Laurie Sliva

 

Mom. Wife. Believer in others. Courageous Recovering Perfectionist helping others to practice Authenticity and embrace their Imperfections. Change Agent. Teacher of Empathy and Letting go of Control.  Seeks first to Understand and assume that others are doing the best that they can.

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” – Henry James

 

Laurie grew up the second oldest in a family of four daughters…talk about dealing with the roller coaster that is the life of teenagers!  Her mother has spent four decades “saving the authentic selves” of her girls. Laurie has always been passionate about helping others, and after her personal six-year battle with bulimia/anorexia and seeing too many people struggle with negative self-perception, body-shaming and some degree of self-loathing — she wanted to do something about it.

“As a girl from a long line of perfectionists and over-achievers, I dealt with the fear of not being enough, of not being accepted, and the pressure to meet expectations (of my family, myself, society and friends whose opinions don’t matter) by controlling one thing that I could…I didn’t eat. When I did, I threw up or over-exercised or both. I hid my struggle with Anorexia-Bulimia from everyone for the 6-8 years of my illness and for 10+ years into recovery…because I felt shame and fear.”

What she has learned by “getting real” with people of all ages is that we all feel inadequate in some way, that we feel not good enough, that we need to be perfect to be accepted and to be worthy. Part of Laurie’s purpose and mission is to help others to let go of scarcity and perfectionism…to feel sufficient:  “YOU ARE ENOUGH. You are WORTHY – NOW, TODAY.”

LOVE YOURSELF FOR WHO YOU ARE & WHO YOU WILL BECOME

Know your WORTH and then pay-it-forward helping others to realize the same

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”                     – Marianne Williamson

Accomplishments and Experiences

  • Laurie is the founder and Director of BRIDGES Camp for Girls:  Empowering, Self-Esteem and Leadership building youth programs https://www.bridgescamp.com
  • She also serves as Vice President for the Executive Board of Directors of The Girls Rule Foundation; where among other things, she facilitates fun, interactive activities at their monthly Shine Brightly Summit for Mothers and Daughters http://girlsrulefoundation.org/
  • Holds a BS from the University of Arizona in Family Resources with an emphasis on Adolescent Development and a minor in Psychology
  • Published Honors thesis was on the design of a prevention program for adolescent girls titled, “B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Building Relationships Involving the Development of Girls’ Empowering Selves”
  • National Facilitation Trainer and Lead Curriculum Developer for Ignite for Schools  http://www.igniteforschools.com/
  • Business, Leadership & Life Coach with Southwestern Consulting
  • Laurie was nominated and selected for The Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award Class of 2009, which recognizes leaders who have made contributions to business, their communities and the quality of life in the Phoenix area

 

  • Laurie enjoys, is passionate about, and has expertise in:
    • Facilitating leadership training with middle, high school and college students
    • Designing, developing and delivering peer mentoring programs in schools
    • Training students in the ‘Art of Mentorship’
    • Creating youth leadership and mentoring experiential activities and trainings
    • Facilitation training (train-the-trainer) – the ‘Art of Facilitation’
    • Writing curriculum and designing materials for youth programs and life coaching
    • Coaching professionals and parents one-on-one
    • Leading Parent Workshops – small and large group facilitation/speaking
    • Empowering others to find their Passion and Purpose
    • Having FUN talking about what’s REAL
Contact:  laurie@lauriesliva.com

Laurie resides in Chandler, AZ with her amazingly supportive husband, Ivan, and her two wonderful kiddos:  intelligent, kind-hearted, determined, energetic son, Jax, and miss mellow, patient, easy-going, cuddly daughter, Maci.

My two Boys. Super grateful for the sense of humor that my husband has passed on to our little humans. Life is hard sometimes. Laughter is the best medicine.
The other therapy. Get outside and move your body! Put your feet in the dirt and get grounded. Daddy’s Little Girl – and a powerful healer.