Laura Jack

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You can only take others as far as you're willing to go. Here's where I have been.

As I teach in the ABCs of Surviving to Thriving, acknowledging what we have been through is an important first step. The ability to share and be witnessed allows us to begin our healing journey.

This is My Story

After graduating from university a few of my friends and I decided to move to Panama to pursue a dream. We decided to open a backpacker’s hostel on an island in the Caribbean called Bocas del Toro. I was living in what we often called “Neverland,” having the time of my life, meeting people from all over the world, and the icing on the cake was that I had just met the man of my dreams.

At what felt like a peak of joy, excitement, and fulfillment, I received the worst news of my life. I found out that my mom, my best friend, was killed in a tragic accident. She was doing something she did nearly every day, she was walking. On this fateful day, she was crossing the street at the crosswalk, and the truck in her lane did not see her when the light turned green. He hit her and ran her over, and she was killed instantly.

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My lovely Mother and me in July of 2007.

While I didn’t receive word for hours after the accident, January 5th, 2008, became the most devastating and life altering day of my life.

When I received the news I was shocked. These are stories you hear about — they aren’t your life. I immediately started making travel plans, figuring out logistics, and worrying about everyone else. As I look back, it is clear to see that I was in shock and the best I could do was survive. I stayed in this practical, non-emotional, survival mode for nearly the whole first year.

My life as I had known it was over, and while I didn’t know at the time, a new chapter was just beginning. I knew I was still in there somewhere, but the light that had always shined so brightly in me had become so dim that I barely recognized myself.

While so much of me felt defeated and hopeless, there was a tiny ember of hope that I would find myself again.

And I have.

I may not be the same care-free girl I once was, but instead I am a woman full of light, love, and compassion. I am a woman with purpose, who, while still on my healing journey, has the light back in her eyes.

I am not going to say that my journey has been easy, but I can tell you I have learned a tremendous amount along the way.

While we often try to hide our scars, these experiences are part of us, part of our story. My goal is to make sure that the deep wounds are cleaned and cared for so that the healing is timely and the scars aren’t painful, but rather become a beautiful part of the story of your life.

If my story resonates with you, and you know that there has to be more to life than merely surviving, I invite you to take your first baby step toward thriving by clicking here.

My Training

emory-universityBachelor of Arts at Emory University — Atlanta, Georgia
I learned how to learn, how to balance, how to write 30 page papers in Spanish, how to choose friends, how to pull an all nighter, how to mentor my peers, and how to give back.

hostelHeikeHostel Heike — Co-founder and managing partner — Bocas del Toro, Panama
I learned how to listen, how to make deep connections quickly, how to be 100% myself, how to help others find themselves, how to promote parties, how to run a business, how to manage people, how to put my foot down, and how to make amazing memories.

cortivaIntituteMassage School — Seattle, Washington
I learned how to slow down, how to use my hands and body in an intentionally therapeutic way, how to build rapport, how to receive, how to protect myself from energy drain, and how to care for others.

institutueForIntegrativeNutritionHealth Coaching School
I learned what it meant to truly be healthy; mind, body, spirit. I learned how relationships, career, physical activity, and spirituality play a major role in how we eat and how what we eat plays a significant role in how we live. I learned how to ask even more specific questions to get to root of the physical symptoms.

transformationalCoachingMethodTransformational Coaching Method and Transformational Coaching Mastery Program
I learned that you can only take other people as far as you are willing to go. I learned how to facilitate change at the level of beliefs and identity in others and myself.

holisticMBAHolistic MBA The CORE Training
I learned how to laser in on the challenges that people were having in business and personal life. I learned how to hold space and manage time for many people at the same time, and how to help coaches and other holistic professionals tell their story and improve their confidence.

griefRecoveryMethodThe Grief Recovery Institute — Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and 1 of 6 Trainers of the Grief Recovery Method in the United States
I learned how to guide people to complete unresolved grief using the amazing Grief Recovery Method. I then learned how to help other professionals become Certified Grief Recovery Specialists. I learned and am learning how to teach, hold space, love, and inspire people who want to help other people recover from grief.

The Girl behind the Biz

Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, I really consider myself a global nomad. After living in Atlanta, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Seattle, Austin, and traveling all over the world, my husband, Aaron, our daughter, Ayla, and I moved to Hood River, Oregon to experience the epic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

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My husband, daughter and I getting family photos done in Hood River, Oregon.

Since moving back to the United States in 2012, I started my business, had a baby, and have now completed my first book. We love to explore, travel, and experience the world.

When we are home I love to go to yoga classes, take walks, host dinner parties, play with Ayla, have coffee dates, meet new people, plan our next trip, watch fun shows, and just hang. In truth, I love to work. I absolutely love what I do. I love connecting deeply with people who have experienced loss and who want to thrive again. I love writing and connecting with people who are looking for help. My days are full, and I feel so grateful that I get to do what I do.

Losing my mom has led me here, and I feel lucky that I get to honor her each day with my work. I have to admit, I feel closer to mom now that I am thriving than I ever did when I was pretending to be fine.

As hard and crazy as it is sometimes, I love life.

The Official Bio

(AKA The only time it isn't strange to write about yourself in 3rd person)

Laura Jack is a trainer for the Grief Recovery Institute® and Mastery Level Transformational Life Coach. Using practices of self-care and self-love she helps people rediscover their light after loss. Laura’s mission is to cultivate a culture of compassion, starting with self, and to create a better understanding about loss and its accompanying grief.

When she's not trying to build a more compassionate world, you can find her playing with her friends and family, walking the trails in Austin, or planning her next trip. Laura leads by example and thriving is the name of her game. Check out her stories, tips, and inspiration on life at clicking here.