Growing Beyond White Approval

Growing Beyond White Approval | Laurielle Noel | Diversity Dish

Growing beyond white approval is what Laurielle Noel says she’s doing now.

So much of the way we’re socialized is based on white approval and comfort. Listen in on this conversation where Laurielle shares a story that will have you saying “What?” and also saying “YES!!”

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Growing Beyond White Approval | Laurielle Noel | Diversity Dish

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Hey, has anyone ever told you that you were not capable of doing something or maybe they doubted your ability or your intelligence? If so, you’ll definitely want to go back and listen to the last episode where Hervey Heriveaux talked about his trials and how he overcame the doubt that people had in him and this retired CEO at 50 years old. We’ll also share with you why it’s important to have a legacy in everything that you do. But for now, let’s get into this episode with Laurielle Noel,

Welcome to diversity dish, where we’re dishing on everything. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice related. My name is Sedruola Mariska, and we’re bridging the gap between what needs to be said and what needs to be heard. Those individual experiences that are often ignored, or just simply dismissed. Sometimes I’m dining alone. Sometimes I’m dining with friends and sometimes I’m dining a la cart, no matter how I’m dining, it promises to be delicious. Let’s dig in.

Thank you for being here. Before we get into our episode, I’d like to send a shout out to my supporters over at Patreon. Those people who are experiencing extra training, exclusive audio, exclusive podcasts, articles, and workshops. They’re the ones who are helping me continue this work and who helps support this podcast. If you’d like to find out how you can become a patron, find me over@patrionpatrion.com backslash Sedruola Maruska. Now let’s get into our episode.

Hey Laurielle

How Are you? Thank you so much for inviting me. Absolutely.

So full disclosure. Laurielle is actually my baby sister. She’s on the show for more reasons than just that my sister is a formidable woman. And I’m going to tell you a little bit more about her so that you can know exactly who’s serving you up today. She is the co-owner and chief operating officer at Burrows, Inc. And the sweet spot she’s been in that position since 2012 beyond her responsibilities as an operations, she is also co-producer and also a performer. But prior to that, Laurielle graduated Georgetown law in 1999. She worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in both New York, city and Paris. And she’s a serial entrepreneur who found herself as a real estate agent in Manhattan. Then she found this, Hey, you sound, you sound really impressive on paper, baby.

So you meet me in person too, but so

Laurie, oh, it is. It’s good to see you or have you here. So I like to start all the interviews with kind of the same questions because it kind of breaks the ice. I know you get on and you’re just all leased up and you’re just a little nervous, but I want to ask you, what are you passionate about right now, right now in your life right now? What are you pressing?

I’m passionate about staying as stress-free as possible, does that count? Oh, we are going through a confluence of crises unprecedented in my lifetime and my parents’ lifetime. And so I’m passionate about walking almost five miles a day, eating healthy, sleeping enough hours every day. And um, me and my partner, we have a no stress zone here and that we’re passionate about it, keeping that going, uh, as long as it’s.

Are You In The Ready Position?

Are You In The Ready Position? | Sedruola Maruska

While driving down the highway I slowed slightly to see if the car at the on-ramp actually wanted to get on the highway. . . they’re not ready. . . I drove past.

As I got to the top of the hill, I slowed my car because the upcoming intersection is a tough one to turn left from. . . I flashed my lights, they sat there, I flashed again, they sat there. . . They’re not ready. . .I drove down the hill will the endless row of cars following behind me.

Soul-Led Social Justice, Equity & Anti-racism Assets

It’s a phrase my high school volleyball coach used to say to us us over and over again. It’s a phrase I hear ringing in my head whenever I feel something slightly amiss, “Get in the ready position!”

At our volleyball meets, as we stood behind the net, waiting for the serve, we’d lean forward and put our hands on our knees. Anyone looking on would think “They’re ready!” But we weren’t, we were allowing fear and doubt to keep us un-ready.

“Get in the ready position!” he’d yell from the sidelines and instantly our hands would drop from our knees, down to our sides and then we knew, we were ready. We were no longer relaxed with our hands on our knees.

You see, when you’re leaning forward with hands on your knees, you’re in position to fall forward, flat on your face, not to attack the ball when it comes. It’s inertia. It’s simple.

The ready position is legs apart, leaned forward and arms at the ready by your side.
Anytime we took the right stance, we’d accomplished more because we were ready.

Are You In The Ready Position? | Sedruola Maruska

Ready for Life

It’s the same in life. Placing ourselves in the ready position gives us more leverage than relaxing, looking like we’re ready, but having our hands on our knees.

Ready doesn’t mean perfect, it means open. That ball is coming any second now, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to fall forward and miss, or are you going to put your hands where they need to be so when it comes you’re ready to hit hard?

Many of us are sitting in the on-ramp of life waiting for an opening that will give us a lot of time to get revved up and moving. That can take a long time.

Your Policies Suck, That’s Why We Have a Problem

Others of us put our cars in the ready position and watch for the slightest opening to go for it!

Some of us wait for both sides of the road to be completely clear before we creep in to make that left turn. Others are pulled up as far as possible, watching faces and headlights to see when our opening arrives.

Work, prepare, then get in the ready position. Your opportunity may show up as fast as that served ball. You need to be hands down and ready when it comes.


Sleeping & Breathing Misses in the Black Community | Karese LaGuerre

Karese LaGuerre | Sleeping & Breathing Misses in the Black Community

Having trouble sleeping?

Karese LaGuerre is the author of “Accomplished: How to Sleep Better, Eliminate Burnout and Execute Goals.” She’s a Registered Dental Hygienist and Myofunctional Therapist. She founded The Myo Spot, a practice aimed at amplifying oral wellness to whole body wellness. In this episode Karese and I talk about her work, the little things regarding sleep we don’t think about and how the Black community gets left behind in the conversation.

Karese LaGuerre | Sleeping & Breathing Misses in the Black Community
Karese LaGuerre | Sleeping & Breathing Misses in the Black Community

You can find Karese and The Myo Spot online:

Buy her book “Accomplished: How to Sleep Better, Eliminate Burnout and Execute Goals.”


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Speaker 1 (00:00):

Power elevation experience registration is coming up. It starts on March 24th and it ends on March 31st. What’s the power elevation experience. It’s about music, movement, education, and action. We’re talking diversity, equity and inclusion by learning, and then taking action in different ways in our everyday lives. What we’re doing with the music is getting empowered and we’re moving our bodies so that our minds are ready to receive the information. If you want to learn more, the link will be down in the show notes. In this episode, we’ll be talking to Karese LaGuerre, welcome to diversity dish, where we’re dishing on everything. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice related. My name is Sedruola Maruska, and we’re bridging the gap between what needs to be said and what needs to be heard. Those individual experiences that are often ignored or simply dismissed. Sometimes I’m dining alone. Sometimes I’m dining with friends and sometimes I’m dining a-la-cart, no matter how I’m dining, it promises to be delicious. Let’s dig in

Karese LaGuerre is a registered dental hygienist and myofunctional therapist. She founded the Myo spot practice aimed at amplifying oral wellness to whole body wellness through teletherapy. She helps clients of all ages overcome tongue ties, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, grinding anxiety, and various breathing and oral facial dysfunction, passionate about education. And self-help she published, accomplished how to sleep better, eliminate burnout and execute goals. When she’s not working with clients globally, she spends time with her husband and four kids.

Speaker 2 (02:05):

Hey Karese, thank you so much for being here. It is such a pleasure to meet you. I am so happy to be here. Thank you for having me. Absolutely. It’s my pleasure. So as we get into our discussion, I like to start off just a little light and personal before we get into the deep information that we will get into. But I would like to know what is it that you’re passionate about right now? I am super passionate about awareness of the importance of sleep and even more so the importance of good breathing to help impact that sleep and make it more purposeful where need that sleep to re-energize, you know, get ourselves back to full a hundred percent. We’re charging up at night that way, the next day we’re good to go. So I am a hundred percent passionate about that sleep and are essential.