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Lauri's Lemonade Stand

Welcome to the Lemonade Stand, A Positivity Podcast for Women with a focus on serving mature women into the next chapter of their lives in a determined and fun way (cause it’s my favorite age so far!). I am Lauri Mackey, a Certified Holistic Health Coach who promotes three elements of holistic health: psychological, physical, and social well-being. I believe that if you can find and maintain balance in these areas that you have the greatest capacity for happiness in your life. Life experiences and knowledge has made me a cheerleader of hope, a promoter of physical fitness and maintaining a healthy diet (I favor a whole food, plant-based approach), and then showing up in the world with the greatest capacity to serve. This service is why I started this podcast - to bring together the world’s leading experts on having fun, showing up as our authentic selves, and just plain finding tips, hints, ah-ha moments, and life lessons to help in our journey. “Sucking Lemons” moments happen to all of us, but this podcast is here to teach us how to make our own “Sweet Lemonade”.
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Dec 10, 2018

“The Unsexy Ways You Talk Dirty to Yourself” - Yep, that pretty much sums up negative self-talk, doesn’t it?  There is nothing sexy about self-criticism and today’s guest, Stephanie Miller, author of Confessions of a Failed Perfectionist: How to Get Over Self-Hate, Self-Sabotage and Feeling Like a Failure, a handbook to help those struggling with addiction and eating disorders, was a pleasant surprise of positivity.  Since Stephanie LOVES surprises as a way of being shown love, I’m sure she will appreciate the use of the term.  This episode covers shame, body-shame, and of course a healthy dose of self-love that guess what?  CAN BE LEARNED!  Wait until you get to Stephanie’s favorite quote at the end and just try not to be inspired to try your own healthy dose of self-love starting today!  Enjoy this beautiful episode and look forward to her business partner, Laura Biswas next week!

Dec 3, 2018

Slow Travel.  Location Independent Business.  Living Life on Your Terms - even if those terms mean selling everything you own (or giving it away) and going on the road for 18 months with only what can fit in your Honda CRV.  These are all things I was curious about when I learned about Kala Philo.  She is a heroine in her own right that had the courage to go out on her own, envision a life outside of what we would consider the “norm” (What’s normal, anyway??) and create this beautiful life of slow travel, a location independent business, a minimalist lifestyle - only to find complete satisfaction and the love her life along her sweet journey.  Come learn all about Kala in this podcast interview and see if this type of lifestyle might be your next grand adventure!

Nov 26, 2018

#Aging Backwards is definitely the theme of today’s podcast guest, Elysabeth Alfano who started her own production company, has interviewed too many celebrities to count and brought them together to eat and connect, and now her latest venture into podcasting - ALL AFTER AGE 40!  Not to mention celebrating her silver, going vegan, and standing in her power in all sorts of ways.  Elysabeth is full of positive energy that is seriously contagious and is rockin’ this next stage of her life.  Enjoy the heck out of this interview - I know I did!

Nov 19, 2018

Is forgiveness a one-time thing?  Is it possible to forgive what seems like the ultimate unforgivable act? Are angels real?  Do you believe in miracles?  Even after something as tragic as having your child murdered?  Alissa Parker is one of the parents who lost their child during the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting that happened on December 14th, 2012.  Her 6-year old daughter, 19 other children, and 6 adults were among the victims that day.  Alissa opens up about that day, the days that followed, how she found her way.  She tells us of miracles, of where her darling Emilie is now, her book, and the focus of her attention outside her family these days in her non-profit organization, Safe and Sound Schools.  This is a true testament of taking a horrific “sucking lemons” moment, the searching and finding of the “sugar” (over and over again), that has made her find her “sweet lemonade”.  Join us with tissues and honor for this amazing woman.

Nov 12, 2018

Fairytales are not just for girls and today’s guest author, Jody Smith brings this point home by quite literally breaking the traditional mold of fairytales and making her heroine save herself!  In her first book, Princess Monroe, Jody brings to light the fact that while we may love the tiara’s and the lace and the sparkly things, we also love to mountain bike, rock climb, get dirty, play musical instruments and create BIG dreams.  This lovely mamapreneur has ditched the title of “busy” and has donned the new title of “empowered with purpose”.  I know you are going to enjoy this lively and lovely conversation with this amazing woman.  Please enjoy this week’s podcast with Jody Smith!

Nov 5, 2018

Money Methodology as an Art Form?  YES!!  Bari Tessler, M.A., is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach, Mamaprenuer and the Founder of The Art of Money.  Wanna know what the three phases of her money methodology are?  Of course you do!  Money Healing, Money Practices, and Money Maps.  Do you have shame around your money?  Perhaps around your spending habits?  Bari will help you lay that to rest and begin your brand new Money Story starting with immediate advice found within the headphones of this podcast interview.  The best “feel-good” quote from this podcast was this: “Trust your timing.  Not anyone else’s.  Especially with money.” Stop comparing, stop blaming, stop shaming, and feel good about your Money Story 

Oct 29, 2018

Akashinga - The Brave Ones in the Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe - Strong, brave women with super tough backgrounds have come together under the direction of Damien Mander, Founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (iapf.org) and are a force to be reckoned with. This podcast is about empowering women with hope and bringing positivity to their lives.  Damien is doing this and as in any culture, the ripple effects of empowering these women is being felt not only amongst themselves, but it is having positive effects in their communities and the entire eco-system of that community.  This shift was met with loads of resistance, but Damien has pushed through every obstacle.  You will learn more about his journey here, learn about these incredible women, and then learn what you can do to help this movement continue.  I invite you to partake of this podcast and then decide what you can do from your corner of the world to be a conservationist and support the Akashinga Initiative.

Oct 22, 2018

#TruthBombs and #MindBlown moments abound in this episode!  Debbie is to be commended for her vulnerability in sharing what I consider super scary moments in her life that caused some real havoc in her state of well-being.  I am proud to know her and give her 100% props for finding the grit, tenacity, and help she needed to find her party at the end of the tunnel (cause who wants just a light there when you finally show up?).  She is now helping other woman find their Soul Journey through Soul Mapping.  Are you a part of her sacred rebel tribe of amazing women?  My guess is that it’s a big fat YES!  Come on in and start today to find your “Big Dream” and better than that?  To make it a reality.  This podcast episode is truly going to blow your mind!

Oct 15, 2018

Work Happy, Live Happy, Be Happy - with a slogan like that it’s bound to be a good interview, right?  Kyla is founder of The Happiness Workshop, is coming out with a new book this year called WITH vs AT, and is on a mission to waylay negativity and bullying in the workplace.  She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and to be honest, is just plain fun!  I would list intelligence at the top of Kyla’s traits, right along with being a good friend.  She is choosing to be happy, exercising her happiness muscle, and in this podcast is inviting us to do the same.  She loves to travel and is taking her message to the masses.  Jump on in and be inspired!

Oct 8, 2018

Frientimacy is a new word in Shasta’s vocabulary that I would like to adopt.  In this episode we talk about her area of expertise - Friendships!  How to make friends, where to find them, which of the 5 circles they are in and how to be a great friend.  I immediately bought both of Shasta’s books the same day I concluded this interview.  There is no doubt in my mind that we have largely ignored the need for frientimacy in our relationships, our friendships, and I, for one, am not going to stand by and let that happen.  We need friends, good friends.  We deserve friends, good ones.  I believe that it’s not only possible, it’s a necessity (like breathing, for example).  Come on this “friend-ship” cruise with Shasta and I as we explore very real life scenarios and what you can do to increase your frientimacy - including where to find the quiz to see how you rank.  I did mine and shared it here on the show!  Listen in and listen up, ladies - your friendships are about to reach a whole new level of awesomesauce!

Oct 1, 2018

Pina may speak 5 languages, but she has one vision - be the best version of herself possible.  What this means is that she can then help others with their vision.  With 2 Tedx Talks under her belt, as well as authoring a book and keynoting at numerous events, Pina has had her own set of struggles and fears that she has had to overcome which drives all of her passionate philanthropy projects today.  From being president of Gratitude International, speaking to college students about ending date-rape on campuses, and even to the #MissionWellington brought on by her soul friend of a dog that passed away last year and her becoming a Pet Bereavement Counselor, this girl is on fire!  Come on in and get to know Pina on a personal level and then take her up on her offer of a gracious gift from her in the end just for our Tribe of Lemonader’s.  You are going to adore Pina and feel empowered to “Follow your Yes’s”. 

Sep 24, 2018

Get Happier!  Jen Riday is everything she teaches - vibrant AND happy.  She is on a mission to help other women find their worth, their value through self-love, community, and empowerment.  Everyone wants to be happy, right?  But do you truly know how to find your happy?  While it’s definitely a process and isn’t achieved overnight, it is totally possible!  In this interview, Dr. Jen will give you helpful advice and tips to start working towards your happy right now, but she will also point you in the right direction to stay that way.  She shares a couple of rock-bottom, “sucking lemons” moments in her life and how she turned them into sweet lemonade.  Come on in, the water’s fine!  Be sure and leave

Sep 17, 2018

Self-educated through reading countless books, surviving harrowing life experiences, and utilizing dogged determination, Melissa Monte knows the ropes of what it takes to live your truth.  She is the hostess behind the super popular, heartfelt podcast “Mind Love” with over 150,000 downloads per month and is an explorer of mindset shifts and positive energy.  Plus, she is just witty and fun!  Come on in and enjoy this uplifting chat with Melissa Monte!

Sep 10, 2018

Forged into Noella’s very being is a sense of strength that is coupled with courage and the innate desire to serve those in need.  Her story from her youth will move you.  Her story of her young adulthood will make you proud.  Her story now will inspire you, empower you, and all at once make you grateful for everything you have in this world, both temporally and spiritually.  I was honored (and did not realize until this podcast interview) that Noella’s very first podcast interview was this one here on Lauri’s Lemonade Stand.  I am honored, humbled, and blessed to know Noella Coursaris Musunka and to have learned about her during our time together.  I have no doubt you will be moved by her story and hopefully, be moved to make a difference in your part of the world - wherever that is.  Enjoy and learn in this beautiful interview with Noella of Malaika and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Sep 3, 2018

Honesty is at the heart of this conversation with The Handel Group’s, Laurie Gerber.  If you can define your dream (and we give you The Tool on how to do that by taking your very own Current Reality Quiz), you can start learning how to stop complaining to find happiness, have a phenomenal relationship with your significant other (including intimacy), learn how to befriend your fears, and do some serious emotional decluttering.  Who doesn’t want a piece of that?  Laurie talks about her own “Near Divorce Experience” and how life coaching saved her marriage through integrity. This interview will have you doing some of your own soul-searching, laughing, relating, and hopefully will even have you finding your own “ah-ha” moment.  Laurie will give it to you straight up in this amazing interview!  (Not appropriate for little ears)

Aug 27, 2018

Body Language Expert?  Yes!  RB Kelly is just that.  I’m reminded of the scene in Little Mermaid when Ursula is convincing Arial to become human and she says “Never underestimate the power of body language” as she shook her enormous hips before stealing Arial’s voice.  Arial then needs to convince Eric to kiss her without just any kiss, but true love’s kiss.  Without Ursula’s ensuing interference she would have done just that - all without speaking a word.  Body Language is oh so important in our romantic relationships, our business relationships, our friendships, even as a defense against would-be predators.  RB is amazingly gifted in her training of speaking the right body language for corporations, for personal relationships, and even teaching teenagers how to talk to each other without using texts or Snapchat.  This episode will teach you methods you can employ straight away to improve your relationships - my favorite was all about playing footsies!  Come on in and enjoy this super fun episode with RB Kelly, THE Body Language Boss.

Aug 20, 2018

The Void is real, but it is not the end.  Stephenie Zamora talks all about how we need to walk through our struggles and face our pain, instead of skirting the issue.  We are meant to be happy, but sometimes we want to throw positive affirmations in the fire place and watch them burn.  Difficulties are a certainty in our life, but Stephenie has found a way to help you through The Call of the Void with her brand new offering called Journey Mapping. She eats ice cream with a fork. She doesn’t use her pinkies for anything, even typing (yes, she knows that’s weird). She would make an excellent getaway driver, and I am honored to call her friend.  Enjoy this upfront and honest talk about dealing with our challenges and know that there is hope no matter where you might find yourself in your journey.

Aug 13, 2018

“Actively loving ourselves in a society that does its hardest to tell us we need fixing is a major accomplishment.  Saying “I’m worthy as I am” is pretty rebellious when every brand, every commercial you see wants you to believe you are too fat, too thin, too saggy, too perky, too old, too young, too grey or too vibrant to be whole.” This quote is by Sarah Sapora who is not afraid to be irreverent and bold in getting her message out into the world about self-love while at the same time showing grace, compassion and sensitivity to those in need.  Sarah says that, “Life is meant to be lived. It is beautiful, messy, and colorful. It is our job to show up, live authentically, and spread the Love in whatever way we can.”  Come join her at her table (or in this case this podcast) and “Rise the Eff Up!”  If you love what you hear, please consider joining Sarah at her amazing Body + Love Workshop in Las Vegas next month!  Just go to bodyloveworkshop.com and join the party!  (Seriously amazing pricing on this by the way…check it out soon before the price goes up!)

Aug 6, 2018

Kindness has saved her, kindness lives through her, kindness is her career of choice.  Brooke Jones is the Vice President of The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and a known RAKtivisit (find out how easily you can also become a RAKtivisit by visiting randomactsofkindness.org).  Get ready to feel love, kindness, maybe even cry a little at this very real discussion with Brooke and then learn how you can join the gang at RAK and have the opportunity to feel good, spread good, witness good…all in the name of kindness starting right here, right now!

Jul 30, 2018

SHINE.  Life Design.  Jaime Myers is all about coaching women on this exact subject.  Wanna know how you can SHINE?  This beautiful word has an acronym that I’m guessing you can relate to:  S - Speak Your Truth, H - Heal Your Past, I - Invent Yourself, N - Nurture Your Needs, and E - Empower Your Dream.  I want ALL of them in my Life Design!  Jaime is the creator of shinelifedesign.com which helps women live soul-filled and soul-fueled lives.  Through her community and special retreats she is doing just that. A kindred spirit in the passion of supporting and empowering women, you won’t want to miss this incredible podcast episode with Jaime Myers where you will learn that “Everything in life happens FOR you, not TO you.”

Jul 23, 2018

Energy and Vibrations are at the heart of every living thing.  Today’s guest, Carolin Hauser-Carson is an intuitive that has been called the “Pleasure Whisperer” and the “Soul Liberator”.  After just an hour with her I would have to agree.  The last 5 years of her life has brought a peace, hope, empowerment, and fulfilling of her life that can only be described as phenomenal.  Come on in and learn more about your Pleasure IQ, about being in the flow in EVERY SINGLE AREA of your life, and how Carolin has not only achieved this on a personal level, but how she is helping others achieve pleasure in their lives - especially women.  I’m looking forward to her free gift to learn all about my personal Pleasure IQ.  Take a listen and then visit Carolin on her website womenintheflow.com and enjoy the free gift yourself!  You will be able to test your “Pleasure Intelligence” and then learn how to apply this to your love life, your relationship with money, and perhaps find your own personal healing and growth - sky’s the limit!

Jul 16, 2018

These sisters!  Both doctors in their respective fields, these beautiful women (and sisters) have come together to share their skills, knowledge, and wisdom surrounding healing through love and the mind-body connection.  Reducing stress, getting the right amount of sleep specific to you, eating in a mindful way that encompasses not just your body, but your soul and your senses are all things that Farzana and Farhana are focusing on with their new website and business happywisewell.com.  Come on in and learn about their backgrounds, why they chose the name “HappyWiseWell” and just feel their smiles as they talk about their passion in helping others.  I’m so happy to have caught up with these ladies while they were traveling in San Francisco and had just attended the Harvard Lifestyle Medicine Conference considering one lives in the UK and one in DC - what a blessing to get them together.  I know you’re going to enjoy and glean great things from them - enjoy!

Jul 9, 2018

Word games are a passion of mine. From Scrabble to Words with Friends and I adore Crosswords from Dell.  Mary Shores is all about words - words that count and words that can make a difference - if you let them.  Come on it to this podcast and learn about powerful words like “Cleanse or Clog”, what the “Core Four” is, and how you can stop that negative self-talk reel that’s stuck on repeat in your head. Mary has said, “Everything we say, everything we do, every choice we make in the thinnest sliced moments of life is either creating a connection to what we want or it’s driving a disconnection.”  This interview gives examples of this so powerful that it truly can be life-changing.  Mary even offers our listeners a Free Daily Desires Diary Bundle which includes the Daily Desires Diary, a new daily practice to help you reflect, set goals, and take action, as well as a bonus excerpt of Conscious Communications to jumpstart your motivation.  Simply go to this link and start your transformation today!

Jul 2, 2018

Smoked cinnamon.  5-spice powder.  The microplane. Vegan parmesan cheese.  Smoked sea salt.  These are all things I decided to add to my kitchen after this beautiful and fun interview with Chef Charity Morgan.  Turns out we grew up an hour apart in Northern California (you never know what you’re going to find out during a podcast interview!) and that Charity has loved to cook since age 5, made a full meal at age 8 that blew the mind of her father, cooked for her friends after school as a teenager, learned about the word “culinary” as a young adult and that propelled her into attending and graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena.  Take this a step further and Charity is not only making amazing meals for her family, but for her husband, Derrick Morgan (linebacker for the Tennessee Titans) when his nutritionist says to cut back on inflammation and recovery time and that he should try going plant-based.  Charity followed suit and now not only is entirely plant-based, but cooks for a bunch of those team members as well and is loving it all!  You can find recipes and helpful hints on her website chefcharitymorgan.com, but you’re just gonna love getting to know Chef Charity Morgan in this episode!  (PS - She tells her love story on how she met Derrick! Adorbs!)

Jun 25, 2018

Connections are the lifeline of women.  Connections with our authentic selves, connections with family and friends, connections with our business colleagues and Sara Blanchard is an expert in all of them!  Break out of your cycle of making yourself power through something and do what Sara suggests, “The reality is, humans are social creatures, and we do our best when we are connected in a web of relationships that support us.”  This podcast talks all about these connections and teaches you how to get to know yourself better through encouraging play and even laughter (can you imagine?). Since learning about Sara and doing this interview I have upped my game in my connections with girlfriends.  I’ve reached out through voicemail messages, set up movie dates and even a double date with one with our hubbies.  The proof is in the pudding - this works!  Sara is an inspiration.  If you are feeling like you could improve your relationships, this podcast is DEFINITELY for you!

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