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Retreat Attendee


Welcome to Lucy J. La Faive's web page on RichardPSmith.com. You will find information about what I do besides publish my husband's books (Smith Publications). I do presentations and workshops ranging from humorous stories about living with an outdoor writer to stress reduction. There is also a link to my Joyful Living Educational Programs website where you will find more information about my presentations, stress reduction coaching, relaxation sessions and more.

©Richard P. Smith

Outdoor Woman

I'm an outdoors woman! I wasn't always. I was a city girl raised in Milwaukee. My only connection to the country was going up north to the U.P. to visit grandma and grandpa.

Then my parents moved to the U.P. (Michigan's Upper Peninsula), I followed, attending college in Marquette, where I met and eventually married my husband, the ultimate outdoor guy!

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Dating U.P. Style

Our first two dates were normal ones. Then he started introducing me to his wild world. We went on many dates to what was a special place to my husband, but would surprise most people, to photograph dangerous wildlife.

One wild date sticks in my mind. It was my introduction to ticks U.P. style!

Then there was the time we tramped through the woods on a sweltering hot summer day searching for a radio-collared wolf. Or the time...I could go on and on.

And YES, I still married the man! To say the least, after over 30 years together - BOY, I could tell you some stories! And I will!

Since then I've walked through swamps, been within spitting distance of black bears, kayaked, camped solo, went white water rafting on the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon - almost falling off the raft!

My husband has introduced me to wild places and things. I've had an amazing life! I've been on lots of adventures and seen many things most people rarely, if ever, get a chance to experience. At this point in my life, I want to share my experience and the knowledge I have gained after over 50 years on the planet.

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Other Skills

I have a masters degree in counseling, have been a juvenile probation officer, and publish and market Richard's books. I love variety and challenge. That's good because I certainly have both in my life.

I see humor in most things. I live with joy and love in my life. I am a dancer, a storyteller and an artist! I think creatively, therefore, I have creative solutions to every day stress.

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I Offer:

Presentations & Workshops

I do presentations about nature, the outdoors, unique experiences, wildlife, and adventure. A few of the many presentations possible are listed below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about presentation content. I also offer workshops and presentations on changing your life. I can put together a program to meet your group or organization's needs. Contact me for more information about what I could do for your group.

Presentation Topics

  • A humorous look at what it's like to live with an outdoor writer.
  • Living with my Celebrity!
  • Bear Lady!
  • Raising a pair of orphaned black bear cubs and returning them to the wild.
  • Tick Magnet!
  • An Expert at Getting Unstuck!
  • Alligators, Snakes, Aha! What YOU think creates your reality!
  • Looking at the bright side of things - A Broken Leg!
  • First Day Runaway
  • Too Much Stuff!
  • Book Publishing & Marketing
  • Challenges can be messages to change your life!

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Workshops That Can Change Your Life

I offer workshops and presentations on coping skills, stress management, communication and listening skills, improving self esteem and self acceptance, improving body image, movement, expressing uniqueness, connecting people to their voice and dreams. I teach a holistic approach to health and well-being through balance of mind, body and spirit using art, storytelling, healing techniques, music and dance/movement.

For more information about stress reduction, presentations and workshops, please visit my Joyful Living Educational Programs website www.JoyfulLivingEd.com.

© Richard P. Smith

Learn to live with JOY.

Reduce the stress in your life, set priorities,
think positively, and generally be happier and healthier.

Change your thoughts and you change your world!

Connecting people to their voices and dreams,        
        helping them to shine brightly in their uniqueness.

Dream BIG!

I can create a program that meets your needs!
Contact me or visit my website - www.JoyfulLivingEd.com for more information about what I could do for you or your group.

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