“Eighty Percent of Success Is Showing Up.”
I help professionals successfully navigate DIVORCE … by stepping into LEADERSHIP and using it as a springboard for POSITIVE CHANGE.
Self-limiting beliefs associate disruptive change with chaos. And yet, the only constant in life is change … meaning there will ALWAYS be chaos. Achieving personal and professional success requires you to step into LEADERSHIP and achieve true mastery over yourself and your actions … regardless of the chaos around you. Leadership equals resilience in the face of change. And from this place, you will impact the world around you … based on what you are creating from within. And THAT is the impact I want to help you create.
Based in the United States, I have coached individuals all over the world including the United States, Canada, Spain, Kenya, Colombia, Singapore and the UK. I earned an MA from Tufts University and am a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the Coaches Training Institute and a certified Mediator in Massachusetts. I also hosted a radio show – Divorce Sucks: A Smart Girls’ Guide To Doing It Better – on VoiceAmerica in early 2015.
My professional background includes 20+ years in management, leadership, strategy and business development serving the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries, in specific roles such as Vice President Business Development, Consultant and Advisory Board member. I’m also a writer, with articles published in Huffington Post, Fox News Magazine, Parents Magazine, Thought Catalog, Care2, Working Mother Magazine, Babble, Unlocked Magazine and Solo Parent Magazine.
I am also divorced with two young children. My divorce process took two and a half years and a huge bite out of my bank account. I worked all those years in Corporate America … climbing the corporate ladder … only to lose half of my retirement money AND pay my ex child support (even with 50/50 custody). I learned the hard way how rigged the system really is for professional women. Yet, it also brought me here … to my new life … doing what I love. It also changed how I live and work and play. I live better, with a dedicated focus on balance and health. I work smarter, with perspective and purpose. And I play harder, with joy and a huge amount of gratitude.
I created MoxieLife with 4 key cornerstones or beliefs:
1. Divorce is a gift … to you and your partner. It’s a gift to leave an unfulfilling relationship and create the life you want. It’s a gift to allow and embrace pure freedom to walk the path you choose for yourself. And it’s a gift to know that you are naturally creative, resourceful and whole. You can grow and evolve from this experience and create the life you want. And so can your partner. Not doing so would deny your partner of that opportunity.
2. Divorce is the dissolution of a legal contract, not your family. You can preserve and even enrich your family relationships during and after divorce. You just need clarity and intention to create what you want.
3. Our jobs as parents is not to shield our children from change … it’s to teach them resilience in the face of change. Remember, you are teaching them how to live life based on how you live yours.
4. Divorce is an opportunity to step into your power and leadership. To truly be successful in this process, you need to own it by taking charge in this process and in your life. Using your leadership skills here will help you create the personal and professional opportunities you want.
The bumps in the road aren’t meant to stop you. They’re there to help you learn something you need … to get to the next step. And they’re there to help you appreciate that you are walking (running, jumping, leaping) on your the path at all.
Moxie Gets Results!
“After I left my ex and moved out of the house, and before I found Laura. I didn’t even know that divorce coaches existed. Following a few therapy sessions, I googled looking for a life coach as I really wanted to move forward fast. Soon, I realized that it, unfortunately, wasn’t possible. I had to face the stages of grief since I was still very much in love with my ex and I had to start a new life. It was overwhelming and extremely painful at times. Laura gave me hope. She held my hand in the first 7 months and I couldn’t have done it without her. I’m still going through the divorce process, but it’s not as challenging as it was at the beginning. I needed someone who knew the ins and outs of the process as I was lost, cut off from the circle of our friends (which was my choice) and my family overseas. The only thing I knew was that no matter what, I needed to keep my grace and dignity. It was so challenging at times, especially since I was subjected to numerous manipulations from my ex … but Laura helped me see the bigger picture when all I could see was the fog. I am deeply grateful for her support, understanding and patience, unlimited email support (which was invaluable) and for her professionalism throughout the process. In addition, Laura helped me with my career and marketing for my new business. Divorce is a huge life changing event and it has its challenges. We can’t do it alone. Family and friends are told give us the support we need. Though, no one fully understands the ins and outs of the process and the pain that it brings like Laura, who has been there herself and has a passion to help us get through to the other side and become even stronger and independent. This divorce has changed me as a person, and with Laura’s help, I found myself again. I would recommend Laura to anyone who wants to turn their divorce into a positive event in their lives … no matter how difficult and contradictory it is at the start of the process. It has so many learning curves and lessons … and Laura is very good at identifying them and helping one grow.” – Marina
“Talking to you in our consultation really gave me the validation that it was OK to feel the way that I did about getting a divorce. And you also showed me a strength that I didn’t realize I had. Thank you again for reminding me of the empowerment I have inside. You are truly a blessing to me.” — Omeshia
“Working with Laura, I saved $18,000 on legal fees and didn’t even know that was possible before.” — Amy
“I came to Laura not knowing what to expect. I was miserable in my marriage and I knew I needed something (someone?) to help me finally make a decision about what to do. I came across a blog post of hers and called her the same day. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get through this process on my own. When you are thinking about divorce, it’s like deciding to leave everything you know and enter into some kind of strange, dark abyss where everything is mysterious—possibly horrifying and possibly glorious, and possibly both. What I came to learn, through Laura, is that my marriage/divorce is only a small part of the puzzle of why I feel stuck, undervalued and prone to listening to critical voices that have been following me for years. Oh my god, I did not know I was going to go there with Laura! I thought we were going to talk about divorce! So far in my time with her, we haven’t much talked about divorce or how much of a jerk my husband is, or my lawyer will be, etcetera. Without wasting even a single moment, Laura systematically helps me uncover (and debunk) all the reasons I’m settling for less than I need, want and deserve. After only a few sessions, Laura has helped me see that I’m like the person clinging to the wave-beaten detritus for fear of drowning when the island paradise is only a few yards away. I just have to let go and swim! One more thing… Laura specializes in divorce but I think anyone dealing with life’s challenges (be it divorce or something else) can benefit from working with her. She is a truly talented and practical coach. She has high expectations of you and I think you will have higher expectations of yourself after even a few sessions.” — Teresa
“Coaching through MoxieLife has given me ways to be the best version of myself in my personal and professional life. Instead of living in fear of negative perceptions, I have chosen to see the positive outcomes of my making good choices about my goals” — The Honey-Colored Light, Encouraging Others to Be Their Best
“I was not sure what to expect from coaching. I wondered if it was going to be worth the investment in terms of both time and money. Working with Laura, I have discovered that this is one of the best investments I have made for myself in a long time. I was surprised how deeply emotional it is. And it is better than therapy or counseling for me because there are requests and accountability that has helped me push through the hard stuff and arrive at the place I wanted to be. I am more connected to my emotions and not always in my head in “thinking mode.” It has helped me move past the things that were holding me back, things I wasn’t even aware of. Laura helped me identify these and guided me to a better place where I am ready for even more success and happiness. I am daring greatly!” — Kristine
“It’s much easier taking the high road when you are living for yourself and not allowing someone to make you feel a certain way because of their actions. It’s liberating. You’ve taught me some valuable lessons and made me realize what’s important to me and how to be happy again! Thank you! You helped me off the ground when I was down… Words can’t describe….” — Noha
“I’ve been working with Laura for several months now, and I have to say, I am so grateful to have found her. I am having a really tough time with my life right now. It’s completely upside down and each day is a battle. It’s a long journey toward recovery, but if you are looking to work with someone that will help you and keep you from falling off the edge, she is the person to work with. There’s no judgment, there’s no talking about the past, it’s all about moving forward. We all instinctively want to harp and lament on the past, but Laura does not let you fall into that pit for a long time, because she knows that moving forward is your only option. She helps you realize that focusing on the changes we can make now will shape the future we want. I don’t know what is to become of my future, but I can tell you, that if you told me six months ago I’d be working toward what I am working on now, I’d think you were crazy. Laura has helped me stay the course. She’s there to support you, guide you, and keep you going, no judgment. EVER. I thank the Lord for her every day. Work with a coach, not a psychologist or therapist. They’ll only make you relive the past and for what? So you can dissect something you can’t change? That’s not productive. Working with Laura is. Work with her, you’ll be glad you did.” — Andrea
“My life and mind were in total chaos when I happened across Laura’s website. I had no idea she was exactly what I needed! She worked me through some of my most difficult times ever and provided me with the tools and wisdom I needed to move forward. With her help I’ve discovered an incredible sense of personal peace, and am feeling more confident in my future than I have in a very long time.” — Lisa
“I found my time spent with Laura some of the most useful and productive things I have done for myself. It was a gift to myself to invest in coaching with Laura. My issues and problems didn’t change but yet I found new answers and new approaches to my lifelong struggles. I am certainly not done but enjoy living a more authentic life than I ever have.” — Joann