"Smile and the world smiles with you."

That's what Lee Ann said in a lecture to law students in 2000 and that's what she lives by today...

Lee Ann Hopkins was born in Kansas City, Missouri and has found her home in many urban centers across the U.S., including Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, Baltimore and Washington DC. She has spent her career in the helping professions as attorney, clergywoman, law professor, teacher, nonprofit executive director and counselor/coach. With this bundle of diverse and deep experience she helps individuals and communities connect with their own wisdom and gifts. She reminds us that our individual and collective purpose is to love and to teach love in all of our activities.

As a person who has struggled with depression all of her life, she offers the kind of motivation and inspiration that many self-proclaimed gurus are ill-equipped to offer. She shows in her writing and teaching how to create a successful and happy life in the midst of struggle. Her vulnerability on the page and in person gives her immense depth. Her audiences trust her to deliver information and love, generosity and exuberance.

Lee Ann is Founder of The Hooray Daily, an online community offering bite-sized inspiration and can-do; Founder of Hooray Living, a lively offering of fearless and fabulous living materials that include video, webinars, retreats and eBooks; and, the Head Hugger of the DC Hug Mob, a DC-area group that hugs in the public square, making the world a bit brighter one hug at a time.

Check out her books, You Are All That: Creating a Great Life with Affirmations, and Hooray for You: 365 Get-Up-and-Go-Go Quotes for Your Year. When you write her, send along a clergy and attorney joke. She loves 'em!  And she may even include it in the podcast!

Hooray Weekly

The purpose of the podcast is to encourage and lift up individuals and communities in this time of resistance and change, both collectively and personally. It is the natural outgrowth of Lee Ann's call to serve and to teach spiritual and non-spiritual practices and strategies that empower us and push us to be our best selves.

Each week, Lee Ann offers thoughts, stories, poems and teachings found in everything from sacred texts to Lady Gaga song lyrics to words overheard at the grocery store to good, ol'-fashioned grade school jokes. Everything is fodder for a teachable moment!  And life is full of plenty of them, right?  Lee Ann will serve them all up with a smile--so join this virtual community each week as we mine the sacred and everyday for Hooray!

**Here's a little something you should know: While Lee Ann is former clergy, this is NOT a religious or faith-driven podcast. There are no doctrines being taught. There is no right or wrong. There is no placing ANY faith tradition above or below another. In fact, atheism is a perfectly acceptable and encouraged path! The only bottom line for Hooray Weekly and Lee Ann is that of LOVE.  That's the driving force.