Lauri Mackey - Rockstar Podcaster, Positivity Speaker, and Authoress at Lauri's Lemonade Stand
Updated: Oct 13, 2019
Some people come into your life in a whirlwind of amazing beauty. Lauri was that kind of person for me. In junior high she moved to Biggs and I instantly was drawn to her larger than life personality and cheeky smile. We were both giggling, clueless young teens but the short time that she was one of my close friends is still a most treasured memory in my heart. Lucky for me I get to hear her regularly on her podcast Lauri's Lemonade Stand. I am so proud of where she is today and the incredible, inspiring woman that she has become! Enjoy the flash back photos directly from her scrapbooks, with a keen eye you might see me in a few! Thank you Lauri for sharing your story...
Forever Changed by my Time in Biggs
It’s always interesting to me to hear the stories of how people choose Biggs as their hometown, why they stay, or why they leave. Life circumstances brought me to Biggs when I was 12 years old when my mom, Lynda married Jim Hill with his 5 boys. My mom was all of a sudden the mother of 9 - 7 boys and 2 girls (and yes, she is still alive, still sane, and miraculously survived all we’ve put her through - SuperMom! ). My new step dad was a dentist in Gridley at 711 Ohio St and my life in Biggs began.
I attended Biggs Junior High and High School - Go Wolverines! Remember that the movie Red Dawn came out August 10, 1984? It permanently imprinted the Wolverine as the best school mascot ever in the minds of everyone who lived through that era. Hated math, but loved english with Mr. McLaughlin, may he rest in peace. I remember attending early morning seminary in the Spears barn - good times!
One of my memories is going out to Richvale to go “rat-battin’”. I don’t know about any of you who ever tried, but we never got a single rat while dressed in our homemade camo clothes wielding our baseball bats. Another is taking our Ford Taurus and making “donuts” out by the river and of course, tubing down the Feather River when it was hot as Hades outside. Every fall we would pick up buckets and buckets of walnuts that grew on our property and that would be our Christmas money for that year.
Very involved in everything from basketball (Go Lady Wolverines!), to marching band playing the flute (Dear old Mr. McGinnis), Homecoming floats that were top secret until Homecoming Day, Dance Festivals at church, the school dances, cheerleading (for about a minute), Gridley Gators swim team for several years, and riding the bus to school because we lived out in East Biggs at 1245 Almond Ave.
If there were any lessons to be learned from living in a small town, it is that you can’t hide from your problems. You have a name and a number - you are counted. Sometimes it is hard to live with your heart and your life out on your sleeve (everyone knows everyone in a small town) as inevitably there will be those who judge harshly, but the lesson learned is that honesty and being open is ALWAYS the best policy, even if it hurts initially, it is ALWAYS the right thing to do.
We left Biggs when I was 18 and had married Keith Dunn. He joined the US Navy which took us to Florida, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and then back to California, but in San Diego. We were married for 8 years as high school sweethearts, but both moved on after that.
What does my life look like now? I live in beautiful Southern California, love to ride mountain bikes and even spent 5 years coaching the local high school mountain bike team in Newbury Park. I am a Positivity Crusader and Certified Holistic Health Coach who is the proprietor of Lauri’s Lemonade Stand, A Positivity Podcast for Women. I keep a beautiful resource website for women at laurislemonadestand.com and my Facebook page is just plain fun and inspirational. I even wrote a book last year called Positivity Happens!
I love to write, love speaking in public, and am an organizational freakazoid. I am happily married, my three daughters are all grown and I have 2 grandkids and 2 puppies.
The Colonia Building was more of a haunted house when I was growing up and I never really knew much about it or gave it a second thought. However, watching Marci bring it back to life and watching the journey of this restoration makes me want to visit and stay - even if IT IS filled with ghosts! I am inspired by the journey of renewal as it is one I am familiar with. Sometimes we have to face our past, go back to bare bones, keep what’s good, and bring in new things to create something meaningful, creative, fun, simple, and validating. There will continue to be lessons learned in and around The Colonia Building.
To hear more about Lauri, check out the following links!
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurisLemonadeStand/
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurislemonadestand/
Itunes Podcast Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lauris-lemonade-stand/id1107092844?mt=2