Archive for March, 2009

Laura says her life story is as easy 1 2 3 & A B C.  First she’s a wife who married her high school sweetheart and after all these years, Laura says they’re still working on their relationship.  Second, Laura is the mother of two fabulous children – both quick-study success stories in their own right and third, she’s one heck of an entrepreneur!

After a long and successful career in the corporate world, Laura traded in her business suit to follow a new life purpose.  Laura

Now this is cruise control!

Now this is cruise control!

loves people and is blessed with deep intuition.  She combined these assets to become a certified life coach.  Then, always open to life’s next adventure, Laura found a new passion in helping people live their travel dreams.  As the founder & President of Cruise Control Travel, LLC, she operates as an Independent Travel & Cruise Consultant.  Laura loves her work and it shows!  In Laura’s own words –  “I’m a lifetime student that loves to experience the products I sell first hand.  I work face to face with my clients, where I combine my 25 + years of personal & business travel experience with my strengths gained in Corporate America, in both leadership & project management roles.”

For relaxation, Laura loves to paddle her kayak on the local rivers and a recent trip to Puerta Vallarta found her zinging down a canopy-zip-line!  You go adventure girl!

It wasn’t easy catching up with this travel whirlwind, but we sat down long enough for Laura to answer our favorite questions:

Who is your hero?
Doctor Maya Angelou is my hero.  This is one special lady!  I recently had the honor of attending her live lecture at the Arlene Schnitzer, in Portland, Oregon.   Dr. Angelou shared her amazing real life lessons of courage, truth, passion, healing, suffering and sharing.  I also love that she stands in her power when she steps up to the lectern.   This great lady has mastered the power of the pause, like no one I’ve ever met before, and by that I mean she holds the pause, allowing the audience to catch up to that higher vibration that she resonates at.   Now that’s my hero!

What is your favorite quote and why?
“Remember that happiness is a way to travel, it’s not the destination”- Roy Goodman.    This quote reminds me that I have the choice to smile, I can exhale and let go of the outcome.  Actually, I now practice the “Smile Meditation” daily.  This meditation is described  in the book “eat, pray, love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.

If you could be a pair of shoes what kind would you be and why?
Hands down I would be a Saucony XT 900, this is a high-powered, form-fitted walking shoe, which was designed with a flexible steel rod right down the middle of it’s sole for ultimate walking balance.   I’m constantly striving for body, mind and spirit balance and appreciate great health.

What keeps you flourishing?
I’m jazzed by listening to or learning about real life stories from others – ordinary people that accomplish extraordinary things.  That’s why I love the Flourish network, each month I lean something new from the speaker, meet interesting women and learn something about their journey.  Their stories keeps me flourishing and ignite my inner passion to go, explore more.

I can’t wait to:
Have you join me on a very special 7-Night Caribbean Cruise, Spring 2010.   This 100% Raw & Organic conference cruise, promises to be life changing.  We are finalizing our line up of speakers which will include a famous raw chef; a renown diabetic eye doctor, and the one and only Mr. Michael Collins, whose amazing life story will be told in a television documentary  this summer.  Michael has totally healed himself from diabetes by eating organic and raw whole foods.  Enjoy “La dolce vita” on a cruise while listening to amazing stories and learning about health and healing.


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“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” ~Albert Schweitzer

So, what has science learned about what makes us happy? More than you might think…and a few surprising things that don’t really ring our inner chimes. Turns out, that for all the lovely things it allows us to buy, money really doesn’t make us happier. Youth? Not so much!

Want to know exactly what does make us happy? It’s time to explore the Science of Happiness. It’s caused a revolution in psychotherapy. It’s the topic of the most popular course ever offered at Harvard. And it can transform how you feel about your job. Positive psychology often referred to as “happiness studies”- offers proven evidence of what makes some people happier than others. Ellen Raim has become an expert on the science of happiness and shares her knowledge with us. Ellen will speak to us about happiness in general, happiness at work and offer concrete advice on what actions we can take to make change. Come to this talk and leave thinking differently about yourself, your colleagues, your work and maybe even your life.

Meet Our Expert:

Ellen began her career more than 20 years ago as a labor and employment attorney for one of the largest law firms in thecorragio_ellen_0001-webcrop country. She has held senior roles inside large organizations, including several years as head of worldwide staffing for Intel where she designed and deployed people strategies to complement the company’s strategic direction.  As an Organizational Development consultant, her work has included large scale change management, improving innovation practices, business strategy and building employee engagement. Ellen has a B.A. in Economics from Brown University; a M.A. in Organizational Design from Seattle University and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

Join us for this fun and inspiring Flourish salon event!

Date:  Sunday, April 19, 2009 ~ 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:  Rilassi Coffee House ~ 3580 S River Parkway, Portland OR  97239

Cost:  $25 includes brunch and presentation.

REGISTER TODAY or learn more about all our Flourish events at the Flourish website

P.S. If you loved the theme song from the Partridge Family as much as we did, you will get a kick out this video of Diane Lane and Elizabeth Perkins singing the Come On Get Happy song!

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Patti Keating is the inspiration behind Intentions Coaching & Training, her lifestyle business that helps entrepreneurs create pattisoftdescwealth and abundance by expressing their true purpose and creating their own rich and prosperous lifestyle business.

Patti loves to travel and learn from cutting edge thought leaders in the personal transformation industry.  With her children at her side, life is an adventure and the world is their playground.  You might find her visiting her daughter in a Youth Hostel in Bali or exploring the depths of the Thurston Lava Tubes on the big island of Hawaii with her youngest sons.  Wherever she is, whether working or playing, there is learning and fun to be had!

Patti is one very busy woman, but she agreed to spend a few minutes with us so we could learn more about what keeps this successful dynamo flourishing.

Who is your hero? My friend and mentor, James Ray!  He inspires me to play BIG in life.  I respect how he just goes after his vision, and in the face of both success and failure, raving fans and mudslinging skeptics, stays true to his belief of himself and his message of personal transformation.

What is your favorite quote? This changes frequently, but today I am embracing “You can’t see what you can’t see.”  by my good friend Mary Kay Morgan.  It reminds me to look through new eyes, expect the unexpected, try on different perspectives, stay curious and ask for help in finding what I want.

If you were a pair of shoes, what kind would you be and why? I would be a beautiful pair of floral Hawaiian flip-flops.  Open, versatile, flexible, easy to be with and comfortable, yet still cute with a dress.

What keeps you flourishing? There are two things.  My excitement about the transformation the world is experiencing.  It is such an amazing time to be alive.  Every moment that I have with my children nurtures my soul, they are the greatest gifts I could ever have been honored to receive and having the opportunity to mirror their greatness back to them allows me to bloom!

I can’t wait to… Launch my next Mastermind Group in Palm Springs this spring.  It is my favorite experience to take people through.  I am also very excited to be moving into our new lake home in April.  Ahhhh…life is so good!

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Let your voice be on the the thousands of women joining together for this amazing and inspiring event!

On Thursday, March 5, 2009, A POWERFUL NOISE Live will appear in 450 movie theatres across the United States. This one-night event will feature the acclaimed documentary followed by a town hall discussion with panelists including Madeline Albright, Natalie Portman, Christie Turlington and Dr. Helene Gayle to be broadcast live from New York City to each theatre.

Meet Hahn, Nada and Jacqueline – A Powerful Noise takes you inside the lives of these photo_hanh12three remarkable women to witness their daily challenges and their significant victories over poverty and oppression. Their stories are personal yet illustrate larger issues affecting millions of marginalized women worldwide. A Powerful Noise is a meditation on the inherent potential of women to change the world.

A POWERFUL NOISE Live begins at 7:30pmET/6:30pmCT

Together we can all begin to Flourish!

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