Achieving greatness requires planting seeds of greatness in your mind. Evolving from ordinary to extraordinary, broke to baller, or ho-hum and mediocre to successful high-performer necessitates practicing a basic and fundamental life principle that says, "success starts in the mind." If regardless of current circumstance, you believe your talents, skills, and creativity support your vision to make your dream a reality, then the LaurieTalks podcast is for you.
Mourning Mother | EP 22
I built a webpage for mother at: www.laurietalks.com/adelejohnsonMy mother recently passed away from natural causes. She was surrounded by her children. My mom was dedicated to the performing arts, to fitness, holding down life like a boss, stretching dollars…all while being a single mom. She also owned a dance studio.Gratitude works. Resting in gratitude is what has kept me going through life’s tough times, times like this. Let us be grateful for the “small” obvious things – that you can breathe, that you can move your body, that you know where your next meal is coming from…Gratitude is what keeps us in the present moment. And believing is what makes dreams come true.Believe in gratitude and you’ll do more than just get through the tough times.I'm grateful to you. Talk soon. Love, LaurieTalksMother's page: www.laurietalks.com/adelejohnson
3 Practices for Self-Love | EP 21
SELF-LOVE IS AN ONGOING PRACTICEThis has been a tough season for a lot of people, including me. There's Covid-19, racial tensions, and I’ve got family tensions I’m dealing with too. What you’ll hear is a bit of a self-pep talk. I reminisce about other tough times I’ve been through and how I got myself through to the other side by practicing self-love. Key word? Practice. Like many aspects of life, self-love requires practice, which if you’re a dancer, is something you know how to do extremely well. Improving in dance and in real life share some parallels.
New Priorities, New Balance | EP 20
Have you ever had someone speak hard words of truth to you? Once upon a time I got a tongue lashing from my mom after telling her the truth. Why? Because the truth was an ugly truth. I was settling for less than what she and I knew I was capable of. That tongue lashing sent me into some deep soul-searching. It was painful at the time, but not as painful as continuing on the path I was on. Good day.
Speaking Up about Racism with Kim Gingras | EP 19
Kim has toured with Beyoncé and was taught by black dance instructors. What’s beautiful, though, is that she wants to do something more to help end racism. She’s been speaking out on social media, reminding us all what matters most. Kim and I agree that there’s a lot to be optimistic about. People are taking a stand, and those that don’t know how to stand are asking, “What can I do?” The youth of today are tuned in, and they place a higher value on equality than we’ve seen in generations past. So, take heart! Weeping lasts for a season but joy will follow. And in the end, Love will win out. Love, Laurie
Positively Angry, A Conversation with My Sister, Lisa | EP 018
I was feeling numb. I headed to my desk to record a podcast. My sister called. During this 20-min conversation she continued to chop ingredients for her salad. We TALK:- Protesting- Tap dance shoes- Money destroying passion- Cursing on a podcast- The benefits of using a wooden cutting board while recording a podcast, and- The devil in print: the officer with his knee on the neck of George FloydAdele - motherKevin - brotherLousie – sisterRege’ – LaurieTalks
Building Your Dance Career Dream with Jeff Amsden | EP 017
Jeff believes that everyone has a dream and that each of us has a responsibility to protect and nurture that dream. His it’s-up-to-you attitude is raw and empowering. His message is one of discipline, hard work, creating your own luck, and bringing positive energy to all that you do. Even if it’s only cleaning the toilet.