🌴 Girls Holiday 🌴

I’m on a well deserved girls weekend away in Majorca and the weather is gorgeous.
When you see posts on social media about people working for themselves who get to take trips when they like and who really get to enjoy their life, does it feel like it’s something that couldn’t happen to you?
I ask that because it’s so easy to look at others and think they are lucky, fortunate, jammy etc because they have created a life that gives them the freedom to travel – but they really aren’t.
The reason they have that option is because they have created the scenario which allows it. They have worked to set up a life which gives them the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun they crave. They had a dream and they made it a reality.
They did it and you can too! Those dreams of yours are closer than you think.
Come and join me for The Dream Believe Do Challenge which kicks off on 26th September and I will show you how you can create the confident mindset you’ll need to transition into your very own dream life.
 

Be your own advocate

I often talk on my posts about there being two different types of people in life – those who make life happen and those who life happens to.
It’s a simplification for sure but I see it so often!
Whether it’s making decisions and choices for yourself, whether it’s applying self focus, whether it’s choosing the life you want to live or, like today, whether it’s about your health.
You have to be your own advocate my friend!
Be the person who stands up for themselves and asks for what they need or want. It’s not rude, it’s not selfish, it’s not unkind. It’s crucial.
Today I’m being my own advocate and asking for help to work out whether I’m a menopausal mess or if there is something else going on. After I’ve been turned inside and out I’ll let you know…
My point is if you want to live the life you dream of you need to be your own advocate.
You need to stand up and say what you want and then do the work to achieve it.
You need to seek the advice and support from those who can help you.
You need to build the confidence to say that you are important, that you matter, that your dreams, your mindset and your health are a priority.
I’m running The Dream Believe Do Challenge next month and it’s going to be all about YOU.
All about what you want, need, desire and dream of.
It’s all about turning dreams into reality.
It’s all about you.
So be your own advocate and sign up now using the link below:

Get Visible with Confidence

Does the thought of being visible make you want to hide away?
Are you scared of what visibility might mean for you?
Are you wanting to put yourself out there but your lack of confidence is stopping you?
I get it!
I was absolutely terrified about being visible when I first started my business journey. I was so scared that I only posted pictures of my feet 👟😂
I got over all my fears and you will too.
Join me for my brilliant masterclass Get Visible with Confidence next Monday, 22nd August.
Bag your space now! 😘

Let me introduce myself

Hello to all my new followers 👋
I’m Laura, aka The Dream Transition Mentor.
Yeah yeah, but what does that actually mean?
🙋‍♀️ Well it means that I am the person you need when you dream about working for yourself but you are stuck
💭 You know you want to make your dreams a reality but you lack the confidence
😱 Perhaps the fear has got to you
🗣 Maybe others around you have been dismissive of all that you want to achieve
🧭 You might not be able to see how you can move your idea forward
🧐 Or you might question if you have it in you to make such a big change
🤩 Listen, I’ve been there! I’ve been on that journey and now here I am three years on from my first daydreams about being self employed and I am happier than I have ever been
🕊 I have freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun.
Don’t you want that for yourself?
If you’re ready to talk about how I can help you to transition then send me a DM.
Plus if you know a friend who dreams of the same then tag them below!
PS. Why not take my quiz to work out what sort of dreamer you are!

How do you celebrate success?

I ordered these gorgeous peonies from M&S as a well done for the fantastic launch of my new networking group, The Dream Life Business Club.
I’ve never actually ordered flowers for myself so it felt quite decadent but I also wanted to mark the occasion, to celebrate and to enjoy the moment.
I am really enjoying them and they make me smile every time I walk past them.
What do you do to celebrate your successes, your achievements, your growth?
Look below to see the peonies bloom 😍

Are you friends with your RAS?

Are you friends with your RAS?
No, I’m not being rude.
Your RAS isn’t your a*se.
Your RAS is your reticular activating system and it’s the part of your brain that links things together.
🚘 So when you buy a new car you suddenly see loads of other cars that are EXACTLY THE SAME
🎶 When you hear a song on the radio and decide you like it suddenly you hear it EVERYWHERE
🎸 Or the other day when somebody mentioned the German hard rock group Rammstein who I have NEVER heard of, I then had three conversations about them in the next 24 hours
Weird? Coincidence? Spooky?
Nope. It’s your brain seeking information which matches what it already knows 🧠
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the more you open yourself up to positive thoughts, to believing that you can achieving your dreams, to growing your confidence….the more your brain rewards you by finding examples to match your thoughts. Make friends with your RAS and get it to uncover all the good stuff!
Notice your brain working over the next few days and let me know if your RAS is acting like your bestie.
Oh and if you need a coach to help you show your RAS who the boss is? I’m your girl. DM me!
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What I did when I had Covid

As I enter day 8 in the Big Brother Covid House (how did they stay sane after all those days in the same space 🤷‍♀️) I thought I’d offer some recommendations for things you can do today if the weather is rubbish:
1. Read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s about to be made into a film with Reese Witherspoon. As much as I love Reese, you know that the book is always better than the film
2. Watch Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Yes it’s a bit predictable in terms of characterisation but Sienna is gorgeous and I loved Michelle Dockery’s character
3. Play Heardle. I’m on a one second streak at the moment. (Don’t get me started on Wordle, I’m averaging five at the moment 🙄)
4. Make Rocky Road ‘ice cream’ by following the @fitwafflekitchen recipe. I made it the other day and my son said it’s banging – or some other teenage word I don’t understand.
5. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast, Your Dream or Mine. I interviewed Lisa Johnson about becoming a multi millionaire in just five years in business. As she says in the interview ‘it is definitely not out of reach’.

6. Look forward: sign up to my fabulous confidence workshop that takes place on 21st May – May you be Confident: The Workshop. It really does what it says on the tin. A full day of confidence coaching, community, coffee and cake. Click here to read all about it.

7. Have a long bath with no interruptions. Enjoy that Sunday feeling, safe in the knowledge you have an extra day to relax tomorrow.

8. Complete my very own wordsearch!

9. Spend some time thinking about you, your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. The start of a new month is the perfect time to plan a new journey.

Let me know if you do any of these!
😘

Dream it then make it happen!

I woke up late this morning and when I came down the sun was already blazing. I opened up the doors and had to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things I love about this house.
🤩 the doors that open up the back of the house that make having a barbecue so easy
🤩 the gorgeous breakfast bar (which incidentally I didn’t want) that my kids sit at and talk to me while I’m cooking or baking
🤩 the glass dome of freshly baked cookies which I love filling each week
🤩 my Easter tree – who knew they were a thing?!
🤩 my beautiful office at the end of the garden which is my haven
All of these things exist because I allowed myself to dream I could have them.
All of these things came about because I had a plan.
All of these things are with me now because I wanted them in my life.
All of this has come about because I made a conscious and active decision to want something different from what I had.
All of these things make me feel so happy and content each and every day.
What do you want in your life? Let me help you create the mindset to make them a reality!
I’ve got a super duper special offer for coaching on right now if you are a member of my Facebook group, The Dream Life Collective.
It really is the best offer I have ever put out in terms of one to one coaching.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence but want more from your life then come on over to the group to find out more!

Create the life that you choose!

I’m just back from a whirlwind four day trip to Spain to see my parents.
Don’t let this photo fool you though – it was freezing! 🥶
What I loved about the trip was this:
🤩 I woke up about a month ago, having dreamt about my mum, and felt a burning desire to go and see her
🤩 When I checked the flights, the new route I could fly opened on Mother’s Day which felt like a sign
🤩 I checked my diary and I had the space to go so I booked it
🤩 I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission, I didn’t have to check my holiday allowance, I just booked it
🤩 Working for myself means I have the freedom and flexibility to travel when I choose, which is so important when my parents live abroad
🤩 I did contemplate taking my laptop but I left it behind so that I could truly switch off from work
🤩 I enjoyed the most wonderful four days with my mum and dad and my mother in law with no worries about work at all, and no ‘last day of holiday dread’
🤩 I’m back at work today and feeling refreshed and happy knowing that I’ve spent precious time with my parents
Would you like to explore how you can transition into a dream life where you have the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun that I have?
We really should talk!
Book a no obligation clarity call by using the link below:
You can create the life that you choose!

‘Dream as if it’s already done’

Such a simple statement and one I use as my business strapline, but what does it actually mean? Let me explain….
🤯 When we dream of doing something different we often don’t vocalise it or write it down, so it stays as a thought going round and round in our head
😱 When this happens, we aren’t able to see any of the positive elements, just the frightening ones which keep us stuck where we are
🗣 When we get those thoughts out and start talking them through its amazing how much more sense they start making, how much more confident we feel, how much more willing we are to take action
☁️ Talking it through brings your dream into a reality – what would it look like, how would it feel, what would you need to do to achieve it?
✍️ Writing down your goals, your plan and your next steps is so important because…
🧠 Your brain sees that list and helps you to imagine completing it, which is half the battle
So you see, ‘Dream as if it’s already done’ is quite simple really.
Want me to help you to do all of the above?
Send me a message. Let’s start talking!

Why did I decide to work for myself?

Why did I decide to leave corporate life to work for myself?
That’s a question people often ask me.
Here’s my answer:
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to use my creativity, energy, ideas, experience and drive to see what impact I could have with my clients
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the freedom to choose who I worked with, when I worked, how I worked and what sort of work I did
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the opportunity to push harder, further and with more bravery than I was able to do in a conventional organisational set up
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to make sure that I had given it a go, and I mean really given it a go so that I didn’t live with any regrets
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to design a life which allowed me to flow between my business and my family and which filled me with joy
🙋‍♀️ But mostly? Mostly I did it for these three. I wanted to be there when they got up for school so we could have a chat over breakfast. I wanted to be around when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them in the holidays, and to enjoy them while they still live at home. I wanted to be fully present in their lives when they needed me most. I wanted to show them what you can achieve when you dream big and pursue your passion.
 
JLS, I did this for you. Everything I do is for you.
🤍

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!
I am fortunate in my life to be surrounded by amazingly brilliant women but the woman I think of each and every day is my wonderful Mum.
She gave me all the foundations I needed to be the strong, caring, kind, determined and loving woman I am today – in a world of opportunity that wasn’t there when she was my age.
I’m flying to see her on Mother’s Day and I can’t blooming wait 🥰
Who is the female rock in your life?
🤩
Is there anything more gorgeous than a vase of Spring flowers? They totally lift my spirits!
How would you like to Spring into Confidence?
I’m running a confidence workshop on 19th March and I would love for you to join me!
It’s absolutely the workshop for you if confidence is stopping you from doing
any of these things:
🤩 Saying how you feel
🤩 Using your voice with real strength
🤩 Stepping out of your comfort zone
🤩 Making changes in your life
🤩 Saying no when you don’t want to do something
🤩 Meeting new people
🤩 Or something similar?
Come and join me for coffee, cake and confidence coaching.
The session takes place in the gorgeous Ampthill Deli and Kitchen.
There are limited spaces so don’t miss out.
Click here to bag your space!

The power of the finger

When I was a little girl my mum would often come into the lounge and try to get my brother and I to stop watching telly.
Obviously the TV options back in the 80’s were nothing like they are now but he and I always found something to watch, for hours on end if we could get away with it.
Mum would eventually get fed up and would pick up the remote, press the off button and declare that she had ‘the power of the finger’ 🤩
You also have the power of the finger and here’s what it could do:
📺 turn the telly off and instead use the time on something which will move your dream on
🎙 click on a motivational podcast which will inspire you – mine is fab!
💻 do some research on your laptop – if you want to make a change in your life then research what you might need to do to make that happen
☎️ phone a friend who will encourage and support you – talking is so important
🙌🏻 join my group over on Facebook, The Dream Life Collective, full of women who are determined to create the life they dream of
👆 click to book a free call with me to discuss how we can work together
🤫 click to join my February Secret Project – you only have a few days left to do so!
You see….you have the power of the finger too. Use that power wisely!
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🤫 S E C R E T P R O J E C T 🤫

As part of the ongoing launch of my signature offering, The Dream Transition Transformation Programme, I am super excited to tell you a little more about my secret February project 🤫
I am looking for five women to work with me who fit the following criteria:
✔️ Have a desire to make a change in their life
✔️ Dream of a life of more – more freedom, more flow, more fulfilment, more fun
✔️ Know that they want something different for themselves but don’t know where to start
✔️ Want to step into a place of utter confidence, focus, energy and connection
✔️ Know that 2022 is the year that they are ready to take action
✔️ Have been daydreaming about taking full control of their life in all areas
✔️ Have three hours of uninterrupted time to spend on themselves
✔️ Are willing to invest in a beta offering in return for all of the above
✔️ Will share their thoughts and feedback on the secret project
If this sounds like you then send me a message! 

Do you get that Sunday night dread?

How are you starting your Monday:
🤯 Rushing around, trying to sort the kids, the house, the dog and everything else before you drive to the office?
🤯 Perhaps you are doing all of the above before switching on your laptop at home?
🤯 Maybe you’re juggling the school run or breakfast club with your own commute?
🤯 Are you feeling calm and happy about the week ahead or do you have another feeling?
🙌🏻 If you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or similar then hear this – there is another way!
🔍 I’m looking for five women to work with me in February on an exciting new project.
⛔️ If you feel that you have no way out but you desperately want one then let’s talk!
🙋‍♀️ Drop me a line…..

New year reflections and gratitude

I’m up early after the chaos of a teenage sleepover and I’m reflecting on my week and my year so far.
I am in a completely different energy than I was towards the end of 2021.
The break I took in December and early January has done me the world of good.
I’m less anxious. Less stressed. Calmer. Less angry about some of the stuff that has been tearing me apart for a year. I think I’ve reached some sort of peace.
As a result of the break I have a focus and an energy and a drive for the business that I haven’t had for a while. I think I got myself into a state of exhaustion and worry and I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Now? Now I’m LOVING my business.
All of these amazing things have happened in the first few weeks of January and those positive results and moves have affirmed to me that I am on the right track with the direction of my business. With my core offering. With the way I serve my clients.
I cannot tell you how good that feels!
Searching, worrying, fretting, feeling anxious, beating yourself up – it’s just so exhausting.
Knowing that you are heading in the right direction, feeling the right vibrations, loving what you are doing? Well that’s priceless.
My signature programme is the key to moving from the former to the latter.
Want to know more? DM me.

So much cheese!

How are those ‘new year, new you’ resolutions working out?
If you’re anything like me, your house is full of chocolate, the fridge is groaning with cheese and you are still wearing elasticated items.
I did go to the gym yesterday but I also binged the whole of The Tourist. Have you seen it?
Anyway, my point is, this time of year is so overwhelming because there is this feeling that you have to change EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING.
Which is frankly, ridiculous.
Here are my thoughts:
1. If you are happy with your life as it is then don’t bow to the propaganda and keep doing what you’re doing. It’s obviously working.
2. If there is something you want to change, break it down a little. Understand it. Connect with why you want to make that change. Set yourself small targets. Congratulate yourself when you achieve them.
3. If there is more than one thing you want to change, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do ALL of the things THIS WEEK. By all means do Dry January or Veganuary or RED January etc but perhaps not all three at once?
4. Remember to only set targets that work for you. Social media shoves the ‘ideal’ down our throats but who says that that ideal works for you? Sort the wheat from the chaff as my mum would say. Find the bits that are much more you.
5. Don’t write everything in your life off because you are trying to make changes. Your life is pretty good already – tweaking it will make it even better but you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water (jeez the cliches are flowing this morning 😂)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself. Always. Anything you want to change in your life takes time. You won’t hit your goal in a week and that’s ok. Ignore all those ridiculous messages about getting stuff sorted in a matter of days. It’s codswallop.
Like I said, so much cheese! 🧀
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⭐️ So this is what happened…. ⭐️

I remember this time last year when I came up with the idea of running a one off goal setting masterclass.
It was the first time I had offered anything like that to my audience.
I had been working on a new method to help my clients to get super clear on how they could turn their dreams into a reality.
I wanted to work it through with an audience to see how it landed.
I launched the masterclass two weeks before I delivered it and the response was fantastic.
The attendees got so much from it – they felt energised, excited, connected to their goals and ready to take action.
✔️ One of those women landed the most fantastic new job early in 2021.
✔️ One of those women took the plunge to leave employment and work full time in her business.
✔️ One of those women had a lightbulb moment where she realised she had not been practising self care.
✔️ One of those women worked out what steps she needed to take to make her dream business a reality.
✔️ Twelve months on I have more to give you.
I have more client feedback, more client life shifts and more client success stories.
I want you to do the same!
We are going to cover:
⭐️ Your key reflections on what 2021 has meant for you
⭐️ An assessment of what you need to stop doing
⭐️ An exploration of what you want your new year to feel like
⭐️ A connection to your own personal magic
⭐️ A commitment to making change in your own life
⭐️ Your initial action plan for January 2022
When you see what you need to do to make yourself feel fulfilled in 2021 it’s an absolute no brainer.
Join me on Thursday 9th December for Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 – a dream goal setting session.
The session starts at 7pm GMT. It takes place on Zoom.
Over the ninety minutes you will go from feeling unclear about what the new year holds to feeling focused, determined and excited about what you will achieve.
The session is £33.
And even as I type all of that out I seriously can’t believe I am selling this for £33.
You can get it at this price for another 24 hours.
Absolute no brainer!
So if you want to Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 join me on 9th December! 🙌🏻

Do you recognise me?

I went to a work reunion the other weekend for a job I left eleven years ago.
Nobody recognised me.
I pulled up this photo – still no recognition. It made me feel very strange inside.
The Laura in that photo was a brunette. She was thinner. She had VERY short hair. She had three small children and a very busy life. She was happy in many ways but had no sense of self worth.
She had lost herself. Completely.
She was mum, wife, friend, daughter.
Somewhere in that period she lost sight of being Laura – not for anyone else but just for her.
She had no energy, no time, no space for herself or indeed any awareness that she should carve out those things just for her. She was in the dark.
This photo was me in Part One of my life.
I live gloriously in Part Two now.
I know who I am.
I know what I want.
I know what I’m capable of and I am damn well going to get it.
I am confident, self assured, positive, settled, happy and fulfilled.
It wasn’t an easy journey from one stage to the other, in fact at times it felt like it would consume me but I’m so far out the other side now that those distant days of feeling lost are just, well, a memory.
Your life is exactly that – yours.
If you are stuck, trapped or unhappy doing what you are doing then allow your mind and your thoughts to explore what would make you happy instead. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself the permission to live the life you have always dreamed of.
It’s out there waiting for you – I promise.
I’ve got just the thing coming up which will help you start that thoughtwork – keep an eye on my socials in the coming week. 
Oh and if you want to see the photo? Click here

We all have to start somewhere

When we want to do something new in life, we all have to start somewhere.
So if you want to lose weight, no matter what your overall goal is you will start by losing a pound or two.
When you want to decorate a room in your house, you have to make a lot of mess before it looks better.
When you want to try a new recipe, it always takes you longer the first time you do it because it’s new and unfamiliar.
I took the decision to close my pretty large Facebook group in order to start a new group, The Dream Life Collective, which is truly aligned to my new direction as a coach. It was a big decision and currently with 18 members it feels small. But it will grow, just like my other group did.
Last week I also marked 1500 downloads of my podcast. When I launched it earlier this year I was thrilled when I had ten downloads. Now to have 1500 makes me appreciate the progress, the snowball effect, the cumulative impact of regular episodes and downloads.
Why am I telling you this?
Well because in the early days of anything new it can be really easy to give up when we don’t get the immediate success that we crave. But if we could just stick with it, if we grit our teeth and keep going, if we believe in ourselves and our mission and keep working at it well, guess what? Success will come.

Meet Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor

I am so excited today to finally share my brilliant news with you!

For the past few months I have been working behind the scenes, exploring my work as a coach and identifying who I want to work with moving forward and how I can help my clients to achieve real success.

Since I launched as a coach I have worked with women on their confidence. Their self belief. Their self worth. I shone a light on my clients and all their brilliance so that they could grow that inner confidence.

I built on that a year ago, by focusing on helping women in Part Two of their lives to build the confidence to put themselves first. To explore what makes them happy in the second part of their lives. To believe that they had the right to make changes that were 100% about them. To create their dream life.

I’ve loved it – but something didn’t feel right.

I struggled to put my finger on it, but there was something missing from the work that I did.

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time working on what that ‘thing’ was and a few weeks ago I found it!

That’s right, I found the missing piece in the puzzle. It felt absolutely brilliant and still does.

The reality is that in order for women to lead their dream life they have to work for themselves. They have to be their own boss so that they can set their own agenda, design the life that they want and feel fulfilled and in flow as a result. They have to be able to make their own decisions and set themselves free. It’s so empowering!

So today I relaunch my business and rebrand myself as Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor.

I am the creator of the six step Dream Transition Method.

I help professional driven women who feel stuck, trapped and unhappy at work.

I help them to gain total clarity on their unique strengths and gifts so that they can create the self belief, confidence and the practical steps to transition from corporate.

Where do they go?

They start their own wildly successful freedom based business, allowing them to have more flow, fulfilment and live the life of their dreams.

How do I do this?

My signature system, the Dream Transition Method, is the key to it all. 

My method, combined with my coaching skills and your willingness for change will take you on the journey you have always dreamed of – the one that leads to true life satisfaction.

Good, huh?

My mission is to help women the world over to set themselves free, to get unstuck, to use their gifts and strengths to build the business that really lights them up inside.

So let’s get started! Complete the contact form on my Let’s Talk page. 

B E   Y O U R   O W N   A D V O C A T E
I often talk on my posts about there being two different types of people in life – those who make life happen and those who life happens to.
It’s a simplification for sure but I see it so often!
Whether it’s making decisions and choices for yourself, whether it’s applying self focus, whether it’s choosing the life you want to live or, like today, whether it’s about your health.
You have to be your own advocate my friend!
Be the person who stands up for themselves and asks for what they need or want. It’s not rude, it’s not selfish, it’s not unkind. It’s crucial.
Today I’m being my own advocate and asking for help to work out whether I’m a menopausal mess or if there is something else going on. After I’ve been turned inside and out I’ll let you know…
My point is if you want to live the life you dream of you need to be your own advocate.
You need to stand up and say what you want and then do the work to achieve it.
You need to seek the advice and support from those who can help you.
You need to build the confidence to say that you are important, that you matter, that your dreams, your mindset and your health are a priority.
I’m running The Dream Believe Do Challenge next month and it’s going to be all about YOU.
All about what you want, need, desire and dream of.
It’s all about turning dreams into reality.
It’s all about you.
So be your own advocate and sign up now using the link below:

Get Visible with Confidence

Does the thought of being visible make you want to hide away?
Are you scared of what visibility might mean for you?
Are you wanting to put yourself out there but your lack of confidence is stopping you?
I get it!
I was absolutely terrified about being visible when I first started my business journey. I was so scared that I only posted pictures of my feet 👟😂
I got over all my fears and you will too.
Join me for my brilliant masterclass Get Visible with Confidence next Monday, 22nd August.
Bag your space now! 😘

Let me introduce myself

Hello to all my new followers 👋
I’m Laura, aka The Dream Transition Mentor.
Yeah yeah, but what does that actually mean?
🙋‍♀️ Well it means that I am the person you need when you dream about working for yourself but you are stuck
💭 You know you want to make your dreams a reality but you lack the confidence
😱 Perhaps the fear has got to you
🗣 Maybe others around you have been dismissive of all that you want to achieve
🧭 You might not be able to see how you can move your idea forward
🧐 Or you might question if you have it in you to make such a big change
🤩 Listen, I’ve been there! I’ve been on that journey and now here I am three years on from my first daydreams about being self employed and I am happier than I have ever been
🕊 I have freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun.
Don’t you want that for yourself?
If you’re ready to talk about how I can help you to transition then send me a DM.
Plus if you know a friend who dreams of the same then tag them below!
PS. Why not take my quiz to work out what sort of dreamer you are!

How do you celebrate success?

I ordered these gorgeous peonies from M&S as a well done for the fantastic launch of my new networking group, The Dream Life Business Club.
I’ve never actually ordered flowers for myself so it felt quite decadent but I also wanted to mark the occasion, to celebrate and to enjoy the moment.
I am really enjoying them and they make me smile every time I walk past them.
What do you do to celebrate your successes, your achievements, your growth?
Look below to see the peonies bloom 😍

Are you friends with your RAS?

Are you friends with your RAS?
No, I’m not being rude.
Your RAS isn’t your a*se.
Your RAS is your reticular activating system and it’s the part of your brain that links things together.
🚘 So when you buy a new car you suddenly see loads of other cars that are EXACTLY THE SAME
🎶 When you hear a song on the radio and decide you like it suddenly you hear it EVERYWHERE
🎸 Or the other day when somebody mentioned the German hard rock group Rammstein who I have NEVER heard of, I then had three conversations about them in the next 24 hours
Weird? Coincidence? Spooky?
Nope. It’s your brain seeking information which matches what it already knows 🧠
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the more you open yourself up to positive thoughts, to believing that you can achieving your dreams, to growing your confidence….the more your brain rewards you by finding examples to match your thoughts. Make friends with your RAS and get it to uncover all the good stuff!
Notice your brain working over the next few days and let me know if your RAS is acting like your bestie.
Oh and if you need a coach to help you show your RAS who the boss is? I’m your girl. DM me!
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What I did when I had Covid

As I enter day 8 in the Big Brother Covid House (how did they stay sane after all those days in the same space 🤷‍♀️) I thought I’d offer some recommendations for things you can do today if the weather is rubbish:
1. Read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s about to be made into a film with Reese Witherspoon. As much as I love Reese, you know that the book is always better than the film
2. Watch Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Yes it’s a bit predictable in terms of characterisation but Sienna is gorgeous and I loved Michelle Dockery’s character
3. Play Heardle. I’m on a one second streak at the moment. (Don’t get me started on Wordle, I’m averaging five at the moment 🙄)
4. Make Rocky Road ‘ice cream’ by following the @fitwafflekitchen recipe. I made it the other day and my son said it’s banging – or some other teenage word I don’t understand.
5. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast, Your Dream or Mine. I interviewed Lisa Johnson about becoming a multi millionaire in just five years in business. As she says in the interview ‘it is definitely not out of reach’.

6. Look forward: sign up to my fabulous confidence workshop that takes place on 21st May – May you be Confident: The Workshop. It really does what it says on the tin. A full day of confidence coaching, community, coffee and cake. Click here to read all about it.

7. Have a long bath with no interruptions. Enjoy that Sunday feeling, safe in the knowledge you have an extra day to relax tomorrow.

8. Complete my very own wordsearch!

9. Spend some time thinking about you, your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. The start of a new month is the perfect time to plan a new journey.

Let me know if you do any of these!
😘

Dream it then make it happen!

I woke up late this morning and when I came down the sun was already blazing. I opened up the doors and had to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things I love about this house.
🤩 the doors that open up the back of the house that make having a barbecue so easy
🤩 the gorgeous breakfast bar (which incidentally I didn’t want) that my kids sit at and talk to me while I’m cooking or baking
🤩 the glass dome of freshly baked cookies which I love filling each week
🤩 my Easter tree – who knew they were a thing?!
🤩 my beautiful office at the end of the garden which is my haven
All of these things exist because I allowed myself to dream I could have them.
All of these things came about because I had a plan.
All of these things are with me now because I wanted them in my life.
All of this has come about because I made a conscious and active decision to want something different from what I had.
All of these things make me feel so happy and content each and every day.
What do you want in your life? Let me help you create the mindset to make them a reality!
I’ve got a super duper special offer for coaching on right now if you are a member of my Facebook group, The Dream Life Collective.
It really is the best offer I have ever put out in terms of one to one coaching.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence but want more from your life then come on over to the group to find out more!

Create the life that you choose!

I’m just back from a whirlwind four day trip to Spain to see my parents.
Don’t let this photo fool you though – it was freezing! 🥶
What I loved about the trip was this:
🤩 I woke up about a month ago, having dreamt about my mum, and felt a burning desire to go and see her
🤩 When I checked the flights, the new route I could fly opened on Mother’s Day which felt like a sign
🤩 I checked my diary and I had the space to go so I booked it
🤩 I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission, I didn’t have to check my holiday allowance, I just booked it
🤩 Working for myself means I have the freedom and flexibility to travel when I choose, which is so important when my parents live abroad
🤩 I did contemplate taking my laptop but I left it behind so that I could truly switch off from work
🤩 I enjoyed the most wonderful four days with my mum and dad and my mother in law with no worries about work at all, and no ‘last day of holiday dread’
🤩 I’m back at work today and feeling refreshed and happy knowing that I’ve spent precious time with my parents
Would you like to explore how you can transition into a dream life where you have the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun that I have?
We really should talk!
Book a no obligation clarity call by using the link below:
You can create the life that you choose!

‘Dream as if it’s already done’

Such a simple statement and one I use as my business strapline, but what does it actually mean? Let me explain….
🤯 When we dream of doing something different we often don’t vocalise it or write it down, so it stays as a thought going round and round in our head
😱 When this happens, we aren’t able to see any of the positive elements, just the frightening ones which keep us stuck where we are
🗣 When we get those thoughts out and start talking them through its amazing how much more sense they start making, how much more confident we feel, how much more willing we are to take action
☁️ Talking it through brings your dream into a reality – what would it look like, how would it feel, what would you need to do to achieve it?
✍️ Writing down your goals, your plan and your next steps is so important because…
🧠 Your brain sees that list and helps you to imagine completing it, which is half the battle
So you see, ‘Dream as if it’s already done’ is quite simple really.
Want me to help you to do all of the above?
Send me a message. Let’s start talking!

Why did I decide to work for myself?

Why did I decide to leave corporate life to work for myself?
That’s a question people often ask me.
Here’s my answer:
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to use my creativity, energy, ideas, experience and drive to see what impact I could have with my clients
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the freedom to choose who I worked with, when I worked, how I worked and what sort of work I did
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the opportunity to push harder, further and with more bravery than I was able to do in a conventional organisational set up
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to make sure that I had given it a go, and I mean really given it a go so that I didn’t live with any regrets
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to design a life which allowed me to flow between my business and my family and which filled me with joy
🙋‍♀️ But mostly? Mostly I did it for these three. I wanted to be there when they got up for school so we could have a chat over breakfast. I wanted to be around when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them in the holidays, and to enjoy them while they still live at home. I wanted to be fully present in their lives when they needed me most. I wanted to show them what you can achieve when you dream big and pursue your passion.
 
JLS, I did this for you. Everything I do is for you.
🤍

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!
I am fortunate in my life to be surrounded by amazingly brilliant women but the woman I think of each and every day is my wonderful Mum.
She gave me all the foundations I needed to be the strong, caring, kind, determined and loving woman I am today – in a world of opportunity that wasn’t there when she was my age.
I’m flying to see her on Mother’s Day and I can’t blooming wait 🥰
Who is the female rock in your life?
🤩
Is there anything more gorgeous than a vase of Spring flowers? They totally lift my spirits!
How would you like to Spring into Confidence?
I’m running a confidence workshop on 19th March and I would love for you to join me!
It’s absolutely the workshop for you if confidence is stopping you from doing
any of these things:
🤩 Saying how you feel
🤩 Using your voice with real strength
🤩 Stepping out of your comfort zone
🤩 Making changes in your life
🤩 Saying no when you don’t want to do something
🤩 Meeting new people
🤩 Or something similar?
Come and join me for coffee, cake and confidence coaching.
The session takes place in the gorgeous Ampthill Deli and Kitchen.
There are limited spaces so don’t miss out.
Click here to bag your space!

The power of the finger

When I was a little girl my mum would often come into the lounge and try to get my brother and I to stop watching telly.
Obviously the TV options back in the 80’s were nothing like they are now but he and I always found something to watch, for hours on end if we could get away with it.
Mum would eventually get fed up and would pick up the remote, press the off button and declare that she had ‘the power of the finger’ 🤩
You also have the power of the finger and here’s what it could do:
📺 turn the telly off and instead use the time on something which will move your dream on
🎙 click on a motivational podcast which will inspire you – mine is fab!
💻 do some research on your laptop – if you want to make a change in your life then research what you might need to do to make that happen
☎️ phone a friend who will encourage and support you – talking is so important
🙌🏻 join my group over on Facebook, The Dream Life Collective, full of women who are determined to create the life they dream of
👆 click to book a free call with me to discuss how we can work together
🤫 click to join my February Secret Project – you only have a few days left to do so!
You see….you have the power of the finger too. Use that power wisely!
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🤫 S E C R E T P R O J E C T 🤫

As part of the ongoing launch of my signature offering, The Dream Transition Transformation Programme, I am super excited to tell you a little more about my secret February project 🤫
I am looking for five women to work with me who fit the following criteria:
✔️ Have a desire to make a change in their life
✔️ Dream of a life of more – more freedom, more flow, more fulfilment, more fun
✔️ Know that they want something different for themselves but don’t know where to start
✔️ Want to step into a place of utter confidence, focus, energy and connection
✔️ Know that 2022 is the year that they are ready to take action
✔️ Have been daydreaming about taking full control of their life in all areas
✔️ Have three hours of uninterrupted time to spend on themselves
✔️ Are willing to invest in a beta offering in return for all of the above
✔️ Will share their thoughts and feedback on the secret project
If this sounds like you then send me a message! 

Do you get that Sunday night dread?

How are you starting your Monday:
🤯 Rushing around, trying to sort the kids, the house, the dog and everything else before you drive to the office?
🤯 Perhaps you are doing all of the above before switching on your laptop at home?
🤯 Maybe you’re juggling the school run or breakfast club with your own commute?
🤯 Are you feeling calm and happy about the week ahead or do you have another feeling?
🙌🏻 If you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or similar then hear this – there is another way!
🔍 I’m looking for five women to work with me in February on an exciting new project.
⛔️ If you feel that you have no way out but you desperately want one then let’s talk!
🙋‍♀️ Drop me a line…..

New year reflections and gratitude

I’m up early after the chaos of a teenage sleepover and I’m reflecting on my week and my year so far.
I am in a completely different energy than I was towards the end of 2021.
The break I took in December and early January has done me the world of good.
I’m less anxious. Less stressed. Calmer. Less angry about some of the stuff that has been tearing me apart for a year. I think I’ve reached some sort of peace.
As a result of the break I have a focus and an energy and a drive for the business that I haven’t had for a while. I think I got myself into a state of exhaustion and worry and I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Now? Now I’m LOVING my business.
All of these amazing things have happened in the first few weeks of January and those positive results and moves have affirmed to me that I am on the right track with the direction of my business. With my core offering. With the way I serve my clients.
I cannot tell you how good that feels!
Searching, worrying, fretting, feeling anxious, beating yourself up – it’s just so exhausting.
Knowing that you are heading in the right direction, feeling the right vibrations, loving what you are doing? Well that’s priceless.
My signature programme is the key to moving from the former to the latter.
Want to know more? DM me.

So much cheese!

How are those ‘new year, new you’ resolutions working out?
If you’re anything like me, your house is full of chocolate, the fridge is groaning with cheese and you are still wearing elasticated items.
I did go to the gym yesterday but I also binged the whole of The Tourist. Have you seen it?
Anyway, my point is, this time of year is so overwhelming because there is this feeling that you have to change EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING.
Which is frankly, ridiculous.
Here are my thoughts:
1. If you are happy with your life as it is then don’t bow to the propaganda and keep doing what you’re doing. It’s obviously working.
2. If there is something you want to change, break it down a little. Understand it. Connect with why you want to make that change. Set yourself small targets. Congratulate yourself when you achieve them.
3. If there is more than one thing you want to change, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do ALL of the things THIS WEEK. By all means do Dry January or Veganuary or RED January etc but perhaps not all three at once?
4. Remember to only set targets that work for you. Social media shoves the ‘ideal’ down our throats but who says that that ideal works for you? Sort the wheat from the chaff as my mum would say. Find the bits that are much more you.
5. Don’t write everything in your life off because you are trying to make changes. Your life is pretty good already – tweaking it will make it even better but you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water (jeez the cliches are flowing this morning 😂)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself. Always. Anything you want to change in your life takes time. You won’t hit your goal in a week and that’s ok. Ignore all those ridiculous messages about getting stuff sorted in a matter of days. It’s codswallop.
Like I said, so much cheese! 🧀
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⭐️ So this is what happened…. ⭐️

I remember this time last year when I came up with the idea of running a one off goal setting masterclass.
It was the first time I had offered anything like that to my audience.
I had been working on a new method to help my clients to get super clear on how they could turn their dreams into a reality.
I wanted to work it through with an audience to see how it landed.
I launched the masterclass two weeks before I delivered it and the response was fantastic.
The attendees got so much from it – they felt energised, excited, connected to their goals and ready to take action.
✔️ One of those women landed the most fantastic new job early in 2021.
✔️ One of those women took the plunge to leave employment and work full time in her business.
✔️ One of those women had a lightbulb moment where she realised she had not been practising self care.
✔️ One of those women worked out what steps she needed to take to make her dream business a reality.
✔️ Twelve months on I have more to give you.
I have more client feedback, more client life shifts and more client success stories.
I want you to do the same!
We are going to cover:
⭐️ Your key reflections on what 2021 has meant for you
⭐️ An assessment of what you need to stop doing
⭐️ An exploration of what you want your new year to feel like
⭐️ A connection to your own personal magic
⭐️ A commitment to making change in your own life
⭐️ Your initial action plan for January 2022
When you see what you need to do to make yourself feel fulfilled in 2021 it’s an absolute no brainer.
Join me on Thursday 9th December for Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 – a dream goal setting session.
The session starts at 7pm GMT. It takes place on Zoom.
Over the ninety minutes you will go from feeling unclear about what the new year holds to feeling focused, determined and excited about what you will achieve.
The session is £33.
And even as I type all of that out I seriously can’t believe I am selling this for £33.
You can get it at this price for another 24 hours.
Absolute no brainer!
So if you want to Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 join me on 9th December! 🙌🏻

Do you recognise me?

I went to a work reunion the other weekend for a job I left eleven years ago.
Nobody recognised me.
I pulled up this photo – still no recognition. It made me feel very strange inside.
The Laura in that photo was a brunette. She was thinner. She had VERY short hair. She had three small children and a very busy life. She was happy in many ways but had no sense of self worth.
She had lost herself. Completely.
She was mum, wife, friend, daughter.
Somewhere in that period she lost sight of being Laura – not for anyone else but just for her.
She had no energy, no time, no space for herself or indeed any awareness that she should carve out those things just for her. She was in the dark.
This photo was me in Part One of my life.
I live gloriously in Part Two now.
I know who I am.
I know what I want.
I know what I’m capable of and I am damn well going to get it.
I am confident, self assured, positive, settled, happy and fulfilled.
It wasn’t an easy journey from one stage to the other, in fact at times it felt like it would consume me but I’m so far out the other side now that those distant days of feeling lost are just, well, a memory.
Your life is exactly that – yours.
If you are stuck, trapped or unhappy doing what you are doing then allow your mind and your thoughts to explore what would make you happy instead. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself the permission to live the life you have always dreamed of.
It’s out there waiting for you – I promise.
I’ve got just the thing coming up which will help you start that thoughtwork – keep an eye on my socials in the coming week. 
Oh and if you want to see the photo? Click here

We all have to start somewhere

When we want to do something new in life, we all have to start somewhere.
So if you want to lose weight, no matter what your overall goal is you will start by losing a pound or two.
When you want to decorate a room in your house, you have to make a lot of mess before it looks better.
When you want to try a new recipe, it always takes you longer the first time you do it because it’s new and unfamiliar.
I took the decision to close my pretty large Facebook group in order to start a new group, The Dream Life Collective, which is truly aligned to my new direction as a coach. It was a big decision and currently with 18 members it feels small. But it will grow, just like my other group did.
Last week I also marked 1500 downloads of my podcast. When I launched it earlier this year I was thrilled when I had ten downloads. Now to have 1500 makes me appreciate the progress, the snowball effect, the cumulative impact of regular episodes and downloads.
Why am I telling you this?
Well because in the early days of anything new it can be really easy to give up when we don’t get the immediate success that we crave. But if we could just stick with it, if we grit our teeth and keep going, if we believe in ourselves and our mission and keep working at it well, guess what? Success will come.

Meet Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor

I am so excited today to finally share my brilliant news with you!

For the past few months I have been working behind the scenes, exploring my work as a coach and identifying who I want to work with moving forward and how I can help my clients to achieve real success.

Since I launched as a coach I have worked with women on their confidence. Their self belief. Their self worth. I shone a light on my clients and all their brilliance so that they could grow that inner confidence.

I built on that a year ago, by focusing on helping women in Part Two of their lives to build the confidence to put themselves first. To explore what makes them happy in the second part of their lives. To believe that they had the right to make changes that were 100% about them. To create their dream life.

I’ve loved it – but something didn’t feel right.

I struggled to put my finger on it, but there was something missing from the work that I did.

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time working on what that ‘thing’ was and a few weeks ago I found it!

That’s right, I found the missing piece in the puzzle. It felt absolutely brilliant and still does.

The reality is that in order for women to lead their dream life they have to work for themselves. They have to be their own boss so that they can set their own agenda, design the life that they want and feel fulfilled and in flow as a result. They have to be able to make their own decisions and set themselves free. It’s so empowering!

So today I relaunch my business and rebrand myself as Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor.

I am the creator of the six step Dream Transition Method.

I help professional driven women who feel stuck, trapped and unhappy at work.

I help them to gain total clarity on their unique strengths and gifts so that they can create the self belief, confidence and the practical steps to transition from corporate.

Where do they go?

They start their own wildly successful freedom based business, allowing them to have more flow, fulfilment and live the life of their dreams.

How do I do this?

My signature system, the Dream Transition Method, is the key to it all. 

My method, combined with my coaching skills and your willingness for change will take you on the journey you have always dreamed of – the one that leads to true life satisfaction.

Good, huh?

My mission is to help women the world over to set themselves free, to get unstuck, to use their gifts and strengths to build the business that really lights them up inside.

So let’s get started! Complete the contact form on my Let’s Talk page. 

B E   Y O U R   O W N   A D V O C A T E
I often talk on my posts about there being two different types of people in life – those who make life happen and those who life happens to.
It’s a simplification for sure but I see it so often!
Whether it’s making decisions and choices for yourself, whether it’s applying self focus, whether it’s choosing the life you want to live or, like today, whether it’s about your health.
You have to be your own advocate my friend!
Be the person who stands up for themselves and asks for what they need or want. It’s not rude, it’s not selfish, it’s not unkind. It’s crucial.
Today I’m being my own advocate and asking for help to work out whether I’m a menopausal mess or if there is something else going on. After I’ve been turned inside and out I’ll let you know…
My point is if you want to live the life you dream of you need to be your own advocate.
You need to stand up and say what you want and then do the work to achieve it.
You need to seek the advice and support from those who can help you.
You need to build the confidence to say that you are important, that you matter, that your dreams, your mindset and your health are a priority.
I’m running The Dream Believe Do Challenge next month and it’s going to be all about YOU.
All about what you want, need, desire and dream of.
It’s all about turning dreams into reality.
It’s all about you.
So be your own advocate and sign up now using the link below:

Get Visible with Confidence

Does the thought of being visible make you want to hide away?
Are you scared of what visibility might mean for you?
Are you wanting to put yourself out there but your lack of confidence is stopping you?
I get it!
I was absolutely terrified about being visible when I first started my business journey. I was so scared that I only posted pictures of my feet 👟😂
I got over all my fears and you will too.
Join me for my brilliant masterclass Get Visible with Confidence next Monday, 22nd August.
Bag your space now! 😘

Let me introduce myself

Hello to all my new followers 👋
I’m Laura, aka The Dream Transition Mentor.
Yeah yeah, but what does that actually mean?
🙋‍♀️ Well it means that I am the person you need when you dream about working for yourself but you are stuck
💭 You know you want to make your dreams a reality but you lack the confidence
😱 Perhaps the fear has got to you
🗣 Maybe others around you have been dismissive of all that you want to achieve
🧭 You might not be able to see how you can move your idea forward
🧐 Or you might question if you have it in you to make such a big change
🤩 Listen, I’ve been there! I’ve been on that journey and now here I am three years on from my first daydreams about being self employed and I am happier than I have ever been
🕊 I have freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun.
Don’t you want that for yourself?
If you’re ready to talk about how I can help you to transition then send me a DM.
Plus if you know a friend who dreams of the same then tag them below!
PS. Why not take my quiz to work out what sort of dreamer you are!

How do you celebrate success?

I ordered these gorgeous peonies from M&S as a well done for the fantastic launch of my new networking group, The Dream Life Business Club.
I’ve never actually ordered flowers for myself so it felt quite decadent but I also wanted to mark the occasion, to celebrate and to enjoy the moment.
I am really enjoying them and they make me smile every time I walk past them.
What do you do to celebrate your successes, your achievements, your growth?
Look below to see the peonies bloom 😍

Are you friends with your RAS?

Are you friends with your RAS?
No, I’m not being rude.
Your RAS isn’t your a*se.
Your RAS is your reticular activating system and it’s the part of your brain that links things together.
🚘 So when you buy a new car you suddenly see loads of other cars that are EXACTLY THE SAME
🎶 When you hear a song on the radio and decide you like it suddenly you hear it EVERYWHERE
🎸 Or the other day when somebody mentioned the German hard rock group Rammstein who I have NEVER heard of, I then had three conversations about them in the next 24 hours
Weird? Coincidence? Spooky?
Nope. It’s your brain seeking information which matches what it already knows 🧠
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the more you open yourself up to positive thoughts, to believing that you can achieving your dreams, to growing your confidence….the more your brain rewards you by finding examples to match your thoughts. Make friends with your RAS and get it to uncover all the good stuff!
Notice your brain working over the next few days and let me know if your RAS is acting like your bestie.
Oh and if you need a coach to help you show your RAS who the boss is? I’m your girl. DM me!
🧠

What I did when I had Covid

As I enter day 8 in the Big Brother Covid House (how did they stay sane after all those days in the same space 🤷‍♀️) I thought I’d offer some recommendations for things you can do today if the weather is rubbish:
1. Read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s about to be made into a film with Reese Witherspoon. As much as I love Reese, you know that the book is always better than the film
2. Watch Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Yes it’s a bit predictable in terms of characterisation but Sienna is gorgeous and I loved Michelle Dockery’s character
3. Play Heardle. I’m on a one second streak at the moment. (Don’t get me started on Wordle, I’m averaging five at the moment 🙄)
4. Make Rocky Road ‘ice cream’ by following the @fitwafflekitchen recipe. I made it the other day and my son said it’s banging – or some other teenage word I don’t understand.
5. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast, Your Dream or Mine. I interviewed Lisa Johnson about becoming a multi millionaire in just five years in business. As she says in the interview ‘it is definitely not out of reach’.

6. Look forward: sign up to my fabulous confidence workshop that takes place on 21st May – May you be Confident: The Workshop. It really does what it says on the tin. A full day of confidence coaching, community, coffee and cake. Click here to read all about it.

7. Have a long bath with no interruptions. Enjoy that Sunday feeling, safe in the knowledge you have an extra day to relax tomorrow.

8. Complete my very own wordsearch!

9. Spend some time thinking about you, your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. The start of a new month is the perfect time to plan a new journey.

Let me know if you do any of these!
😘

Dream it then make it happen!

I woke up late this morning and when I came down the sun was already blazing. I opened up the doors and had to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things I love about this house.
🤩 the doors that open up the back of the house that make having a barbecue so easy
🤩 the gorgeous breakfast bar (which incidentally I didn’t want) that my kids sit at and talk to me while I’m cooking or baking
🤩 the glass dome of freshly baked cookies which I love filling each week
🤩 my Easter tree – who knew they were a thing?!
🤩 my beautiful office at the end of the garden which is my haven
All of these things exist because I allowed myself to dream I could have them.
All of these things came about because I had a plan.
All of these things are with me now because I wanted them in my life.
All of this has come about because I made a conscious and active decision to want something different from what I had.
All of these things make me feel so happy and content each and every day.
What do you want in your life? Let me help you create the mindset to make them a reality!
I’ve got a super duper special offer for coaching on right now if you are a member of my Facebook group, The Dream Life Collective.
It really is the best offer I have ever put out in terms of one to one coaching.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence but want more from your life then come on over to the group to find out more!

Create the life that you choose!

I’m just back from a whirlwind four day trip to Spain to see my parents.
Don’t let this photo fool you though – it was freezing! 🥶
What I loved about the trip was this:
🤩 I woke up about a month ago, having dreamt about my mum, and felt a burning desire to go and see her
🤩 When I checked the flights, the new route I could fly opened on Mother’s Day which felt like a sign
🤩 I checked my diary and I had the space to go so I booked it
🤩 I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission, I didn’t have to check my holiday allowance, I just booked it
🤩 Working for myself means I have the freedom and flexibility to travel when I choose, which is so important when my parents live abroad
🤩 I did contemplate taking my laptop but I left it behind so that I could truly switch off from work
🤩 I enjoyed the most wonderful four days with my mum and dad and my mother in law with no worries about work at all, and no ‘last day of holiday dread’
🤩 I’m back at work today and feeling refreshed and happy knowing that I’ve spent precious time with my parents
Would you like to explore how you can transition into a dream life where you have the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun that I have?
We really should talk!
Book a no obligation clarity call by using the link below:
You can create the life that you choose!

‘Dream as if it’s already done’

Such a simple statement and one I use as my business strapline, but what does it actually mean? Let me explain….
🤯 When we dream of doing something different we often don’t vocalise it or write it down, so it stays as a thought going round and round in our head
😱 When this happens, we aren’t able to see any of the positive elements, just the frightening ones which keep us stuck where we are
🗣 When we get those thoughts out and start talking them through its amazing how much more sense they start making, how much more confident we feel, how much more willing we are to take action
☁️ Talking it through brings your dream into a reality – what would it look like, how would it feel, what would you need to do to achieve it?
✍️ Writing down your goals, your plan and your next steps is so important because…
🧠 Your brain sees that list and helps you to imagine completing it, which is half the battle
So you see, ‘Dream as if it’s already done’ is quite simple really.
Want me to help you to do all of the above?
Send me a message. Let’s start talking!

Why did I decide to work for myself?

Why did I decide to leave corporate life to work for myself?
That’s a question people often ask me.
Here’s my answer:
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to use my creativity, energy, ideas, experience and drive to see what impact I could have with my clients
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the freedom to choose who I worked with, when I worked, how I worked and what sort of work I did
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the opportunity to push harder, further and with more bravery than I was able to do in a conventional organisational set up
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to make sure that I had given it a go, and I mean really given it a go so that I didn’t live with any regrets
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to design a life which allowed me to flow between my business and my family and which filled me with joy
🙋‍♀️ But mostly? Mostly I did it for these three. I wanted to be there when they got up for school so we could have a chat over breakfast. I wanted to be around when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them in the holidays, and to enjoy them while they still live at home. I wanted to be fully present in their lives when they needed me most. I wanted to show them what you can achieve when you dream big and pursue your passion.
 
JLS, I did this for you. Everything I do is for you.
🤍

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!
I am fortunate in my life to be surrounded by amazingly brilliant women but the woman I think of each and every day is my wonderful Mum.
She gave me all the foundations I needed to be the strong, caring, kind, determined and loving woman I am today – in a world of opportunity that wasn’t there when she was my age.
I’m flying to see her on Mother’s Day and I can’t blooming wait 🥰
Who is the female rock in your life?
🤩
Is there anything more gorgeous than a vase of Spring flowers? They totally lift my spirits!
How would you like to Spring into Confidence?
I’m running a confidence workshop on 19th March and I would love for you to join me!
It’s absolutely the workshop for you if confidence is stopping you from doing
any of these things:
🤩 Saying how you feel
🤩 Using your voice with real strength
🤩 Stepping out of your comfort zone
🤩 Making changes in your life
🤩 Saying no when you don’t want to do something
🤩 Meeting new people
🤩 Or something similar?
Come and join me for coffee, cake and confidence coaching.
The session takes place in the gorgeous Ampthill Deli and Kitchen.
There are limited spaces so don’t miss out.
Click here to bag your space!

The power of the finger

When I was a little girl my mum would often come into the lounge and try to get my brother and I to stop watching telly.
Obviously the TV options back in the 80’s were nothing like they are now but he and I always found something to watch, for hours on end if we could get away with it.
Mum would eventually get fed up and would pick up the remote, press the off button and declare that she had ‘the power of the finger’ 🤩
You also have the power of the finger and here’s what it could do:
📺 turn the telly off and instead use the time on something which will move your dream on
🎙 click on a motivational podcast which will inspire you – mine is fab!
💻 do some research on your laptop – if you want to make a change in your life then research what you might need to do to make that happen
☎️ phone a friend who will encourage and support you – talking is so important
🙌🏻 join my group over on Facebook, The Dream Life Collective, full of women who are determined to create the life they dream of
👆 click to book a free call with me to discuss how we can work together
🤫 click to join my February Secret Project – you only have a few days left to do so!
You see….you have the power of the finger too. Use that power wisely!
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🤫 S E C R E T P R O J E C T 🤫

As part of the ongoing launch of my signature offering, The Dream Transition Transformation Programme, I am super excited to tell you a little more about my secret February project 🤫
I am looking for five women to work with me who fit the following criteria:
✔️ Have a desire to make a change in their life
✔️ Dream of a life of more – more freedom, more flow, more fulfilment, more fun
✔️ Know that they want something different for themselves but don’t know where to start
✔️ Want to step into a place of utter confidence, focus, energy and connection
✔️ Know that 2022 is the year that they are ready to take action
✔️ Have been daydreaming about taking full control of their life in all areas
✔️ Have three hours of uninterrupted time to spend on themselves
✔️ Are willing to invest in a beta offering in return for all of the above
✔️ Will share their thoughts and feedback on the secret project
If this sounds like you then send me a message! 

Do you get that Sunday night dread?

How are you starting your Monday:
🤯 Rushing around, trying to sort the kids, the house, the dog and everything else before you drive to the office?
🤯 Perhaps you are doing all of the above before switching on your laptop at home?
🤯 Maybe you’re juggling the school run or breakfast club with your own commute?
🤯 Are you feeling calm and happy about the week ahead or do you have another feeling?
🙌🏻 If you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or similar then hear this – there is another way!
🔍 I’m looking for five women to work with me in February on an exciting new project.
⛔️ If you feel that you have no way out but you desperately want one then let’s talk!
🙋‍♀️ Drop me a line…..

New year reflections and gratitude

I’m up early after the chaos of a teenage sleepover and I’m reflecting on my week and my year so far.
I am in a completely different energy than I was towards the end of 2021.
The break I took in December and early January has done me the world of good.
I’m less anxious. Less stressed. Calmer. Less angry about some of the stuff that has been tearing me apart for a year. I think I’ve reached some sort of peace.
As a result of the break I have a focus and an energy and a drive for the business that I haven’t had for a while. I think I got myself into a state of exhaustion and worry and I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Now? Now I’m LOVING my business.
All of these amazing things have happened in the first few weeks of January and those positive results and moves have affirmed to me that I am on the right track with the direction of my business. With my core offering. With the way I serve my clients.
I cannot tell you how good that feels!
Searching, worrying, fretting, feeling anxious, beating yourself up – it’s just so exhausting.
Knowing that you are heading in the right direction, feeling the right vibrations, loving what you are doing? Well that’s priceless.
My signature programme is the key to moving from the former to the latter.
Want to know more? DM me.

So much cheese!

How are those ‘new year, new you’ resolutions working out?
If you’re anything like me, your house is full of chocolate, the fridge is groaning with cheese and you are still wearing elasticated items.
I did go to the gym yesterday but I also binged the whole of The Tourist. Have you seen it?
Anyway, my point is, this time of year is so overwhelming because there is this feeling that you have to change EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING.
Which is frankly, ridiculous.
Here are my thoughts:
1. If you are happy with your life as it is then don’t bow to the propaganda and keep doing what you’re doing. It’s obviously working.
2. If there is something you want to change, break it down a little. Understand it. Connect with why you want to make that change. Set yourself small targets. Congratulate yourself when you achieve them.
3. If there is more than one thing you want to change, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do ALL of the things THIS WEEK. By all means do Dry January or Veganuary or RED January etc but perhaps not all three at once?
4. Remember to only set targets that work for you. Social media shoves the ‘ideal’ down our throats but who says that that ideal works for you? Sort the wheat from the chaff as my mum would say. Find the bits that are much more you.
5. Don’t write everything in your life off because you are trying to make changes. Your life is pretty good already – tweaking it will make it even better but you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water (jeez the cliches are flowing this morning 😂)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself. Always. Anything you want to change in your life takes time. You won’t hit your goal in a week and that’s ok. Ignore all those ridiculous messages about getting stuff sorted in a matter of days. It’s codswallop.
Like I said, so much cheese! 🧀
😘

⭐️ So this is what happened…. ⭐️

I remember this time last year when I came up with the idea of running a one off goal setting masterclass.
It was the first time I had offered anything like that to my audience.
I had been working on a new method to help my clients to get super clear on how they could turn their dreams into a reality.
I wanted to work it through with an audience to see how it landed.
I launched the masterclass two weeks before I delivered it and the response was fantastic.
The attendees got so much from it – they felt energised, excited, connected to their goals and ready to take action.
✔️ One of those women landed the most fantastic new job early in 2021.
✔️ One of those women took the plunge to leave employment and work full time in her business.
✔️ One of those women had a lightbulb moment where she realised she had not been practising self care.
✔️ One of those women worked out what steps she needed to take to make her dream business a reality.
✔️ Twelve months on I have more to give you.
I have more client feedback, more client life shifts and more client success stories.
I want you to do the same!
We are going to cover:
⭐️ Your key reflections on what 2021 has meant for you
⭐️ An assessment of what you need to stop doing
⭐️ An exploration of what you want your new year to feel like
⭐️ A connection to your own personal magic
⭐️ A commitment to making change in your own life
⭐️ Your initial action plan for January 2022
When you see what you need to do to make yourself feel fulfilled in 2021 it’s an absolute no brainer.
Join me on Thursday 9th December for Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 – a dream goal setting session.
The session starts at 7pm GMT. It takes place on Zoom.
Over the ninety minutes you will go from feeling unclear about what the new year holds to feeling focused, determined and excited about what you will achieve.
The session is £33.
And even as I type all of that out I seriously can’t believe I am selling this for £33.
You can get it at this price for another 24 hours.
Absolute no brainer!
So if you want to Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 join me on 9th December! 🙌🏻

Do you recognise me?

I went to a work reunion the other weekend for a job I left eleven years ago.
Nobody recognised me.
I pulled up this photo – still no recognition. It made me feel very strange inside.
The Laura in that photo was a brunette. She was thinner. She had VERY short hair. She had three small children and a very busy life. She was happy in many ways but had no sense of self worth.
She had lost herself. Completely.
She was mum, wife, friend, daughter.
Somewhere in that period she lost sight of being Laura – not for anyone else but just for her.
She had no energy, no time, no space for herself or indeed any awareness that she should carve out those things just for her. She was in the dark.
This photo was me in Part One of my life.
I live gloriously in Part Two now.
I know who I am.
I know what I want.
I know what I’m capable of and I am damn well going to get it.
I am confident, self assured, positive, settled, happy and fulfilled.
It wasn’t an easy journey from one stage to the other, in fact at times it felt like it would consume me but I’m so far out the other side now that those distant days of feeling lost are just, well, a memory.
Your life is exactly that – yours.
If you are stuck, trapped or unhappy doing what you are doing then allow your mind and your thoughts to explore what would make you happy instead. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself the permission to live the life you have always dreamed of.
It’s out there waiting for you – I promise.
I’ve got just the thing coming up which will help you start that thoughtwork – keep an eye on my socials in the coming week. 
Oh and if you want to see the photo? Click here

We all have to start somewhere

When we want to do something new in life, we all have to start somewhere.
So if you want to lose weight, no matter what your overall goal is you will start by losing a pound or two.
When you want to decorate a room in your house, you have to make a lot of mess before it looks better.
When you want to try a new recipe, it always takes you longer the first time you do it because it’s new and unfamiliar.
I took the decision to close my pretty large Facebook group in order to start a new group, The Dream Life Collective, which is truly aligned to my new direction as a coach. It was a big decision and currently with 18 members it feels small. But it will grow, just like my other group did.
Last week I also marked 1500 downloads of my podcast. When I launched it earlier this year I was thrilled when I had ten downloads. Now to have 1500 makes me appreciate the progress, the snowball effect, the cumulative impact of regular episodes and downloads.
Why am I telling you this?
Well because in the early days of anything new it can be really easy to give up when we don’t get the immediate success that we crave. But if we could just stick with it, if we grit our teeth and keep going, if we believe in ourselves and our mission and keep working at it well, guess what? Success will come.

Meet Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor

I am so excited today to finally share my brilliant news with you!

For the past few months I have been working behind the scenes, exploring my work as a coach and identifying who I want to work with moving forward and how I can help my clients to achieve real success.

Since I launched as a coach I have worked with women on their confidence. Their self belief. Their self worth. I shone a light on my clients and all their brilliance so that they could grow that inner confidence.

I built on that a year ago, by focusing on helping women in Part Two of their lives to build the confidence to put themselves first. To explore what makes them happy in the second part of their lives. To believe that they had the right to make changes that were 100% about them. To create their dream life.

I’ve loved it – but something didn’t feel right.

I struggled to put my finger on it, but there was something missing from the work that I did.

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time working on what that ‘thing’ was and a few weeks ago I found it!

That’s right, I found the missing piece in the puzzle. It felt absolutely brilliant and still does.

The reality is that in order for women to lead their dream life they have to work for themselves. They have to be their own boss so that they can set their own agenda, design the life that they want and feel fulfilled and in flow as a result. They have to be able to make their own decisions and set themselves free. It’s so empowering!

So today I relaunch my business and rebrand myself as Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor.

I am the creator of the six step Dream Transition Method.

I help professional driven women who feel stuck, trapped and unhappy at work.

I help them to gain total clarity on their unique strengths and gifts so that they can create the self belief, confidence and the practical steps to transition from corporate.

Where do they go?

They start their own wildly successful freedom based business, allowing them to have more flow, fulfilment and live the life of their dreams.

How do I do this?

My signature system, the Dream Transition Method, is the key to it all. 

My method, combined with my coaching skills and your willingness for change will take you on the journey you have always dreamed of – the one that leads to true life satisfaction.

Good, huh?

My mission is to help women the world over to set themselves free, to get unstuck, to use their gifts and strengths to build the business that really lights them up inside.

So let’s get started! Complete the contact form on my Let’s Talk page. 

B E   Y O U R   O W N   A D V O C A T E
I often talk on my posts about there being two different types of people in life – those who make life happen and those who life happens to.
It’s a simplification for sure but I see it so often!
Whether it’s making decisions and choices for yourself, whether it’s applying self focus, whether it’s choosing the life you want to live or, like today, whether it’s about your health.
You have to be your own advocate my friend!
Be the person who stands up for themselves and asks for what they need or want. It’s not rude, it’s not selfish, it’s not unkind. It’s crucial.
Today I’m being my own advocate and asking for help to work out whether I’m a menopausal mess or if there is something else going on. After I’ve been turned inside and out I’ll let you know…
My point is if you want to live the life you dream of you need to be your own advocate.
You need to stand up and say what you want and then do the work to achieve it.
You need to seek the advice and support from those who can help you.
You need to build the confidence to say that you are important, that you matter, that your dreams, your mindset and your health are a priority.
I’m running The Dream Believe Do Challenge next month and it’s going to be all about YOU.
All about what you want, need, desire and dream of.
It’s all about turning dreams into reality.
It’s all about you.
So be your own advocate and sign up now using the link below:

Get Visible with Confidence

Does the thought of being visible make you want to hide away?
Are you scared of what visibility might mean for you?
Are you wanting to put yourself out there but your lack of confidence is stopping you?
I get it!
I was absolutely terrified about being visible when I first started my business journey. I was so scared that I only posted pictures of my feet 👟😂
I got over all my fears and you will too.
Join me for my brilliant masterclass Get Visible with Confidence next Monday, 22nd August.
Bag your space now! 😘

Let me introduce myself

Hello to all my new followers 👋
I’m Laura, aka The Dream Transition Mentor.
Yeah yeah, but what does that actually mean?
🙋‍♀️ Well it means that I am the person you need when you dream about working for yourself but you are stuck
💭 You know you want to make your dreams a reality but you lack the confidence
😱 Perhaps the fear has got to you
🗣 Maybe others around you have been dismissive of all that you want to achieve
🧭 You might not be able to see how you can move your idea forward
🧐 Or you might question if you have it in you to make such a big change
🤩 Listen, I’ve been there! I’ve been on that journey and now here I am three years on from my first daydreams about being self employed and I am happier than I have ever been
🕊 I have freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun.
Don’t you want that for yourself?
If you’re ready to talk about how I can help you to transition then send me a DM.
Plus if you know a friend who dreams of the same then tag them below!
PS. Why not take my quiz to work out what sort of dreamer you are!

How do you celebrate success?

I ordered these gorgeous peonies from M&S as a well done for the fantastic launch of my new networking group, The Dream Life Business Club.
I’ve never actually ordered flowers for myself so it felt quite decadent but I also wanted to mark the occasion, to celebrate and to enjoy the moment.
I am really enjoying them and they make me smile every time I walk past them.
What do you do to celebrate your successes, your achievements, your growth?
Look below to see the peonies bloom 😍

Are you friends with your RAS?

Are you friends with your RAS?
No, I’m not being rude.
Your RAS isn’t your a*se.
Your RAS is your reticular activating system and it’s the part of your brain that links things together.
🚘 So when you buy a new car you suddenly see loads of other cars that are EXACTLY THE SAME
🎶 When you hear a song on the radio and decide you like it suddenly you hear it EVERYWHERE
🎸 Or the other day when somebody mentioned the German hard rock group Rammstein who I have NEVER heard of, I then had three conversations about them in the next 24 hours
Weird? Coincidence? Spooky?
Nope. It’s your brain seeking information which matches what it already knows 🧠
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the more you open yourself up to positive thoughts, to believing that you can achieving your dreams, to growing your confidence….the more your brain rewards you by finding examples to match your thoughts. Make friends with your RAS and get it to uncover all the good stuff!
Notice your brain working over the next few days and let me know if your RAS is acting like your bestie.
Oh and if you need a coach to help you show your RAS who the boss is? I’m your girl. DM me!
🧠

What I did when I had Covid

As I enter day 8 in the Big Brother Covid House (how did they stay sane after all those days in the same space 🤷‍♀️) I thought I’d offer some recommendations for things you can do today if the weather is rubbish:
1. Read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s about to be made into a film with Reese Witherspoon. As much as I love Reese, you know that the book is always better than the film
2. Watch Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Yes it’s a bit predictable in terms of characterisation but Sienna is gorgeous and I loved Michelle Dockery’s character
3. Play Heardle. I’m on a one second streak at the moment. (Don’t get me started on Wordle, I’m averaging five at the moment 🙄)
4. Make Rocky Road ‘ice cream’ by following the @fitwafflekitchen recipe. I made it the other day and my son said it’s banging – or some other teenage word I don’t understand.
5. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast, Your Dream or Mine. I interviewed Lisa Johnson about becoming a multi millionaire in just five years in business. As she says in the interview ‘it is definitely not out of reach’.

6. Look forward: sign up to my fabulous confidence workshop that takes place on 21st May – May you be Confident: The Workshop. It really does what it says on the tin. A full day of confidence coaching, community, coffee and cake. Click here to read all about it.

7. Have a long bath with no interruptions. Enjoy that Sunday feeling, safe in the knowledge you have an extra day to relax tomorrow.

8. Complete my very own wordsearch!

9. Spend some time thinking about you, your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. The start of a new month is the perfect time to plan a new journey.

Let me know if you do any of these!
😘

Dream it then make it happen!

I woke up late this morning and when I came down the sun was already blazing. I opened up the doors and had to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things I love about this house.
🤩 the doors that open up the back of the house that make having a barbecue so easy
🤩 the gorgeous breakfast bar (which incidentally I didn’t want) that my kids sit at and talk to me while I’m cooking or baking
🤩 the glass dome of freshly baked cookies which I love filling each week
🤩 my Easter tree – who knew they were a thing?!
🤩 my beautiful office at the end of the garden which is my haven
All of these things exist because I allowed myself to dream I could have them.
All of these things came about because I had a plan.
All of these things are with me now because I wanted them in my life.
All of this has come about because I made a conscious and active decision to want something different from what I had.
All of these things make me feel so happy and content each and every day.
What do you want in your life? Let me help you create the mindset to make them a reality!
I’ve got a super duper special offer for coaching on right now if you are a member of my Facebook group, The Dream Life Collective.
It really is the best offer I have ever put out in terms of one to one coaching.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence but want more from your life then come on over to the group to find out more!

Create the life that you choose!

I’m just back from a whirlwind four day trip to Spain to see my parents.
Don’t let this photo fool you though – it was freezing! 🥶
What I loved about the trip was this:
🤩 I woke up about a month ago, having dreamt about my mum, and felt a burning desire to go and see her
🤩 When I checked the flights, the new route I could fly opened on Mother’s Day which felt like a sign
🤩 I checked my diary and I had the space to go so I booked it
🤩 I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission, I didn’t have to check my holiday allowance, I just booked it
🤩 Working for myself means I have the freedom and flexibility to travel when I choose, which is so important when my parents live abroad
🤩 I did contemplate taking my laptop but I left it behind so that I could truly switch off from work
🤩 I enjoyed the most wonderful four days with my mum and dad and my mother in law with no worries about work at all, and no ‘last day of holiday dread’
🤩 I’m back at work today and feeling refreshed and happy knowing that I’ve spent precious time with my parents
Would you like to explore how you can transition into a dream life where you have the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun that I have?
We really should talk!
Book a no obligation clarity call by using the link below:
You can create the life that you choose!

‘Dream as if it’s already done’

Such a simple statement and one I use as my business strapline, but what does it actually mean? Let me explain….
🤯 When we dream of doing something different we often don’t vocalise it or write it down, so it stays as a thought going round and round in our head
😱 When this happens, we aren’t able to see any of the positive elements, just the frightening ones which keep us stuck where we are
🗣 When we get those thoughts out and start talking them through its amazing how much more sense they start making, how much more confident we feel, how much more willing we are to take action
☁️ Talking it through brings your dream into a reality – what would it look like, how would it feel, what would you need to do to achieve it?
✍️ Writing down your goals, your plan and your next steps is so important because…
🧠 Your brain sees that list and helps you to imagine completing it, which is half the battle
So you see, ‘Dream as if it’s already done’ is quite simple really.
Want me to help you to do all of the above?
Send me a message. Let’s start talking!

Why did I decide to work for myself?

Why did I decide to leave corporate life to work for myself?
That’s a question people often ask me.
Here’s my answer:
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to use my creativity, energy, ideas, experience and drive to see what impact I could have with my clients
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the freedom to choose who I worked with, when I worked, how I worked and what sort of work I did
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the opportunity to push harder, further and with more bravery than I was able to do in a conventional organisational set up
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to make sure that I had given it a go, and I mean really given it a go so that I didn’t live with any regrets
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to design a life which allowed me to flow between my business and my family and which filled me with joy
🙋‍♀️ But mostly? Mostly I did it for these three. I wanted to be there when they got up for school so we could have a chat over breakfast. I wanted to be around when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them in the holidays, and to enjoy them while they still live at home. I wanted to be fully present in their lives when they needed me most. I wanted to show them what you can achieve when you dream big and pursue your passion.
 
JLS, I did this for you. Everything I do is for you.
🤍

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!
I am fortunate in my life to be surrounded by amazingly brilliant women but the woman I think of each and every day is my wonderful Mum.
She gave me all the foundations I needed to be the strong, caring, kind, determined and loving woman I am today – in a world of opportunity that wasn’t there when she was my age.
I’m flying to see her on Mother’s Day and I can’t blooming wait 🥰
Who is the female rock in your life?
🤩
Is there anything more gorgeous than a vase of Spring flowers? They totally lift my spirits!
How would you like to Spring into Confidence?
I’m running a confidence workshop on 19th March and I would love for you to join me!
It’s absolutely the workshop for you if confidence is stopping you from doing
any of these things:
🤩 Saying how you feel
🤩 Using your voice with real strength
🤩 Stepping out of your comfort zone
🤩 Making changes in your life
🤩 Saying no when you don’t want to do something
🤩 Meeting new people
🤩 Or something similar?
Come and join me for coffee, cake and confidence coaching.
The session takes place in the gorgeous Ampthill Deli and Kitchen.
There are limited spaces so don’t miss out.
Click here to bag your space!

The power of the finger

When I was a little girl my mum would often come into the lounge and try to get my brother and I to stop watching telly.
Obviously the TV options back in the 80’s were nothing like they are now but he and I always found something to watch, for hours on end if we could get away with it.
Mum would eventually get fed up and would pick up the remote, press the off button and declare that she had ‘the power of the finger’ 🤩
You also have the power of the finger and here’s what it could do:
📺 turn the telly off and instead use the time on something which will move your dream on
🎙 click on a motivational podcast which will inspire you – mine is fab!
💻 do some research on your laptop – if you want to make a change in your life then research what you might need to do to make that happen
☎️ phone a friend who will encourage and support you – talking is so important
🙌🏻 join my group over on Facebook, The Dream Life Collective, full of women who are determined to create the life they dream of
👆 click to book a free call with me to discuss how we can work together
🤫 click to join my February Secret Project – you only have a few days left to do so!
You see….you have the power of the finger too. Use that power wisely!
👆

🤫 S E C R E T P R O J E C T 🤫

As part of the ongoing launch of my signature offering, The Dream Transition Transformation Programme, I am super excited to tell you a little more about my secret February project 🤫
I am looking for five women to work with me who fit the following criteria:
✔️ Have a desire to make a change in their life
✔️ Dream of a life of more – more freedom, more flow, more fulfilment, more fun
✔️ Know that they want something different for themselves but don’t know where to start
✔️ Want to step into a place of utter confidence, focus, energy and connection
✔️ Know that 2022 is the year that they are ready to take action
✔️ Have been daydreaming about taking full control of their life in all areas
✔️ Have three hours of uninterrupted time to spend on themselves
✔️ Are willing to invest in a beta offering in return for all of the above
✔️ Will share their thoughts and feedback on the secret project
If this sounds like you then send me a message! 

Do you get that Sunday night dread?

How are you starting your Monday:
🤯 Rushing around, trying to sort the kids, the house, the dog and everything else before you drive to the office?
🤯 Perhaps you are doing all of the above before switching on your laptop at home?
🤯 Maybe you’re juggling the school run or breakfast club with your own commute?
🤯 Are you feeling calm and happy about the week ahead or do you have another feeling?
🙌🏻 If you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or similar then hear this – there is another way!
🔍 I’m looking for five women to work with me in February on an exciting new project.
⛔️ If you feel that you have no way out but you desperately want one then let’s talk!
🙋‍♀️ Drop me a line…..

New year reflections and gratitude

I’m up early after the chaos of a teenage sleepover and I’m reflecting on my week and my year so far.
I am in a completely different energy than I was towards the end of 2021.
The break I took in December and early January has done me the world of good.
I’m less anxious. Less stressed. Calmer. Less angry about some of the stuff that has been tearing me apart for a year. I think I’ve reached some sort of peace.
As a result of the break I have a focus and an energy and a drive for the business that I haven’t had for a while. I think I got myself into a state of exhaustion and worry and I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Now? Now I’m LOVING my business.
All of these amazing things have happened in the first few weeks of January and those positive results and moves have affirmed to me that I am on the right track with the direction of my business. With my core offering. With the way I serve my clients.
I cannot tell you how good that feels!
Searching, worrying, fretting, feeling anxious, beating yourself up – it’s just so exhausting.
Knowing that you are heading in the right direction, feeling the right vibrations, loving what you are doing? Well that’s priceless.
My signature programme is the key to moving from the former to the latter.
Want to know more? DM me.

So much cheese!

How are those ‘new year, new you’ resolutions working out?
If you’re anything like me, your house is full of chocolate, the fridge is groaning with cheese and you are still wearing elasticated items.
I did go to the gym yesterday but I also binged the whole of The Tourist. Have you seen it?
Anyway, my point is, this time of year is so overwhelming because there is this feeling that you have to change EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING.
Which is frankly, ridiculous.
Here are my thoughts:
1. If you are happy with your life as it is then don’t bow to the propaganda and keep doing what you’re doing. It’s obviously working.
2. If there is something you want to change, break it down a little. Understand it. Connect with why you want to make that change. Set yourself small targets. Congratulate yourself when you achieve them.
3. If there is more than one thing you want to change, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do ALL of the things THIS WEEK. By all means do Dry January or Veganuary or RED January etc but perhaps not all three at once?
4. Remember to only set targets that work for you. Social media shoves the ‘ideal’ down our throats but who says that that ideal works for you? Sort the wheat from the chaff as my mum would say. Find the bits that are much more you.
5. Don’t write everything in your life off because you are trying to make changes. Your life is pretty good already – tweaking it will make it even better but you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water (jeez the cliches are flowing this morning 😂)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself. Always. Anything you want to change in your life takes time. You won’t hit your goal in a week and that’s ok. Ignore all those ridiculous messages about getting stuff sorted in a matter of days. It’s codswallop.
Like I said, so much cheese! 🧀
😘

⭐️ So this is what happened…. ⭐️

I remember this time last year when I came up with the idea of running a one off goal setting masterclass.
It was the first time I had offered anything like that to my audience.
I had been working on a new method to help my clients to get super clear on how they could turn their dreams into a reality.
I wanted to work it through with an audience to see how it landed.
I launched the masterclass two weeks before I delivered it and the response was fantastic.
The attendees got so much from it – they felt energised, excited, connected to their goals and ready to take action.
✔️ One of those women landed the most fantastic new job early in 2021.
✔️ One of those women took the plunge to leave employment and work full time in her business.
✔️ One of those women had a lightbulb moment where she realised she had not been practising self care.
✔️ One of those women worked out what steps she needed to take to make her dream business a reality.
✔️ Twelve months on I have more to give you.
I have more client feedback, more client life shifts and more client success stories.
I want you to do the same!
We are going to cover:
⭐️ Your key reflections on what 2021 has meant for you
⭐️ An assessment of what you need to stop doing
⭐️ An exploration of what you want your new year to feel like
⭐️ A connection to your own personal magic
⭐️ A commitment to making change in your own life
⭐️ Your initial action plan for January 2022
When you see what you need to do to make yourself feel fulfilled in 2021 it’s an absolute no brainer.
Join me on Thursday 9th December for Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 – a dream goal setting session.
The session starts at 7pm GMT. It takes place on Zoom.
Over the ninety minutes you will go from feeling unclear about what the new year holds to feeling focused, determined and excited about what you will achieve.
The session is £33.
And even as I type all of that out I seriously can’t believe I am selling this for £33.
You can get it at this price for another 24 hours.
Absolute no brainer!
So if you want to Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 join me on 9th December! 🙌🏻

Do you recognise me?

I went to a work reunion the other weekend for a job I left eleven years ago.
Nobody recognised me.
I pulled up this photo – still no recognition. It made me feel very strange inside.
The Laura in that photo was a brunette. She was thinner. She had VERY short hair. She had three small children and a very busy life. She was happy in many ways but had no sense of self worth.
She had lost herself. Completely.
She was mum, wife, friend, daughter.
Somewhere in that period she lost sight of being Laura – not for anyone else but just for her.
She had no energy, no time, no space for herself or indeed any awareness that she should carve out those things just for her. She was in the dark.
This photo was me in Part One of my life.
I live gloriously in Part Two now.
I know who I am.
I know what I want.
I know what I’m capable of and I am damn well going to get it.
I am confident, self assured, positive, settled, happy and fulfilled.
It wasn’t an easy journey from one stage to the other, in fact at times it felt like it would consume me but I’m so far out the other side now that those distant days of feeling lost are just, well, a memory.
Your life is exactly that – yours.
If you are stuck, trapped or unhappy doing what you are doing then allow your mind and your thoughts to explore what would make you happy instead. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself the permission to live the life you have always dreamed of.
It’s out there waiting for you – I promise.
I’ve got just the thing coming up which will help you start that thoughtwork – keep an eye on my socials in the coming week. 
Oh and if you want to see the photo? Click here

We all have to start somewhere

When we want to do something new in life, we all have to start somewhere.
So if you want to lose weight, no matter what your overall goal is you will start by losing a pound or two.
When you want to decorate a room in your house, you have to make a lot of mess before it looks better.
When you want to try a new recipe, it always takes you longer the first time you do it because it’s new and unfamiliar.
I took the decision to close my pretty large Facebook group in order to start a new group, The Dream Life Collective, which is truly aligned to my new direction as a coach. It was a big decision and currently with 18 members it feels small. But it will grow, just like my other group did.
Last week I also marked 1500 downloads of my podcast. When I launched it earlier this year I was thrilled when I had ten downloads. Now to have 1500 makes me appreciate the progress, the snowball effect, the cumulative impact of regular episodes and downloads.
Why am I telling you this?
Well because in the early days of anything new it can be really easy to give up when we don’t get the immediate success that we crave. But if we could just stick with it, if we grit our teeth and keep going, if we believe in ourselves and our mission and keep working at it well, guess what? Success will come.

Meet Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor

I am so excited today to finally share my brilliant news with you!

For the past few months I have been working behind the scenes, exploring my work as a coach and identifying who I want to work with moving forward and how I can help my clients to achieve real success.

Since I launched as a coach I have worked with women on their confidence. Their self belief. Their self worth. I shone a light on my clients and all their brilliance so that they could grow that inner confidence.

I built on that a year ago, by focusing on helping women in Part Two of their lives to build the confidence to put themselves first. To explore what makes them happy in the second part of their lives. To believe that they had the right to make changes that were 100% about them. To create their dream life.

I’ve loved it – but something didn’t feel right.

I struggled to put my finger on it, but there was something missing from the work that I did.

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time working on what that ‘thing’ was and a few weeks ago I found it!

That’s right, I found the missing piece in the puzzle. It felt absolutely brilliant and still does.

The reality is that in order for women to lead their dream life they have to work for themselves. They have to be their own boss so that they can set their own agenda, design the life that they want and feel fulfilled and in flow as a result. They have to be able to make their own decisions and set themselves free. It’s so empowering!

So today I relaunch my business and rebrand myself as Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor.

I am the creator of the six step Dream Transition Method.

I help professional driven women who feel stuck, trapped and unhappy at work.

I help them to gain total clarity on their unique strengths and gifts so that they can create the self belief, confidence and the practical steps to transition from corporate.

Where do they go?

They start their own wildly successful freedom based business, allowing them to have more flow, fulfilment and live the life of their dreams.

How do I do this?

My signature system, the Dream Transition Method, is the key to it all. 

My method, combined with my coaching skills and your willingness for change will take you on the journey you have always dreamed of – the one that leads to true life satisfaction.

Good, huh?

My mission is to help women the world over to set themselves free, to get unstuck, to use their gifts and strengths to build the business that really lights them up inside.

So let’s get started! Complete the contact form on my Let’s Talk page. 

Get Visible with Confidence

Does the thought of being visible make you want to hide away?
Are you scared of what visibility might mean for you?
Are you wanting to put yourself out there but your lack of confidence is stopping you?
I get it!
I was absolutely terrified about being visible when I first started my business journey. I was so scared that I only posted pictures of my feet 👟😂
I got over all my fears and you will too.
Join me for my brilliant masterclass Get Visible with Confidence next Monday, 22nd August.
Bag your space now! 😘

Let me introduce myself

Hello to all my new followers 👋
I’m Laura, aka The Dream Transition Mentor.
Yeah yeah, but what does that actually mean?
🙋‍♀️ Well it means that I am the person you need when you dream about working for yourself but you are stuck
💭 You know you want to make your dreams a reality but you lack the confidence
😱 Perhaps the fear has got to you
🗣 Maybe others around you have been dismissive of all that you want to achieve
🧭 You might not be able to see how you can move your idea forward
🧐 Or you might question if you have it in you to make such a big change
🤩 Listen, I’ve been there! I’ve been on that journey and now here I am three years on from my first daydreams about being self employed and I am happier than I have ever been
🕊 I have freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun.
Don’t you want that for yourself?
If you’re ready to talk about how I can help you to transition then send me a DM.
Plus if you know a friend who dreams of the same then tag them below!
PS. Why not take my quiz to work out what sort of dreamer you are!

How do you celebrate success?

I ordered these gorgeous peonies from M&S as a well done for the fantastic launch of my new networking group, The Dream Life Business Club.
I’ve never actually ordered flowers for myself so it felt quite decadent but I also wanted to mark the occasion, to celebrate and to enjoy the moment.
I am really enjoying them and they make me smile every time I walk past them.
What do you do to celebrate your successes, your achievements, your growth?
Look below to see the peonies bloom 😍

Are you friends with your RAS?

Are you friends with your RAS?
No, I’m not being rude.
Your RAS isn’t your a*se.
Your RAS is your reticular activating system and it’s the part of your brain that links things together.
🚘 So when you buy a new car you suddenly see loads of other cars that are EXACTLY THE SAME
🎶 When you hear a song on the radio and decide you like it suddenly you hear it EVERYWHERE
🎸 Or the other day when somebody mentioned the German hard rock group Rammstein who I have NEVER heard of, I then had three conversations about them in the next 24 hours
Weird? Coincidence? Spooky?
Nope. It’s your brain seeking information which matches what it already knows 🧠
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the more you open yourself up to positive thoughts, to believing that you can achieving your dreams, to growing your confidence….the more your brain rewards you by finding examples to match your thoughts. Make friends with your RAS and get it to uncover all the good stuff!
Notice your brain working over the next few days and let me know if your RAS is acting like your bestie.
Oh and if you need a coach to help you show your RAS who the boss is? I’m your girl. DM me!
🧠

What I did when I had Covid

As I enter day 8 in the Big Brother Covid House (how did they stay sane after all those days in the same space 🤷‍♀️) I thought I’d offer some recommendations for things you can do today if the weather is rubbish:
1. Read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s about to be made into a film with Reese Witherspoon. As much as I love Reese, you know that the book is always better than the film
2. Watch Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Yes it’s a bit predictable in terms of characterisation but Sienna is gorgeous and I loved Michelle Dockery’s character
3. Play Heardle. I’m on a one second streak at the moment. (Don’t get me started on Wordle, I’m averaging five at the moment 🙄)
4. Make Rocky Road ‘ice cream’ by following the @fitwafflekitchen recipe. I made it the other day and my son said it’s banging – or some other teenage word I don’t understand.
5. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast, Your Dream or Mine. I interviewed Lisa Johnson about becoming a multi millionaire in just five years in business. As she says in the interview ‘it is definitely not out of reach’.

6. Look forward: sign up to my fabulous confidence workshop that takes place on 21st May – May you be Confident: The Workshop. It really does what it says on the tin. A full day of confidence coaching, community, coffee and cake. Click here to read all about it.

7. Have a long bath with no interruptions. Enjoy that Sunday feeling, safe in the knowledge you have an extra day to relax tomorrow.

8. Complete my very own wordsearch!

9. Spend some time thinking about you, your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. The start of a new month is the perfect time to plan a new journey.

Let me know if you do any of these!
😘

Dream it then make it happen!

I woke up late this morning and when I came down the sun was already blazing. I opened up the doors and had to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things I love about this house.
🤩 the doors that open up the back of the house that make having a barbecue so easy
🤩 the gorgeous breakfast bar (which incidentally I didn’t want) that my kids sit at and talk to me while I’m cooking or baking
🤩 the glass dome of freshly baked cookies which I love filling each week
🤩 my Easter tree – who knew they were a thing?!
🤩 my beautiful office at the end of the garden which is my haven
All of these things exist because I allowed myself to dream I could have them.
All of these things came about because I had a plan.
All of these things are with me now because I wanted them in my life.
All of this has come about because I made a conscious and active decision to want something different from what I had.
All of these things make me feel so happy and content each and every day.
What do you want in your life? Let me help you create the mindset to make them a reality!
I’ve got a super duper special offer for coaching on right now if you are a member of my Facebook group, The Dream Life Collective.
It really is the best offer I have ever put out in terms of one to one coaching.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence but want more from your life then come on over to the group to find out more!

Create the life that you choose!

I’m just back from a whirlwind four day trip to Spain to see my parents.
Don’t let this photo fool you though – it was freezing! 🥶
What I loved about the trip was this:
🤩 I woke up about a month ago, having dreamt about my mum, and felt a burning desire to go and see her
🤩 When I checked the flights, the new route I could fly opened on Mother’s Day which felt like a sign
🤩 I checked my diary and I had the space to go so I booked it
🤩 I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission, I didn’t have to check my holiday allowance, I just booked it
🤩 Working for myself means I have the freedom and flexibility to travel when I choose, which is so important when my parents live abroad
🤩 I did contemplate taking my laptop but I left it behind so that I could truly switch off from work
🤩 I enjoyed the most wonderful four days with my mum and dad and my mother in law with no worries about work at all, and no ‘last day of holiday dread’
🤩 I’m back at work today and feeling refreshed and happy knowing that I’ve spent precious time with my parents
Would you like to explore how you can transition into a dream life where you have the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun that I have?
We really should talk!
Book a no obligation clarity call by using the link below:
You can create the life that you choose!

‘Dream as if it’s already done’

Such a simple statement and one I use as my business strapline, but what does it actually mean? Let me explain….
🤯 When we dream of doing something different we often don’t vocalise it or write it down, so it stays as a thought going round and round in our head
😱 When this happens, we aren’t able to see any of the positive elements, just the frightening ones which keep us stuck where we are
🗣 When we get those thoughts out and start talking them through its amazing how much more sense they start making, how much more confident we feel, how much more willing we are to take action
☁️ Talking it through brings your dream into a reality – what would it look like, how would it feel, what would you need to do to achieve it?
✍️ Writing down your goals, your plan and your next steps is so important because…
🧠 Your brain sees that list and helps you to imagine completing it, which is half the battle
So you see, ‘Dream as if it’s already done’ is quite simple really.
Want me to help you to do all of the above?
Send me a message. Let’s start talking!

Why did I decide to work for myself?

Why did I decide to leave corporate life to work for myself?
That’s a question people often ask me.
Here’s my answer:
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to use my creativity, energy, ideas, experience and drive to see what impact I could have with my clients
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the freedom to choose who I worked with, when I worked, how I worked and what sort of work I did
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the opportunity to push harder, further and with more bravery than I was able to do in a conventional organisational set up
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to make sure that I had given it a go, and I mean really given it a go so that I didn’t live with any regrets
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to design a life which allowed me to flow between my business and my family and which filled me with joy
🙋‍♀️ But mostly? Mostly I did it for these three. I wanted to be there when they got up for school so we could have a chat over breakfast. I wanted to be around when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them in the holidays, and to enjoy them while they still live at home. I wanted to be fully present in their lives when they needed me most. I wanted to show them what you can achieve when you dream big and pursue your passion.
 
JLS, I did this for you. Everything I do is for you.
🤍

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!
I am fortunate in my life to be surrounded by amazingly brilliant women but the woman I think of each and every day is my wonderful Mum.
She gave me all the foundations I needed to be the strong, caring, kind, determined and loving woman I am today – in a world of opportunity that wasn’t there when she was my age.
I’m flying to see her on Mother’s Day and I can’t blooming wait 🥰
Who is the female rock in your life?
🤩
Is there anything more gorgeous than a vase of Spring flowers? They totally lift my spirits!
How would you like to Spring into Confidence?
I’m running a confidence workshop on 19th March and I would love for you to join me!
It’s absolutely the workshop for you if confidence is stopping you from doing
any of these things:
🤩 Saying how you feel
🤩 Using your voice with real strength
🤩 Stepping out of your comfort zone
🤩 Making changes in your life
🤩 Saying no when you don’t want to do something
🤩 Meeting new people
🤩 Or something similar?
Come and join me for coffee, cake and confidence coaching.
The session takes place in the gorgeous Ampthill Deli and Kitchen.
There are limited spaces so don’t miss out.
Click here to bag your space!

The power of the finger

When I was a little girl my mum would often come into the lounge and try to get my brother and I to stop watching telly.
Obviously the TV options back in the 80’s were nothing like they are now but he and I always found something to watch, for hours on end if we could get away with it.
Mum would eventually get fed up and would pick up the remote, press the off button and declare that she had ‘the power of the finger’ 🤩
You also have the power of the finger and here’s what it could do:
📺 turn the telly off and instead use the time on something which will move your dream on
🎙 click on a motivational podcast which will inspire you – mine is fab!
💻 do some research on your laptop – if you want to make a change in your life then research what you might need to do to make that happen
☎️ phone a friend who will encourage and support you – talking is so important
🙌🏻 join my group over on Facebook, The Dream Life Collective, full of women who are determined to create the life they dream of
👆 click to book a free call with me to discuss how we can work together
🤫 click to join my February Secret Project – you only have a few days left to do so!
You see….you have the power of the finger too. Use that power wisely!
👆

🤫 S E C R E T P R O J E C T 🤫

As part of the ongoing launch of my signature offering, The Dream Transition Transformation Programme, I am super excited to tell you a little more about my secret February project 🤫
I am looking for five women to work with me who fit the following criteria:
✔️ Have a desire to make a change in their life
✔️ Dream of a life of more – more freedom, more flow, more fulfilment, more fun
✔️ Know that they want something different for themselves but don’t know where to start
✔️ Want to step into a place of utter confidence, focus, energy and connection
✔️ Know that 2022 is the year that they are ready to take action
✔️ Have been daydreaming about taking full control of their life in all areas
✔️ Have three hours of uninterrupted time to spend on themselves
✔️ Are willing to invest in a beta offering in return for all of the above
✔️ Will share their thoughts and feedback on the secret project
If this sounds like you then send me a message! 

Do you get that Sunday night dread?

How are you starting your Monday:
🤯 Rushing around, trying to sort the kids, the house, the dog and everything else before you drive to the office?
🤯 Perhaps you are doing all of the above before switching on your laptop at home?
🤯 Maybe you’re juggling the school run or breakfast club with your own commute?
🤯 Are you feeling calm and happy about the week ahead or do you have another feeling?
🙌🏻 If you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or similar then hear this – there is another way!
🔍 I’m looking for five women to work with me in February on an exciting new project.
⛔️ If you feel that you have no way out but you desperately want one then let’s talk!
🙋‍♀️ Drop me a line…..

New year reflections and gratitude

I’m up early after the chaos of a teenage sleepover and I’m reflecting on my week and my year so far.
I am in a completely different energy than I was towards the end of 2021.
The break I took in December and early January has done me the world of good.
I’m less anxious. Less stressed. Calmer. Less angry about some of the stuff that has been tearing me apart for a year. I think I’ve reached some sort of peace.
As a result of the break I have a focus and an energy and a drive for the business that I haven’t had for a while. I think I got myself into a state of exhaustion and worry and I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Now? Now I’m LOVING my business.
All of these amazing things have happened in the first few weeks of January and those positive results and moves have affirmed to me that I am on the right track with the direction of my business. With my core offering. With the way I serve my clients.
I cannot tell you how good that feels!
Searching, worrying, fretting, feeling anxious, beating yourself up – it’s just so exhausting.
Knowing that you are heading in the right direction, feeling the right vibrations, loving what you are doing? Well that’s priceless.
My signature programme is the key to moving from the former to the latter.
Want to know more? DM me.

So much cheese!

How are those ‘new year, new you’ resolutions working out?
If you’re anything like me, your house is full of chocolate, the fridge is groaning with cheese and you are still wearing elasticated items.
I did go to the gym yesterday but I also binged the whole of The Tourist. Have you seen it?
Anyway, my point is, this time of year is so overwhelming because there is this feeling that you have to change EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING.
Which is frankly, ridiculous.
Here are my thoughts:
1. If you are happy with your life as it is then don’t bow to the propaganda and keep doing what you’re doing. It’s obviously working.
2. If there is something you want to change, break it down a little. Understand it. Connect with why you want to make that change. Set yourself small targets. Congratulate yourself when you achieve them.
3. If there is more than one thing you want to change, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do ALL of the things THIS WEEK. By all means do Dry January or Veganuary or RED January etc but perhaps not all three at once?
4. Remember to only set targets that work for you. Social media shoves the ‘ideal’ down our throats but who says that that ideal works for you? Sort the wheat from the chaff as my mum would say. Find the bits that are much more you.
5. Don’t write everything in your life off because you are trying to make changes. Your life is pretty good already – tweaking it will make it even better but you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water (jeez the cliches are flowing this morning 😂)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself. Always. Anything you want to change in your life takes time. You won’t hit your goal in a week and that’s ok. Ignore all those ridiculous messages about getting stuff sorted in a matter of days. It’s codswallop.
Like I said, so much cheese! 🧀
😘

⭐️ So this is what happened…. ⭐️

I remember this time last year when I came up with the idea of running a one off goal setting masterclass.
It was the first time I had offered anything like that to my audience.
I had been working on a new method to help my clients to get super clear on how they could turn their dreams into a reality.
I wanted to work it through with an audience to see how it landed.
I launched the masterclass two weeks before I delivered it and the response was fantastic.
The attendees got so much from it – they felt energised, excited, connected to their goals and ready to take action.
✔️ One of those women landed the most fantastic new job early in 2021.
✔️ One of those women took the plunge to leave employment and work full time in her business.
✔️ One of those women had a lightbulb moment where she realised she had not been practising self care.
✔️ One of those women worked out what steps she needed to take to make her dream business a reality.
✔️ Twelve months on I have more to give you.
I have more client feedback, more client life shifts and more client success stories.
I want you to do the same!
We are going to cover:
⭐️ Your key reflections on what 2021 has meant for you
⭐️ An assessment of what you need to stop doing
⭐️ An exploration of what you want your new year to feel like
⭐️ A connection to your own personal magic
⭐️ A commitment to making change in your own life
⭐️ Your initial action plan for January 2022
When you see what you need to do to make yourself feel fulfilled in 2021 it’s an absolute no brainer.
Join me on Thursday 9th December for Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 – a dream goal setting session.
The session starts at 7pm GMT. It takes place on Zoom.
Over the ninety minutes you will go from feeling unclear about what the new year holds to feeling focused, determined and excited about what you will achieve.
The session is £33.
And even as I type all of that out I seriously can’t believe I am selling this for £33.
You can get it at this price for another 24 hours.
Absolute no brainer!
So if you want to Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 join me on 9th December! 🙌🏻

Do you recognise me?

I went to a work reunion the other weekend for a job I left eleven years ago.
Nobody recognised me.
I pulled up this photo – still no recognition. It made me feel very strange inside.
The Laura in that photo was a brunette. She was thinner. She had VERY short hair. She had three small children and a very busy life. She was happy in many ways but had no sense of self worth.
She had lost herself. Completely.
She was mum, wife, friend, daughter.
Somewhere in that period she lost sight of being Laura – not for anyone else but just for her.
She had no energy, no time, no space for herself or indeed any awareness that she should carve out those things just for her. She was in the dark.
This photo was me in Part One of my life.
I live gloriously in Part Two now.
I know who I am.
I know what I want.
I know what I’m capable of and I am damn well going to get it.
I am confident, self assured, positive, settled, happy and fulfilled.
It wasn’t an easy journey from one stage to the other, in fact at times it felt like it would consume me but I’m so far out the other side now that those distant days of feeling lost are just, well, a memory.
Your life is exactly that – yours.
If you are stuck, trapped or unhappy doing what you are doing then allow your mind and your thoughts to explore what would make you happy instead. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself the permission to live the life you have always dreamed of.
It’s out there waiting for you – I promise.
I’ve got just the thing coming up which will help you start that thoughtwork – keep an eye on my socials in the coming week. 
Oh and if you want to see the photo? Click here

We all have to start somewhere

When we want to do something new in life, we all have to start somewhere.
So if you want to lose weight, no matter what your overall goal is you will start by losing a pound or two.
When you want to decorate a room in your house, you have to make a lot of mess before it looks better.
When you want to try a new recipe, it always takes you longer the first time you do it because it’s new and unfamiliar.
I took the decision to close my pretty large Facebook group in order to start a new group, The Dream Life Collective, which is truly aligned to my new direction as a coach. It was a big decision and currently with 18 members it feels small. But it will grow, just like my other group did.
Last week I also marked 1500 downloads of my podcast. When I launched it earlier this year I was thrilled when I had ten downloads. Now to have 1500 makes me appreciate the progress, the snowball effect, the cumulative impact of regular episodes and downloads.
Why am I telling you this?
Well because in the early days of anything new it can be really easy to give up when we don’t get the immediate success that we crave. But if we could just stick with it, if we grit our teeth and keep going, if we believe in ourselves and our mission and keep working at it well, guess what? Success will come.

Meet Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor

I am so excited today to finally share my brilliant news with you!

For the past few months I have been working behind the scenes, exploring my work as a coach and identifying who I want to work with moving forward and how I can help my clients to achieve real success.

Since I launched as a coach I have worked with women on their confidence. Their self belief. Their self worth. I shone a light on my clients and all their brilliance so that they could grow that inner confidence.

I built on that a year ago, by focusing on helping women in Part Two of their lives to build the confidence to put themselves first. To explore what makes them happy in the second part of their lives. To believe that they had the right to make changes that were 100% about them. To create their dream life.

I’ve loved it – but something didn’t feel right.

I struggled to put my finger on it, but there was something missing from the work that I did.

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time working on what that ‘thing’ was and a few weeks ago I found it!

That’s right, I found the missing piece in the puzzle. It felt absolutely brilliant and still does.

The reality is that in order for women to lead their dream life they have to work for themselves. They have to be their own boss so that they can set their own agenda, design the life that they want and feel fulfilled and in flow as a result. They have to be able to make their own decisions and set themselves free. It’s so empowering!

So today I relaunch my business and rebrand myself as Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor.

I am the creator of the six step Dream Transition Method.

I help professional driven women who feel stuck, trapped and unhappy at work.

I help them to gain total clarity on their unique strengths and gifts so that they can create the self belief, confidence and the practical steps to transition from corporate.

Where do they go?

They start their own wildly successful freedom based business, allowing them to have more flow, fulfilment and live the life of their dreams.

How do I do this?

My signature system, the Dream Transition Method, is the key to it all. 

My method, combined with my coaching skills and your willingness for change will take you on the journey you have always dreamed of – the one that leads to true life satisfaction.

Good, huh?

My mission is to help women the world over to set themselves free, to get unstuck, to use their gifts and strengths to build the business that really lights them up inside.

So let’s get started! Complete the contact form on my Let’s Talk page. 

Let me introduce myself

Hello to all my new followers 👋
I’m Laura, aka The Dream Transition Mentor.
Yeah yeah, but what does that actually mean?
🙋‍♀️ Well it means that I am the person you need when you dream about working for yourself but you are stuck
💭 You know you want to make your dreams a reality but you lack the confidence
😱 Perhaps the fear has got to you
🗣 Maybe others around you have been dismissive of all that you want to achieve
🧭 You might not be able to see how you can move your idea forward
🧐 Or you might question if you have it in you to make such a big change
🤩 Listen, I’ve been there! I’ve been on that journey and now here I am three years on from my first daydreams about being self employed and I am happier than I have ever been
🕊 I have freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun.
Don’t you want that for yourself?
If you’re ready to talk about how I can help you to transition then send me a DM.
Plus if you know a friend who dreams of the same then tag them below!
PS. Why not take my quiz to work out what sort of dreamer you are!

How do you celebrate success?

I ordered these gorgeous peonies from M&S as a well done for the fantastic launch of my new networking group, The Dream Life Business Club.
I’ve never actually ordered flowers for myself so it felt quite decadent but I also wanted to mark the occasion, to celebrate and to enjoy the moment.
I am really enjoying them and they make me smile every time I walk past them.
What do you do to celebrate your successes, your achievements, your growth?
Look below to see the peonies bloom 😍

Are you friends with your RAS?

Are you friends with your RAS?
No, I’m not being rude.
Your RAS isn’t your a*se.
Your RAS is your reticular activating system and it’s the part of your brain that links things together.
🚘 So when you buy a new car you suddenly see loads of other cars that are EXACTLY THE SAME
🎶 When you hear a song on the radio and decide you like it suddenly you hear it EVERYWHERE
🎸 Or the other day when somebody mentioned the German hard rock group Rammstein who I have NEVER heard of, I then had three conversations about them in the next 24 hours
Weird? Coincidence? Spooky?
Nope. It’s your brain seeking information which matches what it already knows 🧠
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the more you open yourself up to positive thoughts, to believing that you can achieving your dreams, to growing your confidence….the more your brain rewards you by finding examples to match your thoughts. Make friends with your RAS and get it to uncover all the good stuff!
Notice your brain working over the next few days and let me know if your RAS is acting like your bestie.
Oh and if you need a coach to help you show your RAS who the boss is? I’m your girl. DM me!
🧠

What I did when I had Covid

As I enter day 8 in the Big Brother Covid House (how did they stay sane after all those days in the same space 🤷‍♀️) I thought I’d offer some recommendations for things you can do today if the weather is rubbish:
1. Read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s about to be made into a film with Reese Witherspoon. As much as I love Reese, you know that the book is always better than the film
2. Watch Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Yes it’s a bit predictable in terms of characterisation but Sienna is gorgeous and I loved Michelle Dockery’s character
3. Play Heardle. I’m on a one second streak at the moment. (Don’t get me started on Wordle, I’m averaging five at the moment 🙄)
4. Make Rocky Road ‘ice cream’ by following the @fitwafflekitchen recipe. I made it the other day and my son said it’s banging – or some other teenage word I don’t understand.
5. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast, Your Dream or Mine. I interviewed Lisa Johnson about becoming a multi millionaire in just five years in business. As she says in the interview ‘it is definitely not out of reach’.

6. Look forward: sign up to my fabulous confidence workshop that takes place on 21st May – May you be Confident: The Workshop. It really does what it says on the tin. A full day of confidence coaching, community, coffee and cake. Click here to read all about it.

7. Have a long bath with no interruptions. Enjoy that Sunday feeling, safe in the knowledge you have an extra day to relax tomorrow.

8. Complete my very own wordsearch!

9. Spend some time thinking about you, your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. The start of a new month is the perfect time to plan a new journey.

Let me know if you do any of these!
😘

Dream it then make it happen!

I woke up late this morning and when I came down the sun was already blazing. I opened up the doors and had to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things I love about this house.
🤩 the doors that open up the back of the house that make having a barbecue so easy
🤩 the gorgeous breakfast bar (which incidentally I didn’t want) that my kids sit at and talk to me while I’m cooking or baking
🤩 the glass dome of freshly baked cookies which I love filling each week
🤩 my Easter tree – who knew they were a thing?!
🤩 my beautiful office at the end of the garden which is my haven
All of these things exist because I allowed myself to dream I could have them.
All of these things came about because I had a plan.
All of these things are with me now because I wanted them in my life.
All of this has come about because I made a conscious and active decision to want something different from what I had.
All of these things make me feel so happy and content each and every day.
What do you want in your life? Let me help you create the mindset to make them a reality!
I’ve got a super duper special offer for coaching on right now if you are a member of my Facebook group, The Dream Life Collective.
It really is the best offer I have ever put out in terms of one to one coaching.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence but want more from your life then come on over to the group to find out more!

Create the life that you choose!

I’m just back from a whirlwind four day trip to Spain to see my parents.
Don’t let this photo fool you though – it was freezing! 🥶
What I loved about the trip was this:
🤩 I woke up about a month ago, having dreamt about my mum, and felt a burning desire to go and see her
🤩 When I checked the flights, the new route I could fly opened on Mother’s Day which felt like a sign
🤩 I checked my diary and I had the space to go so I booked it
🤩 I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission, I didn’t have to check my holiday allowance, I just booked it
🤩 Working for myself means I have the freedom and flexibility to travel when I choose, which is so important when my parents live abroad
🤩 I did contemplate taking my laptop but I left it behind so that I could truly switch off from work
🤩 I enjoyed the most wonderful four days with my mum and dad and my mother in law with no worries about work at all, and no ‘last day of holiday dread’
🤩 I’m back at work today and feeling refreshed and happy knowing that I’ve spent precious time with my parents
Would you like to explore how you can transition into a dream life where you have the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun that I have?
We really should talk!
Book a no obligation clarity call by using the link below:
You can create the life that you choose!

‘Dream as if it’s already done’

Such a simple statement and one I use as my business strapline, but what does it actually mean? Let me explain….
🤯 When we dream of doing something different we often don’t vocalise it or write it down, so it stays as a thought going round and round in our head
😱 When this happens, we aren’t able to see any of the positive elements, just the frightening ones which keep us stuck where we are
🗣 When we get those thoughts out and start talking them through its amazing how much more sense they start making, how much more confident we feel, how much more willing we are to take action
☁️ Talking it through brings your dream into a reality – what would it look like, how would it feel, what would you need to do to achieve it?
✍️ Writing down your goals, your plan and your next steps is so important because…
🧠 Your brain sees that list and helps you to imagine completing it, which is half the battle
So you see, ‘Dream as if it’s already done’ is quite simple really.
Want me to help you to do all of the above?
Send me a message. Let’s start talking!

Why did I decide to work for myself?

Why did I decide to leave corporate life to work for myself?
That’s a question people often ask me.
Here’s my answer:
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to use my creativity, energy, ideas, experience and drive to see what impact I could have with my clients
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the freedom to choose who I worked with, when I worked, how I worked and what sort of work I did
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the opportunity to push harder, further and with more bravery than I was able to do in a conventional organisational set up
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to make sure that I had given it a go, and I mean really given it a go so that I didn’t live with any regrets
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to design a life which allowed me to flow between my business and my family and which filled me with joy
🙋‍♀️ But mostly? Mostly I did it for these three. I wanted to be there when they got up for school so we could have a chat over breakfast. I wanted to be around when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them in the holidays, and to enjoy them while they still live at home. I wanted to be fully present in their lives when they needed me most. I wanted to show them what you can achieve when you dream big and pursue your passion.
 
JLS, I did this for you. Everything I do is for you.
🤍

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!
I am fortunate in my life to be surrounded by amazingly brilliant women but the woman I think of each and every day is my wonderful Mum.
She gave me all the foundations I needed to be the strong, caring, kind, determined and loving woman I am today – in a world of opportunity that wasn’t there when she was my age.
I’m flying to see her on Mother’s Day and I can’t blooming wait 🥰
Who is the female rock in your life?
🤩
Is there anything more gorgeous than a vase of Spring flowers? They totally lift my spirits!
How would you like to Spring into Confidence?
I’m running a confidence workshop on 19th March and I would love for you to join me!
It’s absolutely the workshop for you if confidence is stopping you from doing
any of these things:
🤩 Saying how you feel
🤩 Using your voice with real strength
🤩 Stepping out of your comfort zone
🤩 Making changes in your life
🤩 Saying no when you don’t want to do something
🤩 Meeting new people
🤩 Or something similar?
Come and join me for coffee, cake and confidence coaching.
The session takes place in the gorgeous Ampthill Deli and Kitchen.
There are limited spaces so don’t miss out.
Click here to bag your space!

The power of the finger

When I was a little girl my mum would often come into the lounge and try to get my brother and I to stop watching telly.
Obviously the TV options back in the 80’s were nothing like they are now but he and I always found something to watch, for hours on end if we could get away with it.
Mum would eventually get fed up and would pick up the remote, press the off button and declare that she had ‘the power of the finger’ 🤩
You also have the power of the finger and here’s what it could do:
📺 turn the telly off and instead use the time on something which will move your dream on
🎙 click on a motivational podcast which will inspire you – mine is fab!
💻 do some research on your laptop – if you want to make a change in your life then research what you might need to do to make that happen
☎️ phone a friend who will encourage and support you – talking is so important
🙌🏻 join my group over on Facebook, The Dream Life Collective, full of women who are determined to create the life they dream of
👆 click to book a free call with me to discuss how we can work together
🤫 click to join my February Secret Project – you only have a few days left to do so!
You see….you have the power of the finger too. Use that power wisely!
👆

🤫 S E C R E T P R O J E C T 🤫

As part of the ongoing launch of my signature offering, The Dream Transition Transformation Programme, I am super excited to tell you a little more about my secret February project 🤫
I am looking for five women to work with me who fit the following criteria:
✔️ Have a desire to make a change in their life
✔️ Dream of a life of more – more freedom, more flow, more fulfilment, more fun
✔️ Know that they want something different for themselves but don’t know where to start
✔️ Want to step into a place of utter confidence, focus, energy and connection
✔️ Know that 2022 is the year that they are ready to take action
✔️ Have been daydreaming about taking full control of their life in all areas
✔️ Have three hours of uninterrupted time to spend on themselves
✔️ Are willing to invest in a beta offering in return for all of the above
✔️ Will share their thoughts and feedback on the secret project
If this sounds like you then send me a message! 

Do you get that Sunday night dread?

How are you starting your Monday:
🤯 Rushing around, trying to sort the kids, the house, the dog and everything else before you drive to the office?
🤯 Perhaps you are doing all of the above before switching on your laptop at home?
🤯 Maybe you’re juggling the school run or breakfast club with your own commute?
🤯 Are you feeling calm and happy about the week ahead or do you have another feeling?
🙌🏻 If you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or similar then hear this – there is another way!
🔍 I’m looking for five women to work with me in February on an exciting new project.
⛔️ If you feel that you have no way out but you desperately want one then let’s talk!
🙋‍♀️ Drop me a line…..

New year reflections and gratitude

I’m up early after the chaos of a teenage sleepover and I’m reflecting on my week and my year so far.
I am in a completely different energy than I was towards the end of 2021.
The break I took in December and early January has done me the world of good.
I’m less anxious. Less stressed. Calmer. Less angry about some of the stuff that has been tearing me apart for a year. I think I’ve reached some sort of peace.
As a result of the break I have a focus and an energy and a drive for the business that I haven’t had for a while. I think I got myself into a state of exhaustion and worry and I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Now? Now I’m LOVING my business.
All of these amazing things have happened in the first few weeks of January and those positive results and moves have affirmed to me that I am on the right track with the direction of my business. With my core offering. With the way I serve my clients.
I cannot tell you how good that feels!
Searching, worrying, fretting, feeling anxious, beating yourself up – it’s just so exhausting.
Knowing that you are heading in the right direction, feeling the right vibrations, loving what you are doing? Well that’s priceless.
My signature programme is the key to moving from the former to the latter.
Want to know more? DM me.

So much cheese!

How are those ‘new year, new you’ resolutions working out?
If you’re anything like me, your house is full of chocolate, the fridge is groaning with cheese and you are still wearing elasticated items.
I did go to the gym yesterday but I also binged the whole of The Tourist. Have you seen it?
Anyway, my point is, this time of year is so overwhelming because there is this feeling that you have to change EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING.
Which is frankly, ridiculous.
Here are my thoughts:
1. If you are happy with your life as it is then don’t bow to the propaganda and keep doing what you’re doing. It’s obviously working.
2. If there is something you want to change, break it down a little. Understand it. Connect with why you want to make that change. Set yourself small targets. Congratulate yourself when you achieve them.
3. If there is more than one thing you want to change, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do ALL of the things THIS WEEK. By all means do Dry January or Veganuary or RED January etc but perhaps not all three at once?
4. Remember to only set targets that work for you. Social media shoves the ‘ideal’ down our throats but who says that that ideal works for you? Sort the wheat from the chaff as my mum would say. Find the bits that are much more you.
5. Don’t write everything in your life off because you are trying to make changes. Your life is pretty good already – tweaking it will make it even better but you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water (jeez the cliches are flowing this morning 😂)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself. Always. Anything you want to change in your life takes time. You won’t hit your goal in a week and that’s ok. Ignore all those ridiculous messages about getting stuff sorted in a matter of days. It’s codswallop.
Like I said, so much cheese! 🧀
😘

⭐️ So this is what happened…. ⭐️

I remember this time last year when I came up with the idea of running a one off goal setting masterclass.
It was the first time I had offered anything like that to my audience.
I had been working on a new method to help my clients to get super clear on how they could turn their dreams into a reality.
I wanted to work it through with an audience to see how it landed.
I launched the masterclass two weeks before I delivered it and the response was fantastic.
The attendees got so much from it – they felt energised, excited, connected to their goals and ready to take action.
✔️ One of those women landed the most fantastic new job early in 2021.
✔️ One of those women took the plunge to leave employment and work full time in her business.
✔️ One of those women had a lightbulb moment where she realised she had not been practising self care.
✔️ One of those women worked out what steps she needed to take to make her dream business a reality.
✔️ Twelve months on I have more to give you.
I have more client feedback, more client life shifts and more client success stories.
I want you to do the same!
We are going to cover:
⭐️ Your key reflections on what 2021 has meant for you
⭐️ An assessment of what you need to stop doing
⭐️ An exploration of what you want your new year to feel like
⭐️ A connection to your own personal magic
⭐️ A commitment to making change in your own life
⭐️ Your initial action plan for January 2022
When you see what you need to do to make yourself feel fulfilled in 2021 it’s an absolute no brainer.
Join me on Thursday 9th December for Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 – a dream goal setting session.
The session starts at 7pm GMT. It takes place on Zoom.
Over the ninety minutes you will go from feeling unclear about what the new year holds to feeling focused, determined and excited about what you will achieve.
The session is £33.
And even as I type all of that out I seriously can’t believe I am selling this for £33.
You can get it at this price for another 24 hours.
Absolute no brainer!
So if you want to Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 join me on 9th December! 🙌🏻

Do you recognise me?

I went to a work reunion the other weekend for a job I left eleven years ago.
Nobody recognised me.
I pulled up this photo – still no recognition. It made me feel very strange inside.
The Laura in that photo was a brunette. She was thinner. She had VERY short hair. She had three small children and a very busy life. She was happy in many ways but had no sense of self worth.
She had lost herself. Completely.
She was mum, wife, friend, daughter.
Somewhere in that period she lost sight of being Laura – not for anyone else but just for her.
She had no energy, no time, no space for herself or indeed any awareness that she should carve out those things just for her. She was in the dark.
This photo was me in Part One of my life.
I live gloriously in Part Two now.
I know who I am.
I know what I want.
I know what I’m capable of and I am damn well going to get it.
I am confident, self assured, positive, settled, happy and fulfilled.
It wasn’t an easy journey from one stage to the other, in fact at times it felt like it would consume me but I’m so far out the other side now that those distant days of feeling lost are just, well, a memory.
Your life is exactly that – yours.
If you are stuck, trapped or unhappy doing what you are doing then allow your mind and your thoughts to explore what would make you happy instead. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself the permission to live the life you have always dreamed of.
It’s out there waiting for you – I promise.
I’ve got just the thing coming up which will help you start that thoughtwork – keep an eye on my socials in the coming week. 
Oh and if you want to see the photo? Click here

We all have to start somewhere

When we want to do something new in life, we all have to start somewhere.
So if you want to lose weight, no matter what your overall goal is you will start by losing a pound or two.
When you want to decorate a room in your house, you have to make a lot of mess before it looks better.
When you want to try a new recipe, it always takes you longer the first time you do it because it’s new and unfamiliar.
I took the decision to close my pretty large Facebook group in order to start a new group, The Dream Life Collective, which is truly aligned to my new direction as a coach. It was a big decision and currently with 18 members it feels small. But it will grow, just like my other group did.
Last week I also marked 1500 downloads of my podcast. When I launched it earlier this year I was thrilled when I had ten downloads. Now to have 1500 makes me appreciate the progress, the snowball effect, the cumulative impact of regular episodes and downloads.
Why am I telling you this?
Well because in the early days of anything new it can be really easy to give up when we don’t get the immediate success that we crave. But if we could just stick with it, if we grit our teeth and keep going, if we believe in ourselves and our mission and keep working at it well, guess what? Success will come.

Meet Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor

I am so excited today to finally share my brilliant news with you!

For the past few months I have been working behind the scenes, exploring my work as a coach and identifying who I want to work with moving forward and how I can help my clients to achieve real success.

Since I launched as a coach I have worked with women on their confidence. Their self belief. Their self worth. I shone a light on my clients and all their brilliance so that they could grow that inner confidence.

I built on that a year ago, by focusing on helping women in Part Two of their lives to build the confidence to put themselves first. To explore what makes them happy in the second part of their lives. To believe that they had the right to make changes that were 100% about them. To create their dream life.

I’ve loved it – but something didn’t feel right.

I struggled to put my finger on it, but there was something missing from the work that I did.

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time working on what that ‘thing’ was and a few weeks ago I found it!

That’s right, I found the missing piece in the puzzle. It felt absolutely brilliant and still does.

The reality is that in order for women to lead their dream life they have to work for themselves. They have to be their own boss so that they can set their own agenda, design the life that they want and feel fulfilled and in flow as a result. They have to be able to make their own decisions and set themselves free. It’s so empowering!

So today I relaunch my business and rebrand myself as Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor.

I am the creator of the six step Dream Transition Method.

I help professional driven women who feel stuck, trapped and unhappy at work.

I help them to gain total clarity on their unique strengths and gifts so that they can create the self belief, confidence and the practical steps to transition from corporate.

Where do they go?

They start their own wildly successful freedom based business, allowing them to have more flow, fulfilment and live the life of their dreams.

How do I do this?

My signature system, the Dream Transition Method, is the key to it all. 

My method, combined with my coaching skills and your willingness for change will take you on the journey you have always dreamed of – the one that leads to true life satisfaction.

Good, huh?

My mission is to help women the world over to set themselves free, to get unstuck, to use their gifts and strengths to build the business that really lights them up inside.

So let’s get started! Complete the contact form on my Let’s Talk page. 

Let me introduce myself

Hello to all my new followers 👋
I’m Laura, aka The Dream Transition Mentor.
Yeah yeah, but what does that actually mean?
🙋‍♀️ Well it means that I am the person you need when you dream about working for yourself but you are stuck
💭 You know you want to make your dreams a reality but you lack the confidence
😱 Perhaps the fear has got to you
🗣 Maybe others around you have been dismissive of all that you want to achieve
🧭 You might not be able to see how you can move your idea forward
🧐 Or you might question if you have it in you to make such a big change
🤩 Listen, I’ve been there! I’ve been on that journey and now here I am three years on from my first daydreams about being self employed and I am happier than I have ever been
🕊 I have freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun.
Don’t you want that for yourself?
If you’re ready to talk about how I can help you to transition then send me a DM.
Plus if you know a friend who dreams of the same then tag them below!
PS. Why not take my quiz to work out what sort of dreamer you are!

How do you celebrate success?

I ordered these gorgeous peonies from M&S as a well done for the fantastic launch of my new networking group, The Dream Life Business Club.
I’ve never actually ordered flowers for myself so it felt quite decadent but I also wanted to mark the occasion, to celebrate and to enjoy the moment.
I am really enjoying them and they make me smile every time I walk past them.
What do you do to celebrate your successes, your achievements, your growth?
Look below to see the peonies bloom 😍

Are you friends with your RAS?

Are you friends with your RAS?
No, I’m not being rude.
Your RAS isn’t your a*se.
Your RAS is your reticular activating system and it’s the part of your brain that links things together.
🚘 So when you buy a new car you suddenly see loads of other cars that are EXACTLY THE SAME
🎶 When you hear a song on the radio and decide you like it suddenly you hear it EVERYWHERE
🎸 Or the other day when somebody mentioned the German hard rock group Rammstein who I have NEVER heard of, I then had three conversations about them in the next 24 hours
Weird? Coincidence? Spooky?
Nope. It’s your brain seeking information which matches what it already knows 🧠
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the more you open yourself up to positive thoughts, to believing that you can achieving your dreams, to growing your confidence….the more your brain rewards you by finding examples to match your thoughts. Make friends with your RAS and get it to uncover all the good stuff!
Notice your brain working over the next few days and let me know if your RAS is acting like your bestie.
Oh and if you need a coach to help you show your RAS who the boss is? I’m your girl. DM me!
🧠

What I did when I had Covid

As I enter day 8 in the Big Brother Covid House (how did they stay sane after all those days in the same space 🤷‍♀️) I thought I’d offer some recommendations for things you can do today if the weather is rubbish:
1. Read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s about to be made into a film with Reese Witherspoon. As much as I love Reese, you know that the book is always better than the film
2. Watch Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Yes it’s a bit predictable in terms of characterisation but Sienna is gorgeous and I loved Michelle Dockery’s character
3. Play Heardle. I’m on a one second streak at the moment. (Don’t get me started on Wordle, I’m averaging five at the moment 🙄)
4. Make Rocky Road ‘ice cream’ by following the @fitwafflekitchen recipe. I made it the other day and my son said it’s banging – or some other teenage word I don’t understand.
5. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast, Your Dream or Mine. I interviewed Lisa Johnson about becoming a multi millionaire in just five years in business. As she says in the interview ‘it is definitely not out of reach’.

6. Look forward: sign up to my fabulous confidence workshop that takes place on 21st May – May you be Confident: The Workshop. It really does what it says on the tin. A full day of confidence coaching, community, coffee and cake. Click here to read all about it.

7. Have a long bath with no interruptions. Enjoy that Sunday feeling, safe in the knowledge you have an extra day to relax tomorrow.

8. Complete my very own wordsearch!

9. Spend some time thinking about you, your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. The start of a new month is the perfect time to plan a new journey.

Let me know if you do any of these!
😘

Dream it then make it happen!

I woke up late this morning and when I came down the sun was already blazing. I opened up the doors and had to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things I love about this house.
🤩 the doors that open up the back of the house that make having a barbecue so easy
🤩 the gorgeous breakfast bar (which incidentally I didn’t want) that my kids sit at and talk to me while I’m cooking or baking
🤩 the glass dome of freshly baked cookies which I love filling each week
🤩 my Easter tree – who knew they were a thing?!
🤩 my beautiful office at the end of the garden which is my haven
All of these things exist because I allowed myself to dream I could have them.
All of these things came about because I had a plan.
All of these things are with me now because I wanted them in my life.
All of this has come about because I made a conscious and active decision to want something different from what I had.
All of these things make me feel so happy and content each and every day.
What do you want in your life? Let me help you create the mindset to make them a reality!
I’ve got a super duper special offer for coaching on right now if you are a member of my Facebook group, The Dream Life Collective.
It really is the best offer I have ever put out in terms of one to one coaching.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence but want more from your life then come on over to the group to find out more!

Create the life that you choose!

I’m just back from a whirlwind four day trip to Spain to see my parents.
Don’t let this photo fool you though – it was freezing! 🥶
What I loved about the trip was this:
🤩 I woke up about a month ago, having dreamt about my mum, and felt a burning desire to go and see her
🤩 When I checked the flights, the new route I could fly opened on Mother’s Day which felt like a sign
🤩 I checked my diary and I had the space to go so I booked it
🤩 I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission, I didn’t have to check my holiday allowance, I just booked it
🤩 Working for myself means I have the freedom and flexibility to travel when I choose, which is so important when my parents live abroad
🤩 I did contemplate taking my laptop but I left it behind so that I could truly switch off from work
🤩 I enjoyed the most wonderful four days with my mum and dad and my mother in law with no worries about work at all, and no ‘last day of holiday dread’
🤩 I’m back at work today and feeling refreshed and happy knowing that I’ve spent precious time with my parents
Would you like to explore how you can transition into a dream life where you have the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun that I have?
We really should talk!
Book a no obligation clarity call by using the link below:
You can create the life that you choose!

‘Dream as if it’s already done’

Such a simple statement and one I use as my business strapline, but what does it actually mean? Let me explain….
🤯 When we dream of doing something different we often don’t vocalise it or write it down, so it stays as a thought going round and round in our head
😱 When this happens, we aren’t able to see any of the positive elements, just the frightening ones which keep us stuck where we are
🗣 When we get those thoughts out and start talking them through its amazing how much more sense they start making, how much more confident we feel, how much more willing we are to take action
☁️ Talking it through brings your dream into a reality – what would it look like, how would it feel, what would you need to do to achieve it?
✍️ Writing down your goals, your plan and your next steps is so important because…
🧠 Your brain sees that list and helps you to imagine completing it, which is half the battle
So you see, ‘Dream as if it’s already done’ is quite simple really.
Want me to help you to do all of the above?
Send me a message. Let’s start talking!

Why did I decide to work for myself?

Why did I decide to leave corporate life to work for myself?
That’s a question people often ask me.
Here’s my answer:
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to use my creativity, energy, ideas, experience and drive to see what impact I could have with my clients
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the freedom to choose who I worked with, when I worked, how I worked and what sort of work I did
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the opportunity to push harder, further and with more bravery than I was able to do in a conventional organisational set up
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to make sure that I had given it a go, and I mean really given it a go so that I didn’t live with any regrets
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to design a life which allowed me to flow between my business and my family and which filled me with joy
🙋‍♀️ But mostly? Mostly I did it for these three. I wanted to be there when they got up for school so we could have a chat over breakfast. I wanted to be around when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them in the holidays, and to enjoy them while they still live at home. I wanted to be fully present in their lives when they needed me most. I wanted to show them what you can achieve when you dream big and pursue your passion.
 
JLS, I did this for you. Everything I do is for you.
🤍

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!
I am fortunate in my life to be surrounded by amazingly brilliant women but the woman I think of each and every day is my wonderful Mum.
She gave me all the foundations I needed to be the strong, caring, kind, determined and loving woman I am today – in a world of opportunity that wasn’t there when she was my age.
I’m flying to see her on Mother’s Day and I can’t blooming wait 🥰
Who is the female rock in your life?
🤩
Is there anything more gorgeous than a vase of Spring flowers? They totally lift my spirits!
How would you like to Spring into Confidence?
I’m running a confidence workshop on 19th March and I would love for you to join me!
It’s absolutely the workshop for you if confidence is stopping you from doing
any of these things:
🤩 Saying how you feel
🤩 Using your voice with real strength
🤩 Stepping out of your comfort zone
🤩 Making changes in your life
🤩 Saying no when you don’t want to do something
🤩 Meeting new people
🤩 Or something similar?
Come and join me for coffee, cake and confidence coaching.
The session takes place in the gorgeous Ampthill Deli and Kitchen.
There are limited spaces so don’t miss out.
Click here to bag your space!

The power of the finger

When I was a little girl my mum would often come into the lounge and try to get my brother and I to stop watching telly.
Obviously the TV options back in the 80’s were nothing like they are now but he and I always found something to watch, for hours on end if we could get away with it.
Mum would eventually get fed up and would pick up the remote, press the off button and declare that she had ‘the power of the finger’ 🤩
You also have the power of the finger and here’s what it could do:
📺 turn the telly off and instead use the time on something which will move your dream on
🎙 click on a motivational podcast which will inspire you – mine is fab!
💻 do some research on your laptop – if you want to make a change in your life then research what you might need to do to make that happen
☎️ phone a friend who will encourage and support you – talking is so important
🙌🏻 join my group over on Facebook, The Dream Life Collective, full of women who are determined to create the life they dream of
👆 click to book a free call with me to discuss how we can work together
🤫 click to join my February Secret Project – you only have a few days left to do so!
You see….you have the power of the finger too. Use that power wisely!
👆

🤫 S E C R E T P R O J E C T 🤫

As part of the ongoing launch of my signature offering, The Dream Transition Transformation Programme, I am super excited to tell you a little more about my secret February project 🤫
I am looking for five women to work with me who fit the following criteria:
✔️ Have a desire to make a change in their life
✔️ Dream of a life of more – more freedom, more flow, more fulfilment, more fun
✔️ Know that they want something different for themselves but don’t know where to start
✔️ Want to step into a place of utter confidence, focus, energy and connection
✔️ Know that 2022 is the year that they are ready to take action
✔️ Have been daydreaming about taking full control of their life in all areas
✔️ Have three hours of uninterrupted time to spend on themselves
✔️ Are willing to invest in a beta offering in return for all of the above
✔️ Will share their thoughts and feedback on the secret project
If this sounds like you then send me a message! 

Do you get that Sunday night dread?

How are you starting your Monday:
🤯 Rushing around, trying to sort the kids, the house, the dog and everything else before you drive to the office?
🤯 Perhaps you are doing all of the above before switching on your laptop at home?
🤯 Maybe you’re juggling the school run or breakfast club with your own commute?
🤯 Are you feeling calm and happy about the week ahead or do you have another feeling?
🙌🏻 If you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or similar then hear this – there is another way!
🔍 I’m looking for five women to work with me in February on an exciting new project.
⛔️ If you feel that you have no way out but you desperately want one then let’s talk!
🙋‍♀️ Drop me a line…..

New year reflections and gratitude

I’m up early after the chaos of a teenage sleepover and I’m reflecting on my week and my year so far.
I am in a completely different energy than I was towards the end of 2021.
The break I took in December and early January has done me the world of good.
I’m less anxious. Less stressed. Calmer. Less angry about some of the stuff that has been tearing me apart for a year. I think I’ve reached some sort of peace.
As a result of the break I have a focus and an energy and a drive for the business that I haven’t had for a while. I think I got myself into a state of exhaustion and worry and I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Now? Now I’m LOVING my business.
All of these amazing things have happened in the first few weeks of January and those positive results and moves have affirmed to me that I am on the right track with the direction of my business. With my core offering. With the way I serve my clients.
I cannot tell you how good that feels!
Searching, worrying, fretting, feeling anxious, beating yourself up – it’s just so exhausting.
Knowing that you are heading in the right direction, feeling the right vibrations, loving what you are doing? Well that’s priceless.
My signature programme is the key to moving from the former to the latter.
Want to know more? DM me.

So much cheese!

How are those ‘new year, new you’ resolutions working out?
If you’re anything like me, your house is full of chocolate, the fridge is groaning with cheese and you are still wearing elasticated items.
I did go to the gym yesterday but I also binged the whole of The Tourist. Have you seen it?
Anyway, my point is, this time of year is so overwhelming because there is this feeling that you have to change EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING.
Which is frankly, ridiculous.
Here are my thoughts:
1. If you are happy with your life as it is then don’t bow to the propaganda and keep doing what you’re doing. It’s obviously working.
2. If there is something you want to change, break it down a little. Understand it. Connect with why you want to make that change. Set yourself small targets. Congratulate yourself when you achieve them.
3. If there is more than one thing you want to change, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do ALL of the things THIS WEEK. By all means do Dry January or Veganuary or RED January etc but perhaps not all three at once?
4. Remember to only set targets that work for you. Social media shoves the ‘ideal’ down our throats but who says that that ideal works for you? Sort the wheat from the chaff as my mum would say. Find the bits that are much more you.
5. Don’t write everything in your life off because you are trying to make changes. Your life is pretty good already – tweaking it will make it even better but you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water (jeez the cliches are flowing this morning 😂)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself. Always. Anything you want to change in your life takes time. You won’t hit your goal in a week and that’s ok. Ignore all those ridiculous messages about getting stuff sorted in a matter of days. It’s codswallop.
Like I said, so much cheese! 🧀
😘

⭐️ So this is what happened…. ⭐️

I remember this time last year when I came up with the idea of running a one off goal setting masterclass.
It was the first time I had offered anything like that to my audience.
I had been working on a new method to help my clients to get super clear on how they could turn their dreams into a reality.
I wanted to work it through with an audience to see how it landed.
I launched the masterclass two weeks before I delivered it and the response was fantastic.
The attendees got so much from it – they felt energised, excited, connected to their goals and ready to take action.
✔️ One of those women landed the most fantastic new job early in 2021.
✔️ One of those women took the plunge to leave employment and work full time in her business.
✔️ One of those women had a lightbulb moment where she realised she had not been practising self care.
✔️ One of those women worked out what steps she needed to take to make her dream business a reality.
✔️ Twelve months on I have more to give you.
I have more client feedback, more client life shifts and more client success stories.
I want you to do the same!
We are going to cover:
⭐️ Your key reflections on what 2021 has meant for you
⭐️ An assessment of what you need to stop doing
⭐️ An exploration of what you want your new year to feel like
⭐️ A connection to your own personal magic
⭐️ A commitment to making change in your own life
⭐️ Your initial action plan for January 2022
When you see what you need to do to make yourself feel fulfilled in 2021 it’s an absolute no brainer.
Join me on Thursday 9th December for Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 – a dream goal setting session.
The session starts at 7pm GMT. It takes place on Zoom.
Over the ninety minutes you will go from feeling unclear about what the new year holds to feeling focused, determined and excited about what you will achieve.
The session is £33.
And even as I type all of that out I seriously can’t believe I am selling this for £33.
You can get it at this price for another 24 hours.
Absolute no brainer!
So if you want to Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 join me on 9th December! 🙌🏻

Do you recognise me?

I went to a work reunion the other weekend for a job I left eleven years ago.
Nobody recognised me.
I pulled up this photo – still no recognition. It made me feel very strange inside.
The Laura in that photo was a brunette. She was thinner. She had VERY short hair. She had three small children and a very busy life. She was happy in many ways but had no sense of self worth.
She had lost herself. Completely.
She was mum, wife, friend, daughter.
Somewhere in that period she lost sight of being Laura – not for anyone else but just for her.
She had no energy, no time, no space for herself or indeed any awareness that she should carve out those things just for her. She was in the dark.
This photo was me in Part One of my life.
I live gloriously in Part Two now.
I know who I am.
I know what I want.
I know what I’m capable of and I am damn well going to get it.
I am confident, self assured, positive, settled, happy and fulfilled.
It wasn’t an easy journey from one stage to the other, in fact at times it felt like it would consume me but I’m so far out the other side now that those distant days of feeling lost are just, well, a memory.
Your life is exactly that – yours.
If you are stuck, trapped or unhappy doing what you are doing then allow your mind and your thoughts to explore what would make you happy instead. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself the permission to live the life you have always dreamed of.
It’s out there waiting for you – I promise.
I’ve got just the thing coming up which will help you start that thoughtwork – keep an eye on my socials in the coming week. 
Oh and if you want to see the photo? Click here

We all have to start somewhere

When we want to do something new in life, we all have to start somewhere.
So if you want to lose weight, no matter what your overall goal is you will start by losing a pound or two.
When you want to decorate a room in your house, you have to make a lot of mess before it looks better.
When you want to try a new recipe, it always takes you longer the first time you do it because it’s new and unfamiliar.
I took the decision to close my pretty large Facebook group in order to start a new group, The Dream Life Collective, which is truly aligned to my new direction as a coach. It was a big decision and currently with 18 members it feels small. But it will grow, just like my other group did.
Last week I also marked 1500 downloads of my podcast. When I launched it earlier this year I was thrilled when I had ten downloads. Now to have 1500 makes me appreciate the progress, the snowball effect, the cumulative impact of regular episodes and downloads.
Why am I telling you this?
Well because in the early days of anything new it can be really easy to give up when we don’t get the immediate success that we crave. But if we could just stick with it, if we grit our teeth and keep going, if we believe in ourselves and our mission and keep working at it well, guess what? Success will come.

Meet Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor

I am so excited today to finally share my brilliant news with you!

For the past few months I have been working behind the scenes, exploring my work as a coach and identifying who I want to work with moving forward and how I can help my clients to achieve real success.

Since I launched as a coach I have worked with women on their confidence. Their self belief. Their self worth. I shone a light on my clients and all their brilliance so that they could grow that inner confidence.

I built on that a year ago, by focusing on helping women in Part Two of their lives to build the confidence to put themselves first. To explore what makes them happy in the second part of their lives. To believe that they had the right to make changes that were 100% about them. To create their dream life.

I’ve loved it – but something didn’t feel right.

I struggled to put my finger on it, but there was something missing from the work that I did.

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time working on what that ‘thing’ was and a few weeks ago I found it!

That’s right, I found the missing piece in the puzzle. It felt absolutely brilliant and still does.

The reality is that in order for women to lead their dream life they have to work for themselves. They have to be their own boss so that they can set their own agenda, design the life that they want and feel fulfilled and in flow as a result. They have to be able to make their own decisions and set themselves free. It’s so empowering!

So today I relaunch my business and rebrand myself as Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor.

I am the creator of the six step Dream Transition Method.

I help professional driven women who feel stuck, trapped and unhappy at work.

I help them to gain total clarity on their unique strengths and gifts so that they can create the self belief, confidence and the practical steps to transition from corporate.

Where do they go?

They start their own wildly successful freedom based business, allowing them to have more flow, fulfilment and live the life of their dreams.

How do I do this?

My signature system, the Dream Transition Method, is the key to it all. 

My method, combined with my coaching skills and your willingness for change will take you on the journey you have always dreamed of – the one that leads to true life satisfaction.

Good, huh?

My mission is to help women the world over to set themselves free, to get unstuck, to use their gifts and strengths to build the business that really lights them up inside.

So let’s get started! Complete the contact form on my Let’s Talk page. 

Are you friends with your RAS?

Are you friends with your RAS?
No, I’m not being rude.
Your RAS isn’t your a*se.
Your RAS is your reticular activating system and it’s the part of your brain that links things together.
🚘 So when you buy a new car you suddenly see loads of other cars that are EXACTLY THE SAME
🎶 When you hear a song on the radio and decide you like it suddenly you hear it EVERYWHERE
🎸 Or the other day when somebody mentioned the German hard rock group Rammstein who I have NEVER heard of, I then had three conversations about them in the next 24 hours
Weird? Coincidence? Spooky?
Nope. It’s your brain seeking information which matches what it already knows 🧠
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the more you open yourself up to positive thoughts, to believing that you can achieving your dreams, to growing your confidence….the more your brain rewards you by finding examples to match your thoughts. Make friends with your RAS and get it to uncover all the good stuff!
Notice your brain working over the next few days and let me know if your RAS is acting like your bestie.
Oh and if you need a coach to help you show your RAS who the boss is? I’m your girl. DM me!
🧠

What I did when I had Covid

As I enter day 8 in the Big Brother Covid House (how did they stay sane after all those days in the same space 🤷‍♀️) I thought I’d offer some recommendations for things you can do today if the weather is rubbish:
1. Read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s about to be made into a film with Reese Witherspoon. As much as I love Reese, you know that the book is always better than the film
2. Watch Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Yes it’s a bit predictable in terms of characterisation but Sienna is gorgeous and I loved Michelle Dockery’s character
3. Play Heardle. I’m on a one second streak at the moment. (Don’t get me started on Wordle, I’m averaging five at the moment 🙄)
4. Make Rocky Road ‘ice cream’ by following the @fitwafflekitchen recipe. I made it the other day and my son said it’s banging – or some other teenage word I don’t understand.
5. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast, Your Dream or Mine. I interviewed Lisa Johnson about becoming a multi millionaire in just five years in business. As she says in the interview ‘it is definitely not out of reach’.

6. Look forward: sign up to my fabulous confidence workshop that takes place on 21st May – May you be Confident: The Workshop. It really does what it says on the tin. A full day of confidence coaching, community, coffee and cake. Click here to read all about it.

7. Have a long bath with no interruptions. Enjoy that Sunday feeling, safe in the knowledge you have an extra day to relax tomorrow.

8. Complete my very own wordsearch!

9. Spend some time thinking about you, your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. The start of a new month is the perfect time to plan a new journey.

Let me know if you do any of these!
😘

Dream it then make it happen!

I woke up late this morning and when I came down the sun was already blazing. I opened up the doors and had to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things I love about this house.
🤩 the doors that open up the back of the house that make having a barbecue so easy
🤩 the gorgeous breakfast bar (which incidentally I didn’t want) that my kids sit at and talk to me while I’m cooking or baking
🤩 the glass dome of freshly baked cookies which I love filling each week
🤩 my Easter tree – who knew they were a thing?!
🤩 my beautiful office at the end of the garden which is my haven
All of these things exist because I allowed myself to dream I could have them.
All of these things came about because I had a plan.
All of these things are with me now because I wanted them in my life.
All of this has come about because I made a conscious and active decision to want something different from what I had.
All of these things make me feel so happy and content each and every day.
What do you want in your life? Let me help you create the mindset to make them a reality!
I’ve got a super duper special offer for coaching on right now if you are a member of my Facebook group, The Dream Life Collective.
It really is the best offer I have ever put out in terms of one to one coaching.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence but want more from your life then come on over to the group to find out more!

Create the life that you choose!

I’m just back from a whirlwind four day trip to Spain to see my parents.
Don’t let this photo fool you though – it was freezing! 🥶
What I loved about the trip was this:
🤩 I woke up about a month ago, having dreamt about my mum, and felt a burning desire to go and see her
🤩 When I checked the flights, the new route I could fly opened on Mother’s Day which felt like a sign
🤩 I checked my diary and I had the space to go so I booked it
🤩 I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission, I didn’t have to check my holiday allowance, I just booked it
🤩 Working for myself means I have the freedom and flexibility to travel when I choose, which is so important when my parents live abroad
🤩 I did contemplate taking my laptop but I left it behind so that I could truly switch off from work
🤩 I enjoyed the most wonderful four days with my mum and dad and my mother in law with no worries about work at all, and no ‘last day of holiday dread’
🤩 I’m back at work today and feeling refreshed and happy knowing that I’ve spent precious time with my parents
Would you like to explore how you can transition into a dream life where you have the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun that I have?
We really should talk!
Book a no obligation clarity call by using the link below:
You can create the life that you choose!

‘Dream as if it’s already done’

Such a simple statement and one I use as my business strapline, but what does it actually mean? Let me explain….
🤯 When we dream of doing something different we often don’t vocalise it or write it down, so it stays as a thought going round and round in our head
😱 When this happens, we aren’t able to see any of the positive elements, just the frightening ones which keep us stuck where we are
🗣 When we get those thoughts out and start talking them through its amazing how much more sense they start making, how much more confident we feel, how much more willing we are to take action
☁️ Talking it through brings your dream into a reality – what would it look like, how would it feel, what would you need to do to achieve it?
✍️ Writing down your goals, your plan and your next steps is so important because…
🧠 Your brain sees that list and helps you to imagine completing it, which is half the battle
So you see, ‘Dream as if it’s already done’ is quite simple really.
Want me to help you to do all of the above?
Send me a message. Let’s start talking!

Why did I decide to work for myself?

Why did I decide to leave corporate life to work for myself?
That’s a question people often ask me.
Here’s my answer:
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to use my creativity, energy, ideas, experience and drive to see what impact I could have with my clients
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the freedom to choose who I worked with, when I worked, how I worked and what sort of work I did
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the opportunity to push harder, further and with more bravery than I was able to do in a conventional organisational set up
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to make sure that I had given it a go, and I mean really given it a go so that I didn’t live with any regrets
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to design a life which allowed me to flow between my business and my family and which filled me with joy
🙋‍♀️ But mostly? Mostly I did it for these three. I wanted to be there when they got up for school so we could have a chat over breakfast. I wanted to be around when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them in the holidays, and to enjoy them while they still live at home. I wanted to be fully present in their lives when they needed me most. I wanted to show them what you can achieve when you dream big and pursue your passion.
 
JLS, I did this for you. Everything I do is for you.
🤍

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!
I am fortunate in my life to be surrounded by amazingly brilliant women but the woman I think of each and every day is my wonderful Mum.
She gave me all the foundations I needed to be the strong, caring, kind, determined and loving woman I am today – in a world of opportunity that wasn’t there when she was my age.
I’m flying to see her on Mother’s Day and I can’t blooming wait 🥰
Who is the female rock in your life?
🤩
Is there anything more gorgeous than a vase of Spring flowers? They totally lift my spirits!
How would you like to Spring into Confidence?
I’m running a confidence workshop on 19th March and I would love for you to join me!
It’s absolutely the workshop for you if confidence is stopping you from doing
any of these things:
🤩 Saying how you feel
🤩 Using your voice with real strength
🤩 Stepping out of your comfort zone
🤩 Making changes in your life
🤩 Saying no when you don’t want to do something
🤩 Meeting new people
🤩 Or something similar?
Come and join me for coffee, cake and confidence coaching.
The session takes place in the gorgeous Ampthill Deli and Kitchen.
There are limited spaces so don’t miss out.
Click here to bag your space!

The power of the finger

When I was a little girl my mum would often come into the lounge and try to get my brother and I to stop watching telly.
Obviously the TV options back in the 80’s were nothing like they are now but he and I always found something to watch, for hours on end if we could get away with it.
Mum would eventually get fed up and would pick up the remote, press the off button and declare that she had ‘the power of the finger’ 🤩
You also have the power of the finger and here’s what it could do:
📺 turn the telly off and instead use the time on something which will move your dream on
🎙 click on a motivational podcast which will inspire you – mine is fab!
💻 do some research on your laptop – if you want to make a change in your life then research what you might need to do to make that happen
☎️ phone a friend who will encourage and support you – talking is so important
🙌🏻 join my group over on Facebook, The Dream Life Collective, full of women who are determined to create the life they dream of
👆 click to book a free call with me to discuss how we can work together
🤫 click to join my February Secret Project – you only have a few days left to do so!
You see….you have the power of the finger too. Use that power wisely!
👆

🤫 S E C R E T P R O J E C T 🤫

As part of the ongoing launch of my signature offering, The Dream Transition Transformation Programme, I am super excited to tell you a little more about my secret February project 🤫
I am looking for five women to work with me who fit the following criteria:
✔️ Have a desire to make a change in their life
✔️ Dream of a life of more – more freedom, more flow, more fulfilment, more fun
✔️ Know that they want something different for themselves but don’t know where to start
✔️ Want to step into a place of utter confidence, focus, energy and connection
✔️ Know that 2022 is the year that they are ready to take action
✔️ Have been daydreaming about taking full control of their life in all areas
✔️ Have three hours of uninterrupted time to spend on themselves
✔️ Are willing to invest in a beta offering in return for all of the above
✔️ Will share their thoughts and feedback on the secret project
If this sounds like you then send me a message! 

Do you get that Sunday night dread?

How are you starting your Monday:
🤯 Rushing around, trying to sort the kids, the house, the dog and everything else before you drive to the office?
🤯 Perhaps you are doing all of the above before switching on your laptop at home?
🤯 Maybe you’re juggling the school run or breakfast club with your own commute?
🤯 Are you feeling calm and happy about the week ahead or do you have another feeling?
🙌🏻 If you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or similar then hear this – there is another way!
🔍 I’m looking for five women to work with me in February on an exciting new project.
⛔️ If you feel that you have no way out but you desperately want one then let’s talk!
🙋‍♀️ Drop me a line…..

New year reflections and gratitude

I’m up early after the chaos of a teenage sleepover and I’m reflecting on my week and my year so far.
I am in a completely different energy than I was towards the end of 2021.
The break I took in December and early January has done me the world of good.
I’m less anxious. Less stressed. Calmer. Less angry about some of the stuff that has been tearing me apart for a year. I think I’ve reached some sort of peace.
As a result of the break I have a focus and an energy and a drive for the business that I haven’t had for a while. I think I got myself into a state of exhaustion and worry and I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Now? Now I’m LOVING my business.
All of these amazing things have happened in the first few weeks of January and those positive results and moves have affirmed to me that I am on the right track with the direction of my business. With my core offering. With the way I serve my clients.
I cannot tell you how good that feels!
Searching, worrying, fretting, feeling anxious, beating yourself up – it’s just so exhausting.
Knowing that you are heading in the right direction, feeling the right vibrations, loving what you are doing? Well that’s priceless.
My signature programme is the key to moving from the former to the latter.
Want to know more? DM me.

So much cheese!

How are those ‘new year, new you’ resolutions working out?
If you’re anything like me, your house is full of chocolate, the fridge is groaning with cheese and you are still wearing elasticated items.
I did go to the gym yesterday but I also binged the whole of The Tourist. Have you seen it?
Anyway, my point is, this time of year is so overwhelming because there is this feeling that you have to change EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING.
Which is frankly, ridiculous.
Here are my thoughts:
1. If you are happy with your life as it is then don’t bow to the propaganda and keep doing what you’re doing. It’s obviously working.
2. If there is something you want to change, break it down a little. Understand it. Connect with why you want to make that change. Set yourself small targets. Congratulate yourself when you achieve them.
3. If there is more than one thing you want to change, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do ALL of the things THIS WEEK. By all means do Dry January or Veganuary or RED January etc but perhaps not all three at once?
4. Remember to only set targets that work for you. Social media shoves the ‘ideal’ down our throats but who says that that ideal works for you? Sort the wheat from the chaff as my mum would say. Find the bits that are much more you.
5. Don’t write everything in your life off because you are trying to make changes. Your life is pretty good already – tweaking it will make it even better but you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water (jeez the cliches are flowing this morning 😂)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself. Always. Anything you want to change in your life takes time. You won’t hit your goal in a week and that’s ok. Ignore all those ridiculous messages about getting stuff sorted in a matter of days. It’s codswallop.
Like I said, so much cheese! 🧀
😘

⭐️ So this is what happened…. ⭐️

I remember this time last year when I came up with the idea of running a one off goal setting masterclass.
It was the first time I had offered anything like that to my audience.
I had been working on a new method to help my clients to get super clear on how they could turn their dreams into a reality.
I wanted to work it through with an audience to see how it landed.
I launched the masterclass two weeks before I delivered it and the response was fantastic.
The attendees got so much from it – they felt energised, excited, connected to their goals and ready to take action.
✔️ One of those women landed the most fantastic new job early in 2021.
✔️ One of those women took the plunge to leave employment and work full time in her business.
✔️ One of those women had a lightbulb moment where she realised she had not been practising self care.
✔️ One of those women worked out what steps she needed to take to make her dream business a reality.
✔️ Twelve months on I have more to give you.
I have more client feedback, more client life shifts and more client success stories.
I want you to do the same!
We are going to cover:
⭐️ Your key reflections on what 2021 has meant for you
⭐️ An assessment of what you need to stop doing
⭐️ An exploration of what you want your new year to feel like
⭐️ A connection to your own personal magic
⭐️ A commitment to making change in your own life
⭐️ Your initial action plan for January 2022
When you see what you need to do to make yourself feel fulfilled in 2021 it’s an absolute no brainer.
Join me on Thursday 9th December for Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 – a dream goal setting session.
The session starts at 7pm GMT. It takes place on Zoom.
Over the ninety minutes you will go from feeling unclear about what the new year holds to feeling focused, determined and excited about what you will achieve.
The session is £33.
And even as I type all of that out I seriously can’t believe I am selling this for £33.
You can get it at this price for another 24 hours.
Absolute no brainer!
So if you want to Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 join me on 9th December! 🙌🏻

Do you recognise me?

I went to a work reunion the other weekend for a job I left eleven years ago.
Nobody recognised me.
I pulled up this photo – still no recognition. It made me feel very strange inside.
The Laura in that photo was a brunette. She was thinner. She had VERY short hair. She had three small children and a very busy life. She was happy in many ways but had no sense of self worth.
She had lost herself. Completely.
She was mum, wife, friend, daughter.
Somewhere in that period she lost sight of being Laura – not for anyone else but just for her.
She had no energy, no time, no space for herself or indeed any awareness that she should carve out those things just for her. She was in the dark.
This photo was me in Part One of my life.
I live gloriously in Part Two now.
I know who I am.
I know what I want.
I know what I’m capable of and I am damn well going to get it.
I am confident, self assured, positive, settled, happy and fulfilled.
It wasn’t an easy journey from one stage to the other, in fact at times it felt like it would consume me but I’m so far out the other side now that those distant days of feeling lost are just, well, a memory.
Your life is exactly that – yours.
If you are stuck, trapped or unhappy doing what you are doing then allow your mind and your thoughts to explore what would make you happy instead. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself the permission to live the life you have always dreamed of.
It’s out there waiting for you – I promise.
I’ve got just the thing coming up which will help you start that thoughtwork – keep an eye on my socials in the coming week. 
Oh and if you want to see the photo? Click here

We all have to start somewhere

When we want to do something new in life, we all have to start somewhere.
So if you want to lose weight, no matter what your overall goal is you will start by losing a pound or two.
When you want to decorate a room in your house, you have to make a lot of mess before it looks better.
When you want to try a new recipe, it always takes you longer the first time you do it because it’s new and unfamiliar.
I took the decision to close my pretty large Facebook group in order to start a new group, The Dream Life Collective, which is truly aligned to my new direction as a coach. It was a big decision and currently with 18 members it feels small. But it will grow, just like my other group did.
Last week I also marked 1500 downloads of my podcast. When I launched it earlier this year I was thrilled when I had ten downloads. Now to have 1500 makes me appreciate the progress, the snowball effect, the cumulative impact of regular episodes and downloads.
Why am I telling you this?
Well because in the early days of anything new it can be really easy to give up when we don’t get the immediate success that we crave. But if we could just stick with it, if we grit our teeth and keep going, if we believe in ourselves and our mission and keep working at it well, guess what? Success will come.

Meet Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor

I am so excited today to finally share my brilliant news with you!

For the past few months I have been working behind the scenes, exploring my work as a coach and identifying who I want to work with moving forward and how I can help my clients to achieve real success.

Since I launched as a coach I have worked with women on their confidence. Their self belief. Their self worth. I shone a light on my clients and all their brilliance so that they could grow that inner confidence.

I built on that a year ago, by focusing on helping women in Part Two of their lives to build the confidence to put themselves first. To explore what makes them happy in the second part of their lives. To believe that they had the right to make changes that were 100% about them. To create their dream life.

I’ve loved it – but something didn’t feel right.

I struggled to put my finger on it, but there was something missing from the work that I did.

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time working on what that ‘thing’ was and a few weeks ago I found it!

That’s right, I found the missing piece in the puzzle. It felt absolutely brilliant and still does.

The reality is that in order for women to lead their dream life they have to work for themselves. They have to be their own boss so that they can set their own agenda, design the life that they want and feel fulfilled and in flow as a result. They have to be able to make their own decisions and set themselves free. It’s so empowering!

So today I relaunch my business and rebrand myself as Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor.

I am the creator of the six step Dream Transition Method.

I help professional driven women who feel stuck, trapped and unhappy at work.

I help them to gain total clarity on their unique strengths and gifts so that they can create the self belief, confidence and the practical steps to transition from corporate.

Where do they go?

They start their own wildly successful freedom based business, allowing them to have more flow, fulfilment and live the life of their dreams.

How do I do this?

My signature system, the Dream Transition Method, is the key to it all. 

My method, combined with my coaching skills and your willingness for change will take you on the journey you have always dreamed of – the one that leads to true life satisfaction.

Good, huh?

My mission is to help women the world over to set themselves free, to get unstuck, to use their gifts and strengths to build the business that really lights them up inside.

So let’s get started! Complete the contact form on my Let’s Talk page. 

Are you friends with your RAS?

Are you friends with your RAS?
No, I’m not being rude.
Your RAS isn’t your a*se.
Your RAS is your reticular activating system and it’s the part of your brain that links things together.
🚘 So when you buy a new car you suddenly see loads of other cars that are EXACTLY THE SAME
🎶 When you hear a song on the radio and decide you like it suddenly you hear it EVERYWHERE
🎸 Or the other day when somebody mentioned the German hard rock group Rammstein who I have NEVER heard of, I then had three conversations about them in the next 24 hours
Weird? Coincidence? Spooky?
Nope. It’s your brain seeking information which matches what it already knows 🧠
So you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the more you open yourself up to positive thoughts, to believing that you can achieving your dreams, to growing your confidence….the more your brain rewards you by finding examples to match your thoughts. Make friends with your RAS and get it to uncover all the good stuff!
Notice your brain working over the next few days and let me know if your RAS is acting like your bestie.
Oh and if you need a coach to help you show your RAS who the boss is? I’m your girl. DM me!
🧠

What I did when I had Covid

As I enter day 8 in the Big Brother Covid House (how did they stay sane after all those days in the same space 🤷‍♀️) I thought I’d offer some recommendations for things you can do today if the weather is rubbish:
1. Read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – it’s about to be made into a film with Reese Witherspoon. As much as I love Reese, you know that the book is always better than the film
2. Watch Anatomy of a Scandal on Netflix. Yes it’s a bit predictable in terms of characterisation but Sienna is gorgeous and I loved Michelle Dockery’s character
3. Play Heardle. I’m on a one second streak at the moment. (Don’t get me started on Wordle, I’m averaging five at the moment 🙄)
4. Make Rocky Road ‘ice cream’ by following the @fitwafflekitchen recipe. I made it the other day and my son said it’s banging – or some other teenage word I don’t understand.
5. Listen to the latest episode of my podcast, Your Dream or Mine. I interviewed Lisa Johnson about becoming a multi millionaire in just five years in business. As she says in the interview ‘it is definitely not out of reach’.

6. Look forward: sign up to my fabulous confidence workshop that takes place on 21st May – May you be Confident: The Workshop. It really does what it says on the tin. A full day of confidence coaching, community, coffee and cake. Click here to read all about it.

7. Have a long bath with no interruptions. Enjoy that Sunday feeling, safe in the knowledge you have an extra day to relax tomorrow.

8. Complete my very own wordsearch!

9. Spend some time thinking about you, your hopes, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations. The start of a new month is the perfect time to plan a new journey.

Let me know if you do any of these!
😘

Dream it then make it happen!

I woke up late this morning and when I came down the sun was already blazing. I opened up the doors and had to take a moment to reflect on all the amazing things I love about this house.
🤩 the doors that open up the back of the house that make having a barbecue so easy
🤩 the gorgeous breakfast bar (which incidentally I didn’t want) that my kids sit at and talk to me while I’m cooking or baking
🤩 the glass dome of freshly baked cookies which I love filling each week
🤩 my Easter tree – who knew they were a thing?!
🤩 my beautiful office at the end of the garden which is my haven
All of these things exist because I allowed myself to dream I could have them.
All of these things came about because I had a plan.
All of these things are with me now because I wanted them in my life.
All of this has come about because I made a conscious and active decision to want something different from what I had.
All of these things make me feel so happy and content each and every day.
What do you want in your life? Let me help you create the mindset to make them a reality!
I’ve got a super duper special offer for coaching on right now if you are a member of my Facebook group, The Dream Life Collective.
It really is the best offer I have ever put out in terms of one to one coaching.
So if you’ve been sitting on the fence but want more from your life then come on over to the group to find out more!

Create the life that you choose!

I’m just back from a whirlwind four day trip to Spain to see my parents.
Don’t let this photo fool you though – it was freezing! 🥶
What I loved about the trip was this:
🤩 I woke up about a month ago, having dreamt about my mum, and felt a burning desire to go and see her
🤩 When I checked the flights, the new route I could fly opened on Mother’s Day which felt like a sign
🤩 I checked my diary and I had the space to go so I booked it
🤩 I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission, I didn’t have to check my holiday allowance, I just booked it
🤩 Working for myself means I have the freedom and flexibility to travel when I choose, which is so important when my parents live abroad
🤩 I did contemplate taking my laptop but I left it behind so that I could truly switch off from work
🤩 I enjoyed the most wonderful four days with my mum and dad and my mother in law with no worries about work at all, and no ‘last day of holiday dread’
🤩 I’m back at work today and feeling refreshed and happy knowing that I’ve spent precious time with my parents
Would you like to explore how you can transition into a dream life where you have the freedom, flow, fulfilment and fun that I have?
We really should talk!
Book a no obligation clarity call by using the link below:
You can create the life that you choose!

‘Dream as if it’s already done’

Such a simple statement and one I use as my business strapline, but what does it actually mean? Let me explain….
🤯 When we dream of doing something different we often don’t vocalise it or write it down, so it stays as a thought going round and round in our head
😱 When this happens, we aren’t able to see any of the positive elements, just the frightening ones which keep us stuck where we are
🗣 When we get those thoughts out and start talking them through its amazing how much more sense they start making, how much more confident we feel, how much more willing we are to take action
☁️ Talking it through brings your dream into a reality – what would it look like, how would it feel, what would you need to do to achieve it?
✍️ Writing down your goals, your plan and your next steps is so important because…
🧠 Your brain sees that list and helps you to imagine completing it, which is half the battle
So you see, ‘Dream as if it’s already done’ is quite simple really.
Want me to help you to do all of the above?
Send me a message. Let’s start talking!

Why did I decide to work for myself?

Why did I decide to leave corporate life to work for myself?
That’s a question people often ask me.
Here’s my answer:
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to use my creativity, energy, ideas, experience and drive to see what impact I could have with my clients
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the freedom to choose who I worked with, when I worked, how I worked and what sort of work I did
🙋‍♀️ I wanted the opportunity to push harder, further and with more bravery than I was able to do in a conventional organisational set up
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to make sure that I had given it a go, and I mean really given it a go so that I didn’t live with any regrets
🙋‍♀️ I wanted to design a life which allowed me to flow between my business and my family and which filled me with joy
🙋‍♀️ But mostly? Mostly I did it for these three. I wanted to be there when they got up for school so we could have a chat over breakfast. I wanted to be around when they came home and wanted to talk about their day. I wanted the flexibility to spend time with them in the holidays, and to enjoy them while they still live at home. I wanted to be fully present in their lives when they needed me most. I wanted to show them what you can achieve when you dream big and pursue your passion.
 
JLS, I did this for you. Everything I do is for you.
🤍

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women’s Day!
I am fortunate in my life to be surrounded by amazingly brilliant women but the woman I think of each and every day is my wonderful Mum.
She gave me all the foundations I needed to be the strong, caring, kind, determined and loving woman I am today – in a world of opportunity that wasn’t there when she was my age.
I’m flying to see her on Mother’s Day and I can’t blooming wait 🥰
Who is the female rock in your life?
🤩
Is there anything more gorgeous than a vase of Spring flowers? They totally lift my spirits!
How would you like to Spring into Confidence?
I’m running a confidence workshop on 19th March and I would love for you to join me!
It’s absolutely the workshop for you if confidence is stopping you from doing
any of these things:
🤩 Saying how you feel
🤩 Using your voice with real strength
🤩 Stepping out of your comfort zone
🤩 Making changes in your life
🤩 Saying no when you don’t want to do something
🤩 Meeting new people
🤩 Or something similar?
Come and join me for coffee, cake and confidence coaching.
The session takes place in the gorgeous Ampthill Deli and Kitchen.
There are limited spaces so don’t miss out.
Click here to bag your space!

The power of the finger

When I was a little girl my mum would often come into the lounge and try to get my brother and I to stop watching telly.
Obviously the TV options back in the 80’s were nothing like they are now but he and I always found something to watch, for hours on end if we could get away with it.
Mum would eventually get fed up and would pick up the remote, press the off button and declare that she had ‘the power of the finger’ 🤩
You also have the power of the finger and here’s what it could do:
📺 turn the telly off and instead use the time on something which will move your dream on
🎙 click on a motivational podcast which will inspire you – mine is fab!
💻 do some research on your laptop – if you want to make a change in your life then research what you might need to do to make that happen
☎️ phone a friend who will encourage and support you – talking is so important
🙌🏻 join my group over on Facebook, The Dream Life Collective, full of women who are determined to create the life they dream of
👆 click to book a free call with me to discuss how we can work together
🤫 click to join my February Secret Project – you only have a few days left to do so!
You see….you have the power of the finger too. Use that power wisely!
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🤫 S E C R E T P R O J E C T 🤫

As part of the ongoing launch of my signature offering, The Dream Transition Transformation Programme, I am super excited to tell you a little more about my secret February project 🤫
I am looking for five women to work with me who fit the following criteria:
✔️ Have a desire to make a change in their life
✔️ Dream of a life of more – more freedom, more flow, more fulfilment, more fun
✔️ Know that they want something different for themselves but don’t know where to start
✔️ Want to step into a place of utter confidence, focus, energy and connection
✔️ Know that 2022 is the year that they are ready to take action
✔️ Have been daydreaming about taking full control of their life in all areas
✔️ Have three hours of uninterrupted time to spend on themselves
✔️ Are willing to invest in a beta offering in return for all of the above
✔️ Will share their thoughts and feedback on the secret project
If this sounds like you then send me a message! 

Do you get that Sunday night dread?

How are you starting your Monday:
🤯 Rushing around, trying to sort the kids, the house, the dog and everything else before you drive to the office?
🤯 Perhaps you are doing all of the above before switching on your laptop at home?
🤯 Maybe you’re juggling the school run or breakfast club with your own commute?
🤯 Are you feeling calm and happy about the week ahead or do you have another feeling?
🙌🏻 If you are stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or similar then hear this – there is another way!
🔍 I’m looking for five women to work with me in February on an exciting new project.
⛔️ If you feel that you have no way out but you desperately want one then let’s talk!
🙋‍♀️ Drop me a line…..

New year reflections and gratitude

I’m up early after the chaos of a teenage sleepover and I’m reflecting on my week and my year so far.
I am in a completely different energy than I was towards the end of 2021.
The break I took in December and early January has done me the world of good.
I’m less anxious. Less stressed. Calmer. Less angry about some of the stuff that has been tearing me apart for a year. I think I’ve reached some sort of peace.
As a result of the break I have a focus and an energy and a drive for the business that I haven’t had for a while. I think I got myself into a state of exhaustion and worry and I wasn’t enjoying myself.
Now? Now I’m LOVING my business.
All of these amazing things have happened in the first few weeks of January and those positive results and moves have affirmed to me that I am on the right track with the direction of my business. With my core offering. With the way I serve my clients.
I cannot tell you how good that feels!
Searching, worrying, fretting, feeling anxious, beating yourself up – it’s just so exhausting.
Knowing that you are heading in the right direction, feeling the right vibrations, loving what you are doing? Well that’s priceless.
My signature programme is the key to moving from the former to the latter.
Want to know more? DM me.

So much cheese!

How are those ‘new year, new you’ resolutions working out?
If you’re anything like me, your house is full of chocolate, the fridge is groaning with cheese and you are still wearing elasticated items.
I did go to the gym yesterday but I also binged the whole of The Tourist. Have you seen it?
Anyway, my point is, this time of year is so overwhelming because there is this feeling that you have to change EVERYTHING.
EVERYTHING.
Which is frankly, ridiculous.
Here are my thoughts:
1. If you are happy with your life as it is then don’t bow to the propaganda and keep doing what you’re doing. It’s obviously working.
2. If there is something you want to change, break it down a little. Understand it. Connect with why you want to make that change. Set yourself small targets. Congratulate yourself when you achieve them.
3. If there is more than one thing you want to change, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to do ALL of the things THIS WEEK. By all means do Dry January or Veganuary or RED January etc but perhaps not all three at once?
4. Remember to only set targets that work for you. Social media shoves the ‘ideal’ down our throats but who says that that ideal works for you? Sort the wheat from the chaff as my mum would say. Find the bits that are much more you.
5. Don’t write everything in your life off because you are trying to make changes. Your life is pretty good already – tweaking it will make it even better but you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bath water (jeez the cliches are flowing this morning 😂)
6. Finally, be kind to yourself. Always. Anything you want to change in your life takes time. You won’t hit your goal in a week and that’s ok. Ignore all those ridiculous messages about getting stuff sorted in a matter of days. It’s codswallop.
Like I said, so much cheese! 🧀
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⭐️ So this is what happened…. ⭐️

I remember this time last year when I came up with the idea of running a one off goal setting masterclass.
It was the first time I had offered anything like that to my audience.
I had been working on a new method to help my clients to get super clear on how they could turn their dreams into a reality.
I wanted to work it through with an audience to see how it landed.
I launched the masterclass two weeks before I delivered it and the response was fantastic.
The attendees got so much from it – they felt energised, excited, connected to their goals and ready to take action.
✔️ One of those women landed the most fantastic new job early in 2021.
✔️ One of those women took the plunge to leave employment and work full time in her business.
✔️ One of those women had a lightbulb moment where she realised she had not been practising self care.
✔️ One of those women worked out what steps she needed to take to make her dream business a reality.
✔️ Twelve months on I have more to give you.
I have more client feedback, more client life shifts and more client success stories.
I want you to do the same!
We are going to cover:
⭐️ Your key reflections on what 2021 has meant for you
⭐️ An assessment of what you need to stop doing
⭐️ An exploration of what you want your new year to feel like
⭐️ A connection to your own personal magic
⭐️ A commitment to making change in your own life
⭐️ Your initial action plan for January 2022
When you see what you need to do to make yourself feel fulfilled in 2021 it’s an absolute no brainer.
Join me on Thursday 9th December for Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 – a dream goal setting session.
The session starts at 7pm GMT. It takes place on Zoom.
Over the ninety minutes you will go from feeling unclear about what the new year holds to feeling focused, determined and excited about what you will achieve.
The session is £33.
And even as I type all of that out I seriously can’t believe I am selling this for £33.
You can get it at this price for another 24 hours.
Absolute no brainer!
So if you want to Dream it Believe it Do it in 2022 join me on 9th December! 🙌🏻

Do you recognise me?

I went to a work reunion the other weekend for a job I left eleven years ago.
Nobody recognised me.
I pulled up this photo – still no recognition. It made me feel very strange inside.
The Laura in that photo was a brunette. She was thinner. She had VERY short hair. She had three small children and a very busy life. She was happy in many ways but had no sense of self worth.
She had lost herself. Completely.
She was mum, wife, friend, daughter.
Somewhere in that period she lost sight of being Laura – not for anyone else but just for her.
She had no energy, no time, no space for herself or indeed any awareness that she should carve out those things just for her. She was in the dark.
This photo was me in Part One of my life.
I live gloriously in Part Two now.
I know who I am.
I know what I want.
I know what I’m capable of and I am damn well going to get it.
I am confident, self assured, positive, settled, happy and fulfilled.
It wasn’t an easy journey from one stage to the other, in fact at times it felt like it would consume me but I’m so far out the other side now that those distant days of feeling lost are just, well, a memory.
Your life is exactly that – yours.
If you are stuck, trapped or unhappy doing what you are doing then allow your mind and your thoughts to explore what would make you happy instead. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself the permission to live the life you have always dreamed of.
It’s out there waiting for you – I promise.
I’ve got just the thing coming up which will help you start that thoughtwork – keep an eye on my socials in the coming week. 
Oh and if you want to see the photo? Click here

We all have to start somewhere

When we want to do something new in life, we all have to start somewhere.
So if you want to lose weight, no matter what your overall goal is you will start by losing a pound or two.
When you want to decorate a room in your house, you have to make a lot of mess before it looks better.
When you want to try a new recipe, it always takes you longer the first time you do it because it’s new and unfamiliar.
I took the decision to close my pretty large Facebook group in order to start a new group, The Dream Life Collective, which is truly aligned to my new direction as a coach. It was a big decision and currently with 18 members it feels small. But it will grow, just like my other group did.
Last week I also marked 1500 downloads of my podcast. When I launched it earlier this year I was thrilled when I had ten downloads. Now to have 1500 makes me appreciate the progress, the snowball effect, the cumulative impact of regular episodes and downloads.
Why am I telling you this?
Well because in the early days of anything new it can be really easy to give up when we don’t get the immediate success that we crave. But if we could just stick with it, if we grit our teeth and keep going, if we believe in ourselves and our mission and keep working at it well, guess what? Success will come.

Meet Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor

I am so excited today to finally share my brilliant news with you!

For the past few months I have been working behind the scenes, exploring my work as a coach and identifying who I want to work with moving forward and how I can help my clients to achieve real success.

Since I launched as a coach I have worked with women on their confidence. Their self belief. Their self worth. I shone a light on my clients and all their brilliance so that they could grow that inner confidence.

I built on that a year ago, by focusing on helping women in Part Two of their lives to build the confidence to put themselves first. To explore what makes them happy in the second part of their lives. To believe that they had the right to make changes that were 100% about them. To create their dream life.

I’ve loved it – but something didn’t feel right.

I struggled to put my finger on it, but there was something missing from the work that I did.

Over the past few months I have spent a lot of time working on what that ‘thing’ was and a few weeks ago I found it!

That’s right, I found the missing piece in the puzzle. It felt absolutely brilliant and still does.

The reality is that in order for women to lead their dream life they have to work for themselves. They have to be their own boss so that they can set their own agenda, design the life that they want and feel fulfilled and in flow as a result. They have to be able to make their own decisions and set themselves free. It’s so empowering!

So today I relaunch my business and rebrand myself as Laura Cruise: The Dream Transition Mentor.

I am the creator of the six step Dream Transition Method.

I help professional driven women who feel stuck, trapped and unhappy at work.

I help them to gain total clarity on their unique strengths and gifts so that they can create the self belief, confidence and the practical steps to transition from corporate.

Where do they go?

They start their own wildly successful freedom based business, allowing them to have more flow, fulfilment and live the life of their dreams.

How do I do this?

My signature system, the Dream Transition Method, is the key to it all. 

My method, combined with my coaching skills and your willingness for change will take you on the journey you have always dreamed of – the one that leads to true life satisfaction.

Good, huh?

My mission is to help women the world over to set themselves free, to get unstuck, to use their gifts and strengths to build the business that really lights them up inside.

So let’s get started! Complete the contact form on my Let’s Talk page. 

Stop the self pity

Are you a fan of a pity party?
You know, when you feel so fed up about one thing that you start feeling fed up about something else and then before you know it absolutely EVERYTHING in your life is terrible and you want to hide under a rock?
Misery loves company. Your brain wants to find similar thoughts to connect with, so whilst you are on that negative journey it’s adding more fuel to the fire.
Don’t let it!
Even when you are feeling super fed up, remember this:
😕 every day is only 24 hours
😕 not every day is a good day
😕 but there is good in every day
😕 try to find something small to focus on which makes you feel good
😕 then try to draw other positive thoughts in too
😕 be kind to yourself 🤍
Coaching is a fabulous way to look at your life in a super positive way. I’m signing up one to one clients for September, want to be one of them? DM me!
🙌🏻

You can't change other people

💣 T R U T H B O M B 💣
You can’t change other people.
Have you tried?
It’s exhausting, right?
You can’t make somebody do something they don’t want to do.
You can’t make somebody act in the way you want them to act.
You can’t make somebody feel something they don’t feel.
You can’t make somebody change if they don’t want to change.
But, you know who you can change?
You!
You have the power to change your outlook, your attitude, your goals, your lifestyle, your priorities, your day to day life and your future.
You have the power to change all of that.
You can make change happen so quickly when its focused in the right area.
So the next time you worry about how you can get somebody to change, save your energy and make some changes to you instead. It’s so much more satisfying!
I can help you to identify the changes you need to make. Let’s talk!

Do the scary stuff!

Friday thought ☁️
How do you feel about scary stuff?
I don’t mean the super scary stuff like spiders 🕷 rollercoasters 🎢 and wooden lolly sticks 🍭, I mean the averagely scary stuff.
😬 Like putting yourself into an entirely new situation
😬 Speaking your mind with confidence
😬 Walking into a room of strangers
😬 Making changes in your life so that you can be truly happy
😬 Standing up for you, always
These things can be incredibly difficult – but you can build the confidence to get over them. It just takes a little practice – I can help!
I’m talking all about doing the scary stuff on today’s episode of my podcast, go have a listen!

Be more Rick

I got last minute tickets to see @officialrickastley last night and he was so brilliant!I told my 12 year old what I was doing, and said ‘oh you won’t have heard of him’ but he said he had and asked if I was going to get Rick Rolled 😂 (Google it if you aren’t aware of that phenomenon).

The thing I like most about Rick Astley is this:

✔️ he knows what he’s good at, and he is really good at it too
✔️ he knows we all want to hear Never going to give you up but his set was varied, interesting, current and was a brilliant build up to the finale
✔️ he seemed genuinely pleased to be back performing again after COVID, and he was really lovely to the audience
✔️ he said he’d put on a few pounds in lockdown but he didn’t care – he was rocking a pink suit and looked brilliant
✔️ he said a few times that he was 55 and he would do what he wanted (Highway to Hell on the drums 🥁) but I really got the vibe from him that he is a man who is comfortable in his skin, confident in who he is, willing to put himself out there and try new stuff but equally knows his audience like the old stuff. He’s great live and it was a wonderful return to live music again.
✔️ he looks happy, really happy

So today, I challenge you to be a bit more Rick. Wear the pink suit. Sing a heavy metal song. Don’t worry about those lockdown pounds. Stop over thinking. Start doing the things you haven’t been able to do because of the pandemic. Enjoy what you do and know that people love you for who you are.

#bemorerick

Get Confident Now: The Workshop

You know sometimes when you read a post written by a coach and you think ‘well that all sounds great but I don’t think that working with that person is for me’, let me ask you why you think that?
I’d like to suggest that often that thought comes from a place of nervousness, from fear, from a worry about fitting in, maybe even from a lack of self worth.
So if you have read about Get Confident Now: The Workshop which takes place on Saturday 21st August but you aren’t sure about it, let me tell you that it’s perfect for you if…
🙌🏻 a lack of confidence is stopping you from stepping into new situations or experiences
🙌🏻 you struggle to say how you feel or give your opinion
🙌🏻 you feel trapped in your comfort zone but you want to escape
🙌🏻 you want to change your life but you can’t see a way out
🙌🏻 you aren’t confident enough to say no when you don’t want to do something so find yourself agreeing regardless
🙌🏻 you struggle to speak publicly or to new people
🙌🏻 you read my content, resonate with what I write, and would like to work with me FACE TO FACE!! 🤩
🙌🏻 also, you like cake
This workshop is going to be so powerfully uplifting, you will have shifted your mindset around your confidence and will be ready to take action!
Spaces are limited so bag yourself one today.

My Dream Office

When you want to make something happen, it takes time.
As humans we are impatient, and want everything right now.
But often the joy you get from something you have worked hard for and which took some time is greater than the fleeting thrill of the immediate.
I have dreamed of having my own space for the last couple of years.
And here she is!
This is my office. My dream office. My sanctuary and space which is just for me. My dream come true.
 
Watch how she became a reality here

Look After You

On Saturday I spent the morning in hospital, having more exploratory tests done on my….bowel. Yep, that’s right my bowel.
Jeez you might be thinking.
There’s no need to talk about ‘that’!
But there is, there really is.
For the last three years I have had issues in that department, and of course, because the subject is so *sensitive* I didn’t tell anyone about it. Who wants to talk about that side of things?
Not me.
So I suffered in silence, not knowing what was going on with me and feeling hugely self-conscious about my bloated tummy, my apparent inability to process food and my general uncomfortableness.
Yuck.
A friend of mine runs a colonic irrigation business so I went to her for some help – not telling my partner, not telling my friends, I snuck round there and hoped nobody would spot me. My friend told me that a lot of her clients feel it’s very cool to talk about the fact that they have that kind of treatment.
Not me I said.
Fast forward another nine months and I was sitting with a lovely consultant with my partner in the room, having to talk about things that were so personal to me that I just wanted to cry. I still hadn’t shared with any of my friends that I was having issues because, well, it’s just so personal.
I’d already had a scan to see if I had ovarian cancer and that had come back clear. I was told I have a lovely womb though so that was a special – and dare I say unique – moment.
Anyhoo, the consultant was wonderful and said he would investigate further and I had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. That basically means a tube goes top and bottom and aside from a small section in the middle of my body blocking it, it would almost have met.
I didn’t like it, it was uncomfortable and I felt somewhat embarrassed but it revealed what was wrong with me after all. The relief was huge.
Why am I telling you all this?
Well because so often we suffer in silence. We keep quiet. We are embarrassed and afraid and so we put our head in the sand and hope for the best. That could cost you your life.
I was lucky, on Saturday I finally had the all clear as nothing sinister was uncovered by my fourth procedure. I can’t tell you what that felt like. I’m a mum, a step-mum, a wife and a daughter. I need to be here.
If I hadn’t been brave enough to tell my GP that something wasn’t right I would still be suffering now.
I am sharing this now because if one person reads this and gets checked out and it saves their life then my *slight* embarrassment about sharing my experience was worth it. So worth it.
Look after you.
Put yourself first.
Place you at the forefront of your life.
Please.
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Sign up to my brilliant webinar, Become a Confident Dreamer by clicking here

The Power of Journaling

This week I was so happy to write a guest blog for the brilliant home organisation company, Homefulness. 

Read the article by clicking here

Who coaches the Coach?

One of the things I did this week was to work with a coach. Does that surprise you? As a coach I know the tools and techniques to help my coachee identify their outcome, set goals and then create a plan to reach them. 

The truth of it is that although I know how to do it and am hugely experienced in coaching others, it is not always easy to coach yourself. It’s too easy to not get to the heart of the issue and to ignore the truths which are waiting to be uncovered. So I spent a brilliant 90 minutes with a business coach who is helping me shape how I work in the service of my clients in the future. 

Did it help? Yes it really did! I’m clear, I’m focused, I need to reflect some more but I am really sure about the direction I want to take going forward. It’s freeing to stop pondering and move to action. 

If this sounds like something you need help with then please get in touch. We can arrange a discovery call to establish how we can work together. I can help you get super clear! 

New Year, New You! 

2021 is upon us and to get the year off to a great start I have been having a series of conversations with the fabulous Helen Bowden. Click the links below to watch each webinar:

Dream Big

Confidence

Being Seen

Positive Mindset

The Your Dream or Mine with Laura Cruise Podcast is here!

I am so thrilled to launch my brilliant podcast today, 5th February 2021. Listen each week to be inspired by the stories of others and my reflections and tips about following your dreams! 

Listen here!

Working out what I really wanted to do

When I first embarked on my journey into the world of working for myself I was full of ideas for how I could build my business.
 
🗣 I could offer corporate group training sessions
 
📚  I could be an L&D freelance consultant (that’s learning and development 🤓)
 
🌎  I could coach – everyone, everywhere, on every topic
 
🖊  I could write training content for corporate clients
 
💍  I could help corporate businesses engage their employees
 
💃  I could coach individual clients
 
This all seemed so exciting! So full of possibility! So freeing!
 
Except it wasn’t, because it’s very hard to spread yourself that thinly, too be all things to all people, to be a master of all – but without a focus on anything in particular.
 
When I coached myself, and looked deep inside me, I realised that it is working with individuals that lights me up. It is working with women who want to feel more confident that makes me shine. That working with my clients in either a one to one or a group setting is the pathway that enables me to help my clients get the best results.
 
So last week I spent time updating my website for the third time and now it is so much more me. It’s so much more about what I do, who I am and who I can help. It tells you – my ideal client – how I can help you.
 
Go take a look then get in touch to tell me how I can help you 🤩