Embracing the belief that “Life is an expression of the choices we make,” I’m a teacher and student of purposeful living—an intentional choice to be our best self and live our best life. Always.

A cross between Dr. Dolittle, Nanny McPhee, and a type-A Buddhist, I’m a voracious reader, award-winning author, kindness enthusiast, unabashed optimist, and changemaker.

With tremendous respect for the earth’s natural resources, my goal is to leave the slightest footprint on the planet, while at the same time making a lasting impression on its inhabitants—one that’s positive, uplifting, constructive, and healing.

A minimalist by intent, I live in a 500-square-foot home in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and our Irish Wolfhound, Willa. We live a beautiful life with fewer things—simple, yet full. I enjoy yoga, long walks, bicycling, and photography. I love laughter, reading, and travel.

I invite you to take some time to look around and hope you’ll come back and visit often. Be sure to subscribe to my blog, Tuesdays With Laurie, to receive a once-weekly email notification of a fresh post.

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“Laurie’s posts are concise and profound. Like a French sauce—perfectly ‘reduced,’ boiled down to essence.”
Shirley Hershey Showalter, former president of, and professor at, Goshen College, and author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World