We had the good fortune of connecting with Lela Grace and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lela, how does your business help the community?
My work as a coach revolves around helping people rewrite their life stories.
We all inherit narratives about ourselves from our families, our peers, and society. Then we reinforce these stories through self-talk.
How do we speak to ourselves when no one else is listening? How do we perceive ourselves? And how does this impact the way we live our lives?
I believe that by getting curious about who we are and what we need to thrive, we open ourselves up to more easeful living.
I want to create that world – a world in which people feel at ease with who they are, a world in which we are more deeply connected with ourselves, each other and our purpose.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I specialize in narrative coaching. I work with people from all backgrounds who want to rewrite their stories.
My work with people can be from the outside in, meaning we dig into the underlying narratives they’ve inherited through social or familial conditioning. We excavate those stories, and write new ones that reflect who they truly are.
I also work with people from the inside out, meaning clients who have a story to share with the world receive support in how they tell it. These people are often writers, actors, entrepreneurs, creatives who want to clarify their brand or publish their work.
When I started my business about five years ago, I had to clarify my own story. That was challenging because I had to unlearn many assumptions I had about working for myself – that it would be scary, unstable, exhausting. I had to intentionally design the kind of business and lifestyle I knew I needed to be healthy, balanced and whole.
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.
When a friend visits, I love to show them the best elements of LA, which to me, are its nature and culture.
First, I would take them through my neighborhood of Elysian Heights and Echo Park. We would take a walk around the lake and ride the swan boats on a warm afternoon. Then we would head over to my local wine bar, Tilda for some organic wine and small plates.
The next day, I would then take them on an all day hike in Topanga, followed by a dip in the sea at the beach right off highway 1. We’d grab a bite somewhere on Abbot Kinney like Giuliana before heading back to the east side.
I would be sure to take them shopping for used records in Silverlake, vintage goods at the Los Feliz flea market, and speciality groceries at Cookbook.
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 dedicate my shoutout to Amy Jin, another amazing coach who owns her own business in Los Angeles.
Amy inspires me to dream big. She’s a true entrepreneur with an open heart and savvy business mind.
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