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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

    The Lesson In Regrets

    The Lesson In Regrets

    EP235: This "lessons learned" episode was inspired by a download I had this past week about regrets that nudged me to share a couple of my own personal experiences with them.

    One I share was a big regret for a long time, but fortunately it was diffused over time and is now no longer a regret at all. Another one was destined to be what I call a "deathbed" regret that I nipped in the bud because I finally took action to prevent that missed opportunity from happening.

    As you can hear in my voice, I'm pretty passionate about this subject because I don't want you to get to the end of your life with ANY regrets! So start thinking about potential regrets you MAY have based on something you desire but haven't pursued.

    And tune into why you desire them to ensure it's a desire of the heart because those will become the biggest regrets.

    Perhaps the examples of scary actions I took to avoid future regrets, that have worked out pretty well for me, will inspire you to take action to avoid your own future regrets.

    There is still time plenty of time left to avoid a deathbed regret. Commit to living your life to its fullest and taking chances, even if they seem scary, because that is the only way you'll live a life with no more regrets. 

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    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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    • 25 min
    The Doula Decision That Changed Her Life with Valerie Trumbower

    The Doula Decision That Changed Her Life with Valerie Trumbower

    EP234: My guest for this week’s podcast is Valerie Trumbower, a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor and a mother of three, including identical twins. Her online courses, The Bump-to-Baby Roadmap & Expecting 101...You’re Adopting™ have helped hundreds of families (and grandparents!) prepare for life with their newborns. 

    Over the past 8 years Valerie has been helping hundreds of parents adjust to their new family so that they can approach the newborn stage with as much calm confidence as possible. And so that they know what to do with their little newborns.

    In this episode, Valerie and I talked about:

    Understanding what a Doula is and what they do
    How she learned about postpartum and birth Doula and how she started
    Best qualities to look out for if you want to be a Doula
    Necessary tips for grandparents to best help our children navigate new babies

    Many people are probably not familiar with what a postpartum doula is. You may decide to explore becoming a doula, hiring a doula for their kids or benefit from the advice Valerie gives on supporting new parents (their children) as they become parents.

    Bonus content from Valerie: EXPECTING A GRANDCHILD? YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS BEFORE YOUR GRANDBABY ARRIVES!

     

    To learn more about Valerie and her work, you can go to:

    Website: https://www.newparentsacademy.com/ 

    Youtube: https://www.newparentsacademy.com/youtube 

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

    Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@newparentsacademy 

     

    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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    • 44 min
    The Lesson About Our Perception Of Time

    The Lesson About Our Perception Of Time

    EP233: This "lessons learned" episode was inspired by my recent free training and the questions I've received by some who've attended.

    It got me thinking about how, when we are trying to make a decision - especially when it's something we want (but something that may be a bit scary and out of our comfort zone), we use time as an easy excuse. And when we do this, it's through a lens of lack vs. a lens of abundance.

    We look at what taking this action will COST us in time vs. what we will GAIN from the time we put in. Will it take time from our already busy schedule and cause more overwhelm, or will the time we take give us more quality of time in the future?

    Two completely different perceptions when changing the lens we look through, right?!

    Let's use some example questions to show the difference when looking through the lack vs. the abundance lenses. (I'll use questions related to enrolling in the Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School since they are what inspired this episode and the best examples I can think of at this moment).

    The questions posed through the lack lens might be similar to these: 

    How much time will this take?
    How long are the lessons? 
    How much time will the homework take?
    How long will the calls take?
    Can I make this work if I have two jobs (aka not enough time)?

    The questions when looking through the abundance lens tend to result in more helpful answers. (I'm reminded of the quote: The quality of your life depends on the quality of your questions!)

    How will this give me more time?
    How will this improve the time I have? 
    How will it help me feel less frazzled / overwhelmed / exhausted?
    How will this improve my relationships? 
    How will my life become happier and more fulfilled? 

    Do you see how these questions lead to answers about what is desired? More QUALITY time! And maybe when the time you have is improved, you'll actually FEEL like you have more of it!!! (Funny how that works!)

    Can you see the difference in what you learn by asking questions through different lenses?

    As I said in the episode, most of us want what more quality time will bring us, but we aren't looking through the right lens and asking better questions that will actually help us make better decisions!

    Manu of us are so quick to invest a dollar to get five back when it comes to putting coins in a slot machine in Vegas or spending it on a lottery ticket, but investing real time, which most of us don't have enough of, to 5x the quality of it? Nah!!! 

    Unfortunately, only the ones who are lucky enough to be so sick of the stuck place we are in, stumble into this realization AFTER THE FACT, that the time we put in was sooooo worth the return on our investment.

    So my suggestion for you today is to take this awareness with you and start questioning your perception of time when making important decisions about what you want in life. Don't ever rule out what you want because of time because you'll never get the time you want with that lens.

    If this episode helped you understand time is not your obstacle, and you're IN for this round of the Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School™, CLICK HERE to sign up today. (The last day for enrollment this go round is Thursday, 6/16/22 at midnight PDT.) If you miss this round, then that same link will take you to the waitlist so you'll be notified the next time the doors open...

    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) the podcast (if you haven't already) so you don't miss any new episodes.
     
    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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    • 17 min
    Case Study: From Long Covid to Job Loss to Cancer to Dream Life with Denise Hughes

    Case Study: From Long Covid to Job Loss to Cancer to Dream Life with Denise Hughes

    EP232: My special guest this week is one of my amazing Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School™ students, Denise Hughes. Denise shares her story of signing up at a very low point in her life, when she was suffering from “long” Covid with very little energy and very far from living her best life.

    But fortunately, like all of my students who decide to take action, she was finally ready to do something about it and she knew she couldn’t do it on her own… 

    Denise’s story is nothing short of remarkable as it shows how our path to the dream life we desire is not always what we think it will be. But Denise shows how once we shift our internal energy by changing our mindset, we begin to attract what we desire. 

    She is also a testament to how staying in abundance, no matter how hard your journey gets, and continuing to apply the tools she learned in the Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School™ brought her to where she is today, with more balance and happiness than she’s ever had.

    In this episode, Denise and I talked about:

    What caused her to sign up for the Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School™
    Her pretty strong skepticism that it would work for her
    How her relationships have all improved and her friends and family have noticed
    How almost everything she wrote down as “dream” goals when she was going through the Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School™ lessons, that she thought were pipe dreams at the time she wrote them, have come true - including her dream job.

    I know the story of Denise will inspire you because it has inspired me! Can you feel her enthusiasm and positive energy reaching through the internet and affecting you? THAT is what happens when you shift your mindset and transform your life using the tools that I teach.

    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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    • 39 min
    The Lesson In How Downloads Can Make A Difference

    The Lesson In How Downloads Can Make A Difference

    EP231: Today's lesson is about a specific download I had recently that I shared in my free training series that really resonated with the women who were participating this past week.

    This lesson was a great reminder to me that downloads aren't just messages that are for us but ones we are meant to share. It was so amazing to receive this download and then to turn it into a lesson for others and see it shift perspectives and make an impact.

    So which of the 3 Ds, if any, are you most guilty of? 

    It was wonderful to receive another example of how nudges, if we pay attention and act on them, lead us to where we are meant to go and teach us beautiful things - and often create a ripple effect.

    And because I love alliteration, let me end by saying... Downloads are downright delightful and definitely make a difference! 😜

    CLICK HERE to see the image of the 3 Ds that I walked through in the training.
     
    If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and subscribe to (or follow) the podcast (if you haven't already) so you don't miss any new episodes.
     
    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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    • 15 min
    Case Study: From Miserable To Hopeful To Happy with Frederica Wagner

    Case Study: From Miserable To Hopeful To Happy with Frederica Wagner

    EP230: Today’s guest is Frederica Wagner, (aka "Fred") one of my students from the Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School™, who shares her story about how she transformed her life in record time, finding motivation, energy, and happiness, along with her authentic self who she had lost.

    Fred - a 72 year old divorced mom of adult children, and a grandma, who recently celebrated 24 years of sobriety - recognized she had reached a new low point in her life where she had no direction, no focus, and sadly, no desire. In her words, she felt stuck, stagnant and miserable. 

    Shortly after admitting to herself that she needed help, she stumbled upon the Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School™ where she found the support she needed. Once she made that commitment, she was ALL IN, and by following the program to a “T”, she got the breakthroughs she needed, becoming an inspiration to her fellow students.

    Fred is a great example that if you show up and do the work, you’ll get the results you’re looking for, no matter what your circumstances or age. In this interview, she shares:

    How she came upon me and the Second Half S.P.A.R.K. School™.
    Why she decided to invest in herself.
    The breakthrough that came early on in the process and shifted her perspective, and her surprise at how it magically appeared.
    What she learned in the process and the ripple effect that it’s made in her relationships with her kids.

    Now I’m happy to report that Fred is living the “not your average life” she didn’t think was possible. Tune in to this episode and let Fred’s story inspire you as evidence that it’s never too late to seek help and turn your life around in ways you may not think at this moment are possible.

    The episode I did with personality expert, Alex Paulos, who Fred mentions in the interview, can be found here: EP57: Are You Really Showing Up Authentically With Alex Paulos

    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.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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Lots of great insights!

The guests provide lots of real life inspiration for living your best life!

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Laurie is vibrant and inspiring!

Listen to the Not Your Average Lives podcast if you want a fresh take on what you can do through your brain, heart, and soul towards living a better and happier life. Laurie is a great conversationalist and thinker and you will come away from each episode uplifted!

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