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Humor, compassion and candor led Marnie into the world of Love and Life Coaching for the Handel Group Life Coaching, where she is continually inspired by the importance of telling the truth, all the time. She’s a hilarious and accomplished TV comedy writer, partnering with Eva Longoria on Marnie’s original animated Hulu series “Mother Up.”
Marnie teaches us how to build our own muscle of personal integrity, to help us transform our relationships. Her Workshops and Circles are not for the faint of heart; she pushes us to start taking some responsibility for our sh*t. (Oh, and Marnie’s potty mouth has earned her an “R” rating; don’t say I didn’t warn!)
Having been married for more than 18 years, Marnie particularly enjoys working with wives, mothers and singles, because she is well-acquainted with the challenges they face and speaks b*#ch, martyr and chicken fluently. Marnie offers her clients the tools they need to author the lives they want, with wit, sincerity and her occasional truck-driver mouth. She lives in Pound Ridge, NY with her husband and two children.
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#InternationalWomensDay #makelemonade Brenda Davis Ed Mackey Irene Thomas Jane Birch Lauri's Lemonade Stand Linda Middlesworth Rachel Call Rhonda Waidmann Stephanie MacKenzie Susan Pierce ThompsonBy Lauri Mackey — 1 year agoInternational Women’s Day Part 2!At Lauri’s Lemonade Stand we Celebrate Women Every Day!
As I mentioned last week, I wanted to share with you the brave women who were guests this past year on my podcast. Last week, we celebrated the first ten and this week we celebrate episodes 11-20! There is a little blurb about each one below and the link to their individual podcast should you want to learn more. Have fun as I did learning from these amazing, incredible women and then tune in next week for episodes 21-30. Thank you for being a part of this movement to support and uplift other women!Ed Mackey – Ok, so I said women and then episode #011 is actually a man! My husband in fact. If you go to my website and sign up for my email list you get what I have lovingly dubbed “Eddy’s 60 Days of Sunshine” which is a download for you to use as a tool to help someone you know who is going through a hard time, mild depression, or general sadness. It is a way to use a network of family and friends and peers to support someone in their time of need. Listen to this episode to learn the why and how I came up with this idea in supporting my husband when I didn’t know what else to do.Irene Thomas – This is just a fun and uplifting episode #012 that teaches us how to Geocache! Have you tried geocaching yet? It is something you can do by yourself or with friends…on a trip across the world or the country or even in your own backyard. Try it, you’ll like it!Lauri Mackey – This is your 3-Step Guide to accomplishing your next goal with incredible passion! I share with you my journey to finishing high school after age 40 and the power that ignited in myself to do and be more…I felt like Wonder Woman and that I could do anything! It is part of the reason I started this podcast to help women over 40 in accomplishing whatever their little hearts desire. Listen, then use the tools to accomplish your next goal!Rhonda Waidmann – The respect you’ll find for Rhonda Waidmann lies at the other end of this podcast interview. Sometimes you think you know someone from the outside looking in, but then you delve deeper and find a hero. Heroes are found in everyday life and in everyday circumstances. Rhonda has endured much, but has also fought for much and is still fighting to help others to this day. Enjoy this down to earth interview and get inspired to create positive change with a smile in your neck of the woods!Rachel Call – Rachel Call cannot be shocked by anything she hears which means she is the least judgmental person I know. She would never admit it, but she is truly a gift to the hearts and spirits of those she touches in their lives. Embrace this powerful, passionate podcast and reach out to her if you would like to have her touch your life as she as touched mine. Don’t forget to check out the two books she recommends in Fearless Living by Rhonda Britten and Happiness is a Choice by Barry Neil Kaufman.Linda Middlesworth – is a force to be reckoned with. She will convince you to try a vegan diet with the utmost compassion and concern not only for the animals, but truly for you. She has seen the worst of what the Standard American Diet (SAD) can do to you having personally experienced it. She is 72 years old, voted Sexiest Vegan in the World by PETA in 2015, created V-Dog with her late husband, and teaches numerous fitness classes daily along with being a Food for Life Instructor through the PCRM. Remember I told you she was a force to be reckoned with? Check out this podcast and see what you can do to find your voice with purpose and passion!Stephanie MacKenzie – Female Entrepreneurs! You need to hear this interview! Stephanie MacKenzie’s interview was done while I was vacationing in Oregon! Love that I can take this business anywhere! While there is definitely a few glitches, you do not want to miss this incredible interview about taking your ideas and passions and turning them into income for you and your family. Stephanie is living proof that it can be done! Take the leap and join the movement!Brenda Davis, RD – went vegan when vegan wasn’t popular in society or in her field of practice. There was fear involved in remaining a registered dietitian, but because she overcame her fear she is now looked up to in her field winning awards, speaking, publishing books and creating change in the Marshall Islands, you can’t help but be caught up to action in your part of the world. Become part of the grass roots efforts to be kind to yourself, others, and animals in this inspiring episode!Jane Birch – Her book Discovering The Word of Wisdom has been an inspiration for my Facebook page called VeganMormon. More than that, and before that, she was simply an inspiration for me in following my journey of a Whole Food, Plant-Based nutrition lifestyle. in this episode we get down and dirty about our food practice, religious practice and our belief in God. Hold on tight as we, as two women, connect, consult, and embrace this way of life. Jane’s journey is amazing and brave, enjoy this amazing episode!Susan Pierce Thompson, PhD – Susan is a Warrior fighting for nothing short of world domination. Following her tribe in the Bright Line Eating community promises you three things: Happiness, Thinness, and Freedom. You are going to LOVE what she has to offer by way of being Happy, Thin, and Free, but you’re also going to just LOVE Susan. Nothing short of a miracle in surviving her own journey, she has lost 60 pounds (and kept it off for over 13 years!) and conquered drug addiction, and has a plan to share how she did it with the world. Join this journey!See you next week for episodes 21-30! Don’t forget to comment below and let me know your thoughts on the blog and who you would like to see on future podcast episodes!
By Lauri Mackey — 2 months ago
Wrenches in the Trenches are not your average, every day kind of hiccups in life. It’s when you’re on a streak of them that they become wrenches in the trenches. The last couple weeks of mine have been definite wrenches in the trenches and it’s not ready to stop just yet. I’m going to share some of this with you only as example, not to be hugely negative. (I promise to end on a positive note!)
My Wrenches This Last Week
My husband and I own a business and while I’ve stepped mostly away to build up Lauri’s Lemonade Stand, I’m still pretty involved. Nothing at that business happens at a convenient time. For example, let’s have our production manager quit without notice and then all of a sudden all of our clients need their orders yesterday. Then two days later your part-timer calls in sick and the day after that your other one does as well. Because this business pays ALL of our bills right now, that means that not only do my husband and I drop everything to keep it going, but my daughter as well. Talk about a family business! And it hasn’t stopped.
My daughter has finished high school, finished a vocational school and only has two mock state board finals to complete before graduating and then taking the state boards on April 3rd. She called the school admin and set up two dates, but that admin didn’t tell the other admin and her dates got taken. Even though we had set up everything with everyone to be there so now we are scrambling to get her a new model (thermolysis – permanent hair removal – have to bring your own model) on the only two dates they have left and one is the day before state boards meaning that if she doesn’t pass, can’t take state boards.
And then there’s the rain. I love rain! But not when it has the possibility of bringing flash floods to recent burn areas or cancels our mountain bike race for the weekend for our local high school mountain bike team and we are scrambling for practices or possible spin classes. That also means canceling hotels, changing plans, re-booking hotels for the next race, etc. I got most of my money back, but others refused a refund.
Last one…then there’s my dumb thyroid and the needle biopsy that hurt like the dickens and bruised my neck only to have the results come back inconclusive and being sent out for genetic testing that will take weeks to get those results. Not freaking out, but definitely a wrench psychologically to have to wait.
Combatting the Wrenches
When life throws more than little hiccups your direction and there seems to be a steady stream, those are your wrenches in the trenches moments. Here’s what I do to combat feeling despair during these crazy life wrenches:
- I do the best I can. I make a list and that list is filled with more stuff than I could ever accomplish in a day and I know it. I then write the numbers 1-3 of the things that are the most important and I start there. If I finish those three, I make another priority of the next 3. And then I let it go. Oh, I’ll get stressed, but I try to do my best and let the rest go.
- I find at least one thing to be grateful for daily. There is something in every day and I write mine in a 5-year journal I keep at my bedside every night. Focusing on something good, writing down, and then I get bonus points if I share it with my hubby cause talking about that good thing makes me happy.
- Look for the silver lining or the lesson learned. I truly believe that things happen for a reason. While our business is still struggling to get caught up, we are grateful to have hired a wonderful new production manager and am embracing the fact that we have lots of work to do which brings us monetary blessings like paying for our mortgage and eating. Kinda important things, right? My daughter was able to find a model for tomorrow and I firmly believe there’s a reason why her schedule got re-arranged. Maybe in finding the new model she’ll meet someone new. Maybe it will be good to do a mock final the day before her state boards so it will be fresh in her memory. I can’t always immediately see the blessing, but I’m on the look out for it! And the rain with the races? Turns out I only lost $6.84 cents for my hotel. I won’t be attending the re-scheduled race because my oldest daughter and my two grandbabies are coming for a visit and that fact alone will save me 6 hours of driving. That’s a blessing! I’m praying that we will not have flash floods, but I am grateful for the much-needed rain in California.
- Last, but certainly not least. If all else fails, give up. Oh, I don’t mean permanently, but sometimes you need to just set everything aside, grab your favorite food and chick flick and zone out. Those problems aren’t going anywhere. Tell them all to take a time-out, re-group yourself and come at it fresh tomorrow.
Wrenches in the Trenches are inevitable, but they do pass. If you’re in one now, I feel ya. The struggle is real. Take heart, this too shall pass.
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By Lauri Mackey — 2 years agoLauri’s Lemonade Stand 2017
I am famous for goal-setting each new year. I write them down, I print them up, they are posted on my bulletin board and dutifully checked off with a sharpie the moment they are done. Now before you start thinking I’m perfect, I don’t always reach all of my goals, but feel that writing them down, posting them and checking things off means they are much more likely to get done than not.
As Lauri’s Lemonade Stand evolves and I am constantly in a learning mode…I have decided to be a perpetual student for the rest of my life…I realized this morning that I had very specific goals around the Lemonade Stand for 2017.
Because sending it out into the universe via this blog is a public commitment (it includes writing it down and posting it for the world to see) I figured it would have a better chance of actually happening! There is also the need for your help in all of it so here goes:
1) I would like to publish my first book by Christmas of 2017.
2) I would like my podcast to reach 5000 downloads per episode and have sponsors for each show.
3) I need to give 10 FREE speeches in 2017 so that I take on the challenge from Whitney Johnson on my podcast episode #025 and be able to report back to her on her podcast, Disrupt Yourself once I’m done.
These seem HUGE to me!
What will I do to accomplish my goals?
1) The Book. I have an outline started thanx to Lisa Nichols Speak and Write to Make Millions conference in Atlanta Georgia that helped me finally get an outline. I also have an accountability partner in Stephenie Zamora (LLS Podcast Episode #024) who has a book due out in Summer 2017 so we are keeping in contact every Wednesday to check out progress.
2) The Podcast. Consistency is key here. I will publish a new amazing episode every Monday morning even through the holidays. I will lean on my accountability partners, Elizabeth Johnston of Own Your Creativity and Hilary Hendershott of Profit Boss Radio during our weekly accountability calls on Tuesdays. I will utilize Podcasters Paradise to learn more about gathering sponsors for my show to keep the momentum going. I will talk about the podcast at every turn and at all of my speaking engagements.
3) The Speech. My speech is ready and prepared with my demo video on my website. I will compose a short paragraph to send out into the world to anyone I know to book my 10 FREE gigs in 2017 and will video each one so that I can better serve the women in my audience by practicing my craft. I will listen to the needs of others so that I can better serve my tribe. I will start locally within church organizations and the local libraries.
What can you do to help?
1) The Book. Buy it once it’s out! Haha!
2) The Podcast. Subscribe to Lauri’s Lemonade Stand a Positivity Podcast for Women. Download episodes that interest you and share the podcast with others. Rate & Review the Podcast on iTunes…It is an excellent way for me to receive feedback and to the podcast out to more women.
3) The Speech. Do you know a group of women that I could talk to for FREE during 2017? Not all of my events will be free, but 10 will be! Wouldn’t it be great to get one of the FREE speeches? It could be a church organization of women, a women’s conference, a local chapter or group of women…you name it! I just need to reach my goal so that I can report back to Whitney and have some absolute FUN with it! (Plus, it’s really a good speech…although I am a bit biased) If you get me in I will commit to sending you a copy of my first book for FREE once it’s out.
And there it is. The next steps for Lauri’s Lemonade Stand. The world can read it…and I’m committed to it. Can’t wait to meet you in person at our next event and thank you for not only reading the blog, but commenting. I love to hear from you and hope to serve you more!