Laura Malone | Storymaker
It is so powerful to move past shame and fear and own the story you have lived. Then there is the glory of creating tomorrow's story. Some parts of my life feel like they just happened to me, but in truth I have made choices, actively or inactively, that led to each of my outcomes. I have five wonderful children, and it has become imperative to me to teach them by example how to take responsibility for their lives and decisions. If I don't teach them, who will? I've lived enough of my life passively and blamed circumstances for things not turning out how I'd like them to.
The key to my change of heart is that I found my purpose. I locked into the thing that brings me great joy- empowering others to grow and create their own story. Knowing my purpose creates an excitement about my future and encourages me to persevere through daily life. I believe that I am becoming someone that I've decided I want to be and I give myself grace for my journey.
I’m a change agent and if I had a uniform it would be a turquoise invisibility cloak and a matching microphone. I love change, yet I still have a strong respect for stability in the midst of it, assimilating to the culture around me and studying it, and helping people grow. I am passionate about learning things I’m interested in and undergirding others in their journey towards who they are becoming. My temperament is sweet and spicy at the same time. And maybe a little snarky, wink-wink.
*PS. I love wisdom. It's my favorite currency.
And my favorite flavor is crunchy. Hands down.
And a little more info...
1 | In the Beginning
I have five children, three born of my womb and two born of my heart, all of which I adore. Before I met my husband I knew I wanted step-children. It was a great joy to find out on the second day I met him that he had two kids he loved profusely and to be able to step into the lives of these amazing young people and love them well. The girls that are still in the house have become fantastic people too, even after so much change and inconsistency in their lives. Motherhood really is the greatest honor I could ask for, though it has refined me through great trial, exposing my fear and challenging my faith.
Back in 2007 my husband and I founded an international nonprofit organization (Crisis Response International) focused on meeting the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of people who have come through disaster and whose lives have been impacted by crisis. This has caused me to call many different states and cultures 'home' and to date we've had 18 addresses in 18 years of marriage, all the while homeschooling. (I think this qualifies me to teach you to reuse your cardboard boxes in 101 different ways!) Over the past 14 years I have developed extraordinary skills in coordinating trainings and events along with leading and teaching our family of responders and missionaries. It’s been an honor to walk with the hurting as well as equipping those with the heart to help. Today we have around 10,000 trained responders and a base with a approximately 20 staff.
Sterling and Stone is the fruit of my heart’s vision to teach, challenge and inspire women who are hoping to reshape their worlds, to impact the lives of those dearest to them, and who desire to step into a season of investing in themselves. I want to grow that spark of hope in you whispering that you are created with a great purpose into a roaring fire for all to see. I love personal development and intentional growth. To be living from my tessitura~sweet spot is to be using my creativity and wisdom to mentor and inspire women to create their own stories, experiencing abundant life 'on purpose'.
I've lived much of my life allowing it to happen to me and at some point decided I can't do that any longer. I refuse to be a victim of circumstance. I am becoming my own storymaker. No one else should own my story, so I am owning it for myself. I invite you to do the same.
2 | The Heart of Mentoring
Mentoring is near and dear to my heart. I specialize in walking women of all ages and stages (mothers/mother figures, educators, leaders, purpose finders, professionals, etc.) through transitions such as life season changes, times of crisis, relocations and shifting mindsets. My passions are communication, wisdom and growth so I love to help others find verbiage and definition for what they are struggling with in order to recognize the direction their stories can go. I love working with others to create strategies for making the changes needed to create successful tomorrows. And I love training others in the heart and the art of mentoring, because I truly believe we thrive when we live in a village culture and we perish when we are alone on an island.
One of the ways I do this is through Enneagram coaching. If you've never heard of the Enneagram it is an incredible tool of freedom, especially when dovetailing with the truth the Bible reveals about who you are. Definitely schedule a connection call with me if you are interested in learning more!
3 | Storyboard Workshops and Conferences
It's an incredible way to discover where you want your story to go while you grow deep connections with old and new friends. How can you move forward if you have no place to go? Visionboards will help you recognize how you want your story to be told. For just a taste, think of one thing you want to do. Decide you will do it (this may be the hardest part). Then in your imagination, put yourself in that final place of having done it. How do you feel? What did you gain? It is imperitive to see where you are going and feel the inspiration of being there. Without vision, your hope will vanish. And in creating your own story, why would you pick up the pen if you didn't know what the story was about and how you wanted it to end?
If you are local in the eastern part of North Carolina you can host a workshop. Picture this: you invite a few of your friends and then you spread out your favorite appetizers, desserts, wine, coffee, or heck!- even make a four-course dinner if you want! Then we get down to business creating individualized vision boards for each of you.
If you are close to Sterling and Stone you can attend one of the workshops or conferences that are held in either Raleigh or Wilmington, North Carolina.
4 | Roundtable Mentoring Retreat
This is a retreat that puts strategists at the table with you and others looking to grow and live 'on purpose'. Two amazing days of dreaming, creating and intentionally blueprinting your tomorrow. Lots of creative possibilities and good people to guide you. Less people to talk at you; that’s what podcasts are for. More people to talk about you. Goodbye Monday morning disappointments, fears and dreariness. Hello life of passion, hope and movement!
5 | Story Times
It is my plan to prepare a place for women like you and me to connect and share stories. A place to belong and know that you are there with purpose. I know there are others out there doing things to meet up but I just don't believe that there can be enough places and opportunities to connect, have fun and pursue the furtherance of our personal stories.
You have permission...
...To fail and get back up again. To be forgiven. To do it different than anyone else ever thought of. To do it exactly the same as someone else does but with your flavor on top.
...To change and go through trials, becoming someone different than you were on the other side. To love who you are unashamedly. To grow into who you are becoming.
...To challenge yourself and also to rest when you need to. To leave behind the things that don’t work, especially the lies and wrong belief systems. To know what season you are in and be faithful to it.
...To find your life and live it intentionally. And to find grace wherever you go and wherever you fall.