Inside Look with Fearless Leader: Laurie Edwards

By September 12, 2016Uncategorized

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A few impactful life experiences brought me to Fearless Beauty. First, Heather Packer’s devotion to following her beliefs and passion, and creating opportunities to give back to life and people. We have talked many nights about how to give more and give back with the gifts we are so grateful for.

I have taught for many years in the hair industry and know this is my passion and my path. We have many phases of life, where we are.. and where we see ourselves. I believe that sharing our experiences with others is how we all grow and connect. Fearless Beauty has been a gift and an opportunity for me to push myself to open up to new pathways in life.

And my children, they are my direct connection to making life better and showing them how much greater we are together. I have been focused on raising them with love, compassion, and understanding. I realized I can show them best by example.The conversations and actions I have shared with them have made us all grow and become more aware of what we are doing on a day to day basis, and how, little acts go so far.

The most impressional moments of my journey began the moment I landed in India.  The journey to Rishikesh, the land and the simplicity of the life there.  I knew I was “home” in a sense. It is like no other.

The first day of school I was so nervous, and wanted their acceptance and hoped for no fear from the girls. I left that day almost in tears, because I  knew they were there to learn, in a culture that doesn’t always support them.  It was like no conference or seminar I have ever taught. I was determined to give them everything I had.

I found myself analyzing and changing everything I thought I would do. It was so humbling, and I knew I had to earn their trust. So I went back and brainstormed with Heather on all my ideas.  Over the next 2 weeks I witnessed myself changing, knowing I had to teach everything I could possibly  share. The women were so incredible and strong and didn’t give up! The bond we share is still strong and I can’t wait to hear about this past year. We communicate through Facebook to this day! I feel so blessed.

One of my students got hit by a tuk tuk (auto-rickshaw) and still came to class with no complaints or even a mention of what had happened. I had to beg her to sit on a pillow during class. What a strong young woman. She helped me translate during our classes, no matter how many different ways we had to communicate.

What would I do if I wasn’t afraid? Part of this I have already done, I left my children for over two weeks on a 23 hour, multi plane trip around the world. I have learned that, as a family, we can love and support each other while being apart. Being apart brought us closer at the same time. My children learned about India through face time, pictures, and sharing the  experiences when I returned. We talk about me going and how helping others is a full and trusting way to live. They share their concerns about India and wanting more for the people there and others. They respect what we have and give to people who need love and compassion.

The other part is having them share it with me, experiencing it for themselves.

For me that means trusting and letting go. As a mom this is a matter of trust.. believe they will always be safe, no matter what they face!

I can’t wait to go back and share what life is really about: caring for others and giving yourself.

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