Hi! My name is Laurie!

I work with single moms & empty nesters who long to feel comfortable in their own skin.

but what I really do is...

Through a faith-based approach to incorporating better fitness and nutrition habits into everyday life, I empower you to find strength in the struggle, take back control of your health, and live a life that’s fit, healthy, happy and whole.

Being a mom is the world’s hardest but most rewarding job. Too often we guilt ourselves into putting our own health needs last on our list to convince ourselves we are worthy. If you’re approaching empty-nesterhood (or are already there), I totally get you when you need to vent about emotions running high or metabolisms running low.

But we're moms! We have SUPERPOWERS, riiiight...?

You’ve likely spent many-a-day wrapped in an identity of who you are to others. With each season, your emotional tank feels a little emptier ~ and your jeans a little tighter (how DID those years fly by so quickly, anyway?).

laurie kicking during a core de force workout
Yogi family 2017

As our kids have grown up before our very eyes and are now teetering in that sweet spot between kiddo and adulthood, we feel under appreciated & overwhelmed, grateful & joyous, humbled & proud, all at the same time.

And since we all know that parenting is a job that never really ends, let me just take a moment to say thank you, God, for inventing chocolate. And Chick-fil-A. OK sure, and exercise, too.

We’re not getting any younger, friends! NOW is the time to start! It’s time to put ourselves back on top of the list – with our health, our relationships, our finances, and our life!

Because Empty Nesting is our time to thrive!

When we keep ourselves strong and healthy, we are equipped for whatever purpose we are called to do. It’s  more than simply dropping a dress size. It’s about reclaiming your confidence as you take back control of your own wellness – body, mind, and soul. 


Being an elementary & middle school teacher for 25+ years, breaking things down into actionable steps is kinda my jam. I tackle many goals in my own life this way, and I love helping others do the same!

Now that the kids have grown and flown, I've finally had the time to starting taking care of me again. With so much confusion in the 'eat this not that' diet industry, I've been on a mission to learn everything I can about what works (and what doesn't work) for my health. Through this website, my blog articles, and my online courses, my goal is to help you learn what works best for your body, too!

Much of what I share will fall into these general areas. I call them the 3 Pillars of Wellness:



Finding our soulmate workout to keep our hormones, heart, and stress levels in check.



Learning ways to decrease gut inflammation through habits & choices that work for us.



Seeking God's word, practicing gratitude, and giving ourselves grace to learn along the way.


Who am I?

I’m a single working mom and newly crowned into the “empty nesters” club. I have two twenty-somethings, both Division I college athletes who currently live over 2,500 miles from our home town.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Administration. Working in public education for 25+ years, and in the financial industry for 8 years before that, I’ve had the opportunity to serve in many leadership roles in my career, teaching and coaching throughout it all.

I’m a cancer survivor (and never want to get that doctor’s call again!). so I am especially dedicated to preserving my health and helping others do the same.

laurie yogi about me

Some things you may not know about me:

  • I’ve been a single parent since 2006
  • I taught myself web desgin
  • I’m semi-addicted to chocolate!

Are you a duck?

Have you ever noticed what a duckling looks like as she floats across the water? Nice and calm on the surface, but lots of crazy kicking and flapping going on under the water?

Once upon a time, I was that duck.

On the outside, it appeared that I had it all, and there was a time I did – the husband, the great job, the 2 kids, house, and a dog. But on the inside I was broken.

Years of bad habits and putting myself absolutely last on my priority list had contributed to a major lack of balance in my life. Among other things, this led to a weakened immune system, weight gain, a broken marriage, and massive family debt. I truly thought I was doing everything right, when in fact, my life was upside down!

By God’s grace, thankfully the story didn’t end there. And slowly I’m learning ways to embrace my past “failures” to get Shaped for Strength. Some days I do still feel like that duck. Happily today, though, more often than not, I don’t.

Ready to write your comeback story?

Here are some ways I can help you start your journey to living fit, healthy, happy, and whole, and becoming #EMPTYNESTERSTRONG:

Thanks for visiting! I hope you stay a while and check out the site!

But WAIT! Before you go, wanna learn the best foods to reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, feel great & look amazing? Grab the Ultimate Guide to Anti-Inflammatory Foods now (it’s free)! You’ll also get on my email list with free tips, recipes, first dibs on new releases of courses and fitness programs, and more. I usually send out an update about once a week, so don’t worry about me flooding your inbox (unless you register for an online e-course or devotional then I’ll totally flood your inbox – but only for like a week). I hate spam, and I’m sure you do, too! :) Can’t wait to meet you!