Laura Wellington is a TEDx speaker, successful media and technology entrepreneur, award-winning television creator, best-selling author, major media blogger, and media-entertainment-technology consultant. She is the founder/blogger at THREAD MB, a lifestyle and celebrity blog. Laura is the author of numerous books including Be Careful What You Wish For, a paranormal love story based upon real life.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in New Jersey and Upstate New York, deep in the woods. Thus, I am a country girl at heart. While living Upstate, my parents used to attend auctions. They would return with boxes of books on just about every topic. I read them all from cover to cover, everything from “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath to intense chemistry textbooks. It didn’t matter. I just kept reading. That alone speaks volumes to how I came to be me today.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

That you can’t turn back the hands of time so “one should be quite careful with the decisions they make in relation to the people they love.”

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

I think in all professions and areas of expertise, there are traditional guidelines to follow no matter how “growth-oriented” these professions and areas of expertise are. Moving too far away from these traditional guidelines is frowned upon. It is tough to explore new frontiers, however, without doing so. I think it is a necessary part of the process. Just realize that “going against the grain” may leave you standing alone regularly. Also, realize that there is a way to “do it” to muffle the least amount of feathers and even garner support along the way. This is true for most things.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

I lost my beloved husband to cancer when I was thirty-five years old. I was left to raise four very young children on my own, turn two businesses around, and heal my heart. The pain of this was indescribable as it was my “worst nightmare come true.” I would eventually use this to inspire me and the children to “live” purposefully and passionately. What I learned most from it was “who I truly am.” That story became the premise for my new book “Be Careful What You Wish For,” a love story that is both inspiring many and driving many to reach out to me and share their own stories in equally vulnerable ways.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

My mind is strong and my nature is naturally positive. Both help in the tough moments, just as they do in the not-so-tough ones.

What is your morning routine?

During the week, I wake up at 6 am. I drink two cups of coffee while caring for my pets. One, I drink while sitting on the porch swing. I wake my youngest (and fifth child) up. While he is readying for school, I run three miles. I then shower and change, take him to school, then return to begin my workday. I pick my youngest back up from school around 2:30 pm, then return home. The rest of the day includes preparing him for the next day, finishing up work, normal chores, making dinner, and watching a bit of family television. Once my youngest is in bed, I watch a bit of news and then fall to sleep by ten. The weekends are obviously more flexible, but I generally still get up between 6 am and 7:30 am.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Running six mornings a week. My mind, body, and soul are better for it. I’ve been running for years and I can see the difference between me and others of the same age. It is significant in many ways. Tends to be a motivator, if you get what I mean.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

I try to work smart as opposed to hard. I also don’t waste time with “food chains” and “fear.” If I have a question, I generally go straight to the top. I spend a great deal of time analyzing “positions” and “situations,” ascertaining quickly where I can help and how. I don’t wait around for things to come to me. That’s a losing strategy if I ever knew one. I’m not afraid to take action or listen to criticism. I generally welcome both. And, above all, I stay organized and love what I do.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

Anything that is written by Jane Austen or Louisa May Alcott as they created the “women” who I aspired to become. When I was young, I fancied myself a “Jo-type” from “Little Women.” I adored her alongside the leading ladies of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Emma.” I eventually named one of my children “Emma” and a second “Austen.” So you can see how much I related to these characters and the impact they left on me.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“Whether you can or you can’t, you are right.” — Henry Ford. “Be careful what you wish for” (which also ended up being the title of my newest book). And “Life is short.”

These three quotes underscore how I live my life today, “taking calculated risks” every step of the way and not shying away from doing so. I don’t plan to leave anything on the table when I “pass,” so to speak as regret frightens me much more than risk.