Jack Canfield Jack Canfield author. speaker. motivator.

Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]

 
Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]

 
Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]

 
Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]

 
Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]

 
Leilani Münter Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]

 
Kevin Bales Kevin Bales Freedom Fighter. Philanthropist. Game Changer.

By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]

 
Sophie Chiche Sophie Chiche mom. big dreamer. lady in red.

Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]

 
Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]

 
Liz Phair Liz Phair singer. musician. crier.

Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]

 
Desmond Tutu Desmond Tutu archbishop. author. peaceful leader.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]

 
Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]

 
Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]

 
Kia Miller Kia Miller yogi. meditator. teacher.

Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]

 
Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]

 
Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]

 
Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]

 
Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com

 

self-connect

Laurette Lynn Laurette Lynn radio show host. writer. unplugged mom.

As a radio show host, speaker, and writer, Laurette Lynn advocates independent home-education by encouraging parents to challenge the conventional assumptions of mainstream parenting and family living. [www.unpluggedmom.com]

What’s most meaningful to me now is not the same thing it would have been ten or fifteen years ago, but now that I’m a mom, my kids and my family are most meaningful to me.

I take mothering very seriously. It’s about more than just giving birth. When I became a mother, it was natural for me to decide to do it all the way, but that didn’t actually happen until I had my new baby in my arms. I’d like to say it happened while I was pregnant, but it didn’t. I experienced a beautiful pregnancy and was certainly looking forward to motherhood, but it wasn’t until I was home and had my new baby in my arms that my perspective completely changed.

Soon after I had my first child, I realized I didn’t want to do anything else. At first, I went back to work, but I hated it. I wasn’t focused and wasn’t doing a good job. I had a pretty good career ahead of me, but I saw that it wasn’t going to fulfill me at all and I started to become a half-assed kind of person. I couldn’t think of anything but getting back home to my baby. My perspective completely changed. I embraced the role of full-time mom, loving it and feeling proud to do it.

On some level, motherhood has taken me deeper into having a determined focus. I make my own way in the world and have never been conformist. I’ve never been afraid to walk away from something I didn’t enjoy anymore. Now it’s important to me to unplug from the status quo and be an active part of my children’s lives.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve found a true path for myself. I’ve realized who I actually am. The next level beyond that for me is to go further, to be the best Laurette I can possibly be, and deliver to the world the best thing I can deliver.

The most important connection we can have in life is not necessarily to our spouses or our best friends, or even to our children, because we can’t connect with them until we know who we are. We have to connect with ourselves first. Embracing the beautiful, meaningful role of motherhood taught me who I am.

– Laurette Lynn

Comments

Explore More Meaning

  • Laura Day
    Laura Day Laura Day bestselling author. speaker. intuition integrator.

    Best-selling author Laura Day teaches people how to integrate intuition into their personal and corporate lives to achieve greater success and community. [www.howtoruletheworldfromyourcouch.com]

     
  • Richard C. Arthur
    Richard C. Arthur Richard C. Arthur avid creator. free time scheduler. man of action.

    Richard Arthur is a Navy commander, filmmaker, and self-described "opinionated bastard." He has worked on NCIS, Commander in Chief, Hawaii Five-O, several features and he has just returned from a humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia aboard the hospital ship, MERCY. [www.ricarthur.com]

     
  • Jacqui Lalita
    Jacqui Lalita Jacqui Lalita belly dancer. nature lover. authenticity excavator.

    Author Jacqui Lalita travels the world teaching and performing the ancient art of belly dancing. The moon, plants, and furry creatures of our world have been her greatest teachers. [www.danceofthedivine.org]

     
  • Simon Sinek
    Simon Sinek Simon Sinek teacher. golden circle creator. why advisor.

    Simon Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. He created a simple model, The Golden Circle, that codifies what makes the most inspiring people and organizations so successful. [www.startwithwhy.com]

     
  • Linda Goldstein Knowlton
    Linda Goldstein Knowlton Linda Goldstein Knowlton director. producer. intersector.

    Linda Goldstein Knowlton is a director/producer whose works have garnered praise from audiences around the world. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter and husband. [www.somewherebetweenmovie.com]

     
  • Mikey Scott
    Mikey Scott Mikey Scott life by me’er. comedian. pretty thankful guy.

    Life By Me’s Content Editor, Mikey Scott, gets to hear stories from people around the world creating meaningful (and pretty darn fun) lives for themselves. And he thinks that’s pretty neat. [www.mikeyscott.com]

     
  • Joan Barnes
    Joan Barnes Joan Barnes creator. truth seeker. jourrneyer.

    Joan Barnes was the principal owner of YOGASTUDIO. She also founded and was CEO of Gymboree. She continues to be involved in creative recreation for all age groups.

     
  • Melvin Allen
    Melvin Allen Melvin Allen psychologist. facilitator. relationship alchemist.

    Melvin Allen is a relationship alchemist with a PhD in Depth Psychology – the study of the unconscious, and an MA in Spiritual Psychology. He has appeared on television and radio shows around the world. [www.melvinandsherrie.com]

     
  • More

Contributors

  • Donray Von
    Donray Von Donray Von Producer. Entrepreneur. Idea Generator.

    Donray Von is the CEO of Ready Set Go!, a producer of original content for film, television and online.

     
  • Zainab Salbi
    Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

    Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]

     
  • Sir Kenneth Robinson
    Sir Kenneth Robinson Sir Kenneth Robinson education reformer. author. genius.

    Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is an author and internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human resources in the new global economies. [www.sirkenrobinson.com]

     
  • Jasmine Aziz
    Jasmine Aziz Jasmine Aziz novelist. vibrator vendor. orgasm promoter.

    Jasmine Aziz is a retired vibrator seller who used to do in-home party presentations. Her novel, Sex & Samosas, helps both men and women navigate the subtle complexities of the modern woman life. [www.jasmineaziz.com]

     
  • Benjamin Salka
    Benjamin Salka Benjamin Salka story pirate. avid learner. people person.

    Benjamin Salka is the co-founder and CEO of Story Pirates, which celebrates the words, ideas, and stories of children, encouraging and empowering young people to invent big ideas for a new generation. [www.storypirates.org]

     
  • Judith Wright
    Judith Wright Judith Wright educator. lifestyles expert. friendly elevator rider.

    Dr. Judith Wright has been featured on 20/20, Good Morning America and the Today Show. She is a bestselling author, speaker, coach and consultant. [www.judithwright.com]

     
  • Adele Uddo
    Adele Uddo Adele Uddo hand model. artistic explorer. inner excavator.

    Adele Uddo is a super hand model, but please don't judge a girl from the wrist down. She's also a writer, determined to contribute more to society than nice nail beds. [www.adeleuddo.com]

     
  • BJ Panda Bear
    BJ Panda Bear BJ Panda Bear emoter. now chaser. crisis averter.

    BJ Panda Bear is the natural blonde bombshell with the heart of gold entertaining through DJing, hosting events, and producing visual and audio works that shines light on the ups and downs of futurity. [www.BJPandaBear.com]

     
  • Ebony Utley
    Ebony Utley Ebony Utley knowledge seeker. perspective shifter. obsessive googler.

    Ebony Utley, PhD, is an expert in popular culture, race, and romantic relationships. She's a public speaker, a professor, and the author of Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God. [www.theutleyexperience.com]

     
  • Mastin Kipp
    Mastin Kipp Mastin Kipp Writer. Entrepreneur. Daily Lover.

    Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]

     
  • Lisa Peake
    Lisa Peake Lisa Peake business consultant. coach. productivity maven.

    Personal coach and business consultant Lisa Peake founded Peake Productivity, offering productivity coaching, training, and workshops to professionals and organizations seeking a better way to work. [www.peakeproductivity.com]

     
  • Aaron Ableman
    Aaron Ableman Aaron Ableman edutainer. musician. balancer.

    Aaron Ableman is an acclaimed "edutainer." He grew up under the mentorship of Hopi elders and children's musician Raffi, and has shared stages with K'NAAN and Joan Baez, among others. [www.balanceedutainment.com]

     
  • Douglas Campbell
    Douglas Campbell Douglas Campbell social cross pollinator. tuxedo adventurer. mindsharer.

    Doug Campbell, co-founder of Mindshare LA and Syyn Labs, is a community builder, experience engineer, and charitable adventurer who uses the power of technology to augment social interaction. [www.projectfresh.com]

     
  • Tessa Williams
    Tessa Williams Tessa Williams ivy leaguer. playwright. core friend.

    Recent Yale grad Tessa Williams has written numerous award-winning plays. Currently, she's working as a writer's assistant on an ABC television show. [www.facebook.com/tessaleighwilliams]

     
  • Wrenwyck Williams
    Wrenwyck Williams Wrenwyck Williams jet-setting exec. family guy. man of god.

    Wrenwyck Williams has been a highly sought-after corporate executive for the past 27 years and has served as president and CEO of multi-million dollar corporations. He is a devoted husband and father to two beautiful daughters. [www.babyfoodbook.net/book]

     
  • Maya Corinne
    Maya Corinne Maya Corinne legacy architect. earth mama. celebrity stylist.

    Maya Corinne teaches conscious creative visionaries how to magnify privilege. Her studio has raised millions, and crafts values-infused giving plans for clients collectively worth more than $14 billion. [www.moon-storm.com]

     
  • Steve Connell
    Steve Connell Steve Connell word wizard. stage illuminator. self truster.

    By fusing acting, writing, comedy, and poetry, Steve Connell has become a transformative and sought-after speaker, performing privately for such luminaries as President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Norman Lear. [www.stevenconnell.com]

     
  • Katie Visco
    Katie Visco Katie Visco runner. country crosser. first stepper.

    Katie Visco created Pave Your Lane, a campaign to enliven our world through connection to ourselves and each other. The second-youngest person and the 13th woman to run across America, Katie is now running her message across all 50 states. [www.paveyourlane.com]

     
  • Sarah Kathleen Peck
    Sarah Kathleen Peck Sarah Kathleen Peck urban storyteller. coat angel. friend at any hour.

    Writer, designer and storyteller, Sarah Kathleen Peck, is the brain behind the blog "it starts with" and founded the online Landscape Urbanism journal at the nexus of cities, landscape and design. [www.itstartswith.com]

     
  • Antonio Neves
    Antonio Neves Antonio Neves storyteller. question asker. catalyst.

    Antonio Neves is an award-winning broadcast journalist and the founder of THINQACTION, where he coaches young professionals to transform potential into performance. [www.thinqaction.com]

     
  • Ruth Grodek
    Ruth Grodek Ruth Grodek team builder. motivator. creator.

    Ruth Grodek founded Creation, a company that coaches senior management teams and individual leaders to be authentic, powerful, inspiring, and compassionate. [www.creation-uk.com]

     
  • Jim Moret
    Jim Moret Jim Moret television journalist. author. chief correspondent.

    Jim Moret is a veteran television journalist, author, and attorney who's currently Chief Correspondent for Inside Edition and a CNN contributor. [www.jimmoret.com]

     
  • Joanne Abellera
    Joanne Abellera Joanne Abellera Artist. Designer. Knitting Machine.

    Joanne Abellera is the designer of KKIBO – a collection of one-of-a-kind handmade knitwear creations. [www.kkibo.net]

     
  • Paul Cummins
    Paul Cummins Paul Cummins Poet. Educator. Philanthropist.

    Author, poet, and educator Paul F. Cummins is the Executive Director of the New Visions Foundation, which finds innovative ways to educate underserved children. [www.newvisionsfnd.org]

     
  • Dave Elliott
    Dave Elliott Dave Elliott relationship guru. cupid assister. blessing counter.

    Dave Elliott is a relationship expert and coach who founded Legendary Love For Life. He develops content and products, and blogs for a number of relationship websites. [www.legendaryloveforlife.com]

     
  • Shannon Bindler and Sophie Chiche
    Shannon Bindler and Sophie Chiche Shannon Bindler and Sophie Chiche shoeologist. meaning maven. ted x'ers.

    Shannon Bindler describes her pal, Soph, as a bridge, connecting countless people. Sophie Chiche describes her pal, Shan-Shan, as the sunshine that enters the room. In December of 2012 they presented their TEDxMalibu talk. [Happy Parents of Children who Live Out Loud]

     
  • Keith Ferrazzi
    Keith Ferrazzi Keith Ferrazzi personal relationship developer. life transformer. corporate wunderkind.

    Keith Ferrazzi is an author, speaker, activist, and entrepreneur whose expertise in professional relationship development has transformed careers and lives worldwide. [www.keithferrazzi.com]

     
  • Julia Cameron
    Julia Cameron Julia Cameron author. poet. aritistic guide.

    Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than 30 years. A bestselling novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television. [www.theartistsway.com]

     
  • Andy Lipkis
    Andy Lipkis Andy Lipkis environmental healer. practical visionary.

    Andy Lipkis is the founder and president of TreePeople. [www.treepeople.org]

     
  • More

Connection


© 2010-2024 lifebyme.com. All rights reserved. (design by nodethirtythree)