When I was about nine or ten years old, I decided I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. And every writer needs a space in which to work, right? So, I pushed a small desk into my tiny walk-in closet and called it my office. I would sit for hours at this desk and write short stories complete with my own illustrations (because obviously every good book has pictures).
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that here I am, about 30 years later, laying my heart out in print (sadly minus the crayon drawings). Writing has always been an outlet for me and after a 16-year stint as a television sports anchor and reporter, I’ve gone back to my roots by sharing my own personal stories.
I also realized once I hit 30 that I did not, in fact, have it all figured out. That 10-year-old Laura who was writing stories in her closet probably thought that 20 years later she would be a full-fledged adult with a husband and a couple of kids. Turns out, I was none of the above.
And it scared the crap out of me.
But over the last (nearly) decade I’ve learned to accept that life isn’t always about what you expected. And it’s the twists and turns along the way that actually make it a life worth living and sharing. I met my husband when I was 35 (and a half), got married at 38 (and a half), we began an IVF journey at 40, and if kids are in our future, I’ll be at least 42.
But this is my timeline, and I’m finally owning it.
There is the life you thought you would have and there is your life, actually. It’s the “actually” that holds all the power and excitement. We just have to choose to embrace it.
Whether you are exactly where you thought you would be or just trying to keep your head above water, my goal with The Life Actually Company is to simply tell it like it is. By sharing my stories, advice and experiences I want you to realize you aren’t alone. And happiness is yours to find and cultivate.
So, let’s keep it real. After all, being an adult is hard enough. Let’s lift each other up along the way.
This is a good time to also mention that in addition to having my husband, Marc, I’m also a proud dog mom to Oxford the labradoodle. You will see a lot of him. Sorry not sorry. He’s adorable. And after spending nearly a decade in NYC, we now live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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