We had the good fortune of connecting with Lacey Stone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lacey, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I used to believe you could find balance but now I know you have to make your life balanced every single day. Your life’s balance can be divided into three parts: personal, professional, and physical. Every day you have to figure out what your priorities are and find the right balance for that day. If your focus is your physical health then you should make a point to get your workouts done in the morning so nothing gets in your way later on. If your priority is your work one day because you have a big presentation, then maybe have a shorter workout or skip the workout and focus on your nutrition. If your focus is your friendships one day, schedule a dinner with friends and set your work aside for the night. You have to find a healthy balance that works for you. If you can do that every day, you’ll find balance and no one area will take complete control over the other areas. That’s what balance means to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think playing Division I college basketball set a solid foundation for the success of my career. I was taught as an athlete to stay positive no matter what the circumstance—to play every game like it was my last and to never give up. Those lessons have stuck with me and I apply them to everything I do.
Fear and failure are part of success. You must feel the fear and do it anyway because nothing worth having is ever easy, which is why most people don’t do it. It’s not easy to pick yourself up when you’ve been knocked down over and over again. It doesn’t even have to be work drama. I’ve been through a divorce and had several very traumatic breakups, yet I still had to show up and inspire others to believe anything is possible. How did I do it? You must trust life. You must trust that everything that has happened to you is for your higher good. And you will repeat the same bad patterns until you learn the lessons you were meant to learn. You will fail so you must learn to rebound quickly and not get caught up in how upsetting failure can be.
One of the things I’m most proud of is how my company has weathered the storm of COVID. I’ve taken all my classes virtually and this month I’m having my first ever virtual weights training camp. In the past I’ve only done this in person but my company was forced to pivot with the times. We have people from all over the world training together for 2 weeks. I’m so EXCITED!
My brand is about making the world a better place through fitness. It’s not just about having a healthy body, it’s about who are you being in that body. If you can give your best every day and have faith in yourself, anything is possible. That’s what Lacey Stone Fitness is all about.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Monday: I love Malibu. I would drive them along the Pacific Coast Highway to breakfast at Malibu Farm Pier Cafe.
Tuesday: Malibu again. I would take them to El Matador Beach where we could chill all day in the summer sun.
Wednesday: Santa Monica. I would take them to the Santa Monica Pier and hang out at the beach near Perry’s Cafe. They can make you a picnic basket, umbrellas, and you can even rent surfboards from them.
Thursday: Venice. We would rent bicycles and ride down the boardwalk and have some lunch at one of my favorite spots, The Water Front Venice.
Friday: Beverly Hills. We’d walk Rodeo Drive and window shop, having a martini and hamburger at one of my favorite restaurants, South Beverly Grill.
Saturday: Hollywood Hills. You can’t forget the Hollywood sign. We would go on that hike there, and I could take them to dinner afterward at the iconic Ivy Restaurant.
Sunday: FREE SPACE. Magic Castle, Michael’s in Santa Monica, Sunset Tower, Larchmont Village for some shopping and a little ice cream at Salt & Straw, Frida Mexican Restaurant Beverly Hills, Sugarfish Beverly Hills, Catch West Hollywood, or Soho House West Hollywood.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m grateful to so many people in my life! Shoutout to Equinox for teaching me the ropes of the fitness industry, to all the awesome instructors there that mentored me to a place where I felt confident creating my own class designs and starting my own company!
I loved reading so many inspiring books along my journey to being a psychological fitness specialist. Some great ones I recommend are “Awaken The Giant Within” by Tony Robbins, “The Spontaneous Fulfillment Of Desire” by Deepak Chopra, and “Manifest Your Destiny” by Wayne Dyer to name a few.
Shoutout to my first manager Alex Devlin for believing in me more than I believed myself. She helped guide me to where I am today. Shout out to the COO of my company Tiffany Morgan for laying the foundation to my company and doing ALL the behind-the-scenes work that make Lacey Stone Fitness do what Lacey Stone Fitness does.
Shoutout to all my clients for sticking with me and supporting me through the good times and the bad. My style of teaching is about creating a community, and over the course of the 16 years I’ve been a teacher, that community has become my family and my driving force to continue to evolve what I do and what my company offers.
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Jesse DeYoung Maggie Zulovic