Water Lilies & More…

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the absolutely beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens on a perfect summer day and made a video of my favorite sites. I especially love the images of the water lilies with the clouds reflecting in the water and the variety of vibrant colored flowers.

Nature makes me so happy and is truly inspiring! And let’s face it, we need all the inspiration we can get these days. Enjoy my video and all the best to you in some challenging times.

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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August

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It’s the last day of August and I’m spending some time reflecting on the past month and my continued experience during the pandemic. I wrote a blog about my pandemic experience so far at the beginning of August. I share my experience in an effort to support, encourage and inspire. Check it out HERE.

August started out with a call I didn’t expect. I work in the airline industry and was already taking time off from my loved position as a Customer Service Agent. I had volunteered to take a longer period of time off, mainly in an effort to help preserve jobs. I considered the ups and downs I had experienced so far during the pandemic and reviewed all my options, believing that if I got the call I would say yes, and then find a part-time job to make it work financially. Following my intuition has always worked well for me. That’s not to say I didn’t have some (a lot at times!) stress and anxiety over-thinking my options, but continued to bring my mind back to following my intuition and accepted the additional time off.

Over the past few weeks, and especially the past few days as I’ve scrolled down my Facebook feed and checked work emails, I’ve seen numerous pictures, videos and messages of grateful good-byes from those retiring and optimistic see-you-laters from those taking an extended period of time off. The number of heartfelt messages has been somewhat difficult and emotional to see, with thousands company-wide making a transition that officially starts tomorrow. The current environment is causing many of us to make decisions and changes we wouldn’t have thought necessary, or thought about at all at the beginning of the year. These decisions leading to change and transition come with weighing countless pros and cons. They require much thought and are rarely easy. Pushing us to utilize and dig deep into our skills of patience, perseverance and resilience.

To everyone in my Southwest Airlines family who has made the decision to retire early or take an extended period of time off – and to those who will continue to work on the front-line every day to keep our beloved airline running well, I wish each and every one of you all the best! I’ve missed seeing many of you on a regular basis and look forward to being back at work when air travel is busier. I am incredibly thankful and proud to be a part of such an amazing family that is genuinely supportive and loving! ❤️💙💛

To everyone who’s taking steps towards what’s next on their path, I encourage you to practice self care along the way. The above picture is a path I recently hiked and represents me practicing self care and perseverance in the midst of change and transition on my path. Nature offers me endless inspiration!

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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The Beach

I’m sharing three of my favorite beach pictures in honor of National Beach Day – 8/30/20.

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The beach is one of my absolute favorite places to spend time – walking, relaxing and practicing self care. This is one of my favorite beach pictures from San Diego, CA in March 2019. If you know me well, you know why I love this picture – the thick coat of bright green moss covering the rocks! 💚

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I took this picture in the summer of 1989 on The Algarve – the southern coast of Portugal. It was absolutely beautiful! I can still remember standing on the beach, looking at the ocean view, and thinking to myself that I’d be back someday. I look forward to someday being soon! 💛
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Enjoying a nice dinner under a covered patio while watching the sunset in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – May 2019. ❤️
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Dear Today

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Dear Today,
I had such a great time visiting places I hadn’t been in years and showing them to a friend.👭 We walked up (and down) a lot of steps, 🏃🏻‍♀️hiked a few miles, ate lunch in the shade, stood on the 💚grass💚 with bare feet to ground ourselves, and ended the day at Sonic for cold drinks and tater tots.😋 All while getting caught up and having good quality conversations!❤️😎
P.S. Yesterday, you know I needed this. And Tomorrow… you have A LOT to live up too! SO thankful!🙏
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Why Journal

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Let’s have a conversation about journaling and why I’ve mentioned it and promoted it many times. Watch my Why Journal YouTube video HERE.

In February of 2020, I am very proud to say that I published my Journal – Self Care Conversations On The Path, a tool to support you as you create your best lifestyle focused on self care. The Journal includes twenty-two Self Care Conversations and journal prompts, which I believe is a big part of why the Journal offers value.

My definition of Journaling is: To journal is the process and practice of writing down your thoughts, feelings and ideas. This includes goals and dreams and the actions steps needed to reach them.

The main experience and benefits I’ve received from journaling are:

The process of journaling has supported me in thinking and working through my thoughts, feelings and ideas on countless occasions. Especially in the last few years when I’ve experienced a lot of changes and life transitions.

The process of journaling has helped cement and commit me to the next steps and necessary actions to reach desired results, goals and dreams.

Journaling has proven to be a very valuable and powerful practice for me! 🙂

Check out my YouTube review of The Journal HERE.

Purchase The Journal – Self Care Conversations On The Path HERE.

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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Are you ready?!

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Are you ready to change the channel?… Ready to watch videos that almost didn’t get posted?… Watch me choose progress over perfection?!…💥✨
Join me on my YouTube channel – Laura Li Lifestyle for self care inspiration. I look forward to seeing you for conversations worth having!😊💛

I am a successful entrepreneur who believes in the power of honest sharing and being authentic to provide a deeper connection to myself and others for learning, growing and healing. My background and past experiences have provided plenty of opportunities from which I can offer valuable guidance, support, encouragement and inspiration – fulfilling my mission of making a positive impact in the world.

I am the creator of Self Care Conversations by Laura Li Lifestyle, a unique support group offering opportunities for intentional focus on self care topics and practices specifically designed for people looking for, or lost in change and transition. Many times the next steps to reach our desired result, goal or dream become clear by having what I call – self care conversations.

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I’ve Had Many Ups & Downs!

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been led to share my pandemic experience so far, and somewhat resisted. Mainly because some of it feels pretty raw and very vulnerable. So, why share?… Because I believe it’s important as we’re all currently experiencing challenges. And if I can possibly offer some support or encouragement, it’s worth taking the time to combine the thoughts and feelings I’ve experienced and journaled about – documenting them here, in a very transparent and vulnerable way.

March started out with a move to a new apartment. At work, it was the beginning of spring break and busy – there were a lot of passengers going through the airport. Within days busy became busier, and a bit chaotic, as resorts and colleges started to close down due to COVID-19. Passengers were scrambling to get home earlier than expected. Then, within a matter of days, busier turned into incredibly slow with very few passengers in the airport. It was shocking and left me feeling incredibly anxious, stressed and sad. At the same time, I was doing everything possible to create a sense of comfort and safety in my new home. My end of March blog talks more about what that meant to me. In summary, March felt like the longest month ever, filled with completely unexpected challenges!

April was met with many of the same emotions I felt in March. The shock of all that was going on put me in survival mode, which meant doing what needed to be done. While at the same time, being flexible to necessary adjustments on a daily basis. The days flowed from one to the next and they all seemed to include a new directive at the city and state levels. There was a lot of uncertainty in every aspect of life! I was given the chance to take a leave from my job in the airline industry and decided to take it. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I felt the best one under the current circumstances.

May went by very fast and I was mostly content staying at or close to home. I spent most of my time alone, resting and reflecting – all of which felt completely okay after everything that happened in March and April. .

June was an entirely different story. Time seemed to stand still and the contentment I felt in May was gone. All I wanted to do was get away from home! I missed the ability to easily travel and visit family. I missed the regular schedule, routine and structure I had with work – experiencing highs and lows (mostly lows) with my mood and energy. I had some hard days – sleeping a lot and feeling a deep scene of sadness, isolation, and depression.

July was the month that I was able to relax into the reality of the current circumstances of the pandemic being a part of everyday life. I was again content to stay at or close to home and moved into enjoying life more.

To sum-up my pandemic experience so far, I’ve had many ups and downs! During which, I’ve done my best to practice self care in every way possible! The absolute best thing I’ve done to practice self care during the pandemic, and the thing that has made the biggest impact in my overall well-being, has been getting outside in nature to walk and hike with friends. The connection to nature and supportive friends has been extremely helpful to me during a very challenging time.

I believe we all have a new perspective and appreciation for self care and what’s necessary for us, our families and community, after living through the pandemic so far.  And continually learning that we can only be our best for our family and community when we’re first being our best for ourselves. We are also continuing to learn what is really important in our lives – what’s necessary, and what’s not. Learning that a slower pace with less is okay and allows for more self care.

What has really kept me moving forward each day – taking one step at a time, is knowing the incredible opportunity I have – we all have – to intentionally create a new and better normal for ourselves, our families and communities. Including new schedules, routines and structures to frame our day, week and life. The above picture from a recent hike perfectly sums up – taking one step at a time. The path was there, even though it wasn’t at all clear. And I knew, that in order to continue moving forward, I would have to take one step at a time. This is what we all need to do now – take one step at at time even though the path isn’t clear.

I look forward to staying connected and continuing to have conversations based on creating your best lifestyle focused on self care – conversations worth having!

Join the conversation by commenting with a few words about your pandemic experience so far. What have been your biggest challenges and gifts?

My recently published Journal is a tool to support you creating your best lifestyle. And is especially timely with the pandemic. You can see a description and purchase it on Amazon. I also recently posted a review of each of the sections on my YouTube Channel.

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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One Step At A Time…

It is almost August and we are still very much dealing with a world-wide pandemic on a daily basis. Still wearing face masks in public, still on hold to make certain plans, and still in the middle of very uncertain times! Do you have days where you feel sad, lost and stuck – with emotions all over the place?! You are NOT alone. Take a deep breath, hang in there and connect for support. Comment and let me know how I can support you. We will get through this together. One step at a time…💚

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NOT An Easy Accomplishment!

Recently I posted on Facebook and Instagram that so far during the pandemic I have uploaded fifteen videos to my YouTube channel – Laura Li Lifestyle. I’ve accomplished my first goal for the channel, which I created over three years ago, and only recently had a clear vision of what to share that I felt would be of value to others.

It is important to mention that this was NOT an easy accomplishment! I have experienced some ups and downs (mostly downs) during the pandemic, which I am currently being lead to share, so more on that soon. I really had to push myself at times to focus on being positive, and continue taking steps towards my goal, which gave me much needed purpose on a daily basis. Overcoming many obstacles in the process! Which is basically a theme in my life and something I’ve had a lot of experience in.

If you’re having a hard time being positive, I encourage you to give yourself a goal. A goal that will motivate you and give you daily purpose.😊

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.

Dear Yesterday,

I enjoyed the unexpected moments and felt happiness. Thank you.

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Dear Today,

I thought you’d feel different. Instead of being disappointed, I’m going to choose to enjoy what is. That’s all.

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Dear Tomorrow,

I am hopeful that you will offer me some peace in times of such uncertainty.

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Over the past few months I’ve struggled with stress and anxiety over the uncertainly of  the present and future. I posted these quick thoughts separately on Instagram and Facebook. Today I’m combining them and plan to continue sharing my thoughts as a way to support and encourage others.

Today, in a time of uncertainty, I am sending love to all.❤️

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

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