Laurie A. Watkins is an accomplished writer, entrepreneur, public speaker, coach, and author of Go from Stressed to Strong: Health and Fitness Advice from High Achievers. While working to get President Barack Obama elected in 2008, Laurie came close to burnout. The long hours, lightning-speed pace, and demands of the job as a political director eventually took their toll on her health. At first, she made small changes which brought temporary relief, but the problems only followed her to Washington, DC & into her next job at the Pentagon. Falling into the same unhealthy patterns as she did on the campaign trail & fearing disaster, she made the decision to take drastic control of her life.
In 2010, Laurie joined a gym, changed her diet, eating habits, sleeping habits, and learned how to efficiently manage her time and stress even while working in a high performing job. Then in 2012, Laurie was asked to return to campaign work as President Obama’s policy director in Florida. Fearful that all the hard work and progress she made with her health and fitness since the last campaign would be destroyed by the horrendous and unsustainable schedule, she developed her own program. With a mastery in five areas – time management, sleep, food, fitness, and stress management – this program allowed Laurie to align her professional and personal life, and to find her own strength in the face of adversity. Laurie believes that being strong isn’t just about being able to get through life’s difficult “campaigns”; it’s also about preparing yourself – both physically and mentally – for the tests that life will put you through.
A native Floridian, Laurie moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009 where she lived for most of the Obama Administration, leaving in October 2016. Laurie currently thrives in Northern California.
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In Go from Stressed to Strong: Health & Fitness Advice from High Achievers reveals how Laurie rebounded from burnout and got serious about taking charge of her health. “Taking care of yourself is a must. It is not separate from your work,” she impresses on high achievers from C-suite executives to self-starting entrepreneurs, from college students with a day job to full-time employees with a side hustle. Combining her own experiences with extensive research and inspiration from resilient people, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Army veteran Dan Nevins, and Michelin-rated chef José Andrés, Watkins offers busy and stressed people a comprehensive action plan for maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle in a relentless, 24/7 world.
With the goal of achieving work life integration, Go from Stressed to Strong focuses on five crucial areas that busy people often struggle (or neglect) to keep well-aligned: nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, and time management. Addressing each, Watkins shares insights and strategies for reinforcing self-care as the foundation for purposeful, productive work and a fulfilling life. She can discuss:
As Watkins knows, too many high achievers keep putting off being healthy for someday—until it’s too late. In Go from Stressed to Strong, she provides motivation and encouragement to stop delaying and start developing good-for-you habits—today.