7 reasons why I wanna be Laurie Ruettimann

Okay, I haven’t actually met Laurie but have connected with her on a few social venues, read her blogs, sat in on her webinars, and seen a few videos. No, I’m not stalking her – I just like her style.

Here are a few reasons I wanna be Laurie Ruettimann:

  1. She’s adorable, right? – Who doesn’t wanna look like that?
  2. She’s edgy – She’s always saying what we wish we could say OUT LOUD
  3. She funny and makes us laugh – but proves her point
  4. She’s articulate and sassy
  5. She has a writing style that’s “all her own”
  6. She often drops the “F-BOMB” and gets away with it
  7. She’s smart, classy and sophisticated (or that’s what I perceive)

Ever since I started writing my blogs and getting my work out there I have said to myself, “I wish I could be like them” or “I wish I could write like that.” I wish I could drop the famous F-Bomb and make it come across as genuine. Always comparing myself to someone else and thinking “I wish I could be like her.” The great thing about Laurie (or so I hear from others that have met her in person) is that she is exactly in person as she is online – genuine! That’s the point!

In reality, we all are different in our own way. We all have different experiences, different perspectives, writing styles and really just need to be ourselves. For my industry and my personality doing these things that make others who they are would only be setting myself up as a copy-cat and being very disingenuous (a hypocrite) because that’s not who I am.

When it’s all said and done it’s about being authentic!

I respect all you folks out there who take the time to write a blog (especially on a DAILY basis) because I know personally the labor of love involved, the hours invested, the opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions in such a beautiful manner.

Communication is a skill that is honed and I know that in time I too, shall “Inherit the earth” as Laurie has done :)

UPDATE: I have since met Laurie in person and she is more awesome than I had imagined. She’s a smooth alligator. (Or was that suppose to be operator?)


For those of you who just fell off the turnip truck and don’t know who Laurie is you can find her here:


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