Laurie Beck - Pilates Instructor, Jewelry Designer, Author

Laurie Beck is many things to many people—

a wife, mother, daughter, sister, Pilates instructor, wellness expert, Reiki practitioner, coach, jewelry designer, author, horse trainer and cancer survivor, among others.

Her health and wellness background, coupled with her life experiences and empowering message of hope and positivity, allows Beck to bring comfort, hope, healing and encouragement to all who find her. After her battle with cancer and living to tell the tale, she's on a mission to remain cancer free, live and share her lessons of hope, eliminate negativity and stress and take time for herself every day.

Eight Little Lessons of Hope and Healing is the meditative book written by Beck based on her memoir, Living to Tell. With the desire to extend this knowledge to others and encourage each individual to find their personal healing strength, she shares the eight daily intentions that helped save her life. Each chapter is complemented by crystals that are featured in her jewelry line. "Self-healing is an empowering choice and an action to bring awareness into our lives,” says Beck.

Beck’s Chi Bella Jewelry line has taken the elements and created exquisite pieces of jewelry, incorporating organic crystals, freshwater pearls, genuine gemstones and leather. Her specialty piece is the handmade Lotus Flower, made of clay, semiprecious stones and crystals. The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. Untouched by the impurity, the lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind and represents long life, health, honor and good luck.

About Laurie Beck

Beck is also the owner of Pilates by the Sea, and is a certified instructor. Her studio offers Pilates on the reformer, Gyrotonics, Barre classes, Reiki, organic spray tan, stretching and cardio jump classes.

Laurie Beck


The Little Black Dress Party

Join cancer survivor Laurie Beck for the Little Black Dress Party, May 19, where she will share her story and provide a poignant reminder to stop and listen, eliminate stress and be proactive with your health and your doctor.  


The Emerald Coast Convention Center

May 19th, 2012 @ 6:00pm

The 3rd Annual Little Black Dress Party will be held on May 19, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. The event will feature great music, an auction, raffle, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and a fashion show!

Little Black Dress Party
May 19, 2012, 6 to 10 p.m.
Emerald Coast Convention Center
1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


Emerald Coast Magazine - Life Lessons

"The Healing Journey of Author, Jewelry Designer and Fitness Finatic Laurie Beck"

by Zandra Wolfgram

"Sometimes you have to invent your own miracle." So says author, jewelry designer, and fitness guru Laurie Beck. After being diagnosed with two forms of cancer (non-Hodgkins lymphoma and marginal cell leukemia) in 2006, in addition to seeing one of the best oncologists in the country, Beck immersed herself into the vigilant practice of serveral complementary therapies, from yoga, meditation and Reiki to wearing crystals and using the power of positive thinking. Five years later Beck's cancer is indolent but could recur anytime. This possibility has strengthened her resolve to stay well mentally, physically and  spiritually.

Click here to read the full story and personal Q&A with Laurie about her healing journey.


WJHG, Ch. 7 Spends the Morning with Laurie Beck

Owner of Pilates by the Sea, Laurie Beck, shares the power of the P's "inner peace, the power of positivity and Pilates." Click here to view her interview.


Laurie Beck chronicles ‘Hope & Healing' in book, jewelry

The Walton Sun

Laurie Beck never aspired to be a writer, but when she was diagnosed with — and survived — an incurable form of cancer, she decided to pen a book to share her journey of healing.

Her memoir is to be released in Spring, but as a teaser, she has taken the simple lessons highlighted in each chapter and created a pocket-size book entitled “Eight Little Lessons of Hope & Healing.”

“I call it my appetizer,” she said. “It is a book of small apps of wisdom. It’s a small book with a big message.”

The lessons within her book, Awaken, Hope, Serenity, Healing, Positivity, Passion, Courage, and Humor, act as a mental roadmap for Beck’s continued recovery.

“It’s a reminder,” she said. The book is a small but poignant reminder, and it can be taken everywhere.

The points within its pages are pictured with crystal jewelry, which reinforces each lesson.

“Different crystals have different benefits,” Beck said of the ChiBella, or “beautiful energy,” jewelry.

Beck’s larger book is more than a story about cancer, it's a story about living. "It takes you back to my childhood and weaves in all life's challenges that were thrown at me and how I chose to handle them,” she said.

“I wasn’t meant to get some kind of incurable cancer, based on the fact that I teach wellness,” said Beck, who owns Pilates by the Sea in Gulf Place.

But fatigue, two nodules on each armpit, and a rash raised the suspicions of Beck’s husband, Bob.

“I would go home after work and sleep, and even hours later would wake up exhausted," she said.

“You’re working too hard,” she recalled Bob saying.

“I’m just enjoying what I'm doing,” she replied.

 But when fatigue became her constant, she took her husband’s advice and went to the doctor, thinking she would be diagnosed with mono.

She was called a few days later with the results of her blood work, while teaching a Pilates class.

“He tells me over the phone it could possibly be leukemia based on my white cell count. I thought only children got leukemia,” she said. “That was my naiveté.”

Later tests revealed it was a form of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

“I needed to stop worrying. It was making me sick,” she said. “I was a chronic worrier. Raising three boys, I was a worry wart.

“I thought I’m not worthy if I’m not giving, giving, giving, and doing, doing, doing,” she said. “I never allowed myself to sit back and be, just be in the moment.”

But that all changed one day when Laurie was alone considering her diagnosis and her family was outside enjoying the pool.

“I was having a pity party. And I realized ‘they’re going to have fun whether I’m here or not,’” she recalled.

“I love you all, but I’m going to make it about me now,” she told them. “And it all shifted.”

“I realized it’s okay to love me,” she said. “I don’t feel badly anymore.”

“We have the power to shift our thinking,” said Beck. “I used to have a lot of stinkin’ thinking. I’d have to infuse myself with a new thought."

“How do you walk around positive when you’re ill?” she said. For instance, “serenity — how do you get to that place of serenity?”

She found the answer to that question in the peace and quietude around her, including using the Gulf’s inflow and outflow to regulate her breathing patterns and thought process.

“I would repeat with the rhythm of the water, ‘I am healed, I am well,’” she said.

She also took her the advice of her mother, a healthy living-guru, to meditate, which she still does for 45 minutes to an hour each day.

“I sit and I’m quiet,” she said.

With Beck’s cancer now in remission, she is making it a point to share her healing with others, so that they may live better.

"No matter what challenges a person is facing in life, Eight Little Lessons is a wise little book that gives daily intentions that encourage healing from the inside out," said Beck. 

For more information about Laurie Beck, visit “Eight Little Lessons of Hope & Healing” is available for purchase by itself, or paired with a lesson-reinforcing piece of ChiBella crystal jewelry. The book can be purchased from the website, at Pilates by The Sea, 56 Spires Lane, and at The Blue Giraffe, 1777 E. County Highway 30A.