About Laurie


“My deepest desire is to connect people to their joy.”


I am a master life and creativity coach. My diverse training and background experience provide a wide array of effective strategies and tools for helping others enrich their lives and work and practice creativity. 
I live in Denver, Colorado with my two rambunctious golden retrievers, Chenrezig Hanalei Jolie (Rezi) and Zodiac Jinpa Jolie (Zodi).  I love the Rocky Mountains for the beauty, inspiration, and activities they offer. I love literature, theatre, music, dancing, photography and art. I love to watch clouds. Perhaps more than anything else, I love to laugh.
I am a consumate learner.  I have a background in law, psychology, creativity, mindfulness, and Buddhist studies. I am fascinated by the human brain.
Thanks for visiting the Aha Life Design blog. I deeply appreciate your doing so.

Background Stuff:
Dartmouth College, B.A. English Literature, 1976
University of Denver, J.D., Dual Discipline Law & Psychology, 1984
Practicing Attorney for 17 years
Nonprofit Fundraiser for 9 years
Life and Creativity Coach for 8 years
Coach Training and Credentials:  
  • Martha Beck Master Certified Life Coach (Dr. Martha Beck is the author of Finding Your Own North Star and Steering by Starlight and is a monthly columnist for O Magazine.)
  • Certified Kaizen-Muse Master Creativity Coach (Trained by Jill Badonsky, M.Ed., a multi-media artist and author of The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard),and Dr. Robert Maurer, faculty member of the UCLA School of Medicine and author of One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way.)
  • Certified Acorn Positive Psychology Coach (Trained by Robert Biswas-Diener, Ph.D., CMC. Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, known as the Indiana Jones of positive psychology, is a teacher, coach, and author of multiple books on positive psychology topics such as strengths, happiness and courage.)
  • Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator (The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was developed to help men, women, and adolescents learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing a courage practice that transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings and is suitable for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders.)
  • Positive Psychology Certificate Program (Taught by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, teacher, consultant, and author of several books on positive psychology including international best sellers Happier and Being Happy.)
  • Eric Maisel Trained Meaning Coach (Dr. Eric Maisel is a family therapist and author of more than 30 books and is widely regarded as one of America’s foremost creativity coaches.)
  • Modern Day Muse Group Certified Facilitator (Trained by Jill Badonsky M.Ed.)
  • Completion of MentorCoach Coach Training Program with a focus on positive psychology. MentorCoach Positive Psychology Master Classes: (1) “Positive Psychology” taught by Christopher Peterson, Ph.D.; (2) “Gratitude” taught by Robert Emmons, Ph.D.; (3) “Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology” taught by Joseph Ciarrochi, Ph.D.; “Love 2.0″ taught by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D.; Appreciative Inquiry taught by Robert Siegfried, Ph.D. Other
Coaching Related Trainings:
  • Rising Strong™ Training taught by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW
  • Connections™ National Training taught by Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW
  • University of Pennsylvania LPS Commons – Foundations of Positive Psychology Program taught by Tal Ben-Sharar, Ph.D.
  • The Foundation for Shamanic Studies – Michael Harner’s Basic Workshop: The Way of the Shaman® Shamanic Journeying, Power, and Healing taught by Amanda Foulger
  • Shamanic Lucid Dreaming Workshops taught by Robert Moss
  • Tibetan Buddhist Studies   

You can contact Laurie at ahalifedesign @ gmail.com.

My teachers Zydeco Ardoin (1/04/03 – 06/01/17) and Liza Jolie (12/24/01 – 05/18/13)
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My Newest Teachers: Chenrezig Hanalei Jolie and Zodiac Jinpa Jolie



Blessed to have had Golden Energy in my life for so many years. 

18 thoughts on “About Laurie

  1. As many of your friends, fans and followers feel Laurie – great to have met you via Twitter, Facebook and now through your blog. Amazing sentiments and imagery that truly personifies what you are attempting to achieve here. Great work – keep it up. Ciao for now bella,


    1. Thanks so much Andy; I deeply appreciate your comment. Likewise – great to have connected with you. 🙂

  2. Wow, Laurie what an incredible range of learning in a Professional manner and I can only imagine about life’s learnings. I am grateful to have met you to. Take care.

  3. Your site is so inspiring and I’m so happy to have found you (via Artella). I’m such a fan of Jill Badonsky’s work and am signed up for KMCC next spring … I can feel the Muses smiling as I browse your wonderful site … high fives and sunny e-smiles, Paula

    1. Hi Paula,

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for writing your muse-ical comment. Wonderful to meet you!

      How exciting that you will be starting the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach training next Spring. You will learn a lot and have so much fun in the process. I feel fortunate to have received Jill’s training. It has made a big difference in my life and in the lives of my clients, which has been very rewarding. Kudos to you for your decision to take the training!

      I look forward to learning more about you and seeing you in the Kaizen-Muse community.


  4. So love this Laurie. I am honored to have found you on Facebook. This is amazing thank you for starting your blog.

    Much love

    1. Laura, thank you for visiting my blog and for your lovely feedback. Thanks also for subscribing; that means a great deal.

      I too feel blessed to have connected with you. Sending much love back.

  5. To go with AHA I would say Hoo-Ahh to connecting to you to who you are and your industrious erudite background and your youness…as I read your story on the blog…images came to mind re: illustrating the book…check out my art and see if you thnik style may work…I’m not sure either so if there’s no click it’s ok…

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. Your comment is lovely and touches me. So glad we connected on LinkedIn, Facebook and now here.

      Your art is beautiful! I absolutely love your use of color – so vibrant and truly resonates….

      I have never thought much about how Zydeco Mo would be illustrated. I was told that publishers like to hire their own illustrators, so I let go of expectation there. I now realize that self-publishing is an option which opens the door to all sorts of possibilities. If you think the story is a good fit for you, it would be fun to explore further.

      Thanks again for visiting and connecting,

  6. Thank you, Laurie, for your lovely comments about my website and my Quick Quiz. I clicked on your beautiful website and stayed a good while! What an impressive history you have…it means so much that you got something out of my site! It looks like you are doing very well in the Contest…bravo!

    1. My pleasure Terry. I enjoyed visiting your website.

      And thanks so much for visiting my blog and for spending time reading my posts. I deeply appreciate your doing so and your thoughtful feedback.

  7. What a pleasure to have stumbled upon your site. I was particularly drawn to your Second Half of Life blog post. I and a lot of my friends (mid to late 40s) are finding ourselves in this “Is This It?” sort of place now that kids are (slightly) more self sufficient. We are ready for big change—work, habits, lifestyle…all areas of life. II always appreciate reading different perspectives in this area. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Great Joseph Campbell quote too.

    1. Thank you so much Lisa for your visiting my blog and for your lovely comment. The second half of life is definitely a time of change – sometimes difficult to navigate but also very exciting. There are so many possibilities!

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