Hello! Here's bit about me...
Hello! Here's bit about me...
My name is Laura (pronounced "Loud-ah") and I am passionate about spirituality, human potential and the evolution of consciousness on an individual and collective level.
When I was 7 years old, I had an epiphany that changed the course of my life. I was walking by myself along the courtyard of my building while living in Mexico City, and like a bolt of lightening, I was struck by the first message I ever received from Spirit. It stopped me in my tracks. It was loud and clear: You are here for a reason. Your life has purpose. You are here to make a difference. You are here to help with a shift in humanity. As soon as I received it, I immediately remembered. Right! I'm here for a reason! I'm supposed to do something to help. It was a defining moment.
And while at the young age of 7, I didn't know exactly what I was supposed to do, I knew that it had something to do with contributing positively to the world.
Since childhood, my journey has been driven by a profound commitment to fulfill my purpose for being here while contributing to the greater good. My calling to making a difference led me into the field of education.
For over 20 years, I dedicated my professional life to transformative education working towards social justice. I worked in a variety of roles including: being a dual language K-12 public school teacher in both Los Angeles and New York City; a university researcher; professional development facilitator; teacher educator and curriculum developer.
I have a B.A in Sociology from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Social Justice Education from UCLA and a PhD in Education from NYU where I focused on Mindfulness and Social Emotional Wellbeing for Teachers. Through my sustained contemplation, meditation, research and experience, I developed a model for personal fulfillment and contribution to the greater good.
For many years, I lived in two worlds: the external world of academia where objectivity and evidence are required and my internal world where I could come home to my subjective experience of the spiritual, mystical and magical nature of life in connection with my soulful essence and personal connection with divine intelligence. Out of necessity, I kept these two worlds very separate, which caused profound discord and persistent existential angst. I lived in a perpetual state of incongruence with a fragmented sense of self feeling like my inner and outer worlds had to be separated.
Fortunately, over time, I was able to heal the inner divide and I am now fully integrated in all my humanity, spirituality, creativity and professional identity. I continue to do meaningful work at the university while also doing what I love in my private coaching practice AND I am also having so much fun letting my creative spirit fly freely in the world. After a long and arduous journey of transformation (which I am still on, of course), I can say with all sincerity that I am whole and complete being who I came to be and doing what I came to do in this lifetime. It is the greatest feeling in the world and I wish this for everyone else too.
For details about my work with educators around mindfulness, wellbeing and resilience, please visit my Wellbeing in Education site.
I am truly blessed and honored to be alive and to be following my calling in service of individual and collective upliftment. One of my favorite things to do is hiking with my sweet family and enjoying the beauty of nature together.