I was a victim of domestic abuse. Like so many victims, I remained silent. I heard an interview with Nora Ephron’s son who stated that his mother hid her cancer because of her “belief in being the heroine of her life and not the victim.” She felt like a victim when people asked her, ‘How are you? Are you OK?’ By keeping her cancer a secret, she felt it would allow her to move throughout the world in control.
That’s exactly how I felt; how could I be a heroine in my own life if I perceived myself, and others perceived me, as a victim? It was important to me to dress well and have a positive attitude, despite that I often felt like I was falling apart inside.
I would never have imagined that I would be a victim of domestic abuse. I grew up in a stable, loving home in Newton, MA. I received a merit Scholarship from Columbia Business School and was an Institutional Investor ranked equity analyst on Wall St, the highest honor. I was earning substantial income on Wall Street and thought I was on my way; that is, until I unknowingly entered into a difficult marriage.
Along the way, my 4 children and I ended up on food stamps and welfare. That only made me even more determined to be a role model for them and rise up out of those circumstances.
I learned many critical lessons along the way; most notably, despite my situation, I could still live a life of inner peace, balance, love and health…and eventually land back on my feet even stronger and more confident.
My goal is to share these lessons with you, and support you in any way I can so that you can live a fulfilling and empowered life.
If I could achieve this, so can you!
I’m here for you, but first it’s up to you to take the first step to embrace yourself!
Lauri Meizler has worked for 16 years in various aspects of finance and is currently in wealth management with a major financial institution. She earned the prestigious Institutional Investor ranking while working as an equity analyst at Salomon Smith Barney. Ms Meizler is also a budding entrepreneur and avid health enthusiast. She received her health coach certification from the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, and practiced as a health coach for 9 years. During that time, she founded an award-winning company, entitled JOOS, which was on one of the first companies int he US to mass produce cold-pressed, organic juices and conduct cleanses. She also has built a formidable social media platform with over 90,000 organic followers on Twitter. She does brand consulting for marketing and social media. Ms. Meizler resides with her 4 children in Newton. She is an avid runner and practices yoga regularly. She graduated from Georgetown University and received an MBA from Columbia Business School with a Merit Scholarship from the Financial Women’s Association.