About The Writer

Hi, I’m Laurie Works (she/her/they/them).

I advocate for change, but change with heart. I want to be in this world with presence, to truly see people as they are.

I am a mass shooting survivor, healer, and community organizer in Colorado Springs, CO. I’ve spoken at TedXJacksonHole, and my writing been featured on Huffington Post and Scary Mommy. My passion for resolving trauma within the body led me to create Resilience Yoga, a yoga modality specifically tailored to survivors of trauma.

Currently, I am pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. My goal is to become a body-focused counselor serving survivors of trauma. I have also had the honor of receiving the NBCC Minority Fellowship for Addictions, which requires me to gain experience and knowledge in working with transition-age (17-25yr old) marginalized youth.

[Disclaimer: What I tellย are my perceptions of my story, and do not reflect the views of my family or other allied organizations with which I am involved.]

If you want to contact me outside the blog, you can contact me using the contact form on that page, follow me on Twitter – laurieworks, or follow me on Instagram –ย healingembodied.


30 Replies to “About The Writer”

  1. I am so glad I found your blog. Thanks for telling me about it. I am so sorry to learn of what youve gone through and the loss of your sisters. I feel a strong connection to you and I can tell you are a special person and one id love to know better. If you ever want to have coffee, let me know. I’d love that. Reading your posts made me ask myself what my biggest traumas have been and I think it would have to be my dads suicide. I love the way you write! What a talented young woman you are. Until we meet again..hugs.

    1. Heather, I would greatly enjoy getting coffee with you. I’ve really enjoyed the bit of time I’ve spent with you so far and agree on the connection you mentioned. I’m very busy in the next 2 weeks with school, but let’s plan something after that. I’m interested to hear too about how your traumas (specifically your dad’s suicide, as you mentioned) have influenced your life – obviously the subject is of interest to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not sure how to get a hold of you other than on here, so just let me know if sometime in the next few weeks will work for you. And thank you for reading – means a lot! Sending hugs back!

  2. Hi Laurie, it’s nice to find you via Heather’s site. Look forward to getting to know you. I can relate a LOT to loss, trauma, eggshells, addiction and recovery. But for you to have experienced this all so young… bless you! You must be a very old soul.
    Love, Christy

  3. Hi Laurie-

    Thanks to some random blog surfing, I came across your blog, and I’m very happy I did. While I can’t necessarily relate to a lot of the life experiences you mentioned in your “about” section, I really enjoyed your writing, as you have quite a gift.

    I hope you continue to write. If you do, I’ll be reading for sure.

    All the best,

  4. Stopping by from Aussa’s most recent post because I thought your comments were so funny! I’m sorry to hear about your tragic loss and experience. I just started this blog because I too feel like I just need to get it all out. It becomes exhausting keeping darkness inside just because others aren’t strong enough just to listen to things others have actually endured. I look forward to following along and would definitely buy your book…..so get on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Oh you are so sweet!! My blog is usually so much more serious than my comments on Aussa’s page but she brings out the leprechaun in me. Must be the red hair. ๐Ÿ˜€
      It does get exhausting to keep darkness inside! My original reason to write this blog was to connect with others who have experienced loss. I’m excited to see that you write on the same kinds of things and will be following along with your story as well. Love that you call yourself a survivor. You go!
      Thanks for the follow!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Just found your blog via clicking through other blogs (not sure which one) and I’m so glad I did. While I’m much older, I can relate to everything you listed except the murder (that must have been horrible for you). I’m going to keep reading. I love the way you write!


  6. What a pleasure o find our blog… I only read a few posts but what an amazing journey you have had so far. I am so sorry to read of the loss of your sisters. Your writing is beautiful and I can’t wait to read more. I am so lucky to stumble upon your blog. God Bless you and I look forward to all your future postings!

  7. I too witness a murder age 16,depressed mom,alcoholic dad,gradfatrher,uncles.I have had substance abuse problems in the past.I have depression and now I’m dealing with a big fat drinking problem.Thanks for the blog it inspires me.

  8. I look forward to exploring your blog further. I’m curious what religion you were raised. The first thing that comes to mind are shootings within the Amish and Mennonite communities. I’ll have to read more of your blogs to find out. I’m looking forward to reading what you have written – and will write.

  9. WOW. This is the first time I’ve read your bio. And holy crap. Chills. You’re helping a lot of people Laurie, and I hope you never stop sharing your story with the world! Keep writing! Can’t wait to read more from you. (You little Renegade, you!!)

    1. I’m glad you came by to read! I love your blog – have followed since Findingravity days and was glad you began again. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you – renegade is a title I’ll take any day ๐Ÿ˜€

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