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So Long 2019

In News on December 31, 2019 at 09:02

2019 will finish tonight. I am ready for it to go. The year that started up in the air (I was flying on New Year’s Eve), it was filled with unexpected events.

The biggest satisfactions came from the family: some had their first day of school, some graduated high school, grandma turned 90, I went on a short trip with my husband for the first time since we became parents, important conversations happened, and we all reunited to celebrate love over my cousin’s summer wedding.

Work was definitely bittersweet. I had the wonderful opportunity to join old and new projects who honored me with their trust. Between feelings of gratitude, nostalgia, and exhaustion, some went well, some not so much. I had important realizations and learned valuable lessons, professionally, personally and financially, and that made them all worth it. The proudest achievement was that I was able to complete the “In Our Thirties” manuscript with the help of my amazing editor Amy Schleunes, start the design and formatting phase and we will be launching this Spring 2020.

Health is in the works. We are all well at the moment, but we had our ups and downs with some scary moments in between. Finances need to get better, eye-opening lessons there too. Need to take better care of myself on both.

The hardest part of the year was losing people that I loved, admired, and I cared for. Each one of them touched me in a different and special way, and I am still learning from them and how to honor what they left.

As usual, my ambitious spirit is longing for more. But this one is over. Tomorrow will start again with renewed strength and hope.

Until then, love.

Thanks for reading,

Laura

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In Our Thirties: Updates & Table of Contents

In Career, Finances, Health, Lifestyle, News, Quotes, Relationships, Spirituality on December 3, 2019 at 06:00

Hi friends,

How have you been?

Hope you are well. In my case, life keeps throwing curveballs, therefore here I am, doing what always makes me feel better: Reflecting and moving forward.

It’s been a while since the last book update. At the moment, we are in the final design/formatting phase. Before we are ready to launch, we will have at least three rounds of revisions, as recommended by our editor and project manager Amy Schleunes. With the holidays approaching, that means that most likely we will be launching Spring 2020.

The good news: You don’t need to wait to know what is in the book, as I am excited to share with you the full Table of Contents today:

CONTENTS

Preface

I. All the Way to Thirty

II. What Matters Most 

People 

“I wasn’t seeing how I looked—I was seeing how I felt.” 

Autumn Whitefield-Madrano on Beauty 

“Safety is not only possible, but it should be every thirty-something woman’s bottom line.” 

Jill Di Donato on Relationships 

Health 

“Everyone should experiment and learn, especially people in committed relationships.”

Dr. Sonjia on Sexual Health

“Fitness is a lifestyle, not just a look.”

Angelique Mills on Exercise and Longevity 

Spirit 

“Develop your ability to observe what’s happening in the moment.”

Warren Ogden on Spiritual Practice 

Career 

“You might have to re-evaluate your dreams.”

Cindy K. Goodman on Work-Life Balance 

Money 

“You need to know what you want and say no to everything else.”

Sandra Acosta on Personal Finance 

Living 

“We attract what we are or what we need to grow.”

Dashama on Positivity and Sustainability

III. Back to Basics 

IV. In Our Thirties: A Collection of Stories From Around the World 

Reading Group Guide

As you can see, In Our Thirties is a hybrid book, including:

An uplifting memoir about experiences so far, how priorities have changed, and how I am devoting this decade devoting it to what matters most now.   

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Guest Pieces written by Expert Contributors

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Compilation of more than 50 essays by friends from all around the world about being 30+.  

I would love to share a Sample Chapter soon.

What section would you like to read?

Tell me in the comments and I will post it. It’s your call!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Always grateful for your support,

Laura

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La Feria del Libro de Miami

In En Español, News on November 22, 2019 at 06:00

Amigos en Miami,

Les tengo una buena noticia y una invitación. Me siento honrada de ser la anfitriona/presentadora del Salón 8503 de la Feria del Libro de Miami este domingo 24.


Los invito a disfrutar del programa:

11:45am a 12:15 pm: Lectura de los finalistas de Cuentomanía 2019


12.30pm a 1.45 pm: Autores, personajes y conflictos: José Ignacio Valenzuela, Fernanda Melchor y Pedro Cabiya


2 pm a 3.15 pm: Novelar lo histórico y lo cotidiano: Pedro Mairal, Karina Sainz Borgo y Raúl Tola

3.30 pm a 4.45 pm: Novedades de la Editorial Páginas de Espuma: Socorro Venegas, Juan Casamayor y Rodrigo Blanco Calderón.

5 pm a 6 pm: Voces poéticas de hoy: Johanny Vázquez Paz, Kelly Martínez Grandal, Ena Columbié y Legna Rodríguez Iglesias

¡Los esperamos!

Laura

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What We Do with Our Pain

In News on November 14, 2019 at 06:00

The last five weeks have been tough. In 40 days I lost my godmother, received a huge bill from the IRS, worked on an interesting, but extremely demanding project, had another expensive dentist appointment, my toddler was hospitalized, saw my dear friend suffer the loss of her wonderful husband, and just days ago, another close friend lost his mother, who I deeply admired and respected.

I learned from my friend Anthony Alcalde’s TED Talk, that every time something painful happens, we have an opportunity to do something with our pain and what we do is our choice. We can use it to create or to destroy.

And as my eyes still hurt from crying and my heart still aches while it takes all these hits and mourns all these losses, I find myself learning important life lessons without even trying. Learning how to be a better mom inspired by the words said by my cousin about how my godmother Madrina Belén chose to be a Mom above everything in her life. Learning how to live, work and love wholeheartedly inspired by the hundreds of beautiful tributes written remembering Moses Shumow, and learning the infinite dimensions of happiness and success that a professional woman can achieve when she works hard, something I celebrated about Heather Heaps since the day we met.

It’s incredible how some deaths teach us how to live. As I go through beautiful memories that I will cherish forever about these loved ones, I am grateful for the lessons learned and even more grateful to be able to share them with my family and friends, including you.

For them, one of my favorite songs:

Know you are loved

Rest in peace

Dream your sweet dreams

“Til your soul is released

Beloved Child

My heart is yours

Beloved Child

Go out and open doors

With your love

With your faith

With your compassion

With your grace

Oh, with your grace

Beloved Child

Go out, spread light to the world

Be strong,

be kind,

be brave

Love you all,

Laura

P.S. Please consider supporting The Shumow Family here and/or donating to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation [Ovarian Cancer Medical Oncology Fund] via www.thepmcf.ca.

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Back to…Coaching

In Career, coaching, News on August 26, 2019 at 12:21

I remember the excitement of going back to school. Summer breaks were too long for the girl who missed her friends, who would read her academic books before the academic year started, and who loved “saving” money buying used books around town.

In our thirties, even though we might not be in school nor campus anymore, even if you don’t have kids going back to school, and as many fun BBQ meals, trips, friends and family gatherings, patio and pool days as we can pack between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day, we can definitely crave the momentum of this time of the year. I miss my rituals, I miss my coachees, I miss You.

The end of the summer season marks a new beginning. Fall is approaching and it brings the last quarter of the year.

How would you like to end your year? What could support you to get there? Would you benefit from having a partner who would walk with you towards your personal and professional goals?

I would be honored to be that partner. I am a bilingual Certified Professional Coach by the University of Miami, an Accredited Program by the International Coach Federation.

Give coaching a try, please contact me to schedule a session now.

Looking forward to coaching you,

Laura

Photo Credit: Eva Hart took this great photo during her most recent Portrait Day. I am excited to share with you her upcoming dates. For more info and to book your mini session, please visit https://evahart.com/day/

In Our Thirties: Book Cover Unveiled

In Blogging, Career, Contributors, News, Quotes on August 18, 2019 at 03:12

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it”.

-Goethe

On my thirtieth birthday, I set out to explore what this decade of life means and how best to celebrate it. I knew I was not the only one thinking about life differently at this age. I invited friends from all around the world to share their own experiences on life in our thirties. I set up a blog. I researched. I found expert contributors who could shed some light on the questions so many of us faced. I never imagined receiving such an overwhelmingly positive response. Though a book was not on anybody’s list, it emerged as part of this inspiring collective breakthrough.

After years of work, the book is finally here: In Our Thirties: Insights and Expert Advice for This Decade and Beyond. Out this Fall 2019 and my heart is racing while I am typing this.

Today, I am thrilled to share the book cover with you:

Please make it yours. As a contributor, as a reader, as a follower, this book is yours. Therefore, please feel free to share it with your family and friends through your feeds and stories, make it your profile picture, why not? Also, please continue to share your stories about life in your thirties with us, inspiration never ends.

If you are a journalist, blogger, or PR expert, please let me know if you would like to feature In Our Thirties. I am definitely available for interviews and willing to share excerpts. We have plenty of content available to post.

I can’t thank you enough for your encouragement and support.

Stay tuned for the launch this Fall 2019.

Always grateful,

Laura

P.S.: Please remember to follow us here on WordPress, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and invite your family and friends to join you so you can get invited to our book launch, receive giveaway alerts, and get inspiration and expert advice on what matters most in your thirties and beyond!

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Breaking News: Book Cover Reveal Tomorrow!

In Blogging, Career, coaching, Contributors, News on August 17, 2019 at 11:45

Hi!

How have you been?

How is your summer going?

For those of you who have kids, I bet you are getting them ready to go back to school! I wish you a great school year ahead!

Somewhere in the world, it’s my birthday already (Kiribati, here I go!)

As a thank you for your heartfelt support I would love to celebrate sharing with you the book cover of our upcoming book In Our Thirties coming out this Fall 2019! As I say when I coach vision-to-action board workshops, it’s time to put a picture on it. It’s time for a cover reveal!

Please check your emails and our social media profiles on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter tomorrow so you can be the first ones to see it and let me know your thoughts!

See you tomorrow!

Have a great day!

Your fan,

Laura

P.S.: Please remember to follow us here on WordPress and all social networks and invite your family and friends to join you so you can get invited to our book launch, receive giveaway alerts, and get inspiration and expert advice on what matters most in your thirties and beyond!

Photo by Leah Kelley

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World Breastfeeding Week

In Family, Health, Lifestyle, motherhood, News, wellness on August 5, 2019 at 09:00

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1st to 7th to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

If you can do it, please do it. Try as hard as you can and for as long as you can. Or pump and feed your breastmilk to your baby. The benefits are infinite for both, you and your baby. 


I have been breastfeeding for 23 months and counting. A part of me wants to stop in the next few weeks, a part of me would do it for as long as my baby wants to. 

Along with the time and patience that it takes, some daily food staples that have helped me:

-Mother’s Milk ® -Traditional Medicinals Tea

-Oatmeal

-Almonds

-Avocados

-Milk

-Drinking water


If you can do it, please do it. If not, choose the best organic formula. Do your best for your baby and for yourself. Every little drop counts.


#WBW #NBM #LiveLoveLatch #normalizebreastfeeding

Unforgettable photos by the talented @isisantana.photography

P.S.: Have you read our post about fertility and my message of hope? And the one about what it takes to be a working mother? Check them out and please let us know your thoughts!

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Lectores en Santo Domingo: Esta Invitación es para Ustedes

In Beauty, En Español, Entrepreneurs, Health, Lifestyle, motherhood, News, wellness on July 19, 2019 at 09:00

Give The Gift of Education

In Contributors, Family, Giving Back=Paying It Forward, Lifestyle, motherhood, News, travel on June 10, 2019 at 15:34

By Gea Schmid

Hi!

I’m Gea Schmid. I live in a rural community in Northern Nicaragua with my husband and 2-year-old daughter. We are a one-hour drive from the closest urban town with grocery stores and adequate schools. Our community is in great need of quality education for all ages. This Learning Center will benefit the local Nicaraguans who desire English classes, foreign visitors/residents who want to learn Spanish and families who want to provide an adequate education for their young children.

Due to the current political crisis in Nicaragua, one of the housing developments in our community, called Azul, has seen a dramatic decline in activity. What was a lively and promising development is now a neglected space with a quickly-decaying yoga platform. This vacant building has great potential to be transformed into a Learning Center offering superior education to empower and educate our community in need. 

I am organizing this campaign to raise money to fund a Learning Center for the community. The initial funds raised will be used to convert the building from a yoga platform into a proper classroom setting. The majority of the funds will be used to pay the qualified teachers we hire to work in the center. By employing a well-educated staff we can improve the quality of life in our community. I will withdrawal the funds as needed for the various expenses itemized below.

During the first year of operation, I will lead monthly advisory board meetings to monitor the interest and progress of the Learning Center. The goal for the future is to be a sustainable center in the community for years to come. We just need a little help getting things off the ground! Please consider donating here.

I am donating my time and efforts to spearhead and ready the space, hire staff and direct operations. We have already received the approval from Azul who has kindly donated the space rent-free to us for one year. Now we need external funding so that classes can start on August 5th, 2019.

 

Our first step is to fumigate the space for termites, ants and bats. Then, we will have a local carpenter add temporary walls, screens and a front door. After a deep cleaning, it can then be transformed into a classroom with tables, chairs bookshelves and curriculum materials. In the mean time, we will be interviewing applicants for the available positions and enrolling students.

Below you will find a list with the estimated initial start up costs and operating costs for one year.

Who else in your network could help? Please share this fundraiser with your family, friends and colleagues, thank you for your time, and check back here to see our progress! 

Structure Set-UP
Wood, Screen, Front Door, Labor, Cleaning & Fumigation $1250.00


Furniture for Classroom
Children Size Tables 4 X $25 $100
Children Chairs 16 X $10$160
Book Shelves 4 X $50 $200
File Folders/Hanging Folders 1 X $15$15
Folding Adult Chairs 25 x $17$425
Folding Adult Tables 4 x $60$240
Drawer Organizer 1 x $44$44
Storage containers 2 x $30$60
Filing cabinet 1 x $92$92
White board 1 x $40$40
Total$1376


Facility Supplies 
Mop, bucket, broom, cleaning supplies, cleaning towels, trash cans, stools etc$175.00


Ongoing Expenses 12 months 
Water, electricity, facility supplies$1680.00


Employee salaries for 12 months 
Facilities Cleaner, English & Spanish Teacher, Tutor and Teachers Aid$6336.00


Head Teacher salary for 12 months (preschool/kindergarten/curriculum operations)$6000.00


Total$16817.00

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