Who are Lori and Cara?
All About Lori…
I am currently on my summer holidays with my two boys in tow. My full time job is a high school teacher. I can’t decide which is more draining…reasoning with a toddler or trying to reason with a teenager? I am married to a wonderful man whom is also a teacher. I live in Richmond Hill in Ontario Canada. I live there with my wonderful family. My family is the most important thing to me in the whole world. My family is also the thing in the world that I am most proud of, my greatest accomplishment.
I consider myself to be a relatively normal woman…although a little quirky at times. I have good days and I have not-so-good days. I have faced the fact that in life, at times, things will not go my way. There is also the fact that sometimes my husband will have to be right! I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. This condition is treated with a multi-modal approach. I attend talk therapy about once every month and I am taking a prescribed anti-anxiety medication called Effexor. I have also had bouts of social anxiety, depression and manic episodes although, through experience, I have learned how to recognize symptoms and signs and how to manage these effectively. I have found many strategies that allow me to live a pretty normal life. It sometimes takes a little extra effort or a few more steps but it is well worth it. It is the only life God gave me and I would like to do as much as I can with it.
30 Days to a Happier You is aimed at helping people feel more satisfied. The exercises allow participants to see life in a simpler way. I am very proud of this project.
The last detail about myself that I feel inclined to share is that I have a beautiful and selfless twin sister Cara Spensieri. She is my best friend, and co-author of “30 Days to a Happier You”
All About Cara…
My name is Cara Spensieri. I have dedicated my life to helping those that have made the difficult decision to come to Canada to find opportunity and a better life for their families. I am a certified ESL teacher and I take my job very seriously. I have had difficult times in my life that have lead to episodes of anxiety and manic-depression. Through various strategies I cope very well. My strategy of choice is to do good things for others and to give to charity. I foster a child through World Vision. His name is Louis Alberto. I have watched him grow up into a young man with big dreams and aspirations.
I have been the captain of a CIBC Run for the Cure team for 3 years in a row, I donate to the Movember initiative, Sick Kids Hospital, Project Smile, The Cancer Society and I donate blood as often as they will let me. Doing selfless deeds allows me to switch my focus from myself to others, which makes me feel great. You can do this too. You can also read about this strategy in the soon to be released “30 Days to a Happier You”.
My wonderful husband and I just had our first child. We are very excited and we hope to instill a sense of happiness and confidence in our son right from the get-go.
My twin sister and I wrote this instructional guide with hopes of seeing happiness levels increase and spread.