“Eighty Percent of Success Is Showing Up.”
Laura Miolla helps professionals successfully navigate and use DISRUPTIVE CHANGE as a springboard into POSITIVE TRANSFORMATION. This can be change that is thrust upon you … divorce, illness, job transition. Or it can be change that you want … starting a business, career advancement or business growth. Please visit moxielifeleadership.com for leadership and brand development coaching programs and resources.
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.
My purpose is to help professionals successfully navigate DISRUPTIVE CHANGE, such as divorce, through leadership and brand development. My clients embrace their authenticity from new perspectives and achieve their potential with vision, clarity, purpose and passion. The far-reaching impact of my work is nothing less than the positive transformation of clients’ personal lives, professional careers and overall health.
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!
“I lived in a state of confusion for years. A few sessions with Laura & my world starting seeing clarity. You owe it to yourself to be coached; no reason to go through it alone.” — Liz
“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
“Coaching with Laura was meant to be! I had never even heard of a coach. I had met Laura at a workshop, chatted a bit and when I took her business card I made sure I put it in my wallet so I would not lose it. That phone call was the best way to start 2014 which I vowed would be my year to get this divorce done. I had been separated for a few years and living in limbo. I was “stuck” in my life about how to handle my divorce and my life. I put off all the major decisions, living like a robot with the day to day routines; procrastination was my middle name. The tools Laura has taught me work and I am using them. My captain & crew are inside me now and it feels good to “talk” and “listen” to them. I sure do make them work hard. I have learned things about myself that have been dormant for years. I am excited about my new adventure in life! The word “Moxie” is awesome!” — Pat
“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
“Since moving back home at the end of July, I can’t even tell you how great things have been. I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined that our situation could turn around like it has. We are really enjoying spending time together, going on vacation, just COMMUNICATING. It’s really amazing. When people ask me what changed to allow us to reconcile, I have to tell them that we BOTH changed. Wow! People at work have commented on my new-found sense of confidence, and how I handle things differently than in the past. I think I say this every time I reach out to you, but I really can’t thank you enough for guiding me and giving me the tools to turn my life around. I sing the praises of life coaching (and specifically YOU!) often!” — Lisa
“It’s never too late to make changes and to find the path that is right for you. Life coaching with Laura helped me find places in my life and my thinking where I had become stuck. Her perceptive questions and assignments challenged me to re-examine how I viewed myself, my experiences, and my world. Some discoveries shocked me. The new perspectives I gained through Laura’s coaching have led me to make some amazing changes in my life. Be warned though, participating in life coaching is not for the faint-of-heart—you will have to take a hard look at yourself and recognize what you have been doing that isn’t working for you and then you will need to have a good amount of courage to start doing something different. Life coaching helped me discover facets of myself that I didn’t even knew existed. I am now venturing into new things that reflect the passions and life purpose that had been buried inside me all these years and were only able to be uncovered, recognized, and appreciated through the insights gained from Laura’s coaching.” — Merrilee
“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
“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
“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
“Working with Laura, I saved $18,000 on legal fees and didn’t even know that was possible before.” — Amy