New adventures!

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I recently started a new adventure and career with Southwest Airlines. I’m currently training to be a Customer Service Agent and beyond excited for all the opportunities in front of me. 🙂

Starting a new adventure, experiencing any kind of change, or life transition can be exciting, fulfilling, overwhelming, demanding, and exhausting. It’s hard work learning new systems, tools, and job responsibilities you’ll be following on a daily basis. Along with meeting numerous new people.

What kind of change, life transition, or new adventure are you about to start? Or in the midst of?…

I’d like to encourage you to be kind to yourself in the process and practice some self care. What has worked best for me over the past few weeks is focusing on my new adventure without planning or committing to much else. I’ve also been eating well, exercising, and allowing time for relaxing and sleep. All giving me the energy and focus I need to be my best.

I look forward to sharing my journey of creating my best lifestyle through focusing on self care. And in the process encouraging, inspiring, and supporting you on your journey. Thank you for joining me here today.

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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Yay me!

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In the midst of another big life change I made time for self care over the past week that has me feeling rested, organized, prepared, and very ready for all the wonderfulness that’s part of my next adventure. Yay me! 🙂

At the beginning of July I found out something I had been working towards for awhile was going to happen. A new career in a new industry leading to all new opportunities for sure! To say I’m very excited doesn’t seem to even cover the feelings I have about what’s next. I AM BEYOND EXCITED for the numerous chances I will have to make a positive impact in others lives through offering the best customer service possible!

Over the past almost 10 months I’ve had the chance to work with an amazing and supportive group of people. Learning many new skill sets and growing both personally and professionally. After almost 20 years of being self employed I’m very thankful for all of what being part of this work family and experience offered me.

The opportunity to have a week in between jobs came up and I knew that would be a good idea for me. I’ve spent the past week sleeping in and relaxing, getting outside in nature to walk, connecting with a few people, getting a haircut and massage, preparing for my new job, and writing my first blog in months. This is it! It’s amazing how my new adventure has brought some needed clarity to my life.

Are you in the midst a life change of any size? Would spending some time focused on self care be helpful for you? What would it look like? What could it feel like? I encourage you to pay attention to what you need and make it happen because in my experience you will be your best for everyone and everything when you are taking care of yourself.

I look forward to sharing my journey of creating my best lifestyle through focusing on self care. And in the process encouraging, inspiring, and supporting you on your journey. Thank you for joining me here today.

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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Today at the register

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This is what happened today at the register…

I work at a natural grocery store as a cashier. The story I’ll share with you happened just as the store opened today. The computer was running slow and I had a customer having a hard time getting her credit card to go through. She kindly decided to put her items aside and get cash from the ATM in the store to pay letting the customer behind her go ahead. There were 2 other customers in line at this point. I then helped the customer that the customer having credit card issues let go in front of them. By the time I had finished helping that customer the customer with the credit card issues had cash and was ready to pay, but had walked to the end of the line. I had a decision to make and made it quickly to wave them up to the front because they were originally first in line. Why should they have to wait in line again?! This decision did not make the customer who would have been next happy at all and they made sure I knew that. I nicely said I was one person doing the best I could. The customer with the credit card issues came to my defense repeating, she’s doing the best she can. The frustrated customer then advised me to stop the chit chat and hurry up! I proceeded to check out the customer with the credit card issues, paying with cash now, and then rang up the frustrated customer telling them I was sorry for the inconvenience and to have a nice day. I really do hope they had a nice day. After the frustrated customer walked away I started helping the next customers in line who both agreed I handled the situation well and they were surprised how calm I seemed.

The purpose in sharing what happened today at the register is to remind everyone, including myself when I might be rushed because I didn’t leave time for waiting in a line, that being frustrated or calm is a choice and makes a difference in your day and others.

I continue to be amazed the power a simple smile and hello can have on people at the register. And I’ll believe that action of customer service, along with my brief chit chat, has the power to make a positive impact on the customers in front of me along with all the other people that customer interacts with during their day.

I encourage you to experiment with a simple smile and hello with the people you come in contact with today and see the positive impact you can make! 🙂

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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More Presence & Less Presents

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What would your holiday season look like and feel like with more presence and less presents?

Over the years my family has moved away from presents (buying and exchanging gifts) to presence (enjoying the time we have together). What that looks like to us is more quality time together with less distractions. And what it feels like is more relaxing and peaceful.

This is a lifestyle choice coming from someone who owned a clothing and accessory boutique for almost 20 years. And who was very thankful for the many customers who bought gifts from me. All too often though I’d see the stress and feel the pressure they were experiencing from buying off a list of family, friends, and co-works. Buying gifts more from a place of obligation than from the heart.

This is a lifestyle choice coming from someone who participated in buying gifts for many holiday seasons for family, friends, and co-workers.

This is a lifestyle choice coming from someone who has received countless nice and very thoughtful gifts from others over the years. Some I still enjoy and use often. Many I didn’t need and they’re now on a shelf in a closet. Maybe I’ll have the opportunity to re-gift them to the right person at the right time in the future if I ever decide to say yes to a holiday gift exchange again.

This is a lifestyle choice that can be misunderstood as not caring by being uninterested in attending and participating in gift exchanges with family, friends, and co-workers.

This is a lifestyle choice that brings with it more time, energy, peace, presence, and money. Money to spend on the necessary for myself, my family, and others in need. This holiday season I’m looking forward to quality time with family and friends, good food, and getting outside in nature for a long hike. 🙂

What choices will you make to create your best lifestyle?

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle I’m focused on self care while creating my best lifestyle. Thank you for joining me here.

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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What are you doing to create your best lifestyle?

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This happened a few months ago. And what’s interesting about it is that many times over the last few years, as I lived my life being the owner and managing all the day-to-day operations of a clothing and accessory boutique, I regularly shopped at Natural Grocers. A store I loved shopping at with good energy and a great selection of healthy foods and numerous other products. I would think, in a dreamy way, what would it be like to have a job there where I simply worked for a certain amount of time and then went home. Went home with none of the normal owner issues of endless thoughts and worries, sleepless nights, and always having additional work to accomplish.

So… After closing my boutique last year, taking some much needed time off, creating a new lifestyle and business, working at Natural Grocers is now part of me creating my best lifestyle while building my lifestyle business and providing consistent income for day-to-day expenses. I’m also learning more about eating and preparing healthy foods, natural ways of healing, the grocery business, and many new skill sets associated with all. I’ve also created an opportunity to connect with and develop relationships with an entirely new community of people.

Keeping my dreamy way of thinking in mind… What is it like having a job where I work a certain amount of time and then go home? It’s wonderful! It has also been fun meeting new people (employees, store support, and customers). A learning curve of new products, procedures, and policies. The job has also felt physically and mentally energizing as well as exhausting depending on the task I’m performing. One part I’ve most enjoyed is getting praise from management acknowledging a job well done or a new idea offered. Although I acknowledged many accomplishments working for myself over 18 plus years, I’ll admit there was a lot more talk about accomplishing more better and faster. All things considered, my job at Natural Grocers is a wonderful opportunity for learning and growing.

What are you doing to create your best lifestyle?

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle I’m focused on self care while creating my best lifestyle. Thank you for joining me here. 🙂

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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Saying Goodbye Process

goodbyeOver the past year I’ve said many goodbyes. Some have been easy while others have been more challenging. Saying goodbye to a home and community of 23 years, a business of 18 years, and recently saying goodbye to my son who moved out of state. I’ll label all a normal part of life and add they were all chosen and planned. That said, they were naturally accompanied by feelings of sadness and loss as well as freedom and excitement.

When my son recently moved out of state I learned a few things I’d like to share. Maybe they could be helpful in your saying goodbye process. Whether chosen and planned or not. I became clear on what I wanted and asked for it. For me it was having some family time and one-on-one time with him before he left. I also learned the most effective words to communicate what I wanted. When I offered to help, which was simply my way of feeling a part of the process verses saying I thought he needed help, it was met with I don’t need help. I’ve seen and see him as a very capable and independent person who can take care of what needs to be done. Asking for help and support when needed and being appreciative of it too. I’m very proud of all he’s accomplished, the incredible person he is, and the many exciting life adventures ahead of him! I ended up asking, how can I be part of your day (his last day in town). With those words I was successful in spending priceless time with him which was extremely helpful in my saying goodbye process. 

All goodbyes are a change from the way things were to a new way. Many times a better way. Still change can be challenging and initially met with some degree of resistance. It really is amazing to me how life is filled with daily opportunities for a self care conversation. 🙂

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle I’m focused on self care while creating my best lifestyle. Thanks for saying yes and joining me here.

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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Where are you on your life path?

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I found myself on the path of a trail in nature I hadn’t been on for about 6 months. And like before I was reminded how many similarities there are to the path on the trail in nature and the path of life. And how nature automatically provides for me. Connecting me with the universal energy and all that God has created (that makes me so happy!). Bringing my mind to the present moment. And providing movement which takes care of physical fitness, endurance, and strength.

The path can be filled with fun exciting adventures. As well as challenging difficulties leading to exhaustion. Including happiness, triumphs, and successes. As well as adversity, disappointments, and obstacles. There have been many times in my life where I’ve only seen more difficulties and the possibility of obstacles.

Sometimes when I’m on the path of life, like this path on a trail in nature, I have a hard time seeing my next steps and it’s unclear the direction I should take. Whether I’m reaching for a particular goal or attempting to simply accomplish a daily task. As you can see in the featured picture of me it’s difficult to see the path that’s right behind me!

Notice above I used the word successes, but not failures. I don’t like the word failure and think it has too many bad connections. I prefer to say that whatever happened simply didn’t work the way I expected or needed it to. So… I constantly evaluate, tweak, and take action on new ideas on the path of life. Similar to taking steps on the path in nature. I’ve reinvented myself, the way I do business, and the action steps I take in numerous situations countless times in my life creating a lifestyle that works for me.

Where are you on your life path? Are you seeing more fun exciting adventures or challenging difficulties leading to exhaustion? I encourage you to get out on the path of a trail in nature to see what nature provides for you on the path of your life.

My name is Laura Li. Through my business and personal brand Laura Li Lifestyle I’m focused on self care and self love while creating my best lifestyle. Thanks for saying yes and joining me here. 🙂

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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