Let me start by saying that if you are planning your #playdate at the airport, there is not a lot of help on the internet about what to do while you are there. In the end I took a bit from everyone and made up most of it on my own. I made it more of a treasure hunt to be documented with selfies to cement the deal. Here’s my treasure hunt list:
1) Find the ugliest/craziest hat in the gift shop, put it on and take a selfie. I didn’t have time on my way in, but I found it and took a picture on my way back into town…yuck!
2) Take a picture of the departures board and pick a place you want to travel to. I didn’t end up with any exotic options, but I chose Portland, Oregon because the guy I was talking to, David, suggested it because the house from Goonies is there…I would totally go see that!
3) Find the craziest souvenir in the gift shop. I chose beer stein looking salt and pepper shakers from Pasadena. Are there people who would really buy beer stein looking salt and pepper shakers that say Pasadena on them?? Maybe I missed the memo.
4) Take 2 Selfies with a stranger. I chose David from the departures board, and this lovely flight attendant which brings me to the 5th item that I couldn’t bring into fruition…read on.
5) Try and acquire a set of wings from the captain. Remember those? They would give them out to kids when they traveled. Well, guess what? They don’t have them anymore and haven’t had them for years according to this lovely flight attendant. I asked her to think of something and she did! She came back with a plastic cup, a napkin, a cookie, and pretzels and said it was the best she could do. She gets an “A” for effort!!
6) Find an airport sign that is laughable. I found one! In the Burbank airport there is a long stretch of red carpet that runs the length of the path of gates. If you are paying attention you notice that it isn’t just for decoration, there is a purpose and a sign. It tells you that the red carpet is supposed to remain clear of people…no loitering basically because it is meant to be used in an emergency only. Really? For what emergency? A shooting where we all run for our lives? A gas leak that again, has us running for our lives? I guarantee that no one is going to be looking at that sign or the color of the carpet when that happens. The best part? No one was reading it. There was one person (who moved before I got a picture) sitting against the wall, on the red carpet, directly under the sign. No joke.
7) Take a picture of 5 pieces of artwork at the airport. Burbank has a hall of art with Amelia Earhart! So cool! And Phoenix has an entire exhibit of crazy art there. Do all airports have art? I think so…the ones in the Dallas airport…all of the sculptures are pretty incredible.
8) Take a photo with a member of the airline staff or a security guard. You should get extra points for the security guard…they are super paranoid!
9) This is a freebie. I just wanted to be on the look-out for something strange or weird that wasn’t already on my list. I found it! Flying Cats! I sat down and talked to this poor lady who had both of her cats in small carriers and the cats were meowing like mad. She told me she had already given them Xanax and it was having zero effect. I took a video, laughed a bit, felt sorry for those poor cats (and their human mama) and chalked this one up as done!
10) Two plane photos. You saw my first one at the top looking over Burbank as I took off. The other one was the best I could do from within the airport, but it totally counted!
Moral of the story…if you have an airport date…here’s the short list to cut and paste and print out. It really was a lot of fun and required me to use my social skills and to be brave in talking with complete strangers, videoing flying cats, taking pictures of myself in crazy hats and taking a picture of the beer stein Pasadena salt and pepper shakers without the employee looking at me like I might shoplift at any moment. Be adventurous! Tell me about your latest #playdate below.
1. Find the ugliest/craziest hat in the gift shop, put it on and take a selfie
2. Take a picture of the departures board and pick a place you want to travel to.
3. Take a picture of the craziest souvenir in the gift shop. Or buy it and give it to someone as your next white elephant gift at Christmas this year.
4. Take 2 Selfies with a stranger.
5. Try and acquire a set of wings from the captain. (Let me know which airline you get this from because American Airlines isn’t doing it anymore…so sad!)
6. Take a picture of an airport sign that is laughable.
7. Take a picture of 5 pieces of artwork at the airport.
8. Take a photo with a member of the airline staff or a security guard.
9. Freebie! Find something weird/strange/out of the ordinary that isn’t on your list.
10. 2 Plane Photos – One from inside the plane/One from the outside.
Now that you’ve Dreamed Big and had some time to Reflect, it’s time to set your actual goals for 2017. This year I decided I wanted to make my goals more fun instead of stodgy. I changed my goal title from Lauri’s Goals 2017 to Lauri’s Promises 2017. I changed the Relationships category to Family Focus, Physical to Physical Well-being and Playtime, Financial to Abundant Wealth Prowess, Education to Cultivating Enlightenment, Spiritual to Soul Solutions. I even added two new categories this year: Creativity and my favorite? Recess!
Not only am a adding in more fun this year, but I have two pages of promises and this might help you, too. One set is a Promises Summary where it states my goals. The second set (and this is where the bite-size chunks come in) breaks down those promises into actual action steps. How will I accomplish my goals? Let me share one with you so you get the idea.
Under my Recess Category I have a goal for a Weekly Date with guess who? Me! One my first set of Promises where it is a summary, it simply says, Weekly Dates with Myself. On the second set I have it broken out to say that not only will I have a weekly date with myself, but I will alternate each week from an evening to a daytime date. I have ideas written of a few dates I’ve done in the past and enjoyed and some I think might be fun. Not all of my dates have been a hit, by the way. Some felt as a downright waste of my time by the end, but consistency keeps me moving forward in the right direction so that I keep taking time for myself. Last week I simply set a date to pull out all of my stamp collection, see how much they were worth right now and make a list of a couple of collections I’d like to complete and added it to my wishlist for friends and family for my birthday and Christmas (yes, I’m the OCD one when it comes to list and preparation…I always have a wishlist going! You should to!)
That means that now is time for the action step for you. You’ve Dreamt Big, you’ve Reflected on past years goals that have and haven’t worked for you and where you are now. You are ready to make your Promises, but more importantly, ready to break them down into “Bite-Size Chunks” so that you can actually see yourself accomplishing your goals.
Next week? The last piece of the puzzle to help you accomplish your goals or promises in 2017 – Accountability. I’ll tell you that I’ve never taken this step before until this year and what I’ve done to make it happen for me.
Please leave a comment below and share one of your promises for 2017. I love hearing from you!
This month’s Wednesday Blogs will be focused on setting goals or what I have termed “Promises”. This year I decided to shake things up a bit and use different description words and generally make my goals a lot more FUN! I wanted to use my creativity and playfulness – we can sometimes be so stodgy, strict, and stick-in-the-muddy when it comes to making our serious goals. Why?
I decided that while I am serious about reaching my goals there wasn’t a reason on earth not to make them fun, playful, creative and attractive. The Four Blogs will be entitled Dream Big, Reflections, Bite Size Chunks, and Accountability.
For today, let’s focus on DREAMING BIG. How would you complete the following sentences?
If money were not an option, I would___________________________________.
If I could set my fear aside, I would____________________________________.
My dream job would be_____________________________________________.
If I had extra money to donate to any philanthropic organization I would pick____________________________________________________________.
3 Things I would add to my bucket list__________________________________.
3 Movies I’ve always wanted to see but haven’t taken the time are____________.
If I had an entire day to myself I would spend it doing______________________.
If I had more time to workout I would do________________________________.
My Secret Destination Dream vacation would be__________________________.
Something purely fun I want to learn___________________________________.
I want to retire at age_______________________________________________.
If I wrote a book it would be titled______________________________________.
2 Projects I’ve put off for entirely too long_______________________________.
1 House Project that I would love to finish this year_________________________.
You get the idea here, right? Allow yourself to dream big. The goal of this exercise isn’t to necessarily see them ALL happen in 2017, but to realize or work on them this year. Is Paris your dream vacation? Start a savings account specifically for that purpose, play a French film with subtitles while eating a crescent to keep your dream alive. Have a nagging house project? Write down what it would take to accomplish that goal. For example, last year I wanted to get new carpet upstairs so long before that became a reality I started saving for the carpet, picked out the carpet and pad as well as got quotes for installation. Want to donate to a philanthropic organization but don’t have the money you would really like to donate? So what! They appreciate all donations. I donate $10/month to PCRM and this year my husband picked 4 different charities he wanted to support at $5/month each. Do something…not nothing.
And just as a side note…I do have on my promises list for something purely fun. My hubby and I are going to learn to pop wheelies on our mountain bikes! Yes!
After filling out your DREAMING BIG categories, it’s time to make them fun. Please tune in next Wednesday for the Reflections topic where I look at my goals that I started printing out in 2010 and how this year I changed them from stodgy to playful.
If this was helpful, please leave a comment below as I would love to hear from you!
Hello, Lemonaders! My name is Lauri Mackey and I created Lauri’s Lemonade Stand to help women over 40 either enhance who we already are or if needed, to start from scratch to re-create ourselves and figure out who we want to be when we grow up. To do this, we need inspiration from others who have gone before us or who are living that reality right now. Most of the positivity podcast is interview-based so that we can hear others stories of hope and empowerment. To hear from others who have hit rock bottom and found the only way to go was or is up. As Stephanie McKenzie stated in her podcast episode 017, we are here to help those who haven’t reached where we are yet and also look forward to those who have already been where we are now. Here is a good example of what I’m talking about:
During my very first interview, 001 Rebecca Rusch, who is a multi-world champion mountain biker, author, speaker and all around bad-ass that I admire discussed how more women were getting into mountain-biking, but that the the sport is mostly male-dominated. Basically, we ride with guys more than we do gals. We talked about how we can watch a guy take some technical section, make it look easy, but that we still may be reluctant or hesitant to try it ourselves. Then we get our gal friend, like Lindsey Voreis on episode 003 who is also an awesome mountain biker and teaches other women confidence throught this amazing sport take the same technical section and it gives us the courage and strength to try it ourselves. In other words, as women, we need each other!
We need each other to create courage, give each other strength, build each other up and create contagious energy to do and be better. To take our “sucking lemons” moments and turn them into sweet lemonade.
Some of the other podcasts, while still interview-based are just fun, like episode 012 where Irene Thomas teaches us how to Geocache or Jo Ellen Soesbee who is the Tool Box Tom Girl in episode 004 who will inspire you to pick up those tools and do it yourself before ever making a phone call to the handyman.
Another fun part of every episode are the Lemonade Moments I ask at the end of every interview to my guests. Because I am constantly putting them on the hot seat, I thought I should also have to answer these questions myself so here goes:
Question #1 – Name one activity you do every day without fail? Well, the obvious answer was brush and floss my teeth, but my official answer is reading my scriptures, writing in my journal and saying a prayer to do good that day. Question #2 – Favorite Guilty Pleasure Food? French Fries from Veggie Grill!! Not the kind you get at fast food joints, the thick, covered in fun seasoning kind of fries. I would say the runner up to that would be the banana chocolate peanut butter vegan soft-serve my dear hubby makes for me when I have a sweet tooth. Did I mention I was vegan? Question #3 – Biggest Pet Peeve? The buttons at crosswalks!! Seriously, do you ever see those people standing there hitting that button a thousand times until they get the light? It doesn’t matter if you push it once or a hundred times…the light is going to change at the same time. Somewhere along the line someone told someone else that the more times you push it the more people it thinks is standing there so it will change faster. Big lie! It doesn’t think at all, hello! It will change just as fast for the one as for the dozen. Yep…feel a little passionate about that one! Haha! Question #4 – Favorite Quote I’m loving right now. Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it well by Zig Ziglar. Hence this podcast! Or writing a blog, or learning a new skill on a bike. You have to start somewhere…the most important thing to do is to start!
Question #5 and the last one – What’s the biggest thing I’ve accomplished since turning 40. Graduating high school for sure! It was seriously one of the hardest things I did as an adult! You can check out episode 013 to get the full scoop but let me just say that it’s way harder as an adult to graduate than as a teenager. Tell your teenagers to stay in school!!
What are some of the other things I’ve accomplished since turning 40? After graduating high school, becoming a certified Starchivore, earning a certificate in plant-based nutrition through eCornell University, becoming a Certified health coach through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, establishing Lauri’s Lemonade Stand Blog/Podcast/Website/Facebook page, becoming an Inspirational Speaker with training from YSU and Lisa Nichols Motivating the Masses, earning my Young Women’s medallion through the Personal Progress program, racing mountain bikes and becoming a mountain bike coach to our local high school team. Seriously, ladies…if I can do it…anyone can!
What are my next goals? To write a book! I have been taking all sorts of courses and researching what it takes to write a book. How to publish traditionally or self-publish, what to write about that will make the most difference in helping other women accomplish their goals. Just to hold myself accountable, I’m setting a date to release a book by Christmas 2017. That gives me just over a year to get it written and sorted out. A noble goal and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!
Ladies, this positivity podcast for women was created out of love to offer support in your journey. Wherever you are, you are right where you are supposed to be. I’m betting that if you have 45 minutes per week to listen while you’re driving, working out, or just hanging at home you will feel the love and inspiration of these wonderful women. That you won’t feel so alone in your journey. That you will feel empowered to do and be whatever your little heart desires.
If you need daily doses of positivity – checkout my Facebook Page called Lauri’s Lemonade Stand.
And for the best lemonade recipe ever, check out my website at laurislemonadestand.com. If you subscribe to my email list and I sure hope you do, you will also get “Eddy’s 60 Days of Sunshine” pdf for FREE to help create positive, lemonade moments in the life of someone you love who may be feeling down.
Looking forward to sharing this podcast journey with you and wishing you all the best in whatever you are pursuing right now. I would love to hear from you so please, pretty please chime in in the rate and review of this podcast and subscribe because iTunes will make sure it gets out there to more women of our tribe and don’t forget to hit “like” on Facebook! Love to you all, My Lemonaders in Training! Enjoy the show and thank you for listening!
As I write this blog, I’ve realized how much I enjoy podcasting! Every week I Skype my mentor buddies, Elizabeth and Laurence and we talk about our life struggles, where our podcasts are and where we want them to go and encourage each other to do and be more. Each of us have different struggles on our journey which means that the solutions vary as much as the struggles themselves do.
I completely enjoy writing, but something about listening and connecting to someone in person over a podcast is so much more moving. I love the written word and can’t keep my nose out of a book, but I’ve decided to take my blog to random status. It will no longer be a weekly blog (unlike my podcast that comes out every single Monday without fail!), but to a “so inspired have to write this to everyone” status of randomness.
When I was interviewing Jo Ellen Soesbee last week for my podcast, she said something towards the end that I couldn’t stop thinking about. She was driving along and happened to notice that she could see the driver in front of her in his side-view mirror and she thought, “Does that mean that others can see me in my side-view mirror?”
Apparently, the gentleman in front of her did not look very happy. In fact, he looked downright grumpy by all accounts. That’s when Jo Ellen decided to practice smiling. She didn’t want people to think that she was grumpy!
This practice served her well when a client called and said, “I hired you because when I saw you in your truck, you were smiling.” Wow! Landing a job because you smiled while you were driving!
Jo Ellen has practiced smiling so much that on a recent girl’s weekend her friends accused her of even smiling in her sleep! Now that’s some serious smile practicing if you ask me. 🙂
I decided I would try it out and over this last week I’ve simply tried to smile while I was driving. Honestly, I felt pretty silly at first and if I knew someone was close enough to see me I acted as if I was listening to some funny comedian on the radio and laughed out loud!
While I am not perfect at this smiling while I’m driving thing, it has changed my attitude while I drive to be a little more polite and a little more understanding of others while they drive.
I will keep practicing, Jo Ellen! To hear more on Jo Ellen Soesbee come on over to the podcast, Lauri’s Lemonade Stand on iTunes by following this link: Lauri’s Lemonade Stand Positivity Podcast I bet you won’t be disappointed!