We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Poole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I didn’t grow up with money. The moment I could begin to make an income all mine, I didn’t have an off switch. Especially living (at the time) in a 24/7 town, I had endless possibilities to be a hustler. Over time, my energy levels were low. I was never mentally present and I wasn’t enjoying much of anything. I knew that all had to change. You can’t work your life away. We all need to take time to shut off and take care of ourselves. Not only for our personal health, but to make better professional decisions. A full day off is mandatory now. No work at all, even house work. And past 10pm my phone goes to airplane mode. There is nothing I need to read or see or talk to after that time. It’s my own self boundary.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always loved to help people. It has been the reason I’ve gotten myself into good and bad decisions. I find it wonderful to have a job that has the ability to clock in when I can help others and then clock out so I can help myself. I’ve had many jobs that I need to be glued to my phone. It’s exhausting. Everyone needs to be free to live life beyond their career labels. It’s just down right not healthy to be too connected to your job title. I wouldn’t say it was financially hard, or that I wasn’t supported in my field… I would say that it was the life lessons that kept knocking back onto my own track that were the hardest. But in hindsight the most beneficial. End of the story is, I found my tribe, and I love them hard. And also, I’ve come to a place that I accept the love back! Do yourself a favor… never work a thankless job!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This city is the best. Some of my favorite days are grabbing a sandwich from Larchmont Wine and Cheese, then eating it in Griffith Park. Or hitting up the 365 market in Silverlake and making a picnic by the reservoir. You can make a day anything you want in this town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I really owe where I’m at in life to Marnie Alton. She began as an instructor, then became a friend, later a mentor, now my family. The people she has chosen to have in her life have now surrounded me. Her studio M/Body has become a safe haven for me and so many. I don’t know who I would have become if I never met her. And to share, I’m very found of the person and life I live now.