Laurie Smith

Inspirational Writer. Coach. Healer.

I am passionate about helping creative clients find and share their unique gifts in their businesses, relationships and everyday life. Twenty years ago, my husband and I were on a flight to Africa when unbeknownst to us, a mentally ill passenger broke into the cockpit and attacked the pilot, trying to crash the plane. That experience and what I learned are driving reasons behind why I am so committed to helping others find and share their unique gifts, and who they really are. (For the full story, 7 Life-Changing Lessons Almost Dying Taught Me About Living, see my website Before our trip to Africa, I had a successful career in marketing and public relations. My clients were covered by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other national media outlets. But I wasn’t truly happy. Not long after that flight, my husband and I left our jobs and traveled around the U.S. for three months. I interviewed more than 100 people along the way, asking them two questions: “What do you want more than anything in the world?” and “What is something you’ve always dreamed of doing?” I studied everything I could about what gives our lives meaning. I am a certified NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP) Practioner and life coach, Professional Soul Coach®, certified Accelerated Path® Feng Shui consultant, Reiki Master, as well as trained in many other forms of meditation, energy healing and life coaching. I also developed my own five-step intuitive coaching process called DreamCatchingTM, which I taught as a professional speaker and workshop facilitator. I also a busy mom to two amazing children, my greatest teachers of all. I try to integrate all of my life and professional experiences into my writing, workshops and work with clients. I've learned that our life experiences are directly determined by how connected we are in each moment to our unique gift—who we really are and the value we bring the world. In my own life, I am currently working on writing more often and authentically (and imperfectly!). I love spending time in nature with my two kids and husband, kayaking, and enjoying our new puppy Bliss. If you’d like support in uncovering your unique gift and brainstorming creative ways to share it with others, you can subscribe to my newsletter on my website at and find me on my facebook page @LSinspired.