With this, my first blogpost as a part of the Babble Voices group, I want to take the time to introduce someone to you, ME, Miss Lori. You may already know me from my work on PBS Kids. You may know me from my concert work. Or you may know me from my social media Marketainment. Or you may even know me from speaking engagements at conferences. But what you may not know is the me that I see in the mirror, the one who isn’t quite so bold, or so bright or so confident. The me that has doubts about her abilities, who struggles to find her path as a woman, and her rhythm as a parent. You may not know this ME because I haven’t shown her to you before except in glimpses. But that will change here.
The reason I decided to call this blog SMILING On is not because everyone associates me with my SMILE, although that’s not such a bad reason. No, it’s called SMILING On, because that is what I try to do each and every day even when faced with trials and tribulations, pain and upset. I try to marshall on by SMILING On. And I hope in doing so I am leading by example for others who may be in need of such encouragement. Last year on my main site, MissLori.TV, I wrote a very revealing post about the struggles I have faced over the course of my life with body image, self confidence and self worth, stemming initially from the sexual abuse I experienced as a young girl and from the abusive situations I found myself in thereafter. I wrote that post 2 years after a cataclysmic event that initiated the death of my marriage. I wish I could tell you that I have moved steadily upward and forward since writing that expose in 2011, but it wouldn’t be true. Frankly that’s how life goes usually; it moves left, right, backward, forward and sometimes in a full loop d’ loop. It’s not easy, it’s not simple and it’s rarely neat and tidy, just like the humans who are living it. Three and a half years into this middle passage of my life transition I am re-reading my post as a reminder to myself of how far I have come and what I am capable. I am doing so in an effort to re-energize my resolve and reignite my determination to fight for a better life for me and for my kids.
My hope for this new blog is that in revealing the truths about my own life specifically, and human nature in general, I will help others grow stronger, and by extension help myself. You see, I have always been a lot better at helping people around me more than myself, making them a priority greater than me. Using myself as the example subject is a sneaky way of retraining ME to recognize ME as important.
I know that I am not so unique. There are plenty of people out there who, even if they haven’t had the exact life experiences I have had, are struggling with their own issues of self worth, or moving themselves higher on their priority list, or establishing a forward momentum in their lives after a few stumbles or face planting falls. We could all benefit from a few examples of how to marshall on by SMILING On. So, let’s do this together. Let’s be each other’s “PEOPLE”.
They say there is strength in numbers. Let’s flex our muscles together.
Additional work from Miss Lori can be found at
You can also see her Activating to Be Great at