Life balance expert and founder of Learn2Balance, Lori Hanson knows personally what it takes to create balance in life. Her battle with bulimia started at the young age of fourteen and continued into her forties.
Her low self-esteem propelled her into becoming a stressed out “Type A” corporate workaholic. As she struggled to find balance and happiness for almost 30 years, Lori, an amateur body-builder, established a deep understanding of diet, nutrition, exercise and alternative medicine and their effect on human behavior.
In 2008 Lori left the corporate world to share her story and pursue her passion of self-improvement and helping others create balance in their own lives.
Since then she hasn't slowed down.
- She published her award-winning book It Started With Pop-Tarts® recounting her approach to recovery and finding a healthy lifestyle.
- She continues to share tips for managing stress, improving nutrition and balancing lifestyle in her
books Teen Secrets to Surviving &THRIVING and Stress Survival Kit for College Students, as well as through membership clubs and personal coaching.
- Lori has appeared on radio and television programs internationally and has been featured in
Essence, New Living Magazine, AFLV Connections, monthly newspaper columns, Wellsphere.com, Limitless Living.org, and numerous other publications, bringing awareness to the epidemic of stress, eating disorders and the risks of overloaded living.
- She developed her coaching programs that embrace her powerful three-step process: Nutritional Therapy, Shifting Mindset and Healing at the Cellular Level. Lori works with individuals internationally with one-on-one coaching, tele-classes, webinars and home-study courses.
- Sharing her inspirational personal story Lori has spoken at conferences, corporations, college campuses, and special-interest events nationwide--wherever people are seeking intelligent, practical, and entertaining ways to find balance in their lives. Lori tailors her important message to help all audiences improve their state of mind, make good choices, turn off the “auto-pilot” switch, reduce stress, empower themselves and…DARE to dream!
Mara Purl is the award-winning author of The Milford-Haven Novels, which, collectively, have won fifteen literary awards. Her serial novels are uniquely structured to suit new media formats and have reopened a trail blazed by Charles Dickens. Yet it is with women Mara has truly found her U.S. market. She has a loyal following in the Women’s Fiction genre, and has become a spokeswoman both for authors and for readers of Women’s Fiction.
Mara’s novels are based on her successful radio drama Milford-Haven, U.S.A., the first environmental radio soap opera, and the only American radio soap ever licensed and broadcast by the BBC, where the show reached an audience of 4.5 million listeners throughout the U.K. Along with producing sixty episodes of her BBC show, Mara also produces and performs audio books. She won the silver Benjamin Franklin and the gold USA Book News Audio Fiction awards for performing the first two of her own novels. And most recently, she was awarded the San Francisco Book Festival and the Hollywood Book Festival Gold Audio Fiction awards for her performances of Spa Deadly and X’s by Louise Gaylord.
Purl is also the co-author, with Erin Gray, of Act Right: a Manual for the On-Camera Actor. It’s also an award-winner, and the authors are working on its second revised edition. Mara’s screen-writing includes The Meridian Factor, cowritten with Verne Nobles, 150 radio plays, scripts for Guiding Light, and a television adaptation of Milford-Haven cowritten with Katherine Shirek Doughtie.
As a journalist, Mara's writing credits include two cover stories for Rolling Stone, staff writing with the Financial Times (of London), and an Associated Press assignment to cover the Apollo Soyuz mission, where she was the youngest reporter ever to win the NASA pool position in Mission Control. She is a member of the Authors Guild and of the Writers Guild West.
As an actress, Mara’s regular role on the TV soap opera Days Of Our Lives opened the door for her to create her own soap. Mara was awarded the 2003 Peak Award for performing her one-woman play (co-written with Sydney Swire) Mary Shelley - In Her Own Words. Mara was named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women.
Mara’s rich artistic background includes growing up in Tokyo, Japan and a performing and literary degree from Bennington College. She is married to Dr. Larry Norfleet and lives in Los Angeles, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a long-time and frequent visitor to the Central Coast, and a frequent speaker at California and Colorado events.
Sasha, The Therapy Dog
An active participant in Lori’s coaching sessions, whether by phone or at the office. Sasha has a big heart, an ear for understanding and knows how and when to offer support, encouragement and playfulness to help clients reach their goals. She is an integral part of the team and will be on hand to offer her support throughout the weekend as only a Malamute can.