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Stories of midlife transformations that will inspire you to make positive changes in your life

The Not Your Average Lives Podcast Laurie Wright

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Stories of midlife transformations that will inspire you to make positive changes in your life

    A Mom’s Unexpected Journey Through The Cicada Cycles, with Anna Whiston-Donaldson

    A Mom’s Unexpected Journey Through The Cicada Cycles, with Anna Whiston-Donaldson

    EP161: Anna Whiston-Donaldson is a popular author and speaker whose New York Times bestselling book, Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love chronicles the raw, early grief of losing her 12 year old son in a freak accident. Selected one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014, Rare Bird resonates with readers looking for hope in impossible circumstances. 


    She also has a children’s book, A Hug from Heaven, that speaks to grieving children from the point of view of a loved one who died. Anna has been featured in The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s Day, Time Magazine, and other publications both print and online. She lives with her family in the Virginia suburbs, has a blog titled “An Inch of Gray,” and is launching a podcast late 2021.


     


    In this episode, we talked about:


    The crazy parallels between her life and mine, in 17 year intervals (aka cicada time), our kids traversed the same experiences.

    How she channeled her grief about losing her son into writing her first book ‘Rare bird’

    The reality and feelings that come with child loss and the sudden change to the happy life you had

    Common misconceptions about grief

    Adjusting to another unexpected life turn by finding herself pregnant at 46


    Anna’s journey moved her from abject grief to helping others heal through her writing, then getting a surprise second chance at parenting with an unplanned pregnancy at age 46. She hopes to inspire people, through sharing her story, to embrace the life you have versus the life you thought you’d have.


     


    CLICK HERE to read the article that compelled me to reach out to her for this interview. (Warning! Get out a tissue!!!)


     


    Click on any of the links below to learn more about Anna and connect with her:


    Website: annawhistondonaldson.com


    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annawhistondonaldson/ 


    FB: http://facebook.com/aninchofgray 


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aninchofgray?lang=en


     


    If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:


    Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com  


    Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright  


    Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma  


    Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma   


     


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    • 47 min
    [Activating Abundance #29] With the Fall Season

    [Activating Abundance #29] With the Fall Season

    EP160: In today's episode I share the 9 things I love most about Fall and why it's my favorite time of year. I don't know about you but during the Fall season, abundance comes so much more easily to me!!! 


    And excuse the side stories but some of my favorite things about Fall come from childhood memories and traditions. You'll definitely learn more about me in this episode!


    Listen in and send me a message on social media (links below) to let me know which of the 9 makes you feel most abundant.


    If you like this podcast but haven't yet given us a 5-star rating or a review, please do! It will help increase the visibility of this podcast so that others will see it!!! #activatingabundance #notyouraveragelivespodcast


    If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:


    Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma


     


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    • 31 min
    Looking For A Last First Date with Sandy Weiner

    Looking For A Last First Date with Sandy Weiner

    EP159: Listen in to my conversation with Sandy Weiner, the founder of Last First Date and The Woman of Value. Sandy is an internationally known TEDx speaker, dating and relationship coach, women's empowerment coach, author, and podcast host who has had a varied career from artist to comedy writer/manager and now relationship coach.


    Sandy is a perfect dating coach because she is still in the thick of the dating world herself. lIn fact, she openly shares a couple of recent experiences and I appreciated her honesty, coming from a very real place.


     


    In this interview, we talked about:


    her challenging pregnancy and all the difficult decisions she had to make

    abortion and the stigma that comes with it

    gaining personal freedom after her divorce, which led to her taking action to accomplish her own dreams

    her biggest dating tips


    Sandy was such a great guest and after listening to this episode, I’m sure you’ll be  inspired in some way whether or not you are in search of a mate.. But if you are in that searching place, her hope is that you step into your values to find your best partner and have the courage to love at any age because it is never too late!


     


    Click on any of the links below to learn more about Sandy  and connect with her:


    Website: http://lastfirstdate.com/ 


    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yourlastfirstdate/ 


    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lastfirstdate1/ 


     


    If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:


    Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com 


    Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright 


    Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma 


    Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma 


     


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    • 52 min
    [Activating Abundance #28] By De-stressing

    [Activating Abundance #28] By De-stressing

    EP158: Today's episode was inspired by the October 9th excerpt from the "Simple Abundance" book called "Coping with Stress" because it caused me to be aware that I've been feeling a bit stressed lately. And going back through the list today really helped me.


    The 47 de-stressing suggestions I share are listed below, with the ones that personally resonated to me marked with an asterisk. I suggest you pull out the ones that resonate with you to help you de-stress in times of need.


    Cultivate gratitude.

    Turn your phone off.

    Carve out an hour a day for solitude.*

    Begin and end the day with prayer, reflection, or silence.

    Keep it simple.

    Keep your house picked up.

    Don't over schedule.*

    Strive for realistic deadlines.

    Never make a promise you can't keep.

    Allow an extra half-hour for everything you do.*

    Create quiet surroundings at home and at work.

    Go to bed at nine o’clock twice a week.*

    Always carry something interesting to read.

    Breathe - deeply and often.

    Move - walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy.

    Drink pure spring water. Lots of It.

    Eat only when hungry.

    If it’s not delicious, don’t eat it.

    Be instead of do.*

    Set aside one day a week for rest and renewal.*

    Laugh more often.

    Luxuriate in your senses.

    Always opt for comfort.

    If you don’t love it, live without it.

    Let Mother Nature nurture.*

    No phones allowed at the dinner table.

    Stop trying to please everybody.

    Start pleasing yourself.

    Stay away from negative people.

    Don’t squander precious resources: time, creative energy.

    Nurture friendships.*

    Don’t be afraid of your passion.

    Approach problems as challenges.

    Honor your aspirations.

    Set achievable goals.

    Surrender expectations.

    Savor beauty.*

    Create boundaries.

    For every yes, let there be a no.

    Don’t worry; be happy.

    Remember, happiness is a living emotion.

    Exchange security for serenity.*

    Care for your soul.*

    Cherish your dreams.

    Express love every day.

    Search for your Authentic Self until you find her.* (And Laurie's addition: And never let her go!)

    Don’t tweet in bed.

    Copy the list and pull out the ones that really resonate for you, then print your list out and post it somewhere you will see it every day as a reminder to be aware and listen to your body and apply your favorite de-stressing suggestions as needed.


    Now go and have a great no-stress day!!!


    If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:


    Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma


     


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    • 28 min
    The Midlife Realization That Being A Mom Is Not Your Only Purpose with Elena Hartz

    The Midlife Realization That Being A Mom Is Not Your Only Purpose with Elena Hartz

    EP157: Today my guest is Elena Hartz who describes herself as a 48 year old mother who is twice divorced, Russian-born (raised in Ukraine) and who immigrated to the US in 1993.


    I was compelled to interview when I heard her story on her daughter's podcast. To hear the incredible story of her young life in Russia, her early marriage to a man who turned out to be a liar and an abuser, and her family's escape from Communist Russia, check out Episode 217 of the Manifestation Babe podcast. It's a long one but so worth it! (In this episode, we don't go into those details.)


    We talked about so many things including:


    her perspective on the American dream and comparison to her way of life as a person who grew up in a communist society

    her difficult adjustment to her daughter's version of the American dream which is not the traditional one she had dreamt for her

    her big aha moment about manifestation and how it can backfire on us.

    her amazing take on "mistakes."

    her Rythmia experience that involved Ayahuasca plant healing ceremonies and her transformative experience with forgiveness.

    how the pandemic was a gift, her excitement about her future and her new season of discovery as she now realizes. her purpose, which she used to think was "being Kathrin's mom," goes much deeper than that.


    Our conversation is by far one of my favorites not just because Elena is a great example of a woman who is obviously determined but because she is on a continual personal development path and just entering a whole new stage of life as a single woman for THE VERY FIRST TIME!!!


    As Elena says herself: "My story is ever evolving. I am not done yet, and I don’t think anyone truly is ever fully evolved."


    If you'd like to reach out and connect with Elena, you can find her on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/hartz_elena/ 


     


    If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:


    Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma


     


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    [Activating Abundance #27] With Human Connection

    [Activating Abundance #27] With Human Connection

    EP156: Today I share the importance of human connection and a couple of examples of how it has brought abundance into my life this year.


    This topic was inspired by a Disney movie I watched with my 3 year old grandson, who resisted watching it but then sat through it mesmerized the whole time! If you haven't seen "Soul," I highly recommend it.


    I think the message of the movie is even more impactful after having gone through the pandemic as human connection was pulled from us suddenly and for a long period of time.


    What humans have you lost touch with who you would like to reconnect with?


    My hope is that this episode will inspire you to take action and CONNECT! If you receive this episode as a nudge from the universe and take inspired action to make a human connection, please reach out and let me know how it felt because I know it will bring more abundance into your life!


    If you'd like to connect or reach out to ME, you can find me at:


    Website: www.notyouraveragegrandma.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/LaurieColvinWright
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/not_your_average_grandma
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageGrandma


     


    Note: Not Your Average Grandma is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

    • 24 min

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