We had the good fortune of connecting with Carmen Margaziotis, L.Ac. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carmen, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
When it comes to my success, mental health is everything. I make poor decisions when my brain isn’t balanced. I lose focus. Motivation feels like it got lost under a pile of laundry. When I’m in a bad place mentally my business decreases. It never fails. What I put out there is directly reflected in the numbers. If I have a million things to do, my mental health still comes first. My mental health and my success aren’t separate. My business succeeds when I feel clear. When I’m in flow, I’m efficient. Work feels fun. Creating time for practices that keep my mind strong take top priority because I know that without them, nothing will succeed. And nothing else is even worth it.
What should our readers know about your business?
Going to acupuncture school was life-changing. I was exposed to a whole universe of thought that I barely knew existed. I learned about the physical body in a tangible and practical way. But I also learned about meditation and more esoteric practices that resonated with my spiritual side. Acupuncture school was hard. Starting a business was harder. But I got the hang of it and my business grew. I was in love with the work and obsessed with learning about healing modalities to add to my practice. My clients loved the work. They had the biggest breakthroughs when what we did related to mental health, emotions, and spirituality. I incorporated crystals and reiki. It kept evolving. I wanted to grow this self-care/spiritual side of my practice. I had an idea to start an online membership club where women could come together to practice self-care with a mystical twist. But I had a full-time practice, I worked at a non-profit, and I was a mom. I already had so much on my plate. Then Covid hit. I had to shut my office and rethink my whole business. But who could think straight? Like everyone else, I was overwhelmed and trying to make sense of what was going on. I turned to all the self-care tools I had been teaching my clients for years. I implemented a non-negotiable plan. In two weeks my anxiety was basically gone. During a time that was extremely unstable I felt grounded, calm, and resilient. I had clarity and figured out how to transition my private practice online, I finished writing a book that had been on hold forever, and I created this online club I had been dreaming of. The Casual Coven was born. It’s one of my proudest accomplishments. Our intimate community of down-to-earth women gather for monthly moon rituals. I also share tools that help women feel confident and like themselves again. Basically, we tap into our mystical side in a very practical way. It’s profound self-care that’s fun, accessible, and non-judgmental. I’m so grateful to share these practices with people. They have saved me more than once but never like they did during Covid. It’s powerful medicine to be in a community of women who inspire and support each other.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The City of Angels is a magical place. My perfect day would start in my hometown of Pacific Palisades. We’d hike up the Los Liones trail to take in stunning views of the ocean and city. After that, we’d get a yummy lunch at Gracias Senor taco truck and a keto brownie at Sweet Laurel Bakery. Then we’d go crystal hunting! Some of my favorite mystical shops are House of Intuition in Venice and Native Spirit Lodge in Woodland Hills. I’d end our day at the beach with a relaxing soundbath, preferably with Eric Mellgren or Suzy Schieffelin. Get dinner from Jon & Vinny’s and call it a day!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My team of healing practitioners! They keep me in a healthy headspace and feeling my best. And most of all my husband, Philip, who supports every whim, wish, and dream I have.
Other: The Casual Coven | Be Magical www.CasualCoven.com