Hi! I'm Laurie Marie, photographer and body love coach. I'm here to share my heart-felt wisdom with you, something I've been working on for quite some time. Fifteen years ago I went through a trauma that changed me forever, and as a result I gained 100 pounds over the course of a year. I no longer felt comfortable in my own skin; I had lost my self-confidence, self worth and acceptance of self.
There were so many ways I wasn't living life fully after that weight gain. I didn't want to do things like go swimming with friends because I hated my body. Or go shopping to buy new clothes - I hated dressing rooms. I even remember one time I was on an airplane and the stewardess actually made fun of me in front of everyone and then asked me to move seats, it was awful and so embarrassing.
On the outside I seemed fine, I was smiling and happy. I used humor as a way to copy but inside I was dying. Then one day it all changed, I was in the Dominican Republic for a photography workshop called "What If." I had a complete breakdown in front of 60 strangers. It turns out I wasn't okay and I decided it was time to get help. This is what I now lovingly call my spiritual awakening. For the last three years I have been on an amazing journey to learn to love myself and live from a place of self-acceptance. I'm not always perfect at it and the gremlins will come out to play every once in a while but I now live and laugh from a place of whole-heartedness.
My body isn't a limitation anymore, it's a celebration. Now when I laugh and use humor it's because I'm actually happy with who I am and with my body. I've come a long way and I can say I'm comfortable in my own skin again and I love who I am. Now I want to help others do the same! I want to share what I've learned and hopefully shorten your learning curve.
If you've ever felt like you weren't good enough, like you had to change your body or yourself to feel accepted, if you've ever felt like your body was holding you back, then I invite you to come along this journey with me because it's bigger than weight! You're beautiful and you're worth it! Come take my hand, and we'll do it together!
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