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

Hi Lauren, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
For each of my businesses – Love of a Little One & Pause Anywhere – choosing to work with other parents has been the single most important decision that makes both of them work as well as they do. Birthwork and lactation are a passion of mine but it wasn’t something I could do easily before I linked up with my partner, Yasmeen Lee, who is also a parent. Together we work in a way that allows for the other to be built in childcare. This allows us to better support and be there for our clients without having anxiety about trying to find a babysitter last minute! Alone, I was only able to focus on postpartum support and lactation however working together as a team, I am finally able to also take on supporting births, photography, and nutrition. Pause Anywhere allows my creativity to come out. Working with Juanita Chase de Lamont (who is also a parent!) to creative a line of mini meditation and affirmation cards meant a lot of business meetings had to be done during playdates! Supporting mental health is incredibly important to me and to be able to creative something that allows for easy access to grounding techniques was something that was fueled by my own grief. We are also in the process of creating a line of birth and parent centric decks and it has been amazing to fold my love of birth & postpartum into the creative process of building those decks. As a parent, it can often feel like you are having to choose between doing the work that you love and spending time with your child. The community aspect of working with other parents so we all achieve our goals is something I do not take for granted!

What should our readers know about your business?
For Love of a Little One, it’s actually hard to think of it as a business. I love what I do so incredibly much and what is more, it fuels me in a way that other jobs have not. When I got into birthwork, I didn’t realize the immenseness of it – you are living in this very surreal and raw space that belongs to someone else. The gravity of that was something that I have now come to really honor and respect in the way that it deserves. That is something I have with me every time I am present with a client, every time I’m witnessing the awesomeness it takes to bring a human into this world. It feels really special and it’s something that I’m so grateful I get to be a part of. It takes real trust for someone to invite you into that space and I don’t forget that. With Pause Anywhere, it is a space that is safe for me and allows me to create safeness for others. Part of the reason I co-founded that business was my own inability to navigate through grief. I lost someone incredibly close to me 2 years ago and I just didn’t know how to deal with it. I have this memory of standing in line at the market, about to breakdown crying, lost in grief. When we created our first deck of mini meditations, that memory was a guiding point – what could I have done in that moment to ground myself, to support my mental health? Pulling out mini cards that reminded me I will be ok without placing a spotlight on my grief in public would have helped me so much. Creating that accessibility is necessary for me.

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.
Even though not everything is open right now, there are some amazing places that have adapted well to keep everyone safe. I’m a parent so kid-centric places are always something I need to have when I travel. For anyone coming here with kids, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is a must – you can touch sea creatures, walk through a giant birdcage to feed lorikeets, and it’s a great space to spend a couple hours outdoors learning and exploring. Flore in Silverlake is a vegan restaurant that has stood the test of time and has been a favorite of mine since I moved here 15 years ago. The staff is great and the food is amazing – their potato salad lives in my dreams! Joy in Highland Park is another favorite of mine – their Dan Dan noodles are literal magic and they always have a great selection of appetizers items like Woodear mushrooms, Lotus, and Bean Curd Noodles. We haven’t quite made it back into bars yet but Fancy Free Liquor brings the party to you with their cocktail kits. This is a family owned shop in Burbank that delivers all the staples for a good drink but makes it easy for you with their kits. Los Angeles is such a beautiful place to explore and the Elysian Park Trails surrounding the Grace E. Simons Lodge are gorgeous. They are easy to get to and are the perfect trails for someone with a kid, especially if that kid likes to spot lizards! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Julie Matheney, my lactation mentor who is an IBCLC and an SLP, absolutely deserves a shoutout! She has never stopped motivating me, supporting me, and encouraging me. She has become a close friend and without her, I truly could not be where I am in my career.

Website: http://loveofalittleone.com & https://www.pauseanywhere.com

Instagram: @loveofalittleone & @pauseanywhere

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loveofalittleone

Other: https://www.patreon.com/loveofalittleone for lactation and birth related information and help

Image Credits
First photo only – Christine Lucciola

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