Oola: How to Change the World with a Word

Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post
May 1, 2017
Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post

Four years ago a friend and I reconnected at a crossroads. By the time it was all said and done, I’d bought a kit and joined a community. And, it wasn’t long before a new-to-me word started popping up on my radar. The word was Oola.

Grow with Oola

Oola means a state of awesomeness in all areas of your life; “finding balance in an unbalanced world.” Boy, did I need balance! After years of ignoring my limits, I was not in a happy place. I knew I needed Oola in my life, but getting it? That was the 2.7 million-dollar question. At its core, Oola is simple. It’s pursuing growth in seven key areas of life: fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends, and fun.

Moving toward Oola “… will change you into someone who is more authentic and more honoring of your own needs – versus constantly suppressing who you are and what you want because it doesn’t fit the world’s definition of who you should be.” (pg. 12)

Doesn’t that sound amazing? Simple, right? Even intuitive. But don’t mistake simple for easy. If simple and easy were the same thing, no one would need this book. But since few of us (if any!) have found that sweet spot where we’re bikini ready, financially independent, relationally satisfied, doing work we love without feeling stressed, at peace with God and everyone else, and in perfect humor … well, we can all use some more Oola in our lives!

Oola for Women has everything you need to get from wherever you’re starting to where YOU want to be. It’s not your mother or your sister or your BFF, but it’s YOU recognizing your need and deciding to choose what your path looks like, its direction, and how quickly you get where you want to go.

Consent to the journey, then let the steps and the stories in these pages be your guide as you take baby steps – and then big steps –  in the direction of the dreams you were born to dream. It’s not about trying to be perfect (that’s delusional anyway!) but rather about growing into the woman you were always meant to be.

You’ll have some “ah-ha” moments as you read this book. If we’re honest, we often already know how; the steps of Oola are simple. It’s the pesky “why” that often trips us up. Oola for Women will help you get in touch with what drives you and then learn how to align what you do with your passion. It’ll help you identify what’s blocking your move toward Oola and what will help get you there faster. Oola blockers are “the junk that keeps you from showing up fully, thinking of yourself as worthy, or asking for what you need in order to be happy.” (p.117) Accelerators, things like gratitude, love, and discipline, will smooth the path to your Oola life.

As I’ve journeyed toward Oola over the last few years, gratitude has helped me pick up speed. That crossroads I mentioned? All my life I assumed I’d grow up, go to college, get married, and settle down to life in a home filled with children’s laughter. But there I was, having compromised my health with work while I waited 40 years for Prince Charming to show up, and then discovering as I experienced one miscarriage after another that having children was not going to happen. I was broken about the time I started hearing about Oola. “Meh” was all the emotion I could muster.

But as I began to heal from the inside out, I was encouraged, challenged, and finally persuaded to dream again. And, in this new community, I discovered some amazing lessons, deep joys, and precious friends. Along the way, I decided to embrace gratitude and focus on what we have rather than what we don’t.

Choose Gratitude

It’s true we don’t have children growing up in our home, but we’re godparents to eight of the most amazing children on the planet, sponsors for three children living in extreme poverty, and givers who use money we might have otherwise spent on dance lessons or soccer tournaments to contribute to foundations that help us invest in people around the world. Gratitude helps me recognize and embrace what is rather than wasting time grieving what isn’t. It’s choosing to walk through the door that’s open rather than pitching my tent and sulking in front of the one that’s closed.

Oola for Women wraps with an invitation to get personal about where you are, where you want to be, and how you plan to get there. It may not be easy, but it’s really very simple. All you have to do is start. I recommend you begin by ordering this book and then “go get your Oola life!”

Available for pre-order here:

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oola-for-women-dave-braun/1126090168?ean=9780757319846

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Oola-Women-Balance-Purpose-Greatness/dp/075731984X/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=075731984X&pd_rd_r=NG8D98DQ6J486WK9WSD1&pd_rd_w=R31aB&pd_rd_wg=12GEN&psc=1&refRID=NG8D98DQ6J486WK9WSD1

And for purchase starting May 2, 2017

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