Hi, I'm Laura

I’ve worked with children and families for over 25 years. I suffered from debilitating anxiety when I was younger and never really understood what was happening to me.

After having my own 3 children, I decided to go back to university in my 40s to get a master’s degree in Child Studies. I focused on psychological resilience and well-being in children and adolescents. As I waded through the research, I began to notice some patterns and common themes between what I was studying and what I had experienced in my work and personal life.

I created 5 children’s books to condense the essence of the science, experience, and spiritual teachings into a simple storybook format that is fun and easy to read. Complex concepts are explained in a way that children (and parents) can understand and enjoy.

How Did Lifelight Come to Be?

I made the decision to stay home with my own three children, and like most women who make this decision, I put my career aspirations on hold.

One evening, I remember watching a documentary and in it, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke about how women’s lives come in segments and how women can do it all, just not all at the same time.

Around the same time, I also remember reading a parenting book and wondering why I was taking parenting advice from a man who spent his days away from his own kids.

As my children grew older, I wanted to explore a new segment of my life outside of the role of mom. I set out to find a way to use my gifts and talents to serve people.

Discovering The Pathway

It was at this point that I decided to go back to school to get my master’s degree. The first degree I started was a disastrous fit. I was devasted and discouraged, but I picked myself up, chose a different degree, and trusted that there was a reason for everything and not to resist what was happening.

Through that process I made some personal and professional discoveries, not the least of which was that learning and growing sucks when you’re going through it!

I began to study what helped people move forward through challenging times and what helped people enjoy their lives despite the challenges. I discovered common patterns and clues when people do this successfully, and because my degree is in child studies, my goal is to share these patterns and clues with parents.

I applied every one of the teachings from this program to my own life and with my own kids and the results are nothing short of amazing.

The Takeaway

Through this journey and applying the things I learned, my children now have a framework to support them when they’re faced with challenges, and we share a common language to describe our emotions and behaviours.

This program has brought us together, nurtured the bonds between my children, allowed us to connect to each other and to Source consciously and on a regular basis, helped us put life into perspective, and allowed us to see the humanity in all others.

As I work with more and more families, I see the shift that comes from sharing this common framework and language. I’ve seen the emotional freedom that comes from letting go of fear, the strengthening of bonds through consciously engaging in activities, and the incredible love and courage that is fostered by applying and reflecting on the simple teachings.

I’m a big believer in investing most of our time and energy in prevention. I believe we can save our kids (and ourselves) years of trial-and-error suffering and help them experience the joy of learning how to live life from a grounded and connected place.