My greatest truth – this is what real life looks like.
So, this will be one of my most personal posts ever.
You may have noticed that I have not blogged much recently, over the past few weeks I have taken time to reflect on 2016. What a year it has been for me… for all of us.
This time last year I was in deep mourning over the loss of a ten-year relationship with a man I loved. All I could do is focus on moving forward one day at a time, I was in pain and found myself starting over again… beginning to create another new and next chapter. I had sold my house, moved into a tiny rental beach cottage, sent my youngest son to college and entered the “empty nesting” stage of life. I had just found new homes for my dog, cat and almost all of my possessions, I let go of so much.
I was still managing a full-time job in addition to growing my business, I had been doing this for the past ten years. As I faced the beginning of a new year, I declared my deepest desire, to create the professional and financial abundance that I have always imagined, as what would drive my next chapter. I didn’t know how that would happen, but I knew that the coming year would be driven by this most significant goal.
But, I simply had no idea what the new year would bring.
I found myself feeling sad and lonely,
anxious and excited.
I felt open to possibility and yet at the same time, afraid of the unknown.
I was alone with no roommate, no man/partner and no children at home for the very first time in my life. I felt vulnerable.
As New Year’s Eve approached, I made the decision to be home alone when the clock struck midnight and 2016 arrived. I wanted to walk powerfully into the new year on my own… relying solely on my courage, confidence and resilience as the foundation upon which my next chapter would be built.
So, that’s what I did.
And here’s what happened in this special year.
I was mentored.
I have had the privilege of experiencing the most extraordinary mentoring relationship this year, one that I could only have imagined. In fact, it is an experience that has changed my life in every way.
My mentor found and chose me, and from our first meeting it has been a relationship that has shaped me and my journey forward towards what’s next. I have been encouraged to grow, expand, stretch and take bold action to get what I really want. From the beginning, I made the intentional choice to surrender to this process, got painfully vulnerable and stepped far outside of my comfort zone; and in return I was supported, guided, advised and held accountable in every way.
I have worked with many exceptional coaches over the years, but this experience has been the most special and rewarding one I have ever had.
My heart healed and remains open.
I spent a lot of time soothing my broken heart this year.
I began the year accepting that my heart and soul needed soothing, and so I committed to extreme self-care. Having moved to a beach cottage, I found peace near the water. I made sure to work out regularly, get good sleep, eat well, take many walks along the beach. I went to sunrise and sunset paddle board events and began taking yoga for the first time. I opened myself to new experiences, and sought out opportunities to do things that felt good.
As the New Year arrived, I made a decision to buy myself fresh flowers every week and have continued to fill my cozy little cottage with gorgeous arrangements every week since, without fail. It has helped to create an environment at home that makes me joyous from the moment I open my front door.
I even decided to indulge my inner “fashionista”! I have used my wardrobe and accessories in ways that I hadn’t in a long time. I played with my sense of style and have taken enormous pleasure in dressing in ways that allow me to feel smart, sexy and powerful.
As a result of this self-care, I am open to new love now that I have fallen back in love with myself.
I reconnected to my romantic, playful, flirtatious and sexual self and gave myself permission to slowly begin dating again. I took time to redefine what I want a new and a next relationship to look like and put my vision out for those who might be able to help me find it. I have met and enjoyed many men, and am now ready to embrace the potential for new love and a new partnership.
I have found where I belong professionally… I have found my purpose.
So, this is where it gets really personal.
For over a decade, I have been profoundly struggling with who I am professionally. I have worked a full-time job and simultaneously devoted myself to my business as an entrepreneur; consistently questioning who I really am, what I am supposed to be doing and how I should be doing it.
I have rebranded and redesigned my website many times,
changed the title of what I call myself,
created new programs, services and content,
written countless blogs and articles,
launched countless social media strategies, sales pages and all kinds of list building initiatives.
I have worked with amazing coaches and participated in amazing masterminds; I have educated myself on mindset, sales strategy and growing an online business… and while I have loved every relationship and the incredible talents of those I have met and worked with, I found myself ashamed to admit that I never liked, and even dreaded, the process of business building.
What I really love is coaching and working with women; supporting them to navigate complexity and turbulence in their lives. And, I particularly enjoy providing support and guidance around aligning life, love and career; I believe in the power of intentionally and deliberately creating the lives we desire most.
Yet, despite the countless resources of time, energy and money on pursuing what I thought was my path, something just never felt right.
My greatest challenge over the years has been how to integrate my education, experience, training, passion, skills, talents, strengths, and personality; and create a career that not only inspires me, but takes full advantage of my ability to make the greatest impact.
Well, this is the year that I found what I have been looking for.
I found Inspirecorps.
I am privileged to have found, and joined, an incredible boutique talent strategy consulting firm that is built on social science, positive psychology and a foundation of emotional intelligence research and theory. The incredible women who founded this firm are brilliant, and have created a business that supports leaders, executive teams and organizations to perform not only to their highest potential, but with the greatest amount of inspiration and joy as well.
When I was asked by my mentor what my dream opportunity would be, my answer looked almost exactly like Inspirecorps; and yet I set the vision in motion long before I ever knew that this firm existed at all. In my new role I can unleash my own greatest potential, contribute to a standard of excellence, stretch my own performance, expand my learning and have the kind of impact on individuals and organizations that will make a significant and sustainable difference.
My years of doing the hard inner personal and professional development work, my training with the Anthony Robbins Institute and Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Mapping process, and my MBA in strategic planning gave me the tools I needed to practice what I teach…finding Inspirecorps is merely a manifestation of the many small, deliberate choices I have made over the years. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. This opportunity was waiting for me all along.
I will only be working with women committed to transformation under the Laura W. Campbell brand.
After a decade of calling myself an “entrepreneur”, I am letting go of this label. I am not an “entrepreneur”, I am a woman who chooses to support other women to navigate their complex and beautiful lives with intention, integrity and grace.
I am a woman who wants every woman to live her one magnificent life exactly as she wants.
I am a woman who knows, profoundly and personally, how to create new and next chapters; no matter how complicated or challenging the transition may be.
I will never stop doing what I love.
However, I will now be doing it only for and with women who are ready to invest their time, energy and resources to creating lives that they love. I will only be taking on a limited number of women as clients, women who have reached the moment where mediocrity in their lives is no longer good enough. These women are:
- ready to align their life, love and career so that they can feel inspiration and joy
- ready to create new love knowing that to create the kind of love they want begins within
- ready to maximize their personal leadership for professional success
- and for those who are facing it, ready to move through and forward after divorce with clarity, courage, confidence and control
If you are THAT woman and want to start the New Year strong, let me know…I am ready for you!
We are now a week away from New Year’s Eve again, and I find myself in an entirely different, yet still scary and promising point in my life.
I don’t know what 2017 will bring, but I do know that it will be exciting, exhilarating and undoubtedly uncomfortable, because that is where all the good stuff happens.
You and I, we are no different. What has allowed me to create a life I LOVE is the same thing that will allow you to do so as well. 2017 is going to be an extraordinary year, and I know that because I will make it so. Join me. Come on a journey to claim what you desire. It is all there waiting for you.
I will no longer be sending out a regular newsletter each week, instead I will be blogging directly on facebook so please follow me there.
You are the reason I exist; my door will forever be open to you… so please never hesitate to reach out.