Welcome to HappySmartYOU
We are Laurie and Elizabeth, your hosts here at HappySmartME, friends for over 20 years, survivors of nonsense, collaborators in BEing the Change, co-creators in HappySmartME, a book designed to inspire wellbeing and ignite a community.
This site is a social site with groups and forums, blogs and discussions about anything and everything female. Every single one of us faces some girly-issue at some point, and it isn’t always easy to find an objective listener, a direct answer, an alternative option, a basic support system.
We are NOT doctors, and we do not give medical advice. What we do is take our own experiences and those of real women discussing real issues, gather information and distill it into simple, objective answers to, hopefully save you hours upon hours of searching the web. That being said, we do recommend that you do your own homework to clarify for yourself. Go to WEBMD.com, check out the National Institutes of Health. If you’re 35 and over, check out Women To Women. We welcome your feedback, experiences, and wisdom regarding what has and has not worked for you. We truly believe women can help women get through life’s down days and awkward moments and foster a happier, smarter community that supports one another.
Founder and Co-Author of HappySmartME
Graphic Designer, Artist
RYT200 Certified Yoga Instructor
Feng Shui Consultant: Classical & BlackHat
Health Advocate & Promoter of Livin’ the Life you Love
Phd. in Overcoming Life’s Hurdles
Being a Graphic Designer for Food & Wine Industry made Laurie into a self-imposed pretzel hunched over her MAC, usually tired from indulgences of food and wine events. Not that she complained really. Life was a glorious party, full of abundance, a far cry from a childhood steeped in poverty, welfare, and uncertainty. So much uncertainty lent to opportunities of a different sort: an ability to go with the flow, an acceptance of new things, and a rather fearless can-do attitude. Also, food was an odd kaleidoscope of cheap, flavorless packaged meals at home, to explosive flavors found in her grandmothers garden and table during holidays visits. Later her mom went through a major health phase, and everything in the house went granola. Finding herself at home in the restaurant business of San Francisco was a natural evolution. But back to the hunched over MAC scenario and the next layer to the onion: self-help, healing, and health. Such a decadent lifestyle takes its toll on the body, mind, and spirit in forms of exhaustion, insomnia, weight gain, moodiness, adrenal fatigue, depression, and hormone fluctuations. Regular doctors only seemed to make matters worse. Holistic doctors were amazing and set Laurie back on track in a matter of months. And then, last but certainly not least, the final icing on the cake was becoming a pretzel of a different kind – a yogini kind. Her love of yoga not only realigned her hunched over back, but calmed her spirit. Laurie being a bit of a nerd had to sink her teeth into yoga completely and became a certified Yoga instructor. So what does a graphic designer who knows what it’s like to be a processed food kid with designer taste-buds, penchant for yoga, need to write and a passion to help others do with herself? She calls her friend Elizabeth and says, “hey, wanna write a book?” And so they did just that.
Co-Creator and Co-Author of HappySmartME
ERYT200 Yoga & Pilates Instructor
Belly Dancer & Professional Samba Dancer
Meditation & Wellness Coach
Intuitive, Spiritual Counselor
Champion of Flavors amidst her body’s food intolerance
Health Advocate & Promoter of Livin the Life you Love
Elizabeth is a talented Yoga and Pilates instructor, and Personalized Trainer with over 12 years of experience in the fitness industry (as well as an avid belly dancer and former professional samba dancer of over 10 years). In addition to physical fitness approaches, Elizabeth teaches breathing, meditation and visualization techniques, and offers intuitive insight (certified to offer spiritual counseling services). She has personally experienced adrenal fatigue, hormonal fluctuations, weight issues, food intolerances, chronic pain and stress, and asthma. Elizabeth also sought holistic solutions where conventional western medicine fell short and found ways to manage, heal, and overcome the lot with the help of acupuncture, appropriate chiropractic treatment, breathwork and meditation, practicing yoga and Pilates, appropriate diet adjustments and doctor recommended supplements, and staying positive and proactive about her health and healing process through a “homeostasis approach” to reclaim her body and vitality. All of this led to living and promoting a life of health and fitness and mind-body integration. Elizabeth is enthusiastic to share her expertise and joy and all that she continues to learn for living a healthy and balanced lifestyle that does not sacrifice flavor or fun.