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

Hi Lorena, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My view on a balanced lifestyle has changed drastically over the last few years. If I am being honest, I think that has come with age and experience. I think when we are young we feel invisible and can continue to push our bodies and everything else around us beyond its limits without any consequences. We can do it all and want fast and quick rewards if we work “really hard” then it’ll happen. However, as I’ve gotten older and really reflected on what it is I want and need to sustain a healthy mind and body as that dictated how well I am capable of doing anything else. It is unfortunate that we live in a society that makes us believe that we must work hard every day and if one day is not utilized to working hard then we are lazy. Balance is important in going the distance in whatever you set your heart out to do. Working full time and taking on a new business adventure is going to be fun, exhausting, and a huge time commitment. However, this time while pursuing this new business avenue, I intend on taking it slow so that I don’t burn myself out and can continue to be consistent and have the best creative flow in doing so.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
You may know me from initially starting a clothing business that didn’t pan out the way I wanted. During the time I chose to step away from my clothing business that was doing well was because of a sudden death that impacted me tremendously. I felt I had to dedicate myself to being only a school counselor and for the past year through healing, I have found a path that makes my heart extremely excited and it will NOT be easy. Pursuing a business I have no idea what I am doing is going to be challenging but also rewarding when I see it come to life. A lesson I’ve learned along the way of building a new restaurant is that I must believe in ME full heartedly and just go for it. Set small goals and those small goals will turn into big victories. Something I would like others to know about me is that I am someone who wants to know everything before it happens, I need security to feel okay about any decision I make. So know that this is me pushing beyond my comfort zone but that is where we will thrive…beyond our comfort. I will be in touch when my vision becomes a reality soon.

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.
Favorite spots for me would always include being near the beach. The beach is my safe and happy place where I feel the more at peace. I would say renting bikes on the board walk, picking up a marg or two along the way. Checking out 1000 step beach would be an amazing spot to check out if you are down by the beach. Best coffee is in Laguna Beach and it is called “Tippy’s coffee”.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Someone who deserves some recognition to my story and ventures is my husband. We have known each other for 10 years and have seen each other grow tremendously. He believes in my ventures especially the one I am currently working on. A book that I recently read that also left a meaningful impact on my next business avenue is a booked call “my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry”. It is a story of how one person can make an impact on so many people in whichever way they choose too and that is enough. I love being a school counselor and felt that way the only way I could make an impact but I was wrong, and I am excited to pursue this new avenue and not shy away from it.

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