Are you ready for a change?

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On the 24th day of 2019 and just days before my birthday I’m thinking about where I am on my path. After a few years filled with some major life changes and challenges I find myself in a place I didn’t plan on. A place I’m certain is exactly where I’m supposed to be filled with all sorts of opportunity for personal and professional growth and so many chances for travel and adventure. I couldn’t be happier! 🙂

I’m where I am because I was open to a very clear message I received in the Cleveland airport. The women in line in front of me was telling the agent behind the counter where she was traveling. When she said Reno I was shocked! She was going to Reno where my son had recently moved and I was simply going home to Denver. Over the next hour or so while I was waiting for my flight to board I was hit with some sadness along with complete clarity! I was going to work in the airline industry so I could visit my son often and have the opportunity to travel, adventure, and hike all over the world which I had a deep desire to do. The idea of working in the airline industry came as a big surprise to me; although, with the changes I had been experiencing in my life I was open and very ready for something new. The perfect timing of this very clear message couldn’t have been mistaken. Really! What were the chances of the women in front of me going to Reno?!

Over the next few months I talked to a few people, did some research, and filled out a few applications. The process was longer than I thought it would be. Nearly a year later I received the call I had been waiting for and very happily accepted a job with Southwest Airlines as a Customer Service Agent. A truly incredible company and family that I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of.

So far I’ve traveled to Dallas, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, and of course the Reno area multiple times. I can’t wait for future travels, adventures, and hikes all over the world!

Are you ready for a change? Open to the message? And then ready to take action?

I look forward to staying connected, Laura Li Lifestyle

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It’s Your Year!

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As I flew into Denver the first day of the new year was ending. It was one of those long landings where the plane seemed to take its time gliding over the land below, the lights of the city were shining brightly, and inside the plane passengers were quiet. I enjoyed sleep most of the flight and the chance to reflect on my first day of the new year full of travel and adventure.

The day started with an early morning alarm, drive to the airport, and boarding a flight to Reno to spend the day with family. Shortly after arriving I was presented with the plan for the day which included indoor rock climbing. Even though I have a fear of heights I said I thought that was a good idea because I wanted to try new things and have new adventures. Facing my fear felt like the right way to start the year. And the feeling of accomplishment when I reached the top of the wall was worth it!! 🙂

Next was a sushi lunch which included trying some new foods. Then to the airport to catch a flight back to Denver. At the airport I learned my flight to Denver was full and I’d have to travel through San Jose, California to reach Denver. I responded to the change in plans with a sense of adventure since I’ve never been to San Jose.

How did you start your new year? And what do you want to include in your new year?

I encourage you to start your year by being intentional about what you’d like to include in it. And ask yourself what you want your lifestyle to look like? Remember you can start any day you want. And restart any day too. It’s Your Year and chance to create your best lifestyle!

Until next time, Laura Li Lifestyle

 

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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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