solution, an answer will come, time will pass and pain will ease, there is guidance all around us, support is there if we ask, obstacles can be busted through, or worked around, detours can be taken, mountains can be climbed…I TRUST in all of this.  Instead of focusing all of my attention on what the problem is, or finding a problem for every solution, which is emotionally draining and not productive, I use that same energy to focus on what I actually can do to solve the problem. It takes the same amount of energy to focus on the problem than it does to focus on the solution. One just feels so ( read full post )

When Your Mind Gets The Best of You

On Jul 16, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Last weekend I went to my very first group BBQ at someone else’s house since March, when COVID began. I was not my usual optimistic, contagiously positive girl self. I found it exhausting! It was mentally exhausting because my mind was in overdrive. Is there enough space? What if someone wants to hug, or shake hands, am I okay with that? Do I bring my own food and drinks? Do I take a drink offered from someone? Will there be too many people and not enough space to distance? And all the conversations and debates about it not being a real virus, the conspiracies, etc., just drained me. By 9:00 pm I was no longer just mentally exhausted, I was physically wiped and just wanted to crawl into bed. Instead of just being in the moment, I allowed my mind to get the best of me. It prevented me from fully enjoying myself and embracing my first real outing out ( read full post )

The Tools Don’t Work If You Don’t Use Them: Programming Your Brain To Be On Autopilot

On Jul 07, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I read a really amazing book a few months back and I didn’t use any of the tools recommended. The book was inspiring, it made me feel good reading it, and it was a lot of new stuff for my toolbox. But I didn’t practice one exercise or tool. My inner guide gently spoke to me, “the tools don’t work if you don’t use them.” If we want to stay mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally and attitudinally strong, we have to use what we’ve got, and not just once, but consistently. You don’t go to the gym once and have muscles for life. It takes commitment, practice, and making a conscious choice. The subconscious brain works on autopilot. The more we practice, the more action we take, the more we nourish our bodies, feed our mind with positivity, react, act, and decide in ways that serve us, the more our brain will just automatically continue doing what we want it to do ( read full post )

Embracing Change: Recognizing When You Need A Shake-Up

On Jun 22, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Change is inevitable. We can fight against it. We can resist it. We can ignore it. But it’s still there and it’s still going to happen. Resist it, and constantly fight against the current, or we can embrace it knowing that it’s the most natural thing that happens as we age, grow, learn and evolve, as the seasons of our lives change, and as our wants, desires and needs change. Sometimes, we keep ignoring it so much that the universe offers us up a not so subtle wake-up call.  Since early March, we were all given a massive wake-up call. Whether we expected it, were ready for it, liked it, or not, it was forced upon us. For many of us, this forced wake-up call has made us look at many parts of our lives and examine what needs to be changed. One question I have been asking myself lately is, “do I really want every area of my life to go ( read full post )

The Worry Hangover: Are You Trying To Control The Uncontrollable?

On Jun 16, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Sometimes I get stuck in a worry loop. I lay awake at night thinking of the what-if scenarios. Sometimes I catch myself right away, but sometimes it goes on for a few days where I just keep playing all the potential bad things that could happen in my mind. Usually after a few days of my worrywart syndrome exposing itself, I finally realize the loop I am in and know I need to shift my attitude because it affects my emotional state and I end up moving way down the emotional scale. Also, 99% of the things I worry about are out of my control.  That doesn’t mean I stop caring, of course I care, otherwise I wouldn’t be worrying. It just means that I need to pay attention to how it is affecting my emotional state. Constant worry is so emotionally draining. It takes a lot of emotional energy to try and control things we cannot control. In fact, it ( read full post )

From Surviving To Thriving

On Jun 09, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
What Do Envision For Your Life Now That Things Are Opening Up  During these challenging times, many of us are in survival mode. Waiting things out as our provinces and cities start to lift restrictions in stages. This is very normal while we go through any challenges, especially a global pandemic that is affecting all areas of our lives – both personally and professionally.  I couple of weeks ago, while writing in my journal, I thought, “Where in my life had I been in survival mode before COVID-19?” A few things that instantly came to my mind were: Trying to get it “ALL” done as though that is even possible because there is always more to do. Trying to fit everything and everyone into an already tightly packed week. Trying to be good at everything instead of focusing my attention on the few things that I’m actually great at. Or listening to what everyone else is telling me I should do professionally, instead of listening to my inner guide. And not fully being ( read full post )

Connecting With YOU

On May 26, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
You have desires, wants, needs, goals and wishes. What are they?   What is it that you want to do? When I created Heart-Centered Goals I talked about this in depth. I never imagined how important that question would become.  As I scroll through social media each day, I see post after post of using this time to do more, to hustle more, don’t take your foot off the gas, and that if you are not doing that, you are wasting this time. Even though I understand what these influencers are trying to do, they want to motivate us in a time where many of us may be feeling unmotivated, it doesn’t resonate with me. I do know that this approach is very motivating for some, maybe even you, and I love that, but it won’t be my approach that I follow or teach throughout this crisis.  You see, for me, and for many women that I speak to, I don’t want to use this ( read full post )

Your Emotions Inform Your Decisions: The Emotional Scale Practice

On May 19, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
We all have a compass that guides us in our decision-making and is also the first indicator when we are experiencing stress or emotional discomfort. It’s our emotions – frustration, fear, irritability, panic, and anger, etc. Processing our emotions is an inside job. When we remember that, we are able to work recalibrating our compass back to our true north.  In this practice, we are going to be using the emotional scale as our guide. This practice will not only help you name your emotions, it will help you claim it, feel it, move with it and follow your compass back to feeling the way you want to feel.  Imagine if you just experienced an external stressor and it triggered you. You begin to think, “That makes me so angry!” Your mind starts to play back all the reasons you have to be angry, and even creates new stories that may not even have happened.  For example, let’s use something really small ( read full post )

Expectation Hangover

On May 12, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I’ve been putting all these expectations on myself to use this time at home in a specific way, and when I don’t meet them, I feel like I am failing. I have had to let that go – or rather I’m working at letting it go.  A couple of weeks ago I shared a journal prompt on social media about releasing expectations. Little did I know how much it would resonate with so many people, or how many people needed to hear it to validate that they are doing the best they can.   I think many of us put unrealistic expectations on ourselves on this endless quest of finding perfection. We put expectations on ourselves, we put expectations on others, and we take on expectations that other people have of us.  Trying to live up to most of these expectations is nothing short of soul sucking, mentally and emotionally draining, and unattainable. We literally can’t do it because we cannot be all ( read full post )

Transforming Fear Into Faith

On May 05, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
“If you fully knew who created you, and who walks beside you, you would never be afraid.”  Neale Donald Walsch I’ve never, you’ve never, we have never experienced anything like this in our lives. COVID-19 has really made me look at fear, but has also reminded me of all I have learned about recognizing fear has prepared me for this. This is a time of uncertainty, unknown and so much learning. But also unlearning, which we have to do so much of because we are taught to fear so much, even fear itself. We are even taught to fear emotional discomfort, which is why every week I have been saying, “You feel it, it matters. Period.” With many of us feeling like we are in this unknown and uncertain time, learning how to swim in these unchartered waters, we may be thinking, “Am I strong enough to handle this? Am I capable of learning all the new things I might have to ( read full post )

Practical Self-Care Tips

On Apr 21, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
We Need To Be More Selfless With Ourselves  You hear all the time, “you cannot give from an empty cup.” I mean, I’ve probably said it daily over the past 5 weeks since the COVID-19 crisis began. Before this began, I was out with my girlfriend talking about stress. She asked, “How do I manage my time better so I can be less stressed?” And I asked, “Do you really think time management is the problem?” And then I paused and let her digest and ponder that question. “No” she replied, “I don’t prioritize ME.”  If it was as simple as a time management problem, I think we would have it nailed down. And that is the real truth. We want it to simply be as easy as taking a time management course and all our stressors will go away. We want it to be simple. And the truth is, it can be simple, but we, especially women, have made self-care and prioritizing our health and happiness so very complicated.  We are experiencing a very different type of stress ( read full post )

Digital Detox: Taking Control of Your Mind Before It Controls You

On Apr 17, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
I am practicing taking 24 hours, just one day a week, away from the internet and it feels so good!  Sometimes the simplest thing we can do to find a happy place in the midst of all the external negative is to take a digital sabbatical and rest our brains.  MENTAL OVERLOAD Many of us are carrying a heavy burden of brain toxicity overload. It’s an INFODEMIC everytime we log on! Social media, news, radio, cell phones, iPads, computers, etc. We are getting negative information thrown at as all day. Not to mention that sometimes the beeps, dings, chimes and rings can make us (or at least me) feel so irritable.  Taking care of our mental and emotional health is so important, but we can get sucked into the vortex of negativity so quickly. That is why it is so important to be mindful of when your mind needs a detox.  I recommend two things for detoxing your mind: no ( read full post )

7 Stages of Grief

On Apr 14, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
We Are Grieving The Life That We Imagined We Would Live in 2020 We are a month into self-isolation, and just coming off Easter weekend, where we would have been spending it with our families. For most of us, unless that family is living in your home, we were feeling a little unsettled this weekend not being able to be with our loved ones. I know I was. All weekend I felt like I should be somewhere. Which, of course, if it were life as “usual” I would have been. I received so many messages over the weekend from people saying they felt their anxiety and stress was higher than ever. Mine was as well. I was slightly short-tempered, felt like I couldn’t relax, wanted to do something, but also nothing. What I know for absolute sure is that this is so completely normal. Our mind, body, heart and soul is feeling everything so intensely. Some days are the most amazing days. You might have ( read full post )

24-Hours: All We Have Is Today

On Mar 31, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
On March 14th, most of us were thrown into reactive mode. We were told that schools would close, restaurants would have to shut their doors, and we were told to stay home and physically distance ourselves from each other. That alone was enough to throw us into a tailspin. And then we were told that all non-essential businesses would have to close. Every single day, sometimes hour by hour, we are being spun around.  It is okay if you are feeling dizzy. It is okay if you are feeling like you are on an emotional rollercoaster. It is okay to feel all the feels.  For me, on March 14h, my body and mind went into overdrive. To my core I am a problem solver and I went into my default. Adrenalin pumped through my body and my mind was sharp. It was though I could hear:  ‘“Your tribe is in trouble!”“You community is in trouble!” “Your friends and family are in trouble!” “Help ( read full post )

Dear Universe, We Hear You

On Mar 19, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
As I look at what used to be empty streets in my neighborhood, people are out playing basketball with their children in their driveways. Families walking together with their dogs, they are laughing and playing. I see joggers that I have never seen before.  I walk my dog Axl and people I never spoke to before stop at the end of their driveways to say hello. We chat from a distance and ask each other how we are coping and say, “If there is anything you need, please let me know.” We smile and continue on, feeling somewhat comforted by this strangers socially distant chat.  I woke up this morning, feeling rested for the first time in a long time, nowhere to rush off to, no hustling to be done, just a calmness and ease that I could really sit and enjoy my coffee and write in my journal, connecting with my inner guide. I’m watching the chipmunks, in what ( read full post )

Programming Your Brain To Work For You, Not Against You

On Mar 09, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Scientists have discovered (and known for years) that our thoughts actually change the physical makeup of our brain. This isn’t woo-woo, it is real scientific brain science. This means that what we think consistently changes our neural pathways. These neural pathways are what controls how we think and behave. What we think consistently controls our emotions. The simplest, but not always easy way to quiet our negative mind is to talk to ourselves in ways that makes our mind work for us, not against us.   If your mind tends to go into negative default, it is because it has been programmed to do. Which is great news because you can program it to take you to the positive as well. This takes practice and repetition, repetition, repetition. You don’t think one positive thought and all your limiting beliefs and negative programming go away. It didn’t take one thought to get you there either. It takes making a conscious effort to use language that supports you ( read full post )

Asking For & Receiving Help – Do You Find It Challenging?

On Mar 03, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
When my husband needs help with something, he simply just asks, “hey, can you help me with this?” He doesn’t stress over it for hours, or break his back trying to do it by himself. He simply just asks and accepts. I have always admired this about him.  My pattern is quite different. When I need help with something, my default tends to go to, “how can I figure out how to do this all by myself so that I don’t bother anyone or become a burden?” I proceed to try a bunch of different things, huff, puff, stress myself out, break my back, and finally I give in and I reluctantly ask for help. Or, I’ll get asked if I need help and I’ll proceed to say, “no, don’t worry, I got it.” Even though I know full well that I don’t got it! Sound familiar?  I’m getting better at this, but it is definitely a practice for me, as I’m sure it is for many of you. Being able to do everything ( read full post )

Giving Ourselves What We Are Asking Others For

On Feb 25, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
What do we all want from our relationships? We are all so unique, but I see a pattern in my coaching practice, when I’m speaking to friends and anytime I have deeper conversations with people. There are three common threads that I see many us wanting in relationships, including the one we have with ourselves.   We want:  1. To Be Seen – For who we authentically are.  2. To Be Acknowledged – I see you, I respect you, I hear you, I love you.  3. To Be Accepted – For all parts of what makes us US, but also for our differing beliefs, values and personality.   What I see often in relationships is that we are asking for what we are not giving to ourselves, or what we are not giving to others. In our Relationship Mastery workshop, my co-facilitator, Jolene Watson said, “stop asking for things you are not willing to give. You have to BE it to receive ( read full post )

You Are Not Going To Break

On Feb 18, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Have you ever thought you couldn’t get through something, it just felt too heavy, and when the time came you were surprised by how strong you were?   “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve In January, we got a lot of ice rain and snow where I live. I walk my dog in the bush by my house and I can’t believe how much the trees can take during these storms. In some cases, the tree limbs were so heavy with ice and snow that they were laying on the ground. Not broken, just taking on the heavy load. They can do this because nature is always prepared for a storm, which makes them adaptable. So the trees are designed to flex and bend and when the storm passes and everything starts to thaw, the weight is lifted, and those trees will be right back up, strong and tall again.  This made me think about ( read full post )

Your Dreams Take Time

On Feb 11, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Did you know that an elephant is pregnant for 18-22 months? To be able to grow a baby so big, she has to carry the baby in her belly for 18-22 months before she gives birth to it. This is because elephants are the largest land animals in the world with the biggest brains, so they need the proper time for the fetus to develop in the womb so that the baby has the brain power to survive from birth.  When I learned this, I thought about the patience it takes and how nature knows exactly what is needed to grow this magnificent animal. It also made me think about how much humans rush, rush, rush, and hustle, hustle, hustle, and stress, stress, stress to get everything to come on our want-it-now timeline. We want everything right now or we are just unwilling to put the time in to grow, and be, do and have all that we desire. We often don’t give ourselves the proper time to heal, learn and grow in a way that our ( read full post )

No Is Not A Dirty Word

On Feb 04, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Are you leaving space in your life for rest, for things you love, or to say yes to fun opportunities that come up at the last minute? If you opened up your calendar right now, is there space in there for YOU? I had to start practicing saying no because I had every weekend booked, every evening had a networking event, every minute of the day was planned, organized and scheduled with me either sitting at my desk or with clients. This left no time for creativity, and no time to say yes to last minute things that come up.  It always left no time to just rest and do nothing. Which is so freaking blissful!  Saying no isn’t stomping your feet and telling everyone to go take a hike. It can simply be taking pause and doing two things: 1. Asking yourself if you actually want to do it? 2. Looking at your calendar and seeing if you even time for ( read full post )

EXPANSION, EXCITEMENT, EXPERIENCES, OH MY!

On Jan 28, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Your level of happiness will be on the best things you will ever spend your time and energy on.  Pre-Contagiously Positive days, I was only focused on setting business and life goals that would get me more: more stuff, more clothes, more house, more car, more money, more material objects – basically a lot more things, not more good feeling emotions. And I had the mindset that I would be happy when, and only when, I got all of those things. Each goal I set had a list of just MORE. Things that held no emotional attachment to me, brought me zero joy, and even things that I didn’t really want, but thought I “should” want.  Since I began creating my annual life vision, and heart centered goals, I have come to realize that I never wanted to HAVE more, I wanted, and continue to want to FEEL more.  Meaning, I want more fun experiences, I want more child-like excitement, and I ( read full post )

What Do You Want?

On Jan 21, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
This week, I had the extreme joy of teaching a grade 12 class on creating heart-centered goals. They are all about to graduate and most of them are heading to college in the fall. During one of the conversations, it became clear that once they hit a certain age, their parents and teachers stopped telling them to dream and use their imagination, and instead, be realistic. They have had all these big dreams for their lives and now when they are just about to graduate and go into the world independently, they are told to be realistic about what goals they set for themselves. Is this when we begin to instil fear in them, just before they go out on their own, which is already a scary enough?  As I thought about it that is exactly what happens. For years our dream of being an artist is supported and then we are told it won’t make us any money. Or, ( read full post )

Your Body Is Talking To You, But Are You Listening?

On Jan 14, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
Your body is uniquely designed: your digestive system, your organs, and your cells, all react differently to the foods, thoughts and emotions that you consume. That is why it is so important to get to know your body and to listen to the messages it is giving you.  Whether you are listening to your bodies signals or not, it will always tell you what’s up, what it doesn’t like and what it does like. If you eat something and it makes you feel tired, sick, gives you a rash, or you experience stomach upsets, that is a sign that you might not want to eat or drink that specific food. Those are the signs we can’t ignore. But it will also speak to you emotionally with feelings of irritability, and perhaps sadness. Yes, food does have that affect on us. On the flip side of that, when you are really taking care of your body, you will get a rush ( read full post )

You Are In The Drivers Seat

On Jan 07, 2020 By: Laurie-ann
If your life was a car, are you the one driving it? I don’t want you to be a passenger in your life, letting everyone else dictate where you are going, what you should do, and how you want to feel. I want you to be where you deserve – in the drivers seat. I want you all to step into 2020 with excitement and hope that it is going to be an amazing year. Which is why this weeks blog I’m sharing a few things I believe can help us all to feel the way we want to feel and start our year off intentional about what we want and putting ourselves in the drivers seat.   I decided not to set any resolutions for 2020. I want to spend my focus and energy on adding more health and happiness into my life, not focusing on what I don’t want or don’t have. That feels too limiting and I ( read full post )

Looking Back at a Year Gone By

On Dec 18, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Can you believe we are in a new decade? I couldn’t have imagined the year 2020 when I was a little girl. Remember all the movies that took place in the future and how futuristic 2020 was depicted? Flying cars in most of them!   I know that many of you had an amazing year, and I also know that some of you may have had some ups and downs. Whatever your experience was, it was yours to have. There are lessons in both.  There is no better time to reflect on a year gone by then just before a new one begins. If it was a great year, what made it so great? What worked? What can you take into 2020 to continue having such positive momentum? If it wasn’t a great year, and you experienced those ups and downs, struggles, challenges, and possibly heartbreak, what caused it? What didn’t work? What do you intend not to take into 2020? What do you intend ( read full post )

Don’t Sacrifice Your Health

On Dec 10, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Don’t sacrifice your health for wealth and don’t sacrifice your wealth for your health. That is the advice I would give my younger, less wiser self.   We work so hard to be successful. We stress, we hustle, we burn ourselves out, we don’t have time for exercise or even eating proper meals, often skipping most of them. Then we make it. We finally get to the place where we want in our career, but can’t enjoy it because we are burnt out, maxed out, stressed out. Does this sound familiar? This was my old story. Once I became sick from stress, by trying to get to the “top” and trying get it “all” done, I had the wealth, but was now spending it on my health. I was hiring every healer I could to just help “fix” me.   The true fix for me was when I began to make my health a priority. I no longer sacrifice my health for anything. And I ( read full post )

Staying Healthy During The Holidays – While Still Enjoying Your Favourite Foods

On Dec 02, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Last week we talked about not welcoming holiday stress into your life this season with some great tips. If you missed it, you can read it again here. This week, I’m sharing some easy tips on how to stay healthy during the holidays while still enjoying all your favourite foods. You don’t have to feel stuffed, sick, tired or gain weight during the holidays, and you can enjoy all your favourites. We’ve all been there. The holiday season ends and our pants feel a little too tight. We are sluggish, maybe bloated and can’t look at another turkey, meat pie or dessert again. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can still enjoy our favourite treats, meats, desserts and holidays treats without the weight gain, and without the food induced coma. Here are 7 tips to avoid overeating during the holidays. 1. Bring a Healthy DishIf it is a potluck meal, bring a healthy dish that is hearty and will fill you ( read full post )

Holiday Stress: Going From Stressed Out To Blissed Out

On Nov 26, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Are you ready to go from stressed out to blissed out this holiday season? The holidays, for many, include anxiety and stress. Let’s make stress unwelcome this season.  I used to get sick to my stomach every Christmas. I would over extend myself and go to every single event, but never really get quality time in because I was dashing from house to house. I would over spend on gifts that never got used, only to feel stressed when I saw my January Visa bill. I would lose my patience going from store to store that were filled with so many (too many) people doing last minute shopping. And then the special day would come and I would be hit with either a cold or the flu. Of course! My nervous system had just been on high alert for an entire month, lowering my immune system.   Today is a completely different story. I made the decision many years ago ( read full post )

Unleash Your Inner Contagiously Positive By Celebrating The Wins

On Nov 19, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
“Don’t let the next thing keep you from relishing in this thing.”  In the past, I would work on project, put the finishing touches on it,  and a voice in my head said, “now what?” Without even missing a beat, I was ready to move on to the next project – the next goal. In an instant, I felt like I was being taken away from the massive thing I just completed. Some projects are a year in the making, and I’m not going to celebrate it?!   Last year I completed UNLEASH. 6 years worth of content creation and dreaming, and when I put it online, I thought, “Now what? What do I work on next?” I was talking to another coach and she said, “You have to celebrate the bigness of this. Don’t move on to the next thing, stay with this for the next month and just be with it.”   The hustle part of my brain was telling me ( read full post )

Making Decisions That Might Hurt Someone Else

On Nov 05, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
A couple weeks ago I spoke at an event where my topic was Making Decisions with Ease: Tapping Into Your Inner Guidance System. During the conversation, I asked the women why it was so difficult to make decisions, and one of the top reasons was hurting someone else. We will sacrifice our own happiness to not hurt someone else, which creates resentment and we end up hurting them anyway. This conversation I’m about to have with you feels heavy and may not seem Contagiously Positive, but it actually really is. It is real life. Real feelings we all experience. I want to have meaningful conversations with you, not just send you inspiring quotes, which are great to get us motivated, but sometimes we need more than just a few words, so let’s dive in.   Are you struggling to make a decision because it might hurt someone? If you said yes, you are not alone. So often we stay in something that is causing us pain ( read full post )

Becoming a Better Listener

On Oct 29, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Have you ever said, “Why won’t you just listen?” or had someone say it to you? If yes, you are definitely not alone. Being a good listener isn’t always easy. While someone is talking, we are often thinking of what we want to say next, or distracted by a squirrel off in the distance. There is nothing wrong with you, or with the person not listening – it is called being human.   This lesson is all about becoming a better listener. The best way to do this is by becoming self-aware.   What is your listening default style?  Let’s find out where you land and how you can enhance your listening skills.   Level 1: Listening to Yourself  This is the me, myself and I zone. When a person listens at level 1, they are actually listening to the sound of their own inner voice. They may hear the words of the other person, but they are not really listening. They are aware of their own opinions, stories, and judgments — their ( read full post )

The Energy of Money: Overcoming a Scarcity Mindset

On Oct 22, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
How often do you doubt what you are charging for something, or earning a salary for? How often do you not stand in your own power and say, “this is what I’m worth”? Or even ask for what you want? In 2018, I set the intention that I was going to stand in my own power and value my worth. Before becoming an entrepreneur, when I was working for a company, I felt like I wasn’t making enough, knew I wasn’t making as much as the men in the same exact position, with the same experience (sometimes less), and I was terrified to ask for more. This didn’t end when I started my business. I felt so uncomfortable setting my rates and submitting proposals. I knew I had to get over this because it created a scarcity mindset. During this almost 2-year journey, I am proud to say, I have healed my scarcity mindset, value my worth and love talking ( read full post )

Enhance Your Positivity In The Workplace

On Oct 15, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Are you spending 8+ hours a day hating your job, your coworkers, your boss, or maybe even all three? When you are thinking about unleashing your inner contagiously positive, doing so in the workplace should be on the top of your list. It is where most of us spend a massive amount of time, so if you hate it, you may have noticed that those negative feelings often spill over into your personal life as well. To feel a sense of inner balance, it is important to feel fulfilled good in all areas of your life, and your workplace is no exception.   One of the workshops that I offer at Contagiously Positive is called, Enhance Your Positivity In The Workplace.  I love facilitating this workshop because I have learned so many lessons throughout my own career that has made me love working with a team.   If you don’t plan on leaving your job, and if you want to ( read full post )

Choosing Happiness

On Oct 08, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Your level of happiness is going to be one of the most life altering things you can choose to control. It isn’t about choosing to be a perfect little happy robot. It is about choosing a happy life, regardless of what challenges you have to face. I thought that I would share one of the happiness methods that I talk about in UNLEASH Your Limiting Beliefs.  This method has given me power when I felt powerless, hope when I felt hopeless, and choices when I felt like I had none. Do you believe that happiness is a choice? We have this voice in our head that says no, I call it the Saboteur. It creates this false belief and narrative that makes us believe that the external world is where our happiness lies. This voice also makes us believe that we don’t have the power to make a choice, and that is a lie and story we tell ourselves over and ( read full post )

Not Letting Fear Run The Show

On Oct 01, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
You are the thinker of your thoughts, you are not your thoughts.  We all get afraid. Fear is normal. We need fear to keep us safe. But so many of us are letting fearful thoughts keep us from doing things that we really want to do. We have become afraid of things that we don’t even need to be afraid of and fear is running the show for many of us.  When I started Contagiously Positive the plan was for it to be a life coaching practice. At the beginning, I was terrified. I was leaving behind a ten-year career that I had not only gotten pretty good at, but also very comfortable with. I had no idea what it meant to be a life coach, or entrepreneur. But I wasn’t happy and I had a calling, a deep desire to serve, so I said F-You to the fear (still full of fear) and I decided to give it shot. ( read full post )

My Daily Manifestation Ritual

On Sep 18, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
I believe in the universal law: you ask for it, you will receive it. Not with magical pixie dust, sitting on the couch and doing nothing, but by focusing on the thing that you really want, and doing things that align your energy with it in a way that you believe without a doubt that this thing will be yours. I have been thinking about, reading about and listening to a bunch of podcasts about manifestation lately. I get a lot of questions about manifestation and have come to realize that it is confusing for so many. I myself have questioned it over and over again; feeling like sometimes it is a trap. But I believe I now understand the basics, or rather, I hope so. “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way.” Albert Einstein Here is how I have been approaching ( read full post )

Let Your Light Shine

On Sep 02, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
When was the last time you just let loose, let all of you shine and felt the freedom and joy of letting your light shine? We don’t need a permission slip to be, do and have all that we desire, but some of us, many of us, think that we do. Consider this your permission slip. Let your light shine! Give yourself permission to step into the person that you are, and the things that you know about yourself, but you are too afraid to put out there. Give yourself the space to step into that woman/man. I invite you to take a pause and really take this in. Marianne Williamson says, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” What happens when we don’t allow our true selves to be seen? It dims our light. We begin to judge ourselves, thinking that our truest self isn’t good enough. ( read full post )

Becoming a Master Problem Solver

On Aug 26, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Being a problem solver means accepting the situation or problem for what it is. Just name the problem. Don’t sugar coat it, toss it in glitter or roll it in fluff – just name it, own it, accept it. And then, start throwing solutions at it. I became dubbed the contagiously positive girl after practicing being a problem solver instead of always being a part of the problem. This was pre-contagiously positive days when I was working in the construction industry. My co-worker was in a frizzy over a problem, and I decided not to go down the rabbit hole where we didn’t think we could ever solve this, and I started to throw out every random solution I could think of at him. I even said things that I knew we would never do because they were so silly, but it defused his frustration (which is what I wanted) and he said, “you are so f**king contagiously positive.” Then ( read full post )

Being Mindful of Your Shadow Self

On Aug 19, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Your physical shadow doesn’t appear without there being a bright sun. Your spiritual shadow is the same. You would not know darkness had you never known the light and vice versa. In UNLEASH, I start the self-guided course by talking about our shadow self. I describe mine, how she works, what she says, and how she used to hold me back. I begin by talking about our shadow self because it is where so many of us make our decisions from – the darkness (fear) instead of the light (love).   In 1999 I hit rock bottom hard. I was living my life entirely from my shadow self. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I can see every moment. I remember the smells, the feeling of the floor that I was crying on, my thoughts; every feeling I felt is so vivid in my mind. I didn’t want to get up and it took every ounce of energy I ( read full post )

Are You At A Breaking Point? Where There Is Darkness, There Is Also Light

On Aug 13, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
In 1999 I had my very first rock bottom. Little did I know that this breakdown would become my blessing, my breakthrough, and one of the most important moments in my life. I consider it the worst and best day of my life. It was the absolute worst day because I felt so much pain, hopelessness and became terrified when I had the thought that I no longer wanted to live – what if I just don’t leave this floor? It was the absolute best day because it began my spiritual journey to becoming dubbed the contagiously positive girl. It became the moment where I had this glimmer of light shine through that I was worthy of so much more. It was the day that shook me to my core so strongly that I knew I wasn’t going to continue on the path of darkness any longer. It was the day I chose to get up off the floor and live, love and enjoy ( read full post )

Creating a Contagiously Positive Home

On Aug 06, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
I read in a law of attraction book once that we need to make space for new things to come in. Meaning, if you want to manifest a new wardrobe, clear away the clothes that don’t make you feel good, so you have space for the new ones. This isn’t about law of attraction, but everything really is because what we attract in our life is based on our energy. If your home stresses you out because it is cluttered, what will your mind feel like? Cluttered! Albert Einstein taught that EVERYTHING is energy. That includes material objects, your home, the plants, your thoughts, your words, EVERYTHING. You spend a lot of time in your home, so making it energetically aligned with how you want to feel is freeing, spacious, joyous, and just plain fun. Every year or so, I go through every single room and donate or sell things that I haven’t used, or simply don’t want anymore. This ( read full post )

Strengthening Your Self-Worth Muscles

On Jul 30, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
The older I get, and the more I learn and grow within myself, the more I fully know and understand that my (your) self-worth is an inside job. Your worth is strictly how you perceive yourself, not how other people perceive you. Your worth isn’t defined by what you own, or how much money you have. Your worth is valuing that you are absolutely amazing when you are being your true self – without the masks. Your worth doesn’t come by trying to get other people to perceive you in a certain way, or to believe in you – your work is to like who you are and believe that you are worthy within yourself. We work the work to strengthen our spiritual, mental, emotional, attitudinal, and physical muscles (even when we don’t want to) because we are worthy of all that we want to be, do and have in this beautiful life. One of the best things I have learned is that self-worth is ( read full post )

Creating a New Story For Your Life & Living It

On Jul 23, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
The stories that we tell are either supporting us, or holding us back. What is the narrative that you are living your life from?  Since I can remember, I have been a procrastinator. I would leave everything until the last minute and then do a mad dash sprint to get it done just before the deadline. Studying for tests, completing assignments, starting projects, completing tasks – I would always leave it right until minutes before the end, then of course feel stressed out because I was being rushed. Rushing to get it done also affected the quality (poorly).   I have always disliked this about myself, but didn’t want to do anything to change it – or rather didn’t think I could because it felt like it was ingrained into my personality. It felt like it was just always going to be a part of my story.   One day my friend, Jolene Watson, who is a Myers Briggs Practitioner, took me through my assessment and apparently my ( read full post )

Pivoting: Deactivating A Thought, By Activating Another

On Jul 16, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
“You’re picky about the car you drive. You’re picky about what you wear. You’re picky about what you put in your mouth. We want you to be pickier about what you think.” -Esther Hicks- I learned about pivoting 10 years ago while listening to an audio book on my commute to work. This was back in the day when we had to buy the cd and play it in our car. The book was The Law of Attraction, written by Esther and Jerry Hicks. In this book, they take us on an exploration of our mind – deactivating a negative thought by activating another thought that is more positive.   Let’s start with thoughts. The longer you think about a thought, the stronger that thought becomes because it is given the time and space to gain momentum. Saying to yourself, “I’m not going to think about this thought that I have been thinking about all day anymore” doesn’t usually work. Why? Because saying you are not going to ( read full post )

Staying Committed When You Feel Like Giving Up

On Jul 08, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
“I know what I need to do, why is it so hard to do it?” The applying is really where the challenge lies. We know we need to work out. We know that we should be eating healthy. We understand that we need to take time to fill our own cup. So why is it so difficult to take consistent action and truly commit? This is something I’ve been hearing a lot as I’ve been working with the women who are taking UNLEASH. We talk a lot about fear and making new choices and that is really where it all begins; it starts with the choice and claiming what you want, while not letting fear be our decision maker.   For example: I choose ease over fear. I choose fun over fear. I choose clarity over fear. I choose love over fear. I choose trust over fear. I choose calm over frenzy. I choose balance over imbalance. I choose allowance over resistance. I choose financial freedom over the bondage of debt and scarcity. I ( read full post )

The Digital Detox

On Jul 02, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Unleashing your inner contagiously positive takes a group effort between nourishing your body, soul, and mind. We have these three parts of us that work together so powerfully so that we can strengthen our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical muscles. Sometimes it isn’t the things we do that helps us stay strong and connected, but the things we take a break from – the not doing. And the busyness of social media and all things digital is often the simplest thing we can do to find our happy place and reconnected and be present. A digital sabbatical and resting our brains helps us shut down all the external noise and just be.   Let me ask you, do you feel like you have brain toxicity overload? Social media, news, radio, cell phones, iPads, computers, etc. We get negative information thrown at as all day. Not to mention that sometimes the beeps, dings, chimes and rings can become so annoying! And, how ( read full post )

An Elixir To The Shame Hangover

On Jun 25, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
“Shame hurts our soul the way physical pain hurts our body.” The dictionary describes shame as: ‘a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour.’ Contagiously Positive Girl translation: Shame is like an emotional termite for our soul. If we let it in it will eat away and take down the structure of our home – our mind, body and soul.   The person we guilt and shame the most is ourselves. I see many people, myself included, holding themselves hostage to a mistakes they made. I also see lots of shame around money, relationships, parenthood, what we said, what we didn’t say, what we did, what we didn’t do. And, we also feel shame around what other people make us feel shameful for. There is this great quote from Anais Nin. “Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.”   To fully unleash your inner contagiously positive, we have to accept ( read full post )

Recognizing When You Are Caught In “I’ll Be Happy When…”

On Jun 18, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Are you enjoying the journey of life, or waiting to be happy when you reach a certain destination? And… How can you enjoy the destination if you are not enjoying the journey? I wanted to be happy so badly, but I got caught up in the trap of “I’ll be happy when I have…”   I’ll be happy when I get that job promotion. I’ll be happy when I get married. I’ll be happy when I am shown respect in my industry. I’ll be happy when I am making a certain amount of money. I’ll be happy when I live in this house. I’ll be happy when I travel to these places. I’ll be happy when I retire.   When I became aware that I was stuck in the trap of I’ll only be happy when I have or experience something, I realized that I could still have wants, needs, desires and goals, that haven’t yet been achieved, and still ( read full post )

Embracing Change

On Jun 11, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Change is inevitable. We can fight against it. We can resist it. We can ignore it. But it’s still there and it’s still going to happen. Resist it, and constantly fight against the current, or we can embrace it knowing that it’s the most natural thing that happens as we age, grow, learn and evolve, as the seasons of our lives change, and as our wants, desires and needs change.   Imagine if things didn’t changed. Imagine where we would be; where you would be if everything stayed exactly the same and we never had the opportunity for newness and advancement.   Change is as natural as gravity so we can resist it and fight vehemently to stay where we are, to keep things just as they are, slowly driving ourselves mad, or we can embrace it fully and let it expand our lives, our hearts and use it to up our happiness game to new levels. As you can see ( read full post )

Dear Diary | Money Mindfulness

On Jun 03, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Money is necessary. We need it daily, it makes our economic, consumer, retail, commercial world go round. Money is also not evil. Money is neither good or bad, it is a part of what we need while we live. Period. Almost every single morning, I get up; I make my coffee and free-write in my journal. I just write whatever comes to my mind. It can be my intentions for the day, what I want to release, the things I’m grateful for, or just any self-expression that I want to get out onto the page. Sometimes, if the creativity angels are with me, a blog post with random thoughts and questions about life comes out. Which is what happened with what I’m about to share with you today. These words flowed onto the page and I decided to share what I wrote with you, my beautiful contagiously positive community. Here is what flowed out of me… I’ve been dirt poor ( read full post )

Trust, Honesty & Communication: Three Musts For Happy Relationships

On May 27, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
The best of friends are those who tell you what you need to hear, when you need to hear it, not what you want to hear. Trust in any relationship is so important. In Mark Mason’s book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F&*K, he talks about the importance of being honest in your marriage (or any relationship). He gave an example of telling each other when you don’t think they look good in an outfit instead of saying, “oh yeah, it looks great” to avoid hurting their feelings. This is a very minor example, but it brings forth some truth. Which is, many of us are so afraid of hurting someone’s feelings, by giving an honest answer or having deeper conversations, so we just tell a white lie.   Depending on how many of these little white lies we tell each other, by not having real meaningful conversations, we become disconnected. Without honest communication, there can be no trust.   My ( read full post )

Your Tribe Affects Your Vibe

On Apr 30, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
Some people won’t be your people. It’s not that there is anything wrong with them, or you, your personalities just don’t align. They will be someone else’s people. You also won’t be everyone’s person. It’s not that there is anything wrong with you, or then, your personalities just don’t align. Once you really accept this without feeling unworthy, rejected, or judgmental of them, or yourself, you can align yourself with those who are your people. On the last day of my digital coaching course, UNLEASH, I talk about the importance of having a supportive tribe. A tribe a friends and family who love you, support you, cheer for you, raise you up, have meaningful conversations with, and never judge you. And also friends who you can grow together with and create really amazing lives with. I share the email from the course with you below (a little insider treat), but I want to tell you why I wanted to share this ( read full post )

When You Want To Give Up On Your Goals, Read This

On Apr 23, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt- Some days I feel so connected to my goal that I believe without a doubt that nothing and no one is going to get in my way. I believe with full-hearted trust that there is nothing I cannot be, do or have and I take action from this place of confidence.   AND THEN…   There are days where I want to give up on my goal. There are days when it feels too hard, too far away, too unattainable, or too unbelievable.  And I yell at the universe and say, “why the heck did you put this desire in me only to make it so difficult?!”   I can listen to the voice that is telling me all the reasons why I should give up, and maybe it would be easier to give up and do something less challenging. If I listened to that voice and just gave up, I ( read full post )

Strengthening Your Emotional Muscles

On Apr 16, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
“You cannot control your external circumstances, what other people do and say, but you can control your reaction and attitude to those external circumstances and experiences.”  What do we actually have control over? This is a question I often ask myself when I’m being triggered, or when fear creeps in.   We have control over our reactions. We have control over our attitude. We have control over our emotions. We have control over our actions. What we do, or don’t do. What we say, or don’t say. We have control over our decisions. When we are afraid of doing something, we can choose to allow fear to be our decision maker, or we can take action with the fear tagging along.   What don’t we have control over? We cannot control our external circumstances. We cannot control what other people do, how they react, what they say, their attitude, and what they believe.   Pre-Contagiously Positive days, I learned how ( read full post )

The Subtle Art of Simplicity

On Apr 09, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  -Leonardo Da Vinci- Keep things simple.  Sounds like that should be an easy task, right? But so many of us struggle with simplicity because we are not designed for it, or rather, we are, but it is ingrained in us to overcomplicate almost everything. Because if it seems too simple, we must not be working hard enough. And if we are not working hard enough, how can we measure success. And if we can’t measure our success, that must mean we are failing. And if we are failing, we must not be good enough. By the way, none of this is true. In my opinion, it is a big reason why most days we feel like mad hatter madness going on in our mind, body and soul. It has been beaten into our minds that we must hustle, work hard, and burn ourselves out if we want to achieve our goals.   If this is ( read full post )

Even The Contagiously Positive Get Angry

On Apr 01, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
I want to talk to you about anger and how to deal with this totally normal emotion in a positive way, instead of allowing it to turn into rage where you have now taken up permanent residence in hate. I’ve experienced, on several occasions, the need to say, “I’m sorry for what I said when I was angry.” It never feels good.   My buttons were pushed to the limit with an experience a few weeks ago and I took my own advice and practiced seeing it from a different perspective. It has been a great opportunity for me to practice what I preach.   “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.”  Anais Nin    First, I am not apologizing for the way I felt. I felt it, that is okay. But, I didn’t have to act (or react) on the anger, which I chose not to.   Let  me explain…   In my business, someone was acting really unkind, angry, and being very hateful. ( read full post )

Your Attitude Is Contagious: Strengthening Your Attitudinal Muscles

On Mar 25, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
In Marianne Williamson’s book, Tears to Triumph, she talks about practicing spiritual exercises to train our attitudinal muscles, just like we would to train our physical muscles. She says, “The most powerful tool for success in life, in any area, is that our minds be channels for right thinking.”  I don’t only agree with this, but I am living proof. My business name and entire business came because a man I worked with was going on a negative rampage one day. I could have gone into the negative vortex with him, but instead, I waited for him to finish, and responded from a solution based mindset. After a few moments he looked at me and said, “you are so f*&cking contagiously positive. I want to be pissed off, but I can’t because your attitude is contagious.”   A few years ago I was facilitating a workshop called Harmony In the Workplace. One of the modules was about negative workplace attitude and how it affects the energy of everyone, including themselves ( read full post )

My Biggest Lessons From 2018

On Jan 09, 2019 By: Laurie-ann
“When you change you learn, when you learn you grow.”  I woke up one morning a few weeks ago and I was like, “I’m so frigging happy!”   I wanted to tell you this because working the work of feeling good, works. PERIOD! This stuff works! I want you to believe that you have the power to change your life if you are not feeling happy or fulfilled in one area, or all of them.   I know it works, because I have been working it like a full-time gig. If you read or watched anything from me in 2017, you’ve heard me say how much I couldn’t get my shit together. I was upset all the time – cranky, irritable, frustrated with my business, annoyed with my husband and my puppy, and this extroverted woman didn’t want to be around people.   I know that my problems are first world problems, but that doesn’t minimize how I was feeling. ( read full post )

Your Life, Your Choice – Take Your Power Back

On May 23, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
I haven’t always made the best choices, but one of the greatest lessons I have learned is that this is my life, my choice, and I take full responsibility for it. That wasn’t an easy pill to swallow at first. It was easier to blame everyone and everything else for the life I was living. But the truth is, only I could make my life different. That required taking my power back. That required letting go of the blame game and saying, “I need to make different choices.” I didn’t have bad luck. In fact, the problem wasn’t my luck at all. It was continuing to make the same choices, expecting different results. My life, my choice – your life, your choice. Today I want to give you the push to take your own power back and create and live a life that you love!   We (you) deserve a great life. But we try to change our circumstances, our ( read full post )

Say YES! To Life

On May 15, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
“The status quo will get you nowhere. Don’t be afraid to do things differently than everybody else.” Tina O’Connor, Author of Be That Girl   I have definitely been making my own footprints in the sand. I realized that travelling other people’s roads was making me feel spiritually and physically fatigued. One day I woke up and decided that I was going to make my own road and say YES! to life. The road along the way has sometimes been unpaved and bumpy, but at least it has been all MINE.   Sometimes it has felt scary and there have been so many times where I didn’t know where to begin, but I have tried not to let the fear old me back. Saying YES! to making happiness my permanent default setting has been challenging, exciting, exhausting, exhilarating, bumpy, fulfilling and I’ve made lots of “mistakes”, but I love every single part of it because it has brought me to this exact moment where ( read full post )

Transforming Guilt

On May 10, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
WOMEN AND GUILT GO TOGETHER LIKE PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM, BUT WITHOUT THE GOOD TASTE. Positivity Barrier I was asked once if there was one emotion I would give up what would it be. That is so easy…GUILT. Guilt can be a major barrier in being positive and living a happy life. It can make you feel stuck because you become paralyzed by not doing/saying what you think you should be doing/saying. Sound familiar? It does to me because I’m a recovering guilt-a-holic.   Women & Guilt Women & guilt go together like peanut butter and jam, but without the good taste. There is no doubting this fact, women feel guilty. I know this because every woman I speak to suffers from some form of guilt. Guilt over working too much, working too little, what they say, what they don’t say, what they do, what they don’t do, not doing enough, doing too much, what they eat, what they don’t ( read full post )

Food Combining – Follow Your Gut

On Apr 26, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
The greatest wealth you will ever receive is your health.    When you have problems with your gut, it can feel incredibly daunting to try and pin-point the exact cause. For some it may be food sensitivities and for others it might be the way their digestive system is breaking down their food – or rather not doing its job properly. Just like any diet, there isn’t one diet for anyone, and the same goes for resolving digestive issues. The solution requires some detective work and you are the detective. Here is one tip that may help you solve the case.  Food Combining  If you have sensitivities to certain foods, it could be caused by food combining. Here’s why. Certain foods have different digestion times, which means the time it takes to exit the body, and some don’t mix well together for those people with sensitivities. Both causing painful stomach upsets. If after you eat, you suffer from bloating, constipation, gas, ( read full post )

Unleash Your Inner Contagiously Positive With Books

On Apr 20, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
I’m always reading or listening to something. Whether it is fiction or non-fiction, sometimes both at the same time, books can feed your mind and your soul. Books are our greatest teachers, especially when we take action in the tools that are provided. Take out one book that resonated with you and that you would like to practice the tools within it. What is one tool or exercise that you can put into action today? Start today! Every month I read a new book (or two) to recommend to the readers of my monthly newsletters. Here is a roundup of 10 of my favourites. The Gratitude Diaries, by Janice Kaplan Firestarter Sessions, by Danielle Laporte The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho Beautiful Money, by Leanne Jacobs The Universe Has Your Back, by Gabrielle Bernstein A Return To Love, by Marianne Williamson Ask and It Is Given, by Jerry and Esther Hicks You Can Heal Your Life, by ( read full post )

Positive Money Mindset: Knowing Your Numbers & Setting Your Financial Goals

On Apr 18, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
Before I wrote this blog, I shared a video to help you create a financial vision that will guide you when you set financial goals. You can read/watch it again here. In this blog, I’m sharing with you a few tips from my goal setting process to enhance this process even more.  KNOW YOUR NUMBERS The first step to setting your money goals is to actually know what your current numbers are. I have attached a worksheet below to help guide you. Knowing your numbers is powerful. We must take control of our finances and not be afraid to look at our bank accounts. If it isn’t the way you like it, let’s work on a plan to make it better. I used to hate looking at my accounts and credit card statements. But the thing is, even if I don’t look, it doesn’t change the reality. Now I have total control of what comes in and what goes out, which puts me in the power seat. I also have ( read full post )

Creating Heart-Centered Goals

On Apr 16, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
You have set a goal and after a couple of months, it falls by the wayside, never to be seen again. Did you not achieve it because you were too lazy, procrastinated or unclear about how to achieve it? In my opinion, no, I don’t think that is why at all.   I used to set goals just to set them. Meaning, January 1stwould approach and I would sit down and list all of the things that I thought I “should” list out to achieve throughout the year. My old pattern looked like this:   Thought: “I should save more.” Goal: Put $50 dollars a month into savings account.   Thought: “I should probably work out more.” Goal: Work out 3 times a week.   Thought: “I should do more to improve my personal/professional development.” Goal: Read more books on personal/professional development.   Usually, by February 1st, my soulless list of “should” do this was forgotten and lost. “If your ( read full post )

Positive Money Mindset: Creating Your Financial Abundance Vision

On Apr 10, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
Last week, I talked about being more positive paying the bills. You can read it again here. This week, I wanted to continue our money talk by sharing with you a portion of one of my archived digital programs, and help you create a financial vision that will guide you when you set financial goals.  When creating any vision, and money is  no exception, we have to get very clear about what it is that we want. Before going anywhere, you have to decide what you want, otherwise, you might be feeling like you are going around in circles, not actually getting anywhere and really confused about what it is you should do next. Don’t get hung up on the how while you are in the vision phase. Many people stop before they even begin because they can’t imagine how they are going to achieve what they want. During this vision phase, you don’t need to know how you are going to get to where you want to go because ( read full post )

How Sending Thanks Can Up Your Happiness Game

On Apr 09, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
“Gratitude turns feelings of lack into feelings of abundance.”  This weekend, I was reminded of the importance of telling people how grateful you are for them, or thanking them for something they did or said that helped you in some way. I can write in my gratitude journal every single day, but nothing brings me more joy than letting those people I write about, in that journal, know how thankful I am for them. There is something amazing that happens to each person when we express our sincere thanks. For the person who is being thanked, I believe that it makes them feel connected, important, like they had an impact and are cared for, appreciated and loved. For the person who is doing the thanking, I believe it turns feelings of lack into feelings of abundance because it connects them and also makes them feeling cared for, appreciated and loved. It’s a Contagiously Positive cycle. One simple thing we can ( read full post )

Positive Money Mindset: How To Be Positive While Paying Bills

On Apr 04, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
Mixing up the words from Salt-N-Pepa…Let’s talk about money, baby. Let’s talk about positivity. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things money can bring. Let’s talk about money. Let’s talk about money! I’m about to write about the most taboo topic…MONEY. But first off, let’s come to an agreement that we are going to get really comfortable with being uncomfortable talking about money. “I do solemnly swear that I’m going to be open to talking about money.” In the book, The Smart Cookies, they say that most women probably have no problem telling their girlfriends about the great deal they got on clothes or shoes, but they never talk about personal finances. It’s not only okay to talk about money, but it is essential if you want to become financially abundant. Starting today, I will be writing a series of blogs on this topic to help you release limiting money beliefs, get to know your numbers, and reduce money ( read full post )

Love Is Not To Be Rationed

On Mar 26, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
Love creates an undeniable energy. It has the power to turn sadness into joy & hate into compassion & kindness. Each of us has that power inside of us. Why are we holding it back? We hold it back from others. We hold it back from ourselves. For what purpose? Is it because we are afraid of being hurt? Without love, we are already hurting. Is it because we do not trust in its power? Love is our main source of power that heals us all. Is it because we are afraid of looking weak? There is no weakness in love. Love is pure inner strength. Love holds us up when we cannot stand. Love connects us. Love creates a powerful force field making hate impenetrable. Love makes you strong, courageous, and powerful. Why are we holding it back? Stop rationing it and start using it. Your Spread The Love Challenge (watch video below)  All love, Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive ( read full post )

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish, It Is Being Self-Aware

On Mar 17, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
“Self-care isn’t about selfishness. It is about self-awareness. You can’t give to others what you don’t give to yourself. When you take time for yourself, things in your life flow with more ease.” In this video, I talk about the importance of giving yourself some self-love. When you take the time to do things that are just for you, things that bring down your stress levels, make you feel peaceful, happy and joyful, you are so much better to those around you. A major part of being Contagiously Positive is self-care. Sadly, so many women just don’t take the time for it. Everything and everyone is more important than themselves. Sound familiar? I learned very early on that if I was going to perform at my highest potential, I had to take care of me first. I’m not talking about putting everything and everyone else aside and spending days or hours on just me. I’m talking about 30 minutes of scheduled ( read full post )

Get Healthy One Small Change At A Time

On Mar 15, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
Spring and summer is a time lots of people make massive changes to their lives and their health, but my advice is not to wait until a vacation, or summer weather to make healthy changes. It can be so incredibly overwhelming to try and pack everything into a short span instead of spreading it out throughout the entire year. You can start today by making one small change at a time. Pick one thing and put it into action. I hate feeling sick, sluggish, having belly aches, and basically just blah. One of my top core-desired feelings is to feel healthy, which in turn also makes me feel happy. “You can’t have a healthy mind without a healthy body.”  Having a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about losing weight for a trip or after-holiday binging. It is to prevent from gaining weight at all, and prevent chronic diseases. What would happen if you changed your focus from losing weight to maintaining your weight? What would happen if you changed your focus from ( read full post )

How To Work With Your Doctor and/or Healer To Heal Your Mind-Body

On Feb 27, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
When I started my own Healthy Living journey, one of the tools that helped me the most was from Dr. Deepak Chopra’s book, The Healing Self. I loved this book because it embodied the concept that I was working to embrace. Which is, you cannot have a healthy body without a healthy mind and you cannot have a healthy mind without a healthy body. I write about this in full, constant, repetitive detail in my book and digital program, Healthy Living. It isn’t Mind & Body – it is Mind-Body. Our minds and our bodies are fully connected so when you are not feeling well, wanting to lose weight, wanting to heal from an illness, or recover from chronic fatigue, we must embrace both.   This concept that I share in today’s video is also one of the best tools you can use when working with a doctor or healer.   I still use these 3 steps, and in fact, ( read full post )

Meet Your Fears With Faith

On Jan 29, 2018 By: Laurie-ann
Someone really close to me made a massive, uber courageous change a couple of weeks ago. It was a biggie! They thought long and hard about this change, and wanted to make it for a really long time. Once the opportunity presented itself to take the leap, they took it. Were they afraid? Of course, change can be scary. Were they worried they were making the wrong decision? No, because they felt it so strongly in their gut and it was scarier to think about how they would feel if they didn’t do it.   I absolutely love this because when our souls are calling, the best thing we can do is answer.     Something that I found fascinating over the past week, since they released the news to some, is the response from many who also made a similar change. “I am so happy for you. When I made a similar move in my life, I thought, I ( read full post )

So Much Stress & We Have So Little Time

On Dec 21, 2017 By: Laurie-ann
Stress! We stress about our health, kids, relationships, work, people at work, money, getting it “all” done, sleep, commuting, working out, we even stress about being stressed. I have written about stress a lot since starting the Contagiously Positive blog, so to make it easier for you, I’ve summarized a few of the topics I’ve written about that relate to stress. Choose your topic below and learn some tips, tricks and techniques to manage daily stressors and unleash your inner contagiously positive. STRESS PROOF YOUR DAILY COMMUTE  STRESS PROOF YOUR SCHEDULE  STRESS PROOF YOUR CAREER STRESS PROOF YOUR LIFE STRESS PROOF WITH SELF-CARE Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be Contagiously Positive. All Love, Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive Girl      

Dose of Positivity: Being Okay With Not Being Okay

On Dec 18, 2017 By: Laurie-ann
This is a very personal perspective for me. I’ve been completely honest that November felt like a funky month for me. The moment I stopped being so hard on myself about how I was feeling, I actually started to feel better. Giving ourselves permission to feel the way we want (need) to feel can have a massive impact on our lives. Instead of wearing a mask, pretending that everything is perfect, or getting down on ourselves for complaining because we have so much in our lives to be grateful for, we see it for what it is, just a funk – a bump in the road – a moment in time. When we know what we don’t want, or how we don’t want to feel, we can become very clear about what we do want and how we do want to feel.  Instead of trying to fix what’s wrong, shift your perception to adding little positive actions through out the ( read full post )

30-Day Upping Your Happiness Game & Unleashing Your Inner Contagiously Positive Challenges

On Sep 13, 2017 By: Laurie-ann
The Contagiously Positive Woman’s Guide To Unleashing Your Inner Contagiously Positive  30-Day Happiness Challenge “When you look for the good, you begin to attract the great”   I created something so fun to do for 30 days and I thought it would be great to include the full challenge here at my blog.   I believe that happiness is not inherited, it is created and you (we) are the only one who can create it. It starts from within. If I don’t make a conscious effort to bring happiness into my life, I can feel myself be pulled into the negative vortex. I hate the way I feel there, so this is something that is near and dear to me. It brings me happiness just to be able to share this really great challenge that I created.   I went through my Healthy Living book and workbook, plus my book Unleash Your Inner Contagiously Positive, and I pulled out 30 things ( read full post )

Downstream vs. Upstream

On Jul 14, 2017 By: Laurie-ann
Explicit language warning: there is the occasional F-Bomb.   The adventures of being Contagiously Positive sometimes comes with being caught up on a tree branch, almost, but not almost drowning, and annoyed with my husband. It also just so happens to offer me the greatest metaphors on life.   First let me start with the story of that time I almost didn’t drown kayaking.    Kayaking is one of my favourite most peaceful things to do in the summer. Besides sitting on the patio with a glass of red wine and eating plain potato chips.   This week, my husband and I decided to kayak in a direction we have never gone before. It had little rapids and we thought, “This will be so much fun!” It was, until it wasn’t.   Imagine me in bright yellow kayak, paddling away (against the flow of the river), and the current is getting stronger and stronger. I’m paddling like a mad woman ( read full post )

Sleepwalking Through Life

On Mar 31, 2017 By: Laurie-ann
Do you ever feel like you are sleepwalking through life? You continue with your regular routine where you go to work, come home, make dinner, pay your bills, breathe, eat, sleep, brush your teeth, shower, rinse and repeat. It feels like a normal routine, but it takes so little thought that you are basically sleepwalking through life. You know you did things today, but you can’t even remember what it all was. How did I get home? Did I eat lunch today? What did I have? I feel like I’m forgetting something. Oh yeah, it is my life!   I probably should not be telling you this, ruining my Contagiously Positive Girl image by admitting how imperfect I am, but I have found myself ignoring life. But hey, I’m just a regular human being, not a positivity robot, but that had been me for months – sleepwalking through life.   Almost one year ago to the day, in April 2016, ( read full post )

Putting HUMAN Back In Human Resources

On Feb 27, 2017 By: Laurie-ann
Has the Human Resource department become just a company’s liability policy? Is having the Human Resources department run by lawyers, protecting every word that goes in and out the way to creating a healthy work environment? Do companies really need more policies and binders filled with step-by-step procedures?   All of that is important to the financial wellbeing of a company, but it is not what should make up Human Resources. Where in any of that is the HUMAN component?   I have facilitated a lot of corporate workshops, and this is the #1 complaint I get from company employees: “We feel like we are just another number, we are not respected, our managers don’t listen, and our HR department is liability insurance for the company, and doesn’t have any of our best interest at heart. “   Toxicity in the workplace can spread like wildfire and unless the leaders of the company make their employees (human beings) a priority, ( read full post )

Achieving Success Without The Stress

On Feb 08, 2017 By: Laurie-ann
Achieving success without the stress. Is it possible? I believe it is. Have you ever felt like you really had it all together, but then went on social media and were brought down by all the amazingness that other people are doing? You get into comparing mode, thinking you will never be able to achieve that, and start to question where you are and how you will ever get to where you want to go. Me too! And to be honest, it was just last week. I was seeing all these posts on social media about how hustling and working endless hours are how they achieved their successes and financial abundance. It was a lot of advice on how you have to work, work, work, stress, stress, stress, hustle, hustle, hustle if you want to succeed. For a moment I thought, “I’m such a failure. I’m not doing any of that. Should I be further along in my business? Should ( read full post )

The Art of Hygge

On Jan 13, 2017 By: Laurie-ann
My friend Camilla taught me the most fabulous word the other day. When she said it, I instantly giggled, thinking, “that is the best way to describe a good mood.” We laughed just at the idea of how we could use the word and realized that we were actually experiencing the meaning of it in that moment together.   The word is Hygge.   ‘Hygge’ is a Danish word (pronounced ‘hooga’). Roughly it means coziness. The Danish use the philosophy of Hygge as a way of finding a recipe for a happier life. Hmm, I like that idea. Sort of like my own philosophy of living a Contagiously Positive life, but with a much cooler word.   It is not just a word though; it is a way of being, like choosing to live a positive life, or living with gratitude. It means simplicity, taking time to unwind and slowing down your pace of life. I believe we all need ( read full post )

I Vow To Give A Shit

On Jan 04, 2017 By: Laurie-ann
Today I want to write about giving a shit. Seems like a strange name to give it, but it continues coming to me, which means the universe is nudging me to let go of my discomfort and write about it anyway. I have goals that I have set for 2017, mostly business, but this year I am setting a personal intention. The intention is to not be indifferent, not to ignore what is happening around me that makes me uncomfortable and to give a shit by stepping fully into my beliefs that all humans are created equally and should be treated as such.   Why this intention to give a shit and hopefully inspire others to as well? Because 2016 was a year where I kept hearing, even finding myself (yes, the CP girl), saying:   “I try not to give a shit.” “I just ignore that because it is to uncomfortable.” “If they don’t care, I won’t care.” “I ( read full post )

Choosing Happiness Today

On Oct 11, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
I used to be a “when I have” I’ll be happy girl.   I’ll be happy when I have this amount of money I’ll be happy when I have that job title I’ll be happy when I have those material items I’ll be happy when my relationships reach this level I’ll be happy when my body looks like this   Through all of the “when I have-ing” I wasn’t happy. I was missing all of the happy moments that were right in front of me, staring me in the face, screaming to be noticed. I was missing them because I was stuck in future-tripping. Waiting to be happy tomorrow, next week, next month or next year.   When I became aware of this block, I realized that I could still have wants, needs, desires and goals, that haven’t yet been achieved, and still be happy. I can be happy by creating beautiful happy moments and be grateful for what I ( read full post )

You Are Not Alone

On Oct 05, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
  I want you to know that you are not alone. Your story is unique, but it is not an untold story. We all have struggles, pains, losses and challenges. They just show up with a different voice and style of writing. The characters are different, but the story sounds so familiar. You are not alone.   There are moments for me where it is difficult to show my weaknesses and admit that I have not always been the Contagiously Positive Girl. But the strength in that honesty comes where you hear me say, “me too. Me too I’ve gone through something similar. Me too I’ve had struggles, pains and losses. Me too I don’t always want to be positive. Me too there are moments when I just want to stay in bed all day, binge watching Grey’s Anatomy and just let the day go by without my presence.” You are not alone.   These two little words, me too, ( read full post )

Serving With Love

On Aug 23, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
As I sit here with my morning coffee I am contemplating business, or more specifically, selling from a place of love. In the five years since starting my business, I have learned a lot about the nuts and bolts of social media, web design and knowing the numbers in my business, but as far as selling goes, I think many “experts” are missing a really important component, which is serving from love. If you are a new entrepreneur, you are going to be drawn to taking a lot of courses, workshops and purchasing books on building your email list, getting those additional 1000 Facebook likes, how to sell millions on Instagram in just 1 month, increase your sales and meet your monthly financial goals. There is nothing wrong with this, this is all necessary as the back end of your business is critical for your growth and success. However, the front end of your business, where you interact with human ( read full post )

Your Attitude, Your Choice

On Aug 08, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
LIFE IS ALL ABOUT CHOICES AND CHOICES CAN ALWAYS CHANGE What you wear, what you eat, when you sleep, your thoughts, your attitude, who you spend time with, the cleanliness of your home, your beliefs, your values, your feelings, who you love – all of these are your choices. Some choices are harder than others and change isn’t always easy, but it is always your choice and the path to happiness is always worth the effort. Pre-Contagiously Positive days, I learned how much power I actually had when I not only took control of how I wanted to feel, but chose to work on controlling my attitude towards external circumstances. Letting go of the belief that I had control over anything but my choices, my reactions and my feelings was a big hurdle and a great lesson. When I finally understood that I could not control what happens around me, but I could control my reaction and my attitude to those ( read full post )

Saggy boobs, Laugh Lines and Freckles. Love Them All!

On Jun 10, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
My boobs are going to sag, nothing a good bra can’t fix. I will get lines around my eyes, all from laughing of course. The tops of my hands start to look older, which is the amazing gift from playing in the garden, digging in the dirt and making so many memory filled meals for my family and friends. Freckles will randomly appear everywhere on my body from so many fun adventures in the sun. And what’s that? Oh, its okay, it is just white hair. All of this appears, not from being old, just from being older.   “I’m not getting old,” I tell my younger friends who gasp when I tell them that I am about to turn 38. “OMG, are you scared of turning 40?!” What? That’s ridiculous! The world will not end when I turn 40. I can still chase all the dreams that I have not yet caught. There will always be time, energy and ( read full post )

From Dreamland to Actionville

On Jun 06, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
Are you feeling stuck in the endless cycle of writing goals, making to-do lists, saying what you want, reading every self-help book, but still feeling like nothing is working? Are you stuck in rut of “why is nothing working?” You are not alone. I’ve been there too, and just recently actually. I’m great at making endless lists of things I want. I’m a superb self-help junkie reader who gets inspired by books and quotes. I read my daily affirmations and prayers and my to-do lists are perfectly crafted in pretty colours. That might sound like I have it all together, but none of that means anything when I’m stuck in Dreamland and can’t get to Actionville. For the past 3 months, that is where I have been. Life happened, change happened, and I got stuck. Knowing what I want is great, but it is not enough to read a book, quote, or make and set goals and to-do lists. What ( read full post )

You Never Fail When You Are Trying

On Apr 25, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
EVERYBODY FAILS. LEARN FROM IT AND TRY AGAIN. EVERY TRY MAKES YOU BETTER.  Fear of failure is something that I struggle with. Who wants to fail, right? But I “fail” all the time. If you looked at my life, you would see that I “fail” a lot. I make recipes that bomb, I get stuck in Negative-Ville and can’t create a Dose of Positivity, I release a program that requires changes because it was missing something, or while I’m on Facebook Live or doing a live event, I ramble on and on because I was so excited and totally missed the point I was trying to make. Or, sometimes I try something new for the first time and I bomb. Here was I have learned. None of those things are really failures. They are all learning opportunities. They are slight detours that leads me to the right direction. I want you to remember this the next time you think you failed: ( read full post )

Positive Communication Could Have Saved Romeo & Juliet

On Mar 01, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
  Romeo & Juilet is just another example of why communication within a relationship is so crucial.  In my Lessons in Love blog, I talked about the importance of communication. My husband and I don’t argue often, but we do on occasion have to have a conversation that will affect us individually and/or as a couple. Just recently, we needed to sit down and talk about a major change – stay in Saskatoon or move back to our hometown of Ottawa. This would affect our relationships with the people we love and each other, it would affect our careers, it would affect our finances and it would affect our overall life, or more specifically, change our day-to-day that we have gotten used to. Because we have always worked on having a solid communication foundation, the conversation and the outcome was all 100% positive. We have been together for 15 years and you can’t spend 15 years of your life with ( read full post )

How I Got Myself Out Of A Funk

On Feb 25, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
A few days, I posted a Dose of Positivity that said, Live in the present. Be grateful for the past. Be excited for the future. It came to me because I have been experiencing a funk. Let me explain. Over a month ago, my husband and I needed to make the decision to relocate back to our hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. We have loved our 5 years in Saskatoon, but we are excited to be heading back to where our family is. Relocating is no easy feat and it comes with lots of work, energy and bittersweet feelings as we are leaving so many amazing friends. In a very short period of time, just a few weeks, we bought a new house, sold our current house, are trying to get in as much time with our friends as we can, and I need to relocate my business and prepare all the necessary documents to now operate in Ontario.   The ( read full post )

Mindful Eating For Health & Happiness: 4 Tips To Get You Started

On Feb 08, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
You have heard about being mindful of what you think; think positive thoughts, write down what you are grateful for, and being mindful of other people’s feelings and all that jazz. Those are all great things to be mindful of, but being mindful of what you eat and drink throughout the day is just as important to your health and overall well-being and happiness. When you are mindful of the food you put in your body, you are increasing your brainpower, your energy, and your happiness. WHAT?! Food can make me happy? You bet! You can read more about that here. When I work with clients, one-on-one, or through my online Healthy Living Program, they are always surprised by what they eat and drink when I have them track it for the week. “I had no idea I ate that or didn’t eat that or how much.”   Here are some of the things you can start to mindful of ( read full post )

Goodbye Yesterday, Hello Today

On Jan 06, 2016 By: Laurie-ann
2015 was a difficult year for so many. Losses, heartaches, business mistakes, financial struggles, and health goals not met. For some, 2015 was the best year of their life. A new love, business goals met, a new career, health goals achieved, debt paid off. We all live the same year, but can have two different outcomes – two different stories. When I’m coaching or facilitating, I teach that whether your story happened 1 year ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or yesterday, does not define what your future will be. If 2015 didn’t give you all of your desires, wishes, and goals, today is a new day to make it better. 2016 is a new year to take all the necessary steps to achieve everything that lights up your soul. Nothing else matters, but what you desire today. It is okay if you had an amazing 2015 and this year has started out a bit rocky. It is okay ( read full post )

Busting Through Spiritual Fatigue

On Dec 09, 2015 By: Laurie-ann
Are you feeling spiritually fatigued?   Annoyed with everything and everyone Emotional for no reason Can’t be happy for others Feeling unfulfilled Heaviness in chest Cloudy minded Lack of focus or clarity   These are all signs that you are spiritually fatigued and need a soulful detox. Here is what I recommend you do….   Dream Sometimes when we feel spiritually fatigued it is because we have been focusing 100% of our energy on other people and have stopped dreaming. When was the last time you sat down and set your goals, desires and dreams? When was the last time you did anything just for you? What’s great about dreams is that only you need to see them. Only you need to believe in them. They belong to you and you alone.   We all have dreams. Dreaming is one of the most beautiful things in life. The problem though is that so many of us get jaded and wrapped up ( read full post )

Steps on Dealing with Difficult People

On Dec 01, 2015 By: Laurie-ann
If you were to squeeze toothpaste out of a tube, and I asked you to put it back, would you be able to? The answer is no. And the same goes for your words. When you say something to someone, you can’t take it back – those words are forever out of the tube. I thought it would be great to learn some new (or maybe not so new) tips on how to deal with difficult people or someone who just annoys the heck out of you.  What does this have to do with nourishing your mind and soul? Well, simply put, most of us feel guilty for hurting other people, especially when we only said what we said in the moment that we were angry. This is not a positive feeling and definitely does not nourish your heart and soul. Take it from me – the hot blooded Italian woman who has learned this the hard way.  “Just because you feel ( read full post )

The Contagiously Positive Self-Esteem Boosting, Stress-Free Closet

On Nov 10, 2015 By: Laurie-ann
Yes, you read that title right, even your closet can be Contagiously Positive. How? By making space and clearing away the stressful clutter of the clothes that don’t fit and the items that make you feel like you wish you never wore them. Just like life, having things that no longer fit into your life or your body needs to go.   A few months ago, I went into my closet to get dressed and in a frustrating fit, yelled to my husband, “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!” I couldn’t believe that the simple act of getting dressed was making me annoyed and irritated. I have a closet full of clothes. Surely there is something in there for me to wear. However, the problem wasn’t the clothes, it was the clutter. The solution was to get rid of all the clutter and create a stress-free closet that I could quickly and easily get dressed in and feel good in the ( read full post )

Every Journey & Every Story Starts With A Beginning

On Oct 21, 2015 By: Laurie-ann
If you need it to, today can be your new beginning. Everyone’s journey is different, but there is something that we all have in common, a beginning. Everyone has a beginning, everyone has a starting point, and sometimes that involves multiple beginnings and several starting points. That is one of the greatest gifts of life. As long as you have another day to live, you have another opportunity to begin again.   I had many beginnings that have brought me to where I am today. My Contagiously Positive journey began the day I decided that I wanted to be happy. Even with all the lessons that I’ve learned and the endless tools in my toolbox, I still have days where I need to push the reset button and start again.   You have so much power inside of you. The choice to begin again or to stay where you are is yours. If you have decided that you are ready ( read full post )

Like Yourself Today, Love Yourself Tomorrow

On Oct 07, 2015 By: Laurie-ann
From your nose to your toes, your eyes to your thighs, your lips to your hips, you are unique.  You hear it all the time, “you must LOVE yourself first.” As much as I agree with this, I also believe that there is a step that comes before love. The first step is LIKE. As someone who once struggled with an eating disorder, I know that love does not come first. For me, it started with liking my body, one body part at a time. Every day, I would like another part of myself, until one day, it turned into LOVE. Love for what I was born with. Love for what I could make my body do just by eating, thinking and moving in a positive way. Love for the realization that I don’t have to perfect to be happy.   Pretend you and your body are on a first date. You like certain parts, maybe you think there is ( read full post )

You Are What You Believe

On Sep 23, 2015 By: Laurie-ann
Self-worth: valuing that you are equal to anyone you interact with. Self-esteem: believing in your worth. What would change for you if this was your truest, most valued, most trusted belief?   Our limiting beliefs are truly our biggest obstacle to achieving anything that we desire because they attack our self-worth. When we don’t feel worthy, we don’t do the things we want to do because we don’t believe in ourselves; we don’t value our worth.   Tony Robbins says, “it’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.” What we do is often driven by our beliefs. We get attached to the beliefs that we have of ourselves, whether it’s negative or positive. That is why it is so difficult to change the way we think about ourselves. We get very comfortable with those beliefs, and at times, the fear prevents us from doing the things that we want ( read full post )

Being Happy Is More Important Than Being Perfect

On Jun 03, 2015 By: Laurie-ann
Being Contagiously Positive isn’t about being perfect, just the opposite actually. It’s about being happy without being perfect. In the words of Pharrell Williams, “Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. Clap along if you know what happiness is to you.” A Lesson On Being Happy, Rather Than Perfect Before I got married, I wanted to do something special for my husband, so my friend Melissa and I decided to take a pole dancing class. It would get us in shape and I would learn a sexy routine to surprise my new husband with. During the first class it became very obvious that I had no rhythm. I could have been embarrassed, frustrated and self-conscious, but I wasn’t. Why? Because it was hilarious! The laughter that came out of that class was worth any moves I could have learned. I’m uncoordinated and quirky, but I loved it anyway and so did my husband. He loved it because I made him ( read full post )

How Do You Want To Feel?

On Jan 13, 2015 By: Laurie-ann
How do you want to feel? When you know how you want to feel every day, it is much easier to make healthier choices that help you strengthen your emotional, physical, mental, spiritual and attitudinal muscles. Have you ever been asked how you want to feel? When my coach first asked me this questioned, over 10+ years ago, it took me so long to answer. My default answer was, “I want to feel happy.” We all want to be happy. But I felt like it was a deeper question. Today, many years after first being asked that question, I have seen so many of my favourite teachers and authors ask this question. Danielle Laporte has created an entire empire around it. The deeper answer is that I want to feel it all. I want to feel joy. I want to feel free. I want to feel healthy. I want to feel vibrant and energized. I want to feel sexy. I want all the goody, magical, ( read full post )

You Relocated, Now What?

On Jun 17, 2014 By: Laurie-ann
I made a big move four years ago. I moved from Ottawa, Ontario to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, so that my husband could take on a new amazing new challenge. The decision to move was a no-brainer. The challenge of such a major change was greater than the fear of the “what ifs.” I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because someone said to me that I wasn’t acting like I was upset enough (like there is some sort of emotional scale to respond to change) that I left my hometown, friends and family. In the past three years I’ve had many people come up to me and think that I should be breaking down in tears, or falling apart. But I just don’t feel that way. It’s not that I’m insensitive, just the opposite actually, my husband says that I’m too sensitive. But I’m really strong in my beliefs that once I make a choice, I stand by the choice and ( read full post )

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