We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Haug and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Laura, how do you think about risk?
Risk is an integral part of life. No matter what decision we make, some level of risk is at play. Risks can be opportunities, leaps of faith, and taking chances. I would consider myself a risk-taker. Taking chances feels like a large part of my adult life. Packing up my car and moving from Missouri to Los Angeles right after college was a significant risk. I had nothing lined up, and thankfully things began to fall into place quickly. When I realized working in entertainment had taken its toll, I quit a steady job to launch into being self-employed doing yoga, energy work & life coaching. When I ended a long-term relationship, four months away from our wedding that was a leap of faith. Moving back to Missouri and then to Portland were opportunities. Each decision brought with it grief, healing, a deeper understanding of who I am, a knowing of who my ride-or-die friends are, and experiencing life and its emotions to the fullest. Each risk had a cost associated with it. Each decision had pros and cons to weigh. Things have rarely turned out the way I had hoped, but I know that for me, each risk had to happen precisely as they did. The most significant risk for me is staying where I no longer feel aligned. I risk my soul by staying where I no longer belong. I bet my health by staying where I’m overly stressed out. The big question I ask myself when I’m faced with a decision is, “In five years, when I look back at this moment, will I regret making this decision?” I don’t for a second regret anything that I’ve tried, even if it hasn’t worked out the way I had hoped. I learned, I grew, I experienced, and for me, trying and falling and rebuilding with a stronger foundation is better than not trying at all and wondering ‘what if?’ 

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love puzzles, and my love of puzzles has created a perspective of my life that whenever I feel like something is missing or doesn’t seem right, I need to find the right puzzle piece to fit the space to continue to create the bigger picture. My work with others as an Intuitive Guide using Life Coaching, Writing, Reiki, Tarot & Yoga revolves around my journey to finding the missing pieces in my life. When I followed the formula that I was taught to go to school, get a good job, find someone to settle down with, I was confused to find myself unfulfilled and unhappy. I was frustrated that I did what I was supposed to do but didn’t feel the joy I expected to experience by following the rules. After taking my first yoga certification, it opened me up to a whole new world of interests. I couldn’t fill myself up enough with learning about these new curiosities. I felt lit up in ways I didn’t know was possible. I even realized I wanted to step away from the stress of being in Entertainment and follow the slivers of light I was receiving through exploring alternative healing modalities. After 12+ years as a Project Manager I was led to not only utilize the tools of life coaching, energy healing, tarot, and yoga to manage my own stress levels – but realized my soul’s work was to hold space for others to access their inner healer and to strengthen their own intuition through these same modalities. This led me to my business, KickLighter, where I guide and support empaths & highly sensitive souls to experience more confidence in their unique purpose, enhance their relationships, find increased health, and create healthy boundaries. Each of us makes up our own beautiful puzzle – I believe that our personal journeys consist of periods in our life where we lost a few pieces along the way through our wounds & traumas. One of my many passions is to create experiences, ask questions, and hold healing space for my clients to remember where they left those puzzle pieces in an emotionally safe environment. The missing piece always comes back to ourselves, being honest, and owning our truth. We each have to take our journeys to get there, and I feel at home holding that space for others to discover those missing pieces so they may experience more joy and fulfillment in their lives.

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?
Personally, I’d start a week with a best friend in town at Hermosa Beach for a day of food, shopping, and of course, chill time on the beach. Accessing our inner child at Disneyland would be a must for a day of Indiana Jones, corn dogs, and mint juleps. Next up would be The Getty taking in a blend of art, nature, and some beautiful views. Time hiking at Griffith Park up to the Observatory will be an excellent way to balance eating out and seeing some iconic spots in L.A. I love Burbank, so making sure we spend a day getting chai lattes at The Ugly Mug, exploring the fun shops on Magnolia, and grabbing drinks at The Castaway will be a day well spent. I’d wrap it all up with a movie night at home with a charcuterie board from Burbank Bites and cuddles with my cats, savoring my last bit of time with my bestie.  

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?
There are so many family, friends, and mentors that deserve recognition in my life. For now, I’d like to mention one friend, in particular, Heather Owens. Heather has not only been a friend who has supported me through some challenging times, but she’s always been the biggest supporter of my business adventures. She was my first yoga, reiki, and life coaching client. She’s always valued my work. She lifts me up when I’m down and is constantly rooting for me, and doesn’t let me give up. Her consistent support and encouragement over the years has been an enormous support and inspiration for me.

Website: www.thekicklighter.com
Instagram: @kicklighter_laura

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