About Me

Dec. 2010 - RyanFaulknerPhotography.com

My name is Laura Faulkner. My husband & I have nine kids (7 boys - 2 girls) and two dogs and live a wild and crazy life in beautiful Northern Virginia. I earned a Bachelor's degree in English so my favorite hobbies naturally are reading and writing.  I was involved in theater from middle school through college and would love to get back into that one day, but in the meantime I joined a local toastmasters club and enjoy public speaking and travel.

I am  an independent coach for teambeachbody (www.beachbodycoach.com/fitnessmamax9) and have a passion for helping others as they strive to optimize their fitness and health. I am also an independent consultant for Mary Kay (www.marykay.com/laurafaulkner)

 I have two other blogs that I run...one dedicated to the power of thankfulness in our lives (thankfulforthisday.com) and one about my personal weight loss journey (flippingthescales.com).

I have spent the past 20 years though primarily being "just a mom". You know how that goes. I haven't worked at a formal job outside of my home, but I seem to have kept plenty busy. I've been a soccer coach, room mom, team volunteer for a zillion sporting events, Sunday School teacher, carpool driver, preschool teacher, day care provider...basically just spent a heck of a lot of time around kids. I wouldn't have it any other way. My own children and their friends have filled our home with laughter for the past two decades. What could be better than watching the thrill of victory as a child learns to ride his bike without training wheels for the first time? Or takes her first tentative toddler steps? Children dream with abandon and total faith. They believe in miracles, and are captivated by simple things like watching a spider build a web. It's such a tender thing to witness first crushes and young minds figuring out who they want to be when they grow up. Kids help keep us in touch with what matters most in this world and teach us how to love.  They can also be challenging at times no doubt. A raging three year old tantrum can be a sight to behold and teenagers can be rather...um...vexing (to say the least).  Parenting comes with a gigantic learning curves, and just when you think you have it all figured out the next child comes along and does things entirely differently.  Parents are all provided ample character building opportunities to learn both patience and endurance. It's definitely not always easy being a Mom, but it's so very worth it.

I have learned a thing or two over the years, but am always seeking wisdom and insights from others.  Please feel free to contact me with tips, thoughts or ideas that you would like to share.


I look forward to hearing from you!