Ep 0182 – It’s Been 6 Years Exactly!

Magician Bryan Saint with Laurie and Mark at the Magic Castle
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Magician Bryan Saint hosts Mark and me at the Magic Castle.

Podcast Recap

Despite strong winds keeping me off of the mountain, I celebrate 6 years of Compulsive Overeating Diary. Mark and I have a great time with Magician, Bryan Saint at the Magic Castle. I ponder why disappointment doesn’t sting as much as it used to. BC Mary calls the Bravery Hotline to update us about her journey and shares a great resource. New BC Yulia from Russia writes in now that she’s caught up with all of the episodes. BCs Joy and Carrie comment on Day 181. BCs Fionna and Svetlana are having fun with Color Street nails. Even though I feel like a beauty klutz, I try them and Mark reacts. Today’s dance moment is called Figure it Out and it’s a fun and quirky ditty I chose because it put a BIG smile on my face.
Laurie's Tie-dyed fingernails

I take a photo to prove, even I, beauty klutz Laurie, can get my Color Street dry nail polish nails on!

New BCs

Yulia from Russia* who kindly wrote via email that she’s been listening for years.

*and head slap, BC Svetlana is ORIGINALLY from Russia…so that’s why something was tickling my poor old brain about did I already know a BC from Russia…

Mentioned

The Last Show Day 181 with comments from BCs Joy and Carrie

The Holistic Psychologist on IG BC Mary mentions in her call.

BC Joy’s comment and my reply on Day 179 that contains the directions to join our secret FB group

Watch Bryan Saint Fool Penn and Teller

Contact BC Svetlana on FB to get some Colorstreet nails from her.

Buy some nail polish from BC Fionna on Colorstreet

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Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
Bravery Hotline Caller: BC Mary S.
Nail Commentator: Mark Weaver
Music: Today’s Dance Moment Music, Figure it Out, is used with permission from Audio Blocks

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Ep 0181 – Bonus – Dieting vs. Diet – Plus I am Affirmations

Laurie in hiking hat smiling against the mountain
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I feel wonderful! My stamina is good, my feet are cooperating, I got up the hill pretty easily. Love my life today!

Podcast Recap

I feel so great I zip on up the mountain to share a BIG breakthrough I had. Please support the show with participation if you’d like it to continue. Big thanks to financial supporters. Bonus Meditation with positive I am statements. Today’s dance moment has some electronic dance flavor called Happy.
Wheat like grass wave in foreground against sharp hills and blue sky

The view on the way to the top. Really lovely hike today!

Mentioned

The Last Show Day 180

BC Joy’s comment and my reply on Day 179 that contains the directions to join our secret FB group

Potato Chip Episode

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Host: Laurie Weaver
Music: Today’s Dance Moment Music, Falling Snow, is used with permission from Audio Blocks

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Ep 0180 – Our Future is 2020!

Laurie in hiking hat and sun glasses wearing a long sleeved brown sweatshirt smiles on the trail with the snow capped peaks visible behind her.
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I’m almost up to the next to top Zen place and I smile to see such a snowy day in Southern California.

Podcast Recap

I brave unusual snowcapped peaks and winter weather to ponder past blessings and challenges as we look toward our future in 2020. I share my professional video game demo. BC Joy has a great idea! How to join our new secret and private FB group. We meet our newest BC, Geert, who posted on the infamous Pathetic Day 4. A special message to a new private BC. I recommend a course on Insight Timer by Andrea Wachter. Mark shares what he’s learned this past decade and what he’s looking forward to in 2020. Today’s dance moment features a relaxing and beautiful tune called Falling Snow.

Snow is seen on the mountain top where I hike from the street intersection down below

I was amazed to see all of this snow while I drove up to the trailhead to hike.


Christmas ball on a fir tree along the trail

I was tickled to discover someone had left a shiny red ornament on one of the fir trees along the mountain trail Happy Holidays indeed!

New BCs

Geert who posted on Day 4

Mentioned

The Last Show Day 179 with comments by BC Joy.

BC Joy’s comment and my reply on Day 179 that contains the directions to join our secret FB group

Day 4 with comments by Geert

Insight Timer course by Andrea Wachter on getting over overeating.

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Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
Extra Thoughts: Mark Weaver
Letting Go Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1 Used by permission of Josh Woodward under a Creative Commons License
Today’s Dance Moment Music, Falling Snow, is used with permission from Audio Blocks

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Ep 0179 – Magical Journey of Food and Life

Laurie smiles under a floppy straw hat in the woodland
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I’m happy to be out enjoying some garden time in the back woodland of Descanso.

Podcast Recap

Hiking is out due to fires in California, so I’m back pondering at Descanso Gardens about the mystical, magical journey that is the food cycle of life. We hear from our very first BC, my friend Cheryl, about her health concerns and her writing dreams. BC North also stops by to comment. BC Dave updates us on the ups and downs of his life and health and how meditation might help. We say hello to two new friends, BCs Joy and Carol M. I share a snippet from my latest blog post about being a senior plus-sized model and ask for more subscribers to my youtube channel for voice acting. Today’s dance moment features an energetic ditty called Mud Pie.
Display of Halloween lights and flowers featuring a huge blow-up eery pumpkin headed cloaked figure

Descanso Gardens gift store shows off its pumpkin decor.

New BCs

BC Joy posted on Day 178
BC Carol M posted on the COD FB page

Mentioned

The Last Show with comments from BCs Cheryl, North and new BC Joy.

DDP Yoga – the inspiring video BC Dave mentioned in his letter.

Blog post with commercial headshots

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Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
Today’s Dance Moment Music, Mud Pie, is used with permission from IB Audio

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My Unexpected Life as a Plus-Sized Senior Model and Please Help with YouTube

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Can you believe I just had a photoshoot?

I’m on the Bravery Report!

Long story short, I took an on-camera class for auditioning for commercials. My reason? Besides being scared witless of seeing full body video and wanting to prove to myself that new experiences are probably not that life threatening, a respected voice acting coach said it would be great to improve my commercial VO (Voice-over).

So my friend and I took the plunge.

Class was a blast and I found out I really enjoyed myself. And once I got over the shock of HOW MUCH I LOOK LIKE MY MOM! (How did I ever age so much from my mind’s eye?), I didn’t really mind the camera’s rendition of my plus-sized senior self. Most of my classmates were young, size -2, the super desirable ethnically “ambiguous”, or California blondes. I stood out in that crowd.

But on reflection, I realized that in casting, standing out in the crowd is not such a bad thing! I’m willing to be my age and size on camera. What the heck. As part of class the teacher, who is an experienced commercial actor and who works often with casting directors, and our classmates offer up your natural commercial types. Things you might book by your looks.

Of course I got sensual vixen….

Okay, not really. Here are some of those types.

Laurie’s Commerical Looks

Bright orange cardigan over yellow and orange flower patterned blouse - gold chain necklace, hair down, no glasses, happy surprised look.

Say hello to quirky neighbor, friendly teacher, admin assistant in my commercial looks.


Laurie hair down in paisley bohemian blouse - smiling and wearing glasses

This is my hippie therapist or candle store owner kind of commercial look.


Hair down and back, glasses, pursed lips, fuchsia v neck blouse under black jacket - raised eyebrows

This shows some of the range of expression in every look. This is my executive, doctor, lawyer, judge look – and this is my judgmental expression LOL.


Looking serious plaid open shirt - blue tee shirt under, hair in messy side bun - no glasses

This is my barb-b-q Mom, blue-collar, straight shooting kind of commercial look.

What it takes for Laurie to be a natural beauty…

  • Unruly crazy hair needs Brazilian blow-out (thankfully unrelated to waxing by the same name)
  • Hair Trim
  • Roots dyed
  • Facial hair threaded out of existence (ouch!)
  • Facial on insistence of hair threading remover – guess my furless self revealed horrible impurities.
  • Professional stylist who knows what looks good on me and what looks good on camera (Hooray I have a friend who does this for a living, so I hired her. BTW, I will NEVER shop without her again! Fast, fun, painless, picks the right size in every brand. Wow!)
  • Manicure (nails might show)
  • Pedicure (nails won’t show, but makes me feel polished)
  • Professional make-up artist
  • Me learning how to IRON and STEAM clothing the day before the shoot.
  • Learning how to tote many outfits without ruining said ironing and steaming to photography studio.
  • Learning how to pose (to look natural means you are doing stand-up pilates).
  • Learning how to love myself no matter what!

Along with wanting some professional headshots to be able to submit myself for commercials, I wanted to rebrand my voice acting business so that I can market to production houses and agents etc. And you can SEE some of this branding by checking out my new commercial voice over demo on YouTube and as a bonus, see even more expressions in these looks. BUT

Please help me with Silly YouTube…

By subscribing to my crazy URL YouTube Channel for my voice acting. I need 100 to get a custom url that would make sense to give out to potential clients. If you are in the same boat, leave me a comment and I will subscribe to yours back! Thanks!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHJG5fw8ozC7yJiZHHVUmzA

I love you Mom. My shoot was actually on the anniversary of her passing. Today would have been Mom’s 86th birthday. Somehow I feel she knows about my adventures and how grateful I am to share her beauty xoxoxo

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