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Embracing the whole, beautiful & imperfect me. Swim outfit & all!

The surprising gift of my first 2017 adventure

This lucky girl just got back from her first adventure of 2017 — a fabulous and fun trip to Cozumel, Mexico to kick off the new year!

This trip was significant for me as it meant tackling a list of fun “FIRSTS” that included pushing outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been on a personal mission to say “YES!” to life since I lost weight and put myself in the equation five years ago.

Before my personal transformation, I held back and lived a “small” and safe life. I didn’t put myself out there or take risks. Too often I let fear rule my life decisions — fear of what others would think, fear of looking silly or doing it imperfectly, and fear of failure often stopped me in my tracks.

Perhaps the saddest part of this reality is that I had convinced myself that I could be happy living small and safe. But the truth is, I wasn’t happy. I was hiding behind the layers of fat I donned for self-protection. I hid behind my work. And at my core was a foundation of low self-esteem, lack of confidence and a fear of not measuring up.

But I’m a success story. In 2012, as I reached my goal weight and the peak of living a healthy, happy and WHOLE life, I realized by definition “living WHOLE” meant putting myself out there. Taking risks and going for it, even and especially when I was scared. I decided to live brave. That meant saying “YES!” to life and tackling a whole list of “firsts,” seeking opportunities to grow and expand — even if that meant falling or failing. It’s been a fun and joyous ride, and five years in, I’m still going strong.

So what surprised me about my first big adventure of 2017 was how in the process of saying YES! and doing new things, I ended up embracing my whole and imperfect body and self in an even deeper way. That’s pretty cool and the focus of this blog. Read more

You’re never too old…

Experiencing a long lists of “firsts” and having a ball!

Loriandboys-DucktourThree mid- summer days spent in a swimsuit/outfit in the Waterpark capitol of the world with two 10-year olds. Standing in line to catapult down an outdoor water slide and an indoor water roller coaster. Fun? Me?

Well, YES! But if you had proposed this to me a couple of years ago, I would have said NO and NOT! And anyone who knows me would have guessed this. But, that was then. This is now! Read more

Spring has sprung…time to renew you

Lori's first ever XC ski I absolutely love spring! It’s a time of renewal, freshness, opportunity and transition. A time of readying for what comes next (summer…). And a time where, if you pay close attention, you will see something new – blooming, budding, building, growing – around you at any given moment. Maybe even you! 😉

This week I returned from a business trip to melting snow and temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. I immediately filled my house with my favorite fresh flowers and budding plants (blue hydrangeas and tiger lillies), got a cute and sassy color and haircut from my awesome stylist Justine, took time out of my crazy work schedule to spontaneously connect with friends, and made the “Lori spring projects” list – all projects that focus on me! Oh yes, and prepped for the tax appointment. Read more

No longer looking for joy. Too busy having fun!

Funny thing about joyI came across this quote and had to post it. I love Leigh Stanley of Curly Girl Designs and find her quotes the best ones to live by. This one struck my fancy as I am crazy busy living life with gusto, experiencing a host of “firsts” and enjoying each and every moment. So busy, in fact, that I haven’t had time to blog about it.

Do you ever find that joy comes to you when you least expect it or stop looking for it outside yourself? I think true joy comes via the law of attraction. Read more

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