Take Off The Too Toos

Laura Staley

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Okay. Anyone remember people saying something like the following: “If we looked up “gullible” (or fill in the word people used for you) in the dictionary your picture would be there??

Well, I once knew a girl and a woman whose picture would have shown up in many places in a dictionary based on what others said about her.

Here’s a whole bunch of words people have used to describe this girl and woman I once knew:

  • Too irresponsible

  • Too loud

  • Too sad

  • Too happy

  • Too quiet

  • Too much

  • Too mean

  • Too shy

  • Too serious

  • Too sensitive

  • Too smart

  • Too needy

  • Too weak

  • Too skinny

  • Too fat

  • So clingy

  • So stupid

  • So annoying

  • So disgusting

  • So high maintenance thinking she was low maintenance

  • So scared

  • So much potential

  • So scattered

  • So stubborn

  • So willful

  • So naive

  • So impulsive

This woman at last pulled off the Too Too-s, donned hiking boots, skinny jeans, and a sweatshirt, and instead of living a so-so life chose to skip into the forest of her dreams, discover the delights that lived there deep in the woods, and emerge with armloads of logs and kindling to light her burning hot fire of desires, to share the logs and light with as many human beings as she could, and then maybe some of those individuals wouldn’t feel the so so of fears that stopped them from skipping into the forest, or sauntering into oceans, or hiking mountains, or sweating in deserts or running in prairies or hustling to the urban groove while finding, holding, growing their own Divine planted seeds of passions, aspirations.

Life’s too short and so precious not to align with what makes you come alive, what wakes you up in the morning to another glorious day.

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Laura Staley

The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives.

Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening.

As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life.

Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University.

Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy